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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.


Latest Video Update from Clive - 2 April

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To view the latest video update from Clive, please click here.


Text for the week- Isaiah 40 v 31

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Some sad news 

It is with sadness that we have to announce that Alan Weller's father, and long standing St John's church member, Eric passed away on Thursday morning 1 April. Alan said that his Dad had no underlying symptoms and passed away peacefully in his bed.
Please remember Alan, Anthea and all the family in your prayers at this sad time, that God will comfort them and be by their side through the days ahead.

Marriage Course - Thursday 9 April 

Holy Trinity Brompton are offering a one-off online marriage course, free of charge, starting on April 9th.
If anyone would like to take up this offer, please contact Amanda Clayton by email at  for more information and how to register.

We're doing "office" in a different way......

We may not be in the Old Vic at the moment but we are still working as a team from our our own homes.
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                                      and meeting together by Zoom
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Breaking news.... 

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It has been great to hear that the Life Group Leaders and members have been looking out for each other during this period of not meeting physically.  We have been getting in touch with Life Group Leaders to see how people are.  We hope in the coming weeks to get in touch with those not currently in a Life Group.  However, in the meantime, if you want to get in touch for a pastoral reason please email Andy Williams (

A message from Lyn Spall our Safeguarding officer 

As Safeguarding Officer for St John’s I would like to remind people that if they are concerned about the welfare of anyone, they are welcome to contact me in confidence and I can advise them what to do.

Also, this is a very good time to update Safeguarding Training online so if anyone would like to do this, you can click here to access the training portal.
If you are connected to St John’s in any way you can do the training. It is an excellent way to make sure we are all looking out for the safety of our neighbours.
You need to create a log in to access the online courses but it is all free of charge.
There are 2 online courses - 
                     Basic Awareness, which takes 30-45 minutes, recommended for all to do
                     Foundation, which takes 45 minutes to 1 hour and goes into a bit more detail
If anyone completes either or both of these courses you will be sent a certificate (by email).
Please could you forward the certificate to me so I can make a note for church records of who holds up to date certificates.
The certificates are valid for three years.
My email address is - 
Many thanks, 
Lyn Spall

Weekly Prayer- Tuesday evenings between 7:30pm-8:30pm

prayer and fastingMary Howard who co-ordinates the St John's Prayer Meetings on Tuesday evening's at St John's would like to encourage our church family to continue to pray and fast on Tuesday's during the day or evening. 
As you are all aware now due to government advice, we now have to close the church building until further notice so as a symbol of our continuing in prayer, the building will be illuminated during the evening.

Each week we will be holding a special hour of stay@home prayer on Tuesday evenings between 7:30-8:30.   We invite all of you to participate and ask that you light a candle/safe light and place it in your window at 7:30.  Please join with us in prayer.

Mary says "please pray for a miracle - that as God's people humble themselves God will heal our land and that lives would be spared. If you are able, please listen to the Simon Ponsonby Sermon - please click here to listen.  

Roger Seville who often preaches at St John's Cafe Church has also provided us with a link to his sermon which was scheduled for a previous Sunday evening - this is also relevant to this subject and relates to 2 Chronicles 7: 11-22.  If you would like to view the online talk please click here.


A Prayer to our Father God 

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St Johns Church & Office 

As you will be aware all public acts of worship and gathered activities have been postponed until further notice.  Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 23 March the church building and the church office are now closed until further notice. 

If you need help, assistance or prayer and have no direct contact with others for this, please call us and leave a message on our answerphone or use our Contact Us form as we are working remotely.

You can also check our homepage for our most up to date information and ways to connect.

We continue to serve you In Christ during this challenging time, looking to be church family together and neighbour to those around us.

Update Page for news and videos from St John's

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 We would like to keep you updated with the latest information by way of   newsletters, video's, discipleship pages for different age groups, encouraging   testimonies and other news.We will be continually working on this page so that   all the items of information are regularly updated . 

The image to the left can be found on the front home page which once clicked will take you to the Update Page.  If you would like to view the page, please click on the image. 


Important News – Coronavirus advice

In response to the current concerns around the Coronavirus outbreak, we don’t want to add to any anxiety around this issue and want to assure you that we take your health seriously. 

As we all know, the best way to avoid the spread of germs is through good hygiene practices.  In addition to that for the time being, on entering the Church and other church buildings you will see a table set up in each foyer / entrance with antibacterial gel, which we would like you to use.

The advice reminds us all that if you are suffering from the usual coughs and colds of winter, or are feeling unwell for any other reason, please consider staying at home to avoid the spread of these bugs in church or life groups. We also want to follow the general NHS advice to

  • carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and then bin the tissue. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or use sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Should you have concerns that you may have contracted Coronavirus, please follow the advice that you shouldn't attend A&E or your GP practice but should phone NHS 111 for advice.  If you are a returning traveller from an affected area then please follow the government advice found online  

Further information and practical advice for churches can be viewed on the diocese of Edmundsbury and Ipswich website.

As the advice is constantly being updated please refer to either the government website, NHS or the Diocese for the latest information.  We will also endeavour to pick out the main points for your information as we become aware of them.

Bereavement Group - Phone Contact 

2020-03-19 Bereavement Support