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.


Live Nativity at Otley College - 11 December 2019

You are invited to Suffolk Light-Wave's Live Nativity at Otley College on Wednesday 11th December 2019  6 pm for 6:30 pm start until 7:30 pm. Celebrate Christmas,  experience the sights, sounds and story of Christmas complete with live nativity, music, refreshments and family-friendly fun

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Noah Ark Replica at Ipswich Waterfront! 

Noahs ArkA huge replica of the Ark has been docked at the Ipswich Waterfront, with plans to stay for up to three months. The Ark is a museum in disguise, boasting an impressive four floors of exhibits, complete with a shop and café. Spanning all floors is a huge replica of the tree of life, found in the middle of the ship amidst the displays and sculptures. The exhibits showcase various biblical stories by using intricately carved wooden sculptures and interactive displays, and are sure to garner attention from even the youngest of inquisitive minds! Of course, there is enough detail and charm to suit older audiences too. 

As the world’s only sea-borne museum, the Ark offers a uniquely entertaining experience to anyone wishing to look at Biblical stories from a different perspective, and is a great way to engage children with the Bible.

Pupils from St Margaret’s Church Of England Voluntary Aided Primary School in Ipswich will be attending a service on the Ark next week (week commencing 27th November) which is due to be filmed by the BBC for a Christmas episode of Songs of Praise!

The ark is open seven days a week, for more information please click here.

Keren's Quiz Night - 23 November at 6.30pm 

Keren would love you to come and enjoy a relaxed evening with friends at her 'Quiz night' this Saturday!  

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Taize for Advent Sunday 1 December 

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EACH Christmas Carol Concert -Tuesday 3 December 2019 

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Woodbridge Care Homes Choir Christmas Concert-4 December 

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Little Free Pantry Initiative at St Andrews, Melton 

Little Free PantryWe often speculate on how we can help those in need – especially in close-knit rural communities, where it is usually harder for people to reach out and ask for help. As Christians, we all strive to be neighbourly and welcoming, yet sadly in the hubbub of life we can often be swept up with our own priorities and find it difficult to lend a helping hand.

Just recently, St Andrew’s Church in Melton joined the Little Free Pantry initiative – a first for the whole of the UK!   Shelves are stocked with a variety of tinned goods and other non-perishable food items in the church porch, which has 24/7 accessibility so anyone can access it at any time should they need to. Operating on a “take what you need, give what you can” ethos, the pantry offers confidentiality, anonymity, and most importantly, a close-knit rural community heart. As Christmas steadily approaches, it is vital to remember our neighbours who may be in need, and gives those who can afford to give an opportunity to do so.

If you would like to learn more about the project, follow the link here: http://www.littlefreepantry.org/ or please click here

 Children and Young People's conference

At a time when the mental health of our young people is a major cause for concern, these conferences are a must for those working professionally or pastorally with children.  Your work will be enriched by understanding more about the child within.     

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For a brochure with more detail about these conferences please click here


Christmas Events at The Farm 

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 Just42 Prayer Meeting - 28th November at 10.30am

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Just42 will be holding their next prayer meeting on Thursday 28th November.  This will be from 10.30 am in the Seckford Room (upstairs) in St Mary's Parish Centre in Woodbridge.


A Heavenly Gift - Saturday 23 November 7.30pm (Doors open at 6.45)

On Saturday 23rd November at St Augustine’s Church, Bucklesham Rd, Ipswich, internationally acclaimed Classical Chart topper Christina Johnston, who has graced opera stages all over the world, will perform beautiful songs from Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber all under the banner of A Heavenly Gift, accompanied by the very talented pianist, Jade Hey.

The  purpose of the evening is to raise vital funds for The Beehive charity, a home dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and loving support of vulnerable child-mothers and their babies in Nakuru, Kenya.  The Beehive receives no government funding and relies 100% on donations. All the money raised from the event will be used for the running of the two Beehive homes: rent, utility bills, food, wages for staff, medical & health care, education fees and living costs for the girls and babies.

Ticket price: £12 – no specified seat allocation,  to purchase tickets please contact:

                                            Ruth Leigh: Tel  07961 025352        Email  thepaellalady@gmail.com
                                           Julia Johnson: Tel  07879 990237   Email  juliajohnson27@yahoo.com
                                            Sarah Clarke : Tel 0777 367 9527    Email  sarahaboutmedia@icloud.com



Network Suffolk


Network SuffolkNetwork Suffolk is about enabling the unity of the entire Christian community across the region, by providing a place to share stories and information.  They aim to facilitate communication – to connect and build relationships – where people can be encouraged and inspired to work together.  They do this primarily through the web site and social media and aim to reflect and report honestly and without bias the different experiences and elements of the Christian faith.   They look to share what God is doing in the lives of people and communities within our towns and villages.  They strive to maintain an independent, balanced position, reporting on the breadth of the Christian Community.   For further information about Network Suffolk, please visit their homepage:  networksuffolk.org.uk or click here.  You can also view a short clip on what they offer - click here.