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 (left), is joined by the

Rev Ernie Bossé (right) for the next nine months

to look 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 16 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.
July August Advance This is the regular publication containing news of events and our church life. You could help by sending content to advance@stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk Also if you have both a printer and nearby members that a print a copy that would be their only means of reading it. Ensuring you avoid any possible contamination in doing so by using disposable gloves for all stages including posting it through the door. Here is a version with pictures & white cover for printing
Community Sharing on Sundays of Virtual Service Options during Covid-19 restrictions Options Available Sunday Worship Rev David Rees Rev Ernie Bossé
Direct from the URC https://devotions.urc.org.uk/
Sound Versions of Services Weekly on 01473 938542 option 1
Services
Date
YouTube
St John’s
4/07/21
David (Comm)
Sara (Comm)
11/07/21
Ernie
Ernie
18/07/21
Martin Camroux from Castle Hill 11/7
Sue Liddell Live from Castle Hill Starts 10:30
25/07/21
Sue Liddell from Castle Hill 18/7
Adrian
1/08/21
David (Comm)
David (Comm)
8/08/21
David
15/08/21
Ernie
Sara
22/08/21
David
Liz Fox
29/08/21
Ernie
David
5/09/21
David (Comm)
Allison S (Comm)
Covid -19 latest news: We are currently Open on Sundays We are continuing to request people wear face masks and follow all the existing procedures we have been operating. We want anyone to feel comfortatble and safe to attend. To see requirements click here.
St John’s  United Reformed Church Ipswich

St John’s URC Ipswich Diary

Regular Events

Sunday      10.45am Worship for All.  Communion first Sunday of each month included with the online service.   Monday Tuesday    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    5.00pm 2nd Hamilton Rainbows    6.15pm 40th Ipswich Brownies    7.30pm Elders Meeting (usually 2nd Thurs)    7.30pm Church Meeting (5 meetings per year) Friday   Saturday   10.30am Community Coffee for All (2nd Sat in the month)   
All Suspended for now
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.
July 2021 Not taking things for granted The unlocking of the Covid restrictions has been delayed. Some are quiet upset about this, others are relieved. At the time of writing, ‘freedom day’ is set for Monday 19th July, but we have discovered more than once that Covid seems to have a mind of its own and any dates are only provisional, whatever the government may confidently say. The disappointment felt around Christmas time as family gatherings had to be cancelled and the seeing of loved ones postponed yet again, are a case in point. We do hope that we can soon get back to worship and church life. So many people have said they miss fellowship and singing. I also hope that when we finally experience ‘normal’ again, we are able to realise what a blessing such things truly are. We so often take such things for granted. One of the practices or Holy Habits that have encouraged Christians throughout the centuries is the Examen, first formulated by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th Century. It’s a way of reflecting on the day so that we don’t take life for granted. One version of the Examen goes like this:- Towards the end of the day, set aside some time, regularly if possible. In stillness: 1. Become aware of God’s presence. 2. Review the day with gratitude. 3. Pay attention to your emotions. 4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. 5. Look toward tomorrow. It is both simple and profound, though if I leave it too late, I am very likely to drop off to sleep! If we practice this or similar Holy Habits, we discover an attitude of thankfulness and an awareness that God is with us through each facet of our lives, even when life turns sour. So as we wait the time when fellowship over a cuppa and singing out loud and together become normal once more, could we also reflect on these events. There are God given possibilities in each and every moment, and we can thank God that he continues to be with us in these times. 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. There will be a one way system to ensure social distancing of two metres is possible. This will be marked by arrows. You will enter the left hand doors and turn left to enter the sanctuary (there will be hand sanitiser available). As required by Government for church premises, we will ask you to sign a form to say you agree to our keeping your details; once signed, we will keep that whilst we are operating the church in this way. We will then take your details: See example of the Form below which says we will only keep a note of the date and time of any visit for 21 days. This is to provide the necessary details for NHS Track and Trace, and whilst not compulsory, the elders would urge you to provide this information. A steward will direct you to a seat which will be socially distanced from others. There will be no singing possible and you are requested not to engage in conversation with others until you have left and are outside the building. You will leave the sanctuary via Room 1 as guided by a steward. 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 Consent form for places of worship To support the NHS Test and Trace programme, we are taking contact details (name and telephone number) for all visitors, as well as recording times entering and leaving St John’s URC Ipswich. We do have a QR Code to scan. In line with guidance issued by the Department for Health and Social Care, we will keep your details safely and in compliance with GDPR legislation. We will keep your visit details for 21 days before securely disposing of or deleting them. We will only share your details with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, if it is needed to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will not use your details for any other purposes or pass them on to anyone else. Thank you for your understanding. If you agree to providing your information for this reason, please complete the following form: Name Tel. No Signature Date
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 enquiry 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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