St John’s, Sudbury

York Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1ND

 St Johns

Lively church with many weekly activities.  Our worship takes place every Sunday at 10.30 am, and is an opportunity to share with others, praising and thanking God for all He is and does; to listen to His word and to be challenged to respond to all we have heard.

Twice a month there are communion services – in the main service on one Sunday in the month and at 11 am on the third Wednesday of the month.

There is a choir which helps to lead the music and we have a number of worship leaders who take part in the services.  Spark Club [Junior Church] runs at the same time as the Sunday morning service most Sundays.  Our successful Messy Church has been taking place every two months, usually the second Sunday of the month, 4:00pm - 6:00pm.  Changes to Messy Church are expected in the Autumn, so please await a further announcement!

Times of Services: 10.30am

Sudbury, St. Johns Interior

Name of Minister: Rev Ruth Ridge

Tel: 07447 091182


This church has Powerpoint and digital projection facilities.

Circuit Welcome Service - Sunday 1st September

We welcomed our new Minister, Rev Ruth Ridge, with Visiting Preacher Rev Barbara Garwood on Sunday 1st September.   Ruth is now taking on the active work at St John's, as well as the rural chapels at Bradfield and Glemsford.  We look forward to working alongside Ruth at the start of this new Methodist Church year.  

Holiday Club

Another Holiday Club took place during the week 26th - 30th August 2019, following on from the success of "Team Builders" and "Waste Watchers"  in 2017 and 2018.  Rev Ruth Ridge and Emma Smy, our Lay Worker, put together an exciting programme of activities on the theme of "Journeys".  

Were going on a Journey

We had a really active theme song “We’re going on a Journey” which we sang with enthusiasm  every day – and for the Church service on the Sunday.


Each day we learned a Bible verse on our theme of “Journeys”

Prayer Labyrinth

One day we had a prayer labyrinth to follow

Toucan Tango

Rev Andy Jowitt brought Toucan Tango to talk to us about his journey from the rain forest – and about the devastation of the rain forests by both the terrible fires and by mankind

We enjoyed playing parachute games based on traffic signs and directions


Each day we had a dramatised version of a Bible story 


A selection of trumpets made for our home-coming party


Weekly activities:


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185 

10:00am - 12:00pm Hobbies Club alternate Mondays.  Tel: Jan Turner (01787) 370540


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185 

2:15pm Discovery Bible Study, 2nd & 4th Tuesday Afternoons.  

3:30pm Re-U-Nite (Third Tuesday of the Month).  A friendly club for people of all ages with a short talk, tea and a chat.


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185 

2:30pm - The Exchange Book Club - Meets every two months on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss faith-based books.  

6:00pm - 7:30pm  New!  Youth Choir - Youth Songsters!  Singing modern music and having fun, ages from 6 to 18 are very welcome.  Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

7:30pm - 9:30pm Sudbury Songsters for adults who like to sing for rest and relaxation.


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185 


9:30am - 11:30am Tea & Tots.  Lots of toys and activities to share.  Music and Movement between 11:00am and 12:30pm.  Refreshments available.  Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

1:30pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea & Tots.   Lots of toys and activities to share.  Refreshments available.   Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

12:00pm Soup Lunch First Friday of the Month

3:30pm - 5:00pm TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Friday - After-School end-of-week session for primary school children and their parents/carers.   Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

7:30pm Choir Practice.  Leads the worship on Sunday mornings singing hymns and anthems.  We sing at weddings and visit other churches in the area for special occasions. Tel: Ann Platten (01787) 374069


10:00am - 12:00pm Friendship Café.   Dementia-friendly café with games, activities, coffee and chat for everyone.  Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

Accessibility at Sudbury

The Methodist Church wishes to be an environment where all feel welcome and cared for. In order to allow for widest possible access, this church has the following facilities available:

  • Wheelchair Accessible Access
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Loop
  • Large Print

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Messy Church Splat

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Our latest session took place on Sunday 9th June, 4:00pm - 6:00pm.  The theme was "Pentecost - Power from God".  Ten activities demonstrated the Holy Spirit's power to share the love of God with people - magnetic fishing, creating aeroplanes and air powered cars with balloons, then the act of worship.  "My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do …" John Boardman accompanying this action song on his guitar and words on the screen.  This continued the theme of God's power.

  This was the last Messy Church session that Ann and John Boardman organised so well before they leave us.  All their hard work in planning and preparation of Messy Church at St John's over the last few years has been greatly appreciated.  It has been something that many children have looked forward to with regularity, for some it has been a one-off occasion.  

We hope change the way we do Messy Church in the future, so please look out for further announcements!


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