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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.



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.

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Salvation Army  Food Bank Update

For many months members of the Churches in Woodbridge have been supporting the Food Bank with donations from friends and neighbours. Collections from our Church include Seckford Street, Through Duncans, Anderson Way, Warren Hill Road, Fern Hill Close and surrounding roads, Waldringfield village and more. 

Notes were put through doors inviting neighbours to leave donations at the end of drives for a 9.00 collection on a Wednesday or maybe a Thursday morning. People have found it very easy to organise and complete, taking less than an hour each week. 

Major Alan Hill and his team continue to feed a large number of families and individuals in Woodbridge and the surrounding area and despite generous donations from supermarkets, the Town Council and FairShare they still welcome street collections. Alternatively anyone can still take things directly to the Salvation Army or put them in the Co-op collecting boxes. 
Items needed include: dried foods, eg. pasta, rice, cereals, tins of beans, vegetables, soup, fruit, fresh fruit or vegetables, toiletries, nappies.

The Food Bank is manned on Wednesday and Thursday mornings and no-one is turned away so if you or someone you know is in need of a food parcel do get in touch. They are also delivering to those who are unable to get to the Food Bank. 

Email address: alan.hill@salvationarmy.org.uk 
Phone: 01394 384967


ACC free Counselling Service for Frontline workers

After being approached by the NHS, the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has set up a Volunteer Counselling service for Frontline workers in the NHS, Care Homes and other Frontline Services and any individual who has been traumatically affected psychologically and mentally or is suffering from loss or grief as a direct result of the COVID 19 pandemic.
There is no age limit. People who would like to take up this service can self refer themselves to the ACC and they will be assessed confidentially by a Case Manager, who will then refer them to a Volunteer Counsellor.
The Volunteer Counsellors are all professionally trained and are mainly Christian Counsellors. However there are a number of other Counsellors from different faiths or no faith who have also offered to volunteer their service.

Click on this link ACC Direct Referral Leaflet to access the leaflet for all the information about how you can can access this service.


Daily Hope free phone line 

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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.


Suffolk Carers Matter

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Citizens Advice Leiston can be contacted if you need help or support

A message from Chiara Saunders, the new Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Leiston, Saxmundham and District.

Although we have suspended face-to-face meetings, we are still offering advice and support by email and phone, including referrals for food parcels. We also have information on many of the support schemes available in the area at this time.
If  any one needs to contact us our contact information is as follows:
  Phone - 01728 832193  - ( Leiston Office - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10-2)
Suffolk Advice Line - 0300 330 1151 / Advice Line - 03444 111 444
Help to Claim - 0800 144 8 444 (new Universal Claim applicants Monday to Friday 8 - 6 )
Email - supervisor@leistoncab.cabnet.org.uk