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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.


Message from Robert Brockbank, Giving Secretary 

On behalf of the PCC, Robert Brockbank would like to thank all the anonymous donors who have contributed to the work of St John’s over the last year.

You know who you are, so please note our appreciation. We are sorry we are unable to thank you personally.

Welcome to our new Churchwardens 

Following the Archdeacon's Visitation on Thursday 17 May, Dave Guard and Ivan Fearn were admitted to the Office of Churchwarden to serve at St John's Church Woodbridge.

We wish them well for their term in office and please keep them, the new PCC and all who serve at St John's in your prayers.

Bring and Share Lunch - changes

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 

Thank you from Clive and Mary 

Clive and Mary would like to say a big "thank you" for the generous gifts from our church family for their 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary.  They said "it was very unexpected and we felt very loved and blessed - we shall enjoy the evenings out very much!"  

The money collected from our church family purchased:  3 course meal for two at Seckford Hall, 3 course meal and film for two at the Riverside Theatre and £50 towards drinks for both evenings and taxi to Seckford Hall - two special nights out to enjoy time together, so many thanks! 

Sound Team Training - could you join our Sound Team? 

soundboardSound 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


Peter Plummer, the St John's host for New Wine Week 1 has confirmed  "New Wine, Week 1 is now Full.  There may be some day tickets but these are not yet available and off site accommodation would be needed, but these are not yet confirmed.  There may also be some team places, but these would be working roles".  If you are interested in day tickets only or working at New Wine as part of a team, please click the poster below.  

New Wine 2018 

St John's Baptism & Confirmation Service - 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. 

Baptism and Confirmation Servi 

Reduced Church Opening Times 

Until we are able to reappoint an Administrator we are operating reduced office opening times,  usual office open times are currently as follows:-

Monday, Wednesday and Friday between: 9.30am - 1.00pm. 

In addition the office will be closed on Monday 7 May 2018 for Bank Holiday and Friday 11 May 2018

Access can be made via the blue front door, and disabled access is via the driveway door.  The blue front door will normally be unlocked during the office opening times above, however the new door lock has a mind of its own and if you find it locked when the office should be open, please ring the doorbell (We are currently looking into this and whether we need to replace the lock again for a more obedient one). 

We have a new reception area downstairs that we are trialling, please come in, ring the bell at the bottom of the stairs, take a seat in reception and a member of the Staff Team will come down to greet you.  Similarly, if you ring the office and there is no answer, please leave a message and this will be picked up by a member of staff at the earliest opportunity. 

Thank you for your support and understanding during this time.

Trusting God in Troubled Times-Cafe Church Sermon Series starts 6th May

We will be starting a new Cafe Church sermon series on 6th May, based on the book of Isaiah.   

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. 

Cafe Church Trusting in God in

'Third Person' Prayer Ministry Training

This is a morning for everyone who prays!  It aims to encourage us to pray for others in the power of the Holy Spirit - simple and practical but powerful and effective.

Just come along - no need to book.  For further information please speak with Julie Wilman or Sophie Charlton. 

Prayer Ministry Training - Jun

Sunday Morning Cell Leader - can you help?

A Sunday morning Cell Leader is needed as one of the current team has had to step down. 

Come and join a dedicated team passionate about passing on their faith to the next generation.  Teaching material provided and support from Youth Pastor and others in the team.  It is expected that leaders will be there most weeks to build relationship with the young people, but there is flexibility for other commitments.  This will require fulfilment of our recruitment process to work with young people.  Please speak to Andy Williams if you have any questions and for more information 

Church Family Quiz Night - Saturday 9 June

Church Family Quiz Night, 6:00-8:30pm on Saturday 9th June in St John’s Church with bring and share puddings.  This is a social event for us to get to know each other better.  It is also for all ages, hence the earlier time.  Get yourselves into teams (maybe as a Life Group) or come along on the night and join others.  Please bring a pudding to share.  This is a free event, but people can make a donation towards the Just42 Building Project if they would like to.  Any questions please speak to Andy Williams. 

So that we know how many to set up for please email Andy Williams to let him know you are coming (

Church Quiz - 9 June

'Serving Like Christ Together' - Sermon Series 

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.  

Serving Like Christ Sermon Ser 

Holiday at Home 

2018 will be our ninth year of holding Holiday at Home at St John's.  The Holiday at Home will take place during week: Monday 11th June to Sunday 17th June.  A brochure and booking form is now available to download - please click here

Holiday at home


Small Group Training Morning -  Saturday 16 June 2018 

The Small Group Training Morning has now been scheduled for Saturday 16th June, 9am-12.30pm - location, St John's Church.  If you were on the 'attendance list' when it was previously organised (Saturday 3rd March, which had to be cancelled due to the weather conditions),  your name will not be removed unless we hear from you otherwise.  For anyone else who is interested in attending this event, please contact the church office or let Pat House, Life-group Co-ordinator know and we will put your name down on the list. 

Andy Peck from CWR has been involved in various forms of Christian ministry for nearly 30 years.  He is a gifted speaker, broadcaster on Premier Christian Radio, writer and editor at Christian Magazine and he provides resources for small groups. Andy serves as a full-time tutor for CWR on a range of courses. 

Small Group Leaders Training -

Sizewell Holiday 2018 - places still available

Don't forget to book your place on the St John’s summer holiday 2018, at Sizewell Hall. Open to everybody within the church, a chance to get away in a beautiful old stately home by the sea for a week. Next year the dates will be 11th to 18th August 2018.

This is a great opportunity to be challenged spiritually, relax, eat great food, deepen friendships and make new connections. A chance to kayak, swim, build fires on the beach, bbq, walk, play table tennis, air hockey and pool.

Everyone is welcome. Travel cots and highchairs are available for families, and children & young people have their own groups to attend in the mornings, led by our children and families worker Clare Johnson. 
The booking team will be Jos Saunders, Clare Astbury, Marian Thomas, Alan Hawes and Noelle Gore. There is an information board about the holiday at the side of the church, where booking forms can be collected or speak to one of the team in the foyer after a church service in the coming weeks. 
For further details and a booking form, please click here.

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