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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.

A few photos from the Vision Baptism and Confirmation Service on Sunday 14th May.


Cafe Church - 'Prayer as our Weapon' on Sunday 28 May

At Cafe Church on Sunday 28 May at 7pm we will be looking at  'Prayer as our Weapon', as part of 'Thy Kingdom Come' sermon series.  This will be during the 24/7 prayer initiative (25 May - 4 June), which we would encourage all to support at the Melton Prayer Room.  To book a slot at the prayer room please click here.

Previous Update on 'Thy Kingdom Come' Sermon Series:-
In 2016, the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York invited the nation to stand together in prayer. Out of that call has grown an international and ecumenical call to prayer. In 2017, the church is being called to pray in unity from 25th May to 4th June. In Woodbridge, there is a 24/7 prayer room being launched at the start of the global wave of prayer. This is an exciting time for the church globally and for the local church in Woodbridge and the surrounding area.

When the people of God unite in a heart cry of prayer, the name of Jesus is glorified, spiritual strongholds are torn down, and God’s kingdom comes bringing light to the darkness. This Café Church series will look at the importance of prayer and draw us together as a church, preparing us for the week of prayer whilst focussing on our vision to be Holy.
Thy Kingdom Come Sermon Series

St John's Office Closed, 30th May - 2nd June inc.

Please note that during half term, the office will be closed from Tuesday 30th May to Friday 2nd June.  Any urgent enquiries can be referred to Tracey Fearn, PA to Clive Howard, or the churchwardens (Cathie Taylor and Phil Allen).  The office will re-open on Monday 5th June. 

 Download the Radio Suffolk feature on the 24/7 Prayer Room, Melton

To listen to the radio feature on the 24/7 Prayer room at Melton, please click here.

Ali Foreman has reported that "on Sunday 21st May - Jon Wright did a  feature on Radio Suffolk about the 24-7 Prayer Room.  Jon came and recorded four of us, Dorothy Holmes, David Bulgin, Chris Brown and myself as we prayed together and he also asked us various questions about prayer. Please pray that as a result of this we will get more folk signing up to come and pray in the 24-7 Prayer Room!"

 'Auction of promises' - last chance to bid!

Last chance on Sunday 28th May to place your bids for the Auction of Promises to help the young people raise funds for their Mission Trip to Romania.  Things you can bid for include: Afternoon Tea for up to 10 people (current bid £120), 2 hours cleaning (current bid £40), 1 month Gym Membership at Martlesham Leisure (current bid £40), use of a Canadian canoe for a day (current bid £30), use of a tandem for a day (current bid £30), a ride in a Jaguar (current bid £30), meal for two (current bid £30), Computer Clean Up (current bid £25), half day sailing (current bid £25), pampering gift set (current bid £25), 2 hours tennis coaching (current bid £20), 2 x desserts or cakes of your choice (current bid £20), pillion bike ride, 4 x ½ hour dog walks, faux fur coat, 4 hours Child Minding and 2 x nail manicures including artistic nail painting (NEW

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Farewell to Russell and Febe Pipe - last call for donations!

It was mentioned at the PCC meeting on Monday 22nd May that our Treasurer, Alan will be closing the account for donations at the end of May and then passing all funds to Churches together.  If you would still like to donate, please contact Alan before Wednesday 31 May. 

Previous News 'Russell and Febe Pipe, the leaders of the Salvation Army in Woodbridge, are retiring soon and are moving to be near relations in Kent.  St John's is planning to give them a farewell gift, in recognition of the amazing work they have done in the community and to help them set up in their new home.  If you would like to contribute to this gift, then please give your donation, clearly marked for Russell and Febe, to the church office.  (Note: as the donation is going to individuals, not a charity, we are unable to accept Gift Aid donations.  Cheques should be made payable to St John's Church Woodbridge)' 

New Wine United 2017 - over 40 already booked in! 

Over 40 people have booked into New Wine United from our St John's church family.   Clive would like many more to come along from St John's to join in for a week of fellowship, as well as the fantastic teaching and worship programme that is offered. All those that book in can select to stay in the St John's Woodbridge camp site, which will ensure that we are all together.   For those who don't like camping, there are other options, such as hiring a caravan at New Wine (and they will take it to our site for you) or staying off-site.  Please go to the New Wine website for more information, or click here.  

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Big Family Day Out and Woodbridge Regatta

The Big Family Day Out this year will be at Kingston Fields on 16th July, 10:30am to 1:30pm.  Join with other Churches in Woodbridge, worship together and bless the community.  Our 11:00am congregation will be at the Big Family Day Out and can enjoy the Regatta afterwards.

We will need volunteers to help with putting up and taking down the marquee, stewarding and First Aid.  If you can help with any of these please speak to Andy Williams.


New Appointment- Operations and Events Manager

We are thrilled to announce that Noelle Gore has been appointed as Operations and Event Manager.  She will be employed from the beginning of July for three days a week, and will be based in the Church Office. This will be flexible to accommodate major church events.   Phil & Cathie (Churchwardens) 

MakeBakeCelebrateGarden7jpgrenAdvance Notice - Cake eating opportunity - Book the Date! 

We're planning a day tidying the garden in the Old Vicarage on Sat 10th June from 10:00 - 4:00, come for all or part of the day.  We usually reward those who come to help with cake, so if you could bake a cake for us to eat or if you're able to come to do some gardening (or even both!), then please let Phil Allen know. 

St John's Mens Group 

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Little Gems - Toddler Group

Little Gems, our Toddler group, welcomes up to 50 families each Tuesday morning and so is one of the biggest outreach events at St John’s.  Two volunteers have had to step down and so we are looking for two more people (or four if people can do fortnightly) to come along and help by chatting with children, mums, dads and carers.  The session runs from 9:30-11:30am, with set up from 9:00am and a prayer time at 9:20am.  If you could help, or for more information, please speak to Michele Williams or Clare Johnston. Please click the poster below for further information and dates of Little Gems.

Little Gems

Exploring Issues 

To find out more about Exploring Issues, please click the poster below.

Exploring Issues

Israel Trip - Nov 2017 

Following the huge success of the tour to Israel in March 2016, another tour has been booked for 7th - 14th Nov 2017.  For more information and a booking form, please click the poster below. 

Isreal Trip