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There is always plenty going on at St John's and in our local community. This page is a great way to keep up to date.


Join Us Online 

If you are not yet ready to return to Church in person we have so many easy ways for you to join us online.  You can click directly onto the relevant service in the Church Calendar, found under the Resources menu along the top main menu bar.  Or via the Home Page picture for Online services (St John's YouTube Channel) , which will take you to our YouTube Channel where all the streamed services can be seen. (you will notice we have a few weeks scheduled currently, that's just to help with workflow in the office, just click on the placeholder with the relevant date) Or Under the Congregations menu along the top main menu bar you can go to the Online Services Page where you will find another link to our YouTube Channel.

Prayer for our Vacancy 

2022-01-21 Cover day in prayer

As you are aware the interviews for our new vicar are taking place on Monday and Tuesday next week. Please cover these two days in prayer as this is a crucial phase of this process.

Specifically, please pray for the safety of the candidates as they travel, for God's guidance for them and everyone else involved in the process as they discern God's will for the next season in the life of our benefice.

PCC Thursday 20th January 

The PCC met on Thursday evening, primarily to pray for the familiarisation day and interviews taking place next week. 

We started by noting some points from the November PCC which we will come back to in March. These are:

  • Potential use of the Church Hall by the Salvation Army to continue running the Foodbank while their hall kitchen is upgraded.
  • The Carbon Audit - we still need a volunteer to work with the PCC to lead this, if you think you could help, please get in touch.
  • We have started to make enquiries about a Confirmation class, which we will be able to offer later this year. 

We then unanimously passed a resolution to recommission Roger Ackerley as a Lay Reader at Bredfield. 

Richard Bolt shared some scripture with us (1 Samuel 16:7-12, and later Ephesians 4: 7-13) and we prayed together for over an hour. We were reminded of some of the themes from the previous prayer mornings, including God doing a new thing, and God's amazing provision and gifting for his people.

The next meeting is on 7th March, when we will be focussed on approving the end of year accounts. 

Alan Nunn
Vice Chair of PCC

Climate Change : Spreading the word 

We would like to invite you to the next Climate Change event that St Mary's Church Time to Reflect group are hosting in the Shire Hall on Wed Feb 2nd at 7pm for 7.15-8.30pm.  In the light of feedback from previous sessions we thought we would include the following on the theme of 'Spreading the Word':

prayer, a poem and/or psalm of lament
a discussion on Katharine Hayhoe's book: Saving Us: A climate scientist's case for hope and healing in a divided world (now available at reduced price of £16.15 hard cover, or £11.99 kindle from Amazon)
identify opportunities to encourage a change of heart in ourselves and others
share progress with living in ways more kind to our planet
discuss ways to support people in our churches to adopt sustainable living
general encouragement of each other as we seek to bring about climate change in whichever ways we can.
Please feel free to invite anyone along you think will be interested in the content.
In the light of the Omicron variant and its rapid spread, we would ask if everyone could take a lateral flow test before attending, wear a mask during the session and give your contact details on arrival.  

 Children's Society collection boxes

"Don't forget - if you've got a Children's Society collection box that needs emptying, then please hand it to Robert and Liz Brockbank so they can send off the proceeds to the Society. Normally we will be asking for boxes to be returned in November each year (though you can return them any time you like), but due to Covid and Robert and Liz taking on this new role, dates have slipped a bit this time!
Boxes can be returned direct to Robert and Liz, or handed in at church. Thank you."


Open up and let the people in 

open-blue-door-90964309We are looking to expand our little team to help keep our church open throughout the week, would you like to join us to make this happen?  The more folk we have the better, it only takes a few minutes to open and close the church.  If you live locally even better.  With our small staff team working flexibly part time and sometimes remotely its not always easy to have this covered by the office, so we need your help. 
 Please get in touch with me at the office if you would like to join the team.

Noelle, Operations Manager

 An Evening with Graham Kendrick

2021-10-08 Graham kendrick

An Evening with Graham Kendrick at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds – Tuesday 15 February 2022
With his last two appearances at The Apex sell-outs, this is an evening of praise and worship with Britain's premier Christian singer/songwriter -  with over a thousand songs to his name.
A band of talented musicians accompany him.
This is an event you will not want to miss – book early to avoid disappointment.

Adventure Cruise Holiday Club 22 -24 February 

This year we are going on an Adventure Cruise so grab your sunglasses and come and join us!

Holiday Club Team – can you join us?
The Adventure Cruise is casting off on 22nd – 24th February and we’d love you to join us.  Can you help supervise a small group of children during Holiday Club?  It’s a great opportunity to get involved with mission, build relationships with local children and families and it’s lots of fun too!  Please prayerfully consider whether you can join us this year and contact Clare Johnston on 01394 383162 or for more information.

Click on the poster on the poster below for more information.

2022-01-06 Holiday Club Februa 

Please remember to keep your mask on in Church!    

As the guidance continues to change please heed the latest advice from government, which can be found here.  You can also check the latest advice covid-19 advice for churches on the Church of England’s dedicated covid-19 page here
The most important change is that it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings in places of worship 

2021-12-17 Mask on Balcony

Interesting decoration found this week in church.  Please be reminded that you need to keep your mask on throughout your time in church.

We will still be providing refreshments, however please only remove your mask to drink while sitting down, then put your mask back on.

We also Strongly recommend taking a lateral flow test if you can before coming to church (if you are able to get hold of a pack)

If you are concerned and want to speak with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact Lyn, Alan or Noelle.