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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 25th Nov at 5pm with Bishop Mike - All Welcome!

We would love our church family to come and support those that are making their public declaration.   The service will be held at St John's Church on Sunday 25th November at 5pm (there will be no Cafe Church on this day).   Bishop Mike will be coming to conduct the service and provide a talk - following the service at approximately 6pm there will be a shared supper (please bring a savoury or sweet dish along to share, but if you forget on the day please stay, as there will be plenty to go around).    

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A Message From Dick Newhouse 

A huge "Thank you" to the church family for your faithful prayers and practical help for us both during Di's recent times in hospital, we shall be forever grateful.

Di's smile is back!

Men's Breakfast 

MOJO, the St John's Men's group is holding its joint breakfast with Methodist4Men at the Old Vic on Saturday 8 December starting at 9am and finishing by 10:30am
Full breakfast will be offered followed by a presentation by Dennis Pethers of The RoofTop (

All men are welcome.


Christmas Services  

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Musicians and Singers 

We'd like to welcome musicians and singers to join us for this year's Carol Service on the 16 December.  If you play an orchestral instrument (to at least Grade 3 standard) or can sing Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass and you would like to play or sing at our 4pm Carol Service please contact Jonathan or Rosie Evans (

You will need to be able to come to a rehearsal on 13 December at 6.00pm, and to arrive on 16 December ready for a pre-service rehearsal starting at 2.30pm.  The 4pm service will last just over an hour.  We will send out music (by email) so that you can print it off and practice your part. 

Please tell us as soon as you can, if you would like to join us, but no later than 23 November.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Jonathan and Rosie


Churches Together Christmas Cards 

The date for sorting this year's Christmas Cards has been set for Tuesday 27 November from 2-4pm at the Methodist Church.  We are looking for volunteers to come along and help with this, please let Lyn Spall or the church office know if you are able to help.

We will also need lots of volunteers to help deliver these cards which contain the signatures of all the ministers in the town and also details of all the Christmas services taking place in Woodbridge and Melton.

The cards will be available for delivery from Wednesday 28 November.


Advent Communion Service - Wednesday 5th December at 10.30am 

Advent Service 2018

Children's Work Volunteering Opportunities 

Experience Christmas

This year we are running Experience Christmas again and we already have bookings from three local primary schools.  The children have the opportunity to explore different aspects of the Christmas story in an interactive way and reflect on the meaning of Christmas for Christians and for themselves.  Experience Christmas is on 28 -30 November and 5-7 December, if you can help by telling part of the Christmas story to small groups of around 6 children please sign up on the board in church.

Holiday Club

Next year’s Holiday Club will be on 18-20  February 2019.  John Hardwick will be joining us again, this year’s theme will be Junior Heroes.  Holiday Club is action packed, high energy and full of fun!  It’s a tiring but very rewarding opportunity to get to know the children and share the message of Jesus’ love with them.  If you can offer to help in any way please sign up on the board in church – there is a job for everyone from upfront to behind-the-scenes, during the week or in advance.

For more information on any children’s work opportunities  contact Clare Johnston through the Church Office or

 Friday  Night Youth 

Since September myself and Andy have been meeting with the young people on a Friday night, 6:30 - 8:30pm in a changed format from Rock Solid. After an hour of craft/games we have a short input/testimony/answering questions and end with a game  and chat.  As many of you know, David and I are having a baby at the beginning of January, so I can no longer organise this group. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the young people. This group has been growing in the last few months into an amazing group of about 20, who are really keen to meet up and spend time together.  Organising this group would involve a bit of research on topics the young people  want to explore or hear about and then together with Andy Williams think of ways to incorporate this. There are many willing people who have offered help in different areas, but a person is needed to bring it all together and lead. Please contact Manuela directly or through the church office to find out more.