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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.


Passing away of Verna Lennard-Jones 

It is with great sadness to report that our sister in Christ, Verna passed away on Sunday 17th February at the age of 92.   

Verna was a much loved and faithful servant here at St John's for many years and she will be greatly missed.   We were told by a family member that Verna died peacefully at home with John by her side and today (19th February) was their 64th wedding anniversary!   Our condolences, love and prayers go to John and all the family at this time.   

If you would like to send a card to John and the family, please contact the church office for the address.  Details of the funeral service to be held at St Johns will follow shortly.  

A message from John Horsley : Can you help? 

I have been approached by one of the Town Councillors asking if members (not necessarily men) of St John's Church would be prepared to join a work party that will clean up the leaf-mould from the part of Castle Street close to St John’s Church. The details have yet to be finalised but I would appreciate knowing who would be prepared to show the community that they care. Details to follow. Please send your responses to me at 


The Real Easter Egg 

As most of the shops have stocked their huge selection of Easter Eggs, please consider buying The Real Easter Egg - they are sold at Tesco, Waitrose, Morrisons and Asda.  The Real Easter Egg campaign is one of the biggest evangelism initiatives in the UK. It crosses all denominations and offers a simple way to share the Easter Story while supporting Fairtrade and charitable projects.

The Real Easter Egg was launched in 2010. It was a real struggle as all the supermarkets turned it down at first. It was left to churches and church schools to place orders and fund The Meaningful Chocolate Company to begin making The Real Easter Egg.  To date, they have sold more than one million eggs.  

Not only has there been an increase in Fairtrade chocolate sales, but nearly £275,000 has been donated to charitable projects and pay Fairtrade Premium fees, to  farmers allowing them to invest in their community buying everything from school books and solar panels to providing fresh water.

The success of The Real Easter Egg has meant that the production of Fairtrade chocolate has moved to the UK!  

The Real Easter Egg 

Funeral - Cynthia June Spencer 

A funeral service for Cynthia June Spencer, a former member of St John's Church (who passed away on 23 January at the age of 94) will be held at St John's Church on Thursday 28th February at 1pm, followed by a private cremation at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton at 2.15pm.


Cafe Church - Can you help? 

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We would be so pleased to hear from anyone who is able to help at Cafe Church.  We particularly need some people to help with set up once per month - generally it requires a couple of people to do this (or a family) either after the morning service or late afternoon before Cafe Church begins.    Other teams we need help once per month is:  Welcome, Refreshments and Tear Down.  Currently we are very low on numbers which is putting extra pressure on those that currently help - please prayerfully consider this and get in touch with the office or Emma Blair if you are able to commit to one area once per month.  Many thanks!


Half Term - The Church Office 

During half term next week the Church Office will be closed on Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 February.  We will be back on Friday 22 as usual.  Thank you. 

A thank you from Just42 


Dear Members of St John’s Church,

At the beginning of the year we wanted to thank you for your regular financial support of Just42 in 2018.
We had a busy year again last year with our Compass Mentoring Scheme supporting over 80 young people.  Here are some of the comments we received from young people who were supported by Mentors through this Scheme:

      I am feeling more confident and am better at coping with homework and getting on with people.

      I finally feel good about myself.

     Gave me the confidence to realise that all was not lost and helped me deal with the problems.

Our schools work has increased with our Children’s Work Coordinator, Mary, being much in demand!  She is now doing regular assemblies in 11 different Schools.  She also now runs 6 Children’s Clubs which are proving very popular.
Our youth work continues, with a new Youth Club just starting in Alderton and also a new after school club at Farlingaye for the first time.  The Boat Building Project, whilst only involving a few young people, is having a very positive impact on those involved.
Many thanks again from all of us at Just42, as we recognise that your financial giving is helping us to deliver this work. 


New Church Electoral Roll 2019 

The Electoral Roll will be closed for the creation of a complete new roll from 24th February and will remain closed until the annual Parochial Church Meeting on 28th April.  This means, if you would like to be on the Electoral Roll, you have to fill in an application form even if you were on the previous roll.  Electoral Roll application forms are available from the Church Office.  They must be completed and returned to Phil Allen, the Electoral Roll Officer for St. Johns, via the Church Office by 17th March.

What is the Church Electoral Roll?

The Electoral Roll is effectively our membership list, the number we can count upon as committed members of St Johns.
Also, within the Church of England, it is the parish's register of electors; it is the list of those qualified to vote at the annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) where the elections take place for: The Parochial Church Council (The PCC), and the parish's representatives on the Deanery Synod.
The Roll is used to determine eligibility for attendance and participation at the APCM and for election to the PCC.  It is also used to determine eligibility for election to the deanery, diocesan and general synods.  In addition it is used for the calculation of the number of representatives who may be elected to each of these synods in the following year.

What is happening to the Electoral Roll now?

The Church Electoral Roll must be accurately kept.  To achieve accuracy every sixth year, instead of a revision, a completely new Roll has to be prepared and that is what is happening this year.

Why do we want you to complete a form?

  1. Being a member of the electoral roll gives you the opportunity to have your say. This will include being entitled to attend and vote at the APCM.
  2. It gives an accurate record of those who consider themselves members of our church.
  3. The number of people on the roll makes no difference to the amount we pay the Diocese, but it does have an effect on the number of places we have on the Deanery Synod and therefore our voice within the Deanery.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who can be on the Electoral Roll?
To be on the electoral roll a person needs to have been baptised, be at least 16 years old and either:
    • Living in the parish and a member of the Church of England or a Church in communion with the     Church of England
    • Not resident in the parish but is a member of the Church of England (or a Church with which the     Church of England is in communion) and has regularly attended worship in the parish during the     six months prior to enrolment
    • A member in good standing of a Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and     they are prepared to declare themselves a member of the Church of England, having regularly     attended worship during the six months prior to enrolment.

2. Can I be on more than one Electoral Roll?
A person can be on the Roll of several parishes if fulfilling the above criteria, but can only use one parish for the purposes of membership of the PCC, elections to synods, etc.

3. I live in the Parish - won't I automatically be on the Roll?
Living in the parish will not automatically add you to the electoral roll.

4. I attend St Johns Church regularly - won't I automatically be on the Roll?
Coming to church regularly, giving regularly or completing a welcome slip will not automatically add you to the electoral roll.

5. How do I add my name to the Roll?
You can only be added to the electoral roll if you complete, sign and return your form to the electoral roll officer.

6. How can I remove my name from the Roll?
You can be removed from the electoral roll by writing to the electoral roll officer.

7. What if I have questions about applying to be on the Roll?
Please get in touch with Phil Allen, the church Electoral Roll Officer, or one of the Churchwardens.

Electoral Roll Application Form
Electoral Roll Privacy Notice

Life Groups 

Life Groups are an important part of Church life; meeting together on a regular basis, usually in someone's home.  Being part of a life group enables you to build strong relationships to support and encourage each other through life and in your walk with God. It is also a place to delve deeper into God's word through studying the bible and praying together.

There are Life Groups available on different days of the week, during the day and also in the evening.  Our aim is to make life groups accessible to all members of the Church.

If you would like to be part of a Life group or would just like to know a bit more about it please contact Pat House via the Church Office.

Holiday Club Craft 

We are starting to collect the craft materials we need for Holiday Club and need some help.

If you have any cardboard cereal boxes or old T shirts which you no longer want we have a use for them! 
If you are able to donate any cereal boxes or old T shirts please bring them to church where there will be a box for them in the foyer.  T shirts can be any size or colour but please make sure they are clean!

Thank you for your help!

Cafe Church - New Wine Teaching 

We hope you can join us at Cafe Church over the coming weeks where we will be showing a selection of the New Wine teaching videos from some of the key speakers.  We also look forward to hearing what Roger Seville has to say to us on 17th February regarding 'Significant Conversations' based around John 14.  

Cafe Church New Wine  

TV Licencing Law - Reminder

Non of our buildings are covered by TV Licence.  Please do not plug in to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel or device, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.  Anyone using either the Church, Hall or Old Vicarage can use their own devices only if they are not plugged into the mains, and are covered by a licence at their home address.    Thank you. 

The Hub Community Cafe 

We are looking forward to this becoming a hub for the community where you can meet friends and make new ones.  (Please note, the Hub Community Cafe will not be open on Monday 18th February, due to holiday club running in the church) 
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Fruitfulness On The Frontline

We introduced a new sermon series on 20 January entitled 'Fruitfulness on the Frontline' at the 10am St John's Service. 

There is a book to accompany this series which can be purchased through Eden Books - please click here if you would like to order a copy.   

Fruitfulness on the Frontline 

Who Let The Dad's Out?

 “Who Let The Dads Out? (WLTDO) “  This is a new outreach event starting at St John’s in March.   It will be a safe space for dads, father figures, carers and their children to enjoy time together and be encouraged to take part in activities (play, crafts etc) together. All dads, father figures, carers and their children are welcome.  The sessions will be on the 1st Saturday of each month between 10 am and 12 pm.

Can you help please?   Your help will be needed to rearrange the chairs on either Friday or Saturday morning ready for WLTDO and also at the end of the session so that the Church is ready for the service on Sunday morning.  Help will also be required in the servery on the Saturday mornings. Both men and ladies are welcome to help.

In addition we are carrying out a dry run on Saturday 16th Feb to which helpers and church families with preschool age children are invited to attend.

Please contact John Horsley or Chris Blair at for more details