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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.


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 

Bill Herbert - Self Supporting Minister (Deacon)  

On the 30th of June Bill Herbert will be ordained as 'Self Supporting Minister (Deacon)'.   

Bill has been following the Diocesan vocations fast track which is being pioneered in this Diocese by our Bishops who both deliver the teaching.  Bill is fully supported by our Vicar, Clive, our Warden’s and PCC.  Over the last eight months Clive has been meeting with Bill by way of preparation and vocations discernment.  God willing, Bill will be ordained as Priest in a years’ time.
On the 30th Revd Clare Saunders, our Rural Dean, will be supporting and sponsoring Bill at the Ordination.  Nearer the time we be arranging for a delegation from the benefice to attend Bill’s ordination.  Sometimes there are limitations on seating and so we are waiting to be advised.

After Bill’s ordination he will be starting his “curacy” based in our benefice with Clive as his training incumbent.  Clive was was a vocations advisor and training incumbent in his last post and is looking forward to working with Bill.  On 13th May at both the 9am and 11am services, Clive will be asking Bill to share more about his journey and there will be an opportunity to support him in prayer.  

Bring and Share Lunches - dates for your diary 

Our dates for Bring & Share Lunches through to the summer break are May 6th, June 3rd and July 1st.  Please note that there will be no Bring & Share Lunches held in Church during the months of August and September.  The first lunch after the summer break will be in Church on Sunday 7th October, starting around 1pm. 

All ages most welcome to come and join us.

Bring and Share Lunch

Passing Away of Neil Parker 

Jonathan Parker has recently informed us of the sad news that his father Neil Parker, a member of St John’s from the 1970s to 2002 (when he moved to Lancashire), passed away peacefully on Thursday,12th April 2018. 

Our love and prayers go to Jonathan and all the family at this time. 

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


Church Electoral Roll Revision 

The Electoral Roll is now closed until the APCM on 22nd April. A copy of the revised roll is displayed in the Church porch, please check your details are correct and let Phil Allen know if amendments are needed. If you have any questions please contact Phil Allen or the church office. 

Thank you from Sue Jackson 

Sue would like to thank everyone who gave towards her leaving gift.   We said a fond farewell to Sue in her retirement  on Wednesday 11 April where we presented her with an ornamental gift to remind her of the time she served us so wonderfully in the office.

Compassion Sunday - 29th April 2018 

The thing about poverty is that it not only makes life a physical struggle, it also steals hope. As children are abused, neglected, forgotten and looked down on, they come to believe the lie that their lives don’t matter to anyone. But we know that’s not true.
Sunday 29th April 2018 is Compassion Sunday and people across the country are speaking out on behalf of the world’s poorest children. Diana Ray-Mathur who is the representative of Compassion at St Johns Church said  "she is so excited we’re taking part this year because she knows the transformation that can take place when we reach out to children in need of God’s love".
Here at St John’s there are more than a dozen people who sponsor a child through Compassion.  During both morning services there will be a short PowerPoint presentation showcasing the children who we sponsor.
Diana has a selection of handcrafted cards (prices ranging from £0.50 to £2.00 each) that she will be selling to raise funds (and awareness) for Compassion. 


Thy Kingdom Come - Tuesday May 15th to Wednesday May 16th 

Thy Kingdom Come is a call to pray from the Archbishops' for our communities, nation and the world.  At St. John's the PCC agreed to respond to this call with a day of Prayer from 7:30pm on Tuesday May 15th through to 7:30pm on Wednesday May 16th.  This will be followed by a pray and praise celebration in the Church at 7:30pm on the Wednesday evening.  All Life Groups are encouraged to join in the day of prayer and also in the celebration.
This is an opportunity to lift our prayers to God, not for ourselves, but for those who live in our communities, those we work with, and the nation we live in and for the situations in the world that grieve our hearts.
Please feel free to contact Martin Roberts if you would like to help on the day or in the celebration.  For further information on the national day of prayer, please visit Thy Kingdom Come website or click the poster below. 

Thy Kindom Come 2018 

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

St John's Mens Group 

Please click on the poster below to visit the St John's Mens Group page. 
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