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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.


Introducing 40 days of Kindness

40 days of Kindness is a Suffolk-wide initiative of the Lightwave Community, to facilitate and publicise neighbours working together across our county within the current restrictions: using phone, internet, relay-working and more, we have a chance to find simple ways to live the message “Love isn’t cancelled”.  
The initiative is open to everyone regardless of faith. Please send stories and pictures of anything you are doing/plan to do to show kindness during lent to Lightwave.community@cofesuffolk.org or post on the “40 Days of Kindness” facebook page.  The encouragement of recognition can be very encouraging to those involved in your activity as well as inspiring to others. 

The Lightwave Community and the Cathedral will be facilitating partnership and support, so if needs or requests in this season seem bigger than you can handle, please get in touch and we will seek to connect you with someone who can help.

Also on offer to support the initiative, is a downloadable Lent course called “Labours of Love”, written to help small groups to pray for the activity they are engaged in, learn as they go and spot the opportunities to gently share the faith which inspires us.  “Labours of Love” is bible-based but also draws inspiration from the Rule of St Benedict with its emphasis on “prayer and work” going together.   
All these resources and stories which you send in will be at www.light-wave.org/lent and you can connect with others on the “40 days of Kindness” facebook group.

Looking forward to sharing this Lent with you,

Leader of the Lightwave Community
Archdeacon for Rural Mission and Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral



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.

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.