Sunday 10.45am Worship for All. Communion first Sunday of each month. MondayTuesday 6.15pm 23rd Ipswich Brownies 7.00pm Improvisations Craft Group (1st Tues each month) 8.00pm Ipswich Folk Dance Club (1st, 3rd and 5th Tues)Wednesday 12.30pm Monthly Church Lunch Club, except July and August. 7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting Thursday 5.00pm2nd Hamilton Rainbows 6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies 7.30pm Elders Meeting (usually 2nd Thurs) 7.30pmChurch Meeting (5 meetings per year)Friday Saturday 10.30amCommunity Coffee for All (2nd Sat in the month) 1.00pmRamble Group (last Sat each month) Click here to view the Ramblers Page
10.45 am on Sundays
Worship for All
at which you will find a warm welcome
Services last about an hour followed by coffee/tea and a chat. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees, and some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. Whenever possible we use a screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. There is also a printed Order of Service.
Not ForgettingI walked in with the ‘urgent’ shopping. Bread, apples, sliced ham, cheese, margarine. As I made myself a well-earned cuppa, I went to the fridge and it hit me – I had forgotten the milk. You may disagree, but a cup of tea or coffee without milk is like skiing without snow.It may not have been a tragedy but it did spoil a good cuppa. As I get older, I seem to be getting better at forgetting. The times I have spent searching for glasses or car keys, I realise that my ‘forgettery’ is improving. Much of what we forget may be annoying but it is not really essential. The lack of milk is an inconvenience but doesn’t really matter. At other times what we forget is more important. Often the passage of time makes us forget. This may be a blessing when once painful memories slowly fade with time. It may be tragic when things that are truly important fade into forgetful oblivion. I am very much aware that with the passing of time, Remembrance Sunday has changed. Much of the sharpness of the events has receded for many and most only learn to remember at second or third hand. And, after over 70 years, there are others who still feel the keenness of pain and loss at departed comrades or loved ones. Those who have never experienced the dark days of war, cannot remember in the same way as those that lived through it. However, remembering is still important. We can choose to actively connect with the past and the lessons that can be learned. Not glorifying war, but honestly engaging in the past and, hopefully then not repeating the worst mistakes. To be thankful for past mercies.Psalm 137:5-6 says,If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouthif I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.Written in the midst of captivity in Babylon, after a brutal war which devastated the county and people, it would have been relatively easy for the exiles to settle down and forget the past. To settle down with the newfound wealth and prosperity and simply let time move on. The second and third generation growing up to find they didn’t really remember for they never learned.We live in a time of wealth and foreign holidays, of plenty and even excess. It is easy for us to forget the sacrifice of past generations, and also to forget the God who abides with us when the darkness deepens, and other comforts flee.Of whatever generation, of whatever life experience, we can forget or choose to truly remember.David
Specification of the Organ
and a few ranks were added.
The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.
Welcome and NoticesOpening words. Hymn: R & S 45 Morning has brokenPrayers of approachTheme Introduction – The best and the worstHymn: R & S 495 Father hear the prayer we offerReadings Psalm 98 & Luke 21:5-19Hymn: R & S 586 All my hope on God is foundedTalk – Finding a way Hymn The Lord’s my shepherd (Townend version)OffertoryPrayers of Intercession Min:Lord in your mercyCong:Hear our prayersHymn I the Lord of sea and sky (Here I am Lord)BlessingNext Sunday 10:45 am Sunday Worship for All Led By Nigel Crisp
This is used for Pre-school every weekday during term-time. Also by Brownies and Rainbows on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by the Folk Dancing Group. Other than the Sanctuary, it is the largest space in the building and has kitchen facilities just off the hall.
This is a regulary used space, including use as a Polling Station! It is easy to make all sorts of furniture arrangements. It is also straight off the main lobby so makes for easy access.
Rooms 4 and 5
A useful space, with a divider, so it can be made cosy or more open. It is used as a double room by the AA Group on a Wednesday evening regularly throughout the year. There is flexibility in the setting of the furniture .
The sanctuary is also very flexible in layout, but as the chairs are more substantial, re-arrangements require much more work. There is a loop sound system and a projection screen. The organ console seen in the picture to the left is moveable. The organ pipes can be seen above the congregation seating area in the picture below.
Last, but not least, are the supporting areas.
There are toilets on both floors including baby changing and disabled facilities on the ground floor. There is a small lift in the entrance lobby for people to get to and from the upper floor. Finally, each floor has kitchen facilities. The pictures are of the downstairs kithen. See the forms and conditions on the Forms Page
Below is an interactive Booking Enquiry Form - the simplest way to make an enquiry. This is secure entry and the information you add is encrypted; and this still applies if you are out and about and not on a secure WiFi setting.Otherwise you can download a PDF form here.Print it, complete it and mail to St John’s or email it to: email@example.comNote: This form is fillable if you have an appropriate PDF reader.
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The Next Ten Years (TNTY)This is positive exercise to plan for the future. We recognise that we need to think about: how do we manage all the day-day things between us so that we can still be a vibrant church helping those around us. We are on the first steps just now. Here is a video to introduce the first steps to help each of us start thinking what we could each do.
Even being able to part of some of them, or just do
them once in a while will be of help.
The other main news is that this is a relatively new
We have all the same things as before, such as the diary and this week’s service, but they should be easier and speedier to access. This new website should work well on a reasonably up to date smartphone. You can scroll through the main pages swiftly rather than relying on the navigation bar. However, you can still use the navigation bar if you wish. Please let the webmaster know about any difficulties, what you like and what you would like added. Use the contact page to do so.
IntroductionThe St John's Rambling Group was formed in 1996 as an activity of the church. They walk on the last Saturday every month. The group welcomes friends from other churches and those simply interested in walking in enjoyable company.Walk Programme 2019/2020 is shown below. Ramblers meet in the church car park, ready to leave at 1.00pm unless indicated differently in the programme.For further information about the St John's United Reformed Church Ramblers, e-mail the leaders at Ramble Leaders
Walk Programme 2019/2020
Monthly Walks Meet at the church at Cowper St. on last Saturday of the month so we are ready to leave the church at 1.00 p.m. (except July - see *** below)The mileages given above are approximate and might change once the walk has been tried out. Usually, it will be possible for a shorter walk to be taken.
Long Melford ***
25 January 2020
*** Possible whole day - meet at church at 10.00.a.m.Figure Eight walk of 4 and 5.5 miles, with picnic lunch in middle