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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Services
Date & Time
St John’s
Streaming
03/07/22 10:45
Rev David Rees Communion
Possible streaming from Castle Hill Website TBC
10/07/22 10:45
Keith Scarff
17/07/22 10:30
10:30 Start for streamed service (Adam Earle) from Castle Hill
Adam Earle from the link on Castle Hill Website
24/07/22 10:30
No Morning Service at St John’s
Moderator Lythan Nevard from the link on Castle Hill Website
24/07/22 3 PM
Ordination and Induction of Adam Earle, Live
Available at home online from the link on Castle Hill Website
31/07/22 10:45
‘Hybrid Service’ with video sermon by Rev David Rees
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

10.45 am on Sundays Worship for All

at which you will find a warm welcome

Services last about 45 minutes. Our Worship Leaders include Ministers, such as our own Ipswich and East Minister Rev David Rees plus some excellent lay preachers, including our own two lay preachers, Sara Pells and Peter Dawson. We use a large screen to project elements of the service including the hymns. Also we sometimes join with Castle Hill via a live stream and on those Sundays the service starts 15 minutes earlier at 10:30. Currently people are using facemasks throughout the service.

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 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.
30 years to prepare Most of the Gospel readings in church this year are taken from Luke’s gospel. Early in that gospel, there is a short verse that has puzzled and fascinated me in equal parts. It simply says, ‘When Jesus began his ministry, he was about thirty years of age.’ (Luke 3:23) Tradition has it that Joseph died fairly young, and that Jesus had to take upon himself the support of his mother Mary and of his younger brothers and sisters. It was not until they were old enough to take the family business on their own shoulders, that he felt free to leave Nazareth and go into the wider world and start his second career. Whether that is true or not, we don’t really know, these thirty years gave him the opportunity to prepare for the three years of ministry by living out his own teaching in normal daily life. Had he always been a home-less, wandering teacher with no human ties or obligations, it might have been said to him, “What right have you to talk about human duties and human relationships, you, who never fulfilled them?” But Jesus was able to say, not just, “Do as I say,” but, “Do as I have done.” William Barclay tells the story that the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy was a man who talked about living the way of love; but his wife who bore 13 children wrote poignantly of him, “There is so little genuine warmth about him; his kindness does not come from the heart, but merely from his principles. His biographies will tell of how he helped the labourers to carry buckets of water, but no one will ever know that he never gave his wife a rest and never -- in all these thirty-two years -- gave his child a drink of water or spent five minutes by his bedside to give me a chance to rest a little from all my labours." Hmmm. No one could ever speak like that of Jesus. He lived at home what he preached in his ministry. Though Jesus was God in human form, he had to live as we live. And because he spent these thirty years in Nazareth, he knew the problems of making a living, the haunting insecurity of the life of the worker, the ill-natured customer, the person who would not pay his debts, the wonderful ‘salt of the earth’ neighbours and the neighbour who was a bigot. It is central to the incarnation that God became truly human that we face no problem of life and living which Jesus did not also experience, and his teachings are based on that grounded experience. So, give thanks for those 30 years. And perhaps ask God to let you know what your next stage of life and ministry is, however long your time of preparation has been.   David
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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