St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich
Welcome to our Website St John's is a friendly, welcoming Christian church offering worship for all and facilities for the local community. St John’s serves the area of East Ipswich but many members of our congregation come from outside this immediate area.

Our Minister Rev David Rees

looks after St John’s and 4

other Churches: Castle Hill,

Felixstowe, Saxmundham and

also Leiston LEP who joined

Ipswich and East Pastorate in

September 2020 .

These churches and another

14 churches and chapels are part of the

South Suffolk Area Partnership

Our Vision  This is for a friendly, caring church, serving the  local community and the wider world,  embracing all age groups and strengthening people  in their faith in Jesus Christ  and their love for other people.
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Covid -19 latest news: Open on Sundays People will need to wear face masks and follow all the existing procedures we have been operating. Singing is currently allowed behind masks We want anyone to feel comfortatble and safe to attend. To see requirements click here.
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Services
Date
St John’s
02/01/22
William Glasse (Comm)
09/01/212
Peter Dawson Live Streamed from St John’s
16/01/22
Rev David Rees Church Meeting - Election of Elders
23/01/22
Sara Pells
30/01/22
Richard Jurd
06/02/22
Peter Dawson (Comm)
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St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events at Present

Sunday      10.45am Worship for All.  Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service.   Monday Tuesday     Wednesday    7.30pm Local AA Group Meeting     Thursday    5.00pm 2nd Hamilton Rainbows    6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies    7.30pm or 2:30 Church Meeting (5 meetings per year) Friday  
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Services resumed on 18 April

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about an half an hour initially. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Ministers Rev David Rees and Rev Ernie Bossé plus 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.

Minister’s Letter

Specification of the Organ

The

1916

two

manual

and

pedal

tubular

pneumatic

organ

by

Bishop

from

the

previous

building

was

rebuilt

with

electric

action

by

W

&

A

Boggis

of

Diss

in

the

new

church.

It

is

placed

in

an

elevated

position

in

the

Worship

Area

and

is

controlled

from

a

detached,

moveable console.

Certain

specifications

changes

were

made

to

take

account

of

the

new

acoustic

conditions

and a few ranks were added.

The Pedal reed pipes (which had been prepared for) were installed in 1993.

Our Communion Service is currentlyonline  is held on the first Sunday in the Month   All age ‘Celebration Services’ are held with inputs from  Rainbows, Brownies and Pre-School when circumstances permit.
Giving thanks at Christmas Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. With the nights drawing in at 4pm and the glowing warmth of the many lights. It’s not like later, when there has been enough of winter, and we are yearning for some sunlight that actually warms us up. Around Christmas, somehow the cold and the darkness are still special. I guess it has to do with expectations. We look forward, we plan we work very hard to make Christmas something out of the ordinary. However, I'm also aware of the struggles people have around Christmas. How will I cope with that difficult relative? How will I deal with the pain of missing those who are not there? How can I enjoy Christmas when it reminds me of such hurtful interactions from the past? How can I bear the joy of others when I'm so lonely? How can we enjoy Christmas when there is little money for gifts? And this time around as Covid19 still looms, whether we are allowed to or not, can we and should we meet up with friends and family? It would be wonderful to think that Christmas could be a time when love reigns and we can all focus on the love of God shown to us in Christ. But in reality, our blessings are often mixed with pain and for many, Christmas is a reminder of the distorted, unloving nature of human beings, rather than the perfect, loving nature of God. For those of us with loving relationships Christmas will probably be a time of joy. We can also make it a time to be grateful for the immense blessing we have in those relationships. Those who love us are gifts beyond any material gift. Our times together are treasures much greater than anything we could buy. The greatest gift we can give to those we love is to continue to invest in our relationship with time, care, support and genuine interest. Sometimes this costs us more than material gifts, demands more of us, requires more thought and sacrifice, but ultimately is worth whatever it cost, just as is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Isn't this a true image of love come to earth? Isn't this the best way to celebrate Christmas? It may be that there is someone near you who will struggle through Christmas feeling lonely, hurt, or grieved. Let us pray that those of us who are blessed will notice these people and invite them into places of love and joy, to share with them our gifts of love, and perhaps give them understanding and hope for what is possible, even in the midst of a world where pain and suffering and isolation is very present. And as we move into the new year, we think about the relationships that are part of our lives. How do we nurture them? How do we mend the broken ones? How do we invest in them so that they become fully the gifts of love that we all need? For this season of Christmas and the New Year, I pray the love of God will be born again in your relationships and that you will be able to truly give thanks. David
See the Covid Precautions Here
Opening for Individual Prayer and Online Service and live Services The church is open at 10:30 and the online service or live service will run from 10:45 and finish before we close the church again for the necessary cleaning required at 11:30. Note on some week’s when sharing a broadcast the service may start at 10:30 and entry is from 10:15. The idea is to avoid too many people arriving at once. You must stay outside St John’s until called forward and stay two metres apart from others waiting to enter. You must not enter the building if you have any of the symptoms of Covid 19 or feel unwell. You will need to have a face-covering on at all times, from just before entering the church, until you are outside again. You will enter the left hand doors and turn left to enter the sanctuary (there will be hand sanitiser available). Despite all the above, we would really love to see you if you can visit safely. If you wish to know more about a Risk Assessment please email the Church Secretary From the Elders of St John’s
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

Contact Details

St John’s URC Ipswich

Our Postal Address is: St John’s United Reformed Church 1 Cowper Street Ipswich Suffolk IP4 5JD United Kingdom Office Telephone (Answer Machine) 01473 724961 Please Note currently we are still working out how to hire out any rooms due to covid-19 restrictions. Please use the adjacent contact form. Minister: Rev David Rees (Ipswich and East) email: minister@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Church Secretary:Mr Adrian Cubitt email: Secretary@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Webmaster webmaster@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Website which is https for security www.stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk

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