(Due to the Coronavirus, all church services and other activities are presently suspended).
At the beginning of 2013 the Church was awarded an Eco-Congregation
plaque in recognition of the work it had done over the previous year in
meeting the key criteria for the national scheme. Eco-congregation is a
scheme to help churches demonstrate that the gospel is good news for
God's earth. It is about incorporating the biblical ethic of
environmental stewardship into the spiritual values, practical action
and community involvement of church congregation.
We are a Fairtrade church. The website is www.sudburyfairtrade.org.uk.
Jesus – Lent course 2020
February saw Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Lent is a time of prayer and reflection as we
prepare ourselves to remember the events of Holy Week and Easter and as we
think about our own Christian journey.
This year we began a Lent course at St John’s entitled ‘Talking Jesus’. It has been used around the circuit and
provides inspiring examples of how we can share our faith.
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(Although we won't be able to celebrate Easter in our church buildings, we do have some ideas for you to do Messy Church crafts and worship at home this year on our "What's On" page!)
Just what is Messy Church?
You may have heard people talking
about Messy Church. What is it? It is a version of church which involves
children and at least one accompanying adult. It began in April 2004 in an
Anglican church near Portsmouth. A typical session includes arts and crafts,
worship celebration and food.
The aims are:
To provide an opportunity for all ages to worship together
To help people of all ages to feel that they belong in church and to each other
To help people have fun in a church context and to be creative together
To introduce Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.
There are books and a website www.messychurch.org.uk
to provide help and inspiration for Messy Church themes and resources.
At St John’s, we began in October
2011. We aim to do it once every two months. Three teams of helpers
supervise the three different activities and another team is responsible for
welcoming and administration. This involves about 30 people. So far we have had
about 20 children each time with a carer, parent or grandparent.
There is a lively, friendly
atmosphere. The children and families are welcomed and taken into the hall.
This usually has about 6 different art and craft activities. The children are
free to choose which ones they do. This lasts about an hour and then they go into the church. Here they
might show some of the craft they have made, sing worship songs and dance.
After this we go back into the hall for a meal together.
At the end, everyone, families
and helpers, generally feel it has been a good time of sharing Christian
friendship. You are very welcome to come to Messy Church with a child.
The first 2020 session of Messy Church saw over 20 children plus parents/carers join us for a session with the theme of the Love of God on Saturday 15th February. Our Lay Worker, Emma Smye, and the team put on a love themed evening with fun, craft and songs, followed by a pizza tea for everybody!
For further information, please phone Rev Ruth Ridge. Tel: 0744 7091182.
We have a strong and dedicated Choir who enhance our worship on a weekly basis, but also sing at District events and services. Rehearsals take place on Friday evenings, starting at 7:30pm.
We are active members of Churches Together in Sudbury and District. For many years the churches in the Sudbury area have been actively sharing and working together in a variety of ways so that the Good News that God loves us all may be shared with everybody. Members from out church have, over the years, been involved in dramatic presentations of the Easter story, in playing "I Spy Easter", in being part of a prayer support for Town Pastors, in helping with Kettle and Fish [a weekly Christian cafe held on market day], setting up, serving, running a Fairtrade shop and clearing away, and hosting prayer breakfasts and WPCU lunches.
More information on the work of Churches Together in Sudbury & District can be found by clicking on this link!