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There is always plenty going on at St John's and this page is a great way to keep up to date with the latest news and notices.                                             

Prayer Morning, Saturday 30 October, 10am till 1pm

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This month’s church Prayer Morning will give us all the opportunity to pray specifically for our new vicar. As the advert goes out, we know God has already the right person to lead St John’s and St Andrew’s into the next phase of our churches’ ministry. We would love you to join us on 30th October. There will be prayer ‘stations’, times for quiet and opportunities to pray alone or with others. Tea, coffee and tasty treats will be available all morning. No need to book, just come.

 

Sunday 17 October 

 Those of us who have been blessed with children learn, as they grow, that they will always be our ‘children’, even into their adult life!  But we have to let them go.  On Sunday, we will be exploring what happens if we try to engineer our offsprings' lives for them.

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Vacancy - The next step

Following Monday’s meeting with St John’s and St Andrew’s PCCs, Archdeacon Jeanette, Rural Dean Annette and John Dunnett of CPAS we are pleased to announce that an advertisement will be placed nationally to advertise the vacancy for our new vicar. Please continue to pray for the person God has chosen to lead us into the next phase of our ministry here in Woodbridge and Bredfield.

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27 October - Hall Garden Clean up 

We have a date, its next week, all we now need is YOU!

Our poor Church Hall courtyard garden is still needs TLC, we are looking for 4 folk to join us to prune and snip; gather and clip; cart and load, and make our garden useable again.  This is not just about making it pretty, our emergency exit for the hall is not useable so this work is essential for the safe use of the hall.  Please contact me in the office asap to let me know if you can come!

Noelle 

Did you know about our Coffee? 

 Indego ValleyEvery cup makes a difference

Since 2005, Indigo Valley has been known for pioneering partnerships with both Compassion and Fairtrade, resulting in thousands of coffee growers getting reliable, clean and safe water in their communities and all at no extra cost to our customers.

By using Indigo Valley not only do we get an excellent cup of coffee, but the growers and communities get added benefits too.

Find out more about how they support Compassion here.


Diana Hanes would love to hear from you if you would like to join our amazing team, serving us at the end of each service, many hands make light work.  You can get in touch either via the Church members address book or by contacting the Office.

Newsletters from our Mission Partners 

 We have received newsletters from Heather Cox and from David and Manuela Pawson. These can be found on our World Mission page under Newsletters. You will need your members login details to view the newsletter; if you have trouble logging in or have not requested members access please contact the office for assistance.

Congratulations Tony 

 Tony Allwood Resized 2021Congratulations to Tony Allwood on being elected onto the Church of England General Synod. This is the National Assembly of the Church of England. 





 

Christian Aid's Service of Reflection -Tuesday, 02 November 2021 5.30pm

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You are warmly invited to a special online service of reflection on All Souls’ Day.
We have all been through such enormous change and loss in these last, nearly two years, especially those who have lost a loved one.
Our service is a time for us to come together in a moment of comfort, hope and solidarity to remember those who lit up our lives.
To find out more and to sign up for this service please visit Christin Aid's website.



 

Thank you from Clare

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Thank you ! 

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Operation Christmas Child - Shoe Box Appeal 15 -22 November 2021


Join us in sending some Love, Hope and Joy to these children
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In previous years many of you have very kindly sponsored this appeal.
Well, we’re going to do it again. 
Let’s make a BIG DIFFERENCE to boys and girls around the world and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a shoe box of goodies.
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Click on the above image above to watch the  Operation Christmas Child 2021 Campaign Film

If you would like to find out how to get involved please visit Samaritans-purse.org.uk where you can check out how to pack a box, and send on line. 
Or you can speak to Diana Ray-Mathur about what is involved and for ideas of which items you can put in your box.
Once your box is filled and packed up you can:
           Either bring your box to Church or
           TAKE IT to the collection point at:- John Ives Footwear in The Thoroughfare. 
The boxes must be be at the collection points between 15th - 22nd November

Thanks for reading this message and God bless.

Diana 

 

What are we to do about Masks?    

 As you are aware we have been keen to move cautiously forwards with our approach to mask wearing and social distancing in main church services and other activities within the life of the Church.  Our priority is always to look after each other, be as safe as possible, and respect each other’s choice.  We have now reviewed this in the light of feedback from a number of people and the ever changing guidance.  
To care for those who remain very concerned and feel vulnerable or are unvaccinated for any reason, we will retain a section of church for those who wish to wear a mask in our main services, this will be the block to the right hand side as you come in.  Please only sit here if you are wearing a mask.  You are free to wear a mask anywhere else too if you wish, but other areas are for your free choice. 
Teams serving during services in close proximity to others will be asked to wear their masks, this will include welcomers, those serving refreshments, duty wardens, and the officiant for communion. 
We also ask you to remember to be mindful of those wishing to remain at a distance. 
A big thing we would like to encourage you to do in care of others, is if you have been out and about in busy places during the week, please consider taking a Lateral Flow test before coming to Church, we won’t check you have, but this is the best way to check that you are not unwittingly carrying the virus.
Smaller groups meeting for other activities, like Prayer meetings, Life Groups, The Hub, Little Gems, Youth and others as they start up will be carrying out their own assessment of risk, either formally or informally, and guiding you as you attend their individual activities, any concerns you have should be directed towards the individual activity leader. 
 
We have done very well to keep the virus from spreading in church, and we would like to do the best we can to continue this as we learn to live with the effects of this in our community.  We continue to carry out a deep clean every week, and each group will carry out a touch point viral clean after each activity. If you do find yourself with COVID/ flu like symptoms, please take a test, stay away from Church (even with coughs and colds) and if you have been in church recently and test positive, please notify the office so we can notify others.
 
If you are concerned and want to speak with someone, please don’t hesitate to contact Lyn, Alan or Noelle.
 
God bless
 
Lyn, Alan, Noelle, Lois and Clare 

 

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