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Local News & Events 

We are fortunate at St John's to have a fantastic network of churches, charities and organisations in the local area. This page is an opportunity for us to share with St John's members the latest news & events from these organisations.


Have you noticed someone sleeping rough? 

As the weather becomes colder anyone sleeping rough is more vulnerable.
here are some useful tips: 

Practical help for rough sleepers 

1. You can record a sighting of a rough sleeper on Streetlink, www.streetlink.org.co.uk, connecting rough sleepers to local services. Bear in mind a few rough sleepers may refuse help of this kind in favour of independence. 
2. Outreach workers in East Suffolk - this are paid professionals whose job it is to assist these people. They can be reached on 01394 383789 during office hours or 01502 52132 after hours. 
3. Anyone concerned about the welfare of people should contact the Council, either by calling 0333 016 2000 or emailing housing.needs@eastsuffolk.gov.uk. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, an out of hours contact number is available: 0800 4402516.
4. Woodbridge Salvation Army offer the use of a shower and collection of food parcels. 
Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 1.30pm

Useful tips

  • Should we give money to people who are begging? We are advised not to do so because people who beg tend to use that money to fund substance abuse. 
  • Should we offer food and drink? There are potential dangers to health if they stockpile warm food, so it is advisable to offer safer foods e.g. – a cheese sandwich and a hot drink. 
  • Should we offer clothing or bedding e.g. duvets? These might become cash converters which could fuel substance abuse.

Details from Churches Together leaflet and East Suffolk Council website 2020


Home, but not alone 

 The Home, But Not Alone phoneline, which supports vulnerable people in our communities who may be struggling with the impact of Coronavirus, is now live again.  The service was paused in August because of low call demand and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. However, the service is now up and running again.
The telephone number is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.   The success of the service relied on the amazing local networks that sprung up across towns and villages in Suffolk and looked after those most in need.

NewWine United 21: Important Update.


Paul Harcourt has shared an announcement about New Wine United A & B events in summer 2021.
Paul says
"All levels of New Wine leadership have prayed, discerned and applied our best wisdom as we have wrestled with this together and liaised with the events industry and other Christian festivals and events. We are in complete agreement that our ‘normal’ event is too large and complex to be viable in 2021. We are grateful for recent prophetic confirmations from individuals that have had no idea we have been having such discussions internally.
We are still determined to be ‘united’ in 2021 – face to face if we possibly can." For more more information on this, as well as FAQs, please visit NewWine's website by clicking HERE                                                                                                          To hear Paul's message click HERE 

Coronavirus - Additional Help 

If you could do with a little extra help at the moment perhaps one of these groups could help...

2020-11-10 Suffolk Helpline
2020-11-10 Home alone Coronavi

Daily Hope free phone line 

2020-04-29 Phone line

 Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line number 0800 804 8044, the line is available 24 hours a day and has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.



The Current government guidance can be found using the link below


As the advice is constantly being updated please always refer to the government website or NHS.

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