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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 from Clive and the Church Office.


The Robinsons will be with us this Sunday!

We look forward to welcoming the Robinsons this Sunday at our 9am and 11am Services and Cafe Church, where they will share their testimonies and give us feedback on their mission work at the Place of Grace in Bangkok.   Please come along to the shared lunch (after the 11am service) to support them, encourage them and pray for them. This will be a bring and share lunch, but if you forget to bring something, please stay as there is usually plenty to go around.  

24 June - Robinsons 

Big Family Day Out - Sunday 15th July, 10am-1pm 

We hope you can come along and support the Big Family Day Out on Sunday 15th July where St John's musicians will be offering worship during the three Acts of Worship at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm  There will be plenty to get involved in during the day for the family, such as craft activities, entertainment, music, bouncy castles, circus skills, food and drink and lots more.  Entrance and all activities are completely free.  

BFDO 2018 

St John's Summer Services and Church Family BBQ 

Lets Get Together 

NewsTemporary Office Administrator Vacancy 

We have a vacancy for a temporary part time Office Administrator.  For further information on this job and to apply please visit our Job Opportunities page or click here.

Safeguarding Training for Volunteers 

As those who were at the APCM will know, the Diocese is implementing a new Safeguarding Training programme.  This Follows the House of Bishops ruling in January 2017 when every diocese was tasked with implementing the new safeguarding training practice guidance.  This means that a number of volunteers will be required to complete an online Safeguarding module called C0 – Basic Awareness. This module must be completed before attending any other safeguarding training session.  This basic awareness module is required by all those who volunteer in a number of areas, including Welcome and Coffee Rota.

As Parish Safeguarding Officer, Andy Williams is asking different groups at a time to complete the C0 Basic Awareness Training.  To date, all PCC members and most of those on the Flower rota have completed the training and those on 11:00am Coffee and Welcome rotas have been asked to complete the training.

We carried out a CO Module face to face training session on Tuesday 19 June for members of the church.  If you missed the training you can still complete it on-line and if you would like to do this,  please click here.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Andy.

Cheese, Wine & Puddings at the Vicarage - 17-19 July

Don't forget to book your place before 1st July!

Clive and Mary would be delighted if you are able to join them for cheese, wine and puddings at the Vicarage.  Please let the office know by 1st July if you are able to attend - email: or ring the office:  01394 383162.    

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'Serving Like Christ Together' 

We will be offering a new 6 part sermon series at St John's at both the 9am and 11am services, following the Lifebuilder Resource, 'Serving Like Christ'.  The sermon series will look at the key character traits taught and modeled by Jesus that are essential to a life of service in the footsteps of the Ultimate Servant. 

We are encouraging life-groups to study this sermon series and a leaders study guide will be available for each group, however if you wish to purchase your own copy of the study guide, you can visit Eden Books and buy on-line at a cost of £4.99 - please click here.  

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 Hope Into Action - 28 June at 7.30.  How you can help... 

Please come along to a meeting to find out more about Hope into Action on Thursday 28th June at 7.30pm, Old Vicarage rooms 7 & 8, if you are interested in being involved in this project for the homeless.

Julia Hancock (Selig Trust) and Sophie Charlton (Empowerment Worker for the project) will explain all!  Julia and Sophie look forward to seeing you at the meeting!  For further information on Hope into Action please visit the page under 'Community/Local Community' or click here. 

Sizewell Holiday 2018 - a few places still available

SizewellA message from Jos Saunders, Sizewell Holiday Co-ordinator:-

"Oh I Do like to be beside the seaside .. ..  There is just enough room left for a family and a either 2 singles or 2 couples. Or combination of!  If you are thinking of joining us don’t leave it too late and then miss out!  Sizewell is a wonderful place with space to join in or take yourself off for a bit of peace and quiet. 

The team is  planning a wonderful relaxing week. Clare Johnson is coming and is planning some fun filled bible related activities for the younger members. 

If you would like to join us all the details are on the website. Or you can call me on 07753 903056, Jos"  For further details and a booking form, please click here.

Trusting God in Troubled Times-Cafe Church Sermon Series 

We have started a new sermon series at Cafe Church on the book of Isaiah entitled 'Trusting God in Troubled Times'.    

We all go through times of trouble and suffering.  Sometimes we look at our lives or our world and wonder what good could possibly come out of it.  That's exactly what we find in the book of Isaiah.  When we go through this sermon series we'll see how the prophet raises a cry for revival in the midst of a rotting society.  And you'll find comfort for your own troubled times. 

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Sound Team Training - could you join our Sound Team? 

Sound Team Training - Could you join our sound team?  
You’ll get to know and work with different people, especially the musicians, and be blessing the whole congregation by helping them to hear speech and song clearly and comfortably.  Full training will be given and we’ll support you as you grow in confidence. As well as learning alongside an experienced sound operator, we plan to hold one or more training session(s) for the team in early September, so this would be a great time to get involved. 

This might be for you if:

- You are interested and keen to serve in this way
- You like helping things work smoothly and are reasonably practical and logical
- You have a reasonable ear for music and a normal hearing range
- You can help on team either Sunday morning or Sunday evening regularly (eg once a month) 
- You are an adult or a keen young person 

Please speak to me or email on on if you’re interested or just want to find out more.  We look forward to hearing from you.  Jonathan and Rosie Evans

St John's Confirmation Service (with baptism) - Sun 25th November

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being baptised or confirmed - you are never too old, so if this is something you have always wanted to do, please consider this opportunity.   The service will be held at St John's Church on Sunday 25th November at 5pm (there will be no Cafe Church on this day) and after the service there will be a shared supper for the candidates and church family - everyone welcome! 

If you are an adult please contact the Vicars P.A, Tracey Fearn, via the church office.  If you are in Revival Youth (Cells), please contact Andy Williams.  Preparation sessions will be arranged for both adults and youth in the Autumn - dates to be confirmed nearer the time. 

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Bring and Share Lunch 

Please note, there will be an additional lunch on 24th June, when the Robinsons (a missionary family we support) will visit us and give a testimony at the 9am and 11am and join us for a bring and share lunch afterwards - please put this date in your diary, as it would be lovely to hear from them and encourage them in their work. 

On 1st July, the venue for the lunch will be Elmhurst Park (bring something to share and relax with your church family in hopefully some sunshine!).  We then break for the summer, but the lunches start up again on  7th October in the church, following the 11am service.   

Bring and Share Lunch 

Revive - 29 June to 1 July 2018

2018-revive-emailWe are looking forward to REVIVE, hosted by the Fountain Network this summer.  Programmes are provided for all ages led by teams from Youth for Christ and St John’s Church, Woodbridge. The keynote speakers are Paul & Becky Harcourt, the New Wine national leaders, along with John & Anne Coles and Freddy Hedley. Worship will be led by the team from the Fountain of Life Church. It promises to be a great weekend of teaching, fellowship and encounter.

We hope many from St Johns church will attend for the whole weekend or for a day - please put the dates into your diary and let FOL Church know that you are intending to come, as space will be limited - email:  Camping and bed and breakfast accommodation is available locally. For further information and booking please click the poster above or contact

If you would like to help with children’s ministry over the weekend please contact Clare Johnston