St John's Update - 1 March

Dear friends,

The news and pictures coming out of Ukraine are very distressing. Please continue to hold all people caught up in this conflict in your prayers, remembering the Lord Almighty is aware of what is happening.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'
The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1-2, 9-11

Aid for Ukraine
Donations of medical items, food/drink items. personal hygiene items can be dropped off at St John's (leave in the porch) or at The Rectory, Church Road IP30 9DY. We will pass the items on. Please don't deliver at the Church between 10:30am and 1:00pm on Wed 2 March (due to a funeral).

Here are the suggested items:

Cold/flu treatment
Antiseptic creams
Sterile dressings/plasters
Surgical tape
Wound closure strips
Multi vitamins
First aid kits
Vicks vapour rub
Barrier cream
Cough syrup

Protein bars
coffee sachets
Small packets nuts/raisins
Crunchy peanut butter in plastic containers
Instant soups
Dog food
Bottled Water

Wet wipes
Sanitary towels
Shower gel

Fingerless mittens
Warm shoe liners
Heavy denier tights

Wind-up Torches
Waterproof ground sheets
Head work lights

Nappies, toys, blankets are very important.

Services at church
In case you missed Sunday's service, you can watch it here.

Our Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes will take place on 2 March at the earlier time of 5:00pm in church.

This coming Sunday's main service is All Age at 10:30am. There is also a short service of Holy Communion at 9:00am.

Tea and coffee
We are hoping to resume serving tea and coffee every week after the 10:30am service from April. If you are happy to be included on the rota, or would like to know what is involved, please contact Rosie Ellis on 01359 242629.

Church Accounts - Independent Examiner
We are very grateful to Mike Smith for volunteering to take on this role. Thank you, Mike.
EasyFundraising offers a simple way for St John's to raise money without it costing anyone a penny extra. Every time a supporter shops online through EasyFundraising with one of over 6,000 retailers on board, they collect a free donation for St John's! All you need to do is sign up for free here and select St John's Elmswell as your chosen charity. Then, when you shop online, visit first. The rest all happens in the background. Thank you for your support.

Open the Book is back!
Great news! The school are welcoming Open the Book back into school on Wednesday 9 March. However, there is a need for more volunteers. If you would like to participate in sharing in a fun way the stories of the Bible with the schoolchildren, please contact Jackie Hull ( for more information.

Prayer Meeting
The weekly church prayer meeting is on Zoom on Saturday at 9:00am for 40 minutes. To join, click or, load Zoom and use Meeting ID: 685 295 1296 and Password: 816262.

With every blessing in Christ,

Tue 01 Mar 2022