St John’s United Reformed Church 1 Cowper Street, Ipswich IP4 5JD Web Address: www.stjohnsurcipswich.org.uk



NEWSLETTER FROM ST JOHN’S URC Ministers: Rev David Rees & Filled Vacancy July 2022 Office:
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Church Secretary’s Notes Happy new year to you all. What has 2022 in store for us? We certainly look forward to our new minister Adam Earle joining us later in the year. Adam will combine with David to provide joint ministry to our five local churches. This will be the 168th year since the opening of the independent chapel on our site and Adam will be the 24th minister! I can remember the last seven and I expect many of you can remember even more! We’ve had 15 different church secretaries some had two goes(!) and one even three! It will be good to be up to our full complement of ministers which gives me hope of exciting times to come. Having said that we’ve yet to see what restrictions this new strain of the pandemic will bring. We still need more nominations for Elders and offers of extra help on door duties etc. Perhaps this gives you a chance of a new year’s resolution! Please see me if you would like to help with this or any other task you resolve to do. What about Eco Action Group? A chance to engage with and learn about environmental concerns for the church. Is that of interest to you? We welcome William Glasse to our first communion of the new year. Adrian
TREASURERS REPORT You are thanked for Offerings in November totalling £2,258.30. and for the December Communion Fund donations of £30.80. We have been able to donate the total of £90.30, to the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter Project. At the time of going to press. We have received the sum of £217 for the Church Xmas Card donations for FIND (Families in Need).  Many thanks for all your generous financial support throughout the past year. We wish you all a Happy New Year Mary A and Richard W Bible Study Our Monthly Tuesday morning Bible Studies in January will be via Zoom. You can stay warm and cosy in your own home but still join with others for an hour of sharing thoughts and experiences based on a passage of the Bible. Our first meeting in the New Year will be on January 11th when our main passage for study will be John 2:1-11. Another designated reading for that week is 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a, so if we have time we might look at that too. Meeting together and sharing our experiences and insights of God is a very good way to start the new year so please do join us to share your thoughts or just listen to others. When logging on the meeting ID is 889 953 6542. If you have no internet then you can use your phone by dialling 02034815240 or 01304601196 and when prompted enter the number 889 953 6542 Elaine T
The Rainbows enjoyed making and learning about Christingles. We used an orange, raisins and a candle for the light of the world.  Mary G
St John’s
William Glasse (Comm)
Peter Dawson Live Streamed from St John’s
Rev David Rees Church Meeting - Election of Elders
Sara Pells
Richard Jurd
Peter Dawson (Comm)
Thoughts for the New Year Make time to think - it is the source of power. Make time to play - it is the key to freedom and relaxation. Make time to read - it is the gateway to knowledge. Make time to worship - it washes the dust of earth from your eyes. Make time to help and enjoy friends - no other happiness matches this. Make time to love - if you don't it will fade away. Make time to laugh and pray - these are two things that lighten life's load. Make time to be alone with God - He is the Source of everything. (From ‘The Link’, Callander Kirk, author unknown)
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