News from St John's - 20 September

Dear friends,

When our days are at their dimming,
And our work on earth is done,
May we hear as does our sovereign,
'Faithful servant, welcome home.'
May we rise with Christ to witness,
A new heaven and earth displayed,
Ours a robe that will not tarnish,
Hers a crown that will not fade.

from Tears and Celebration
by Andy Flannagan and Sam Hargreaves

Sunday Services
If you missed Sunday’s service, you can catch it here.

A number of people commented on the beautiful, new hymn with which we closed the service on Sunday. Tears and Celebration was written specially to commemorate our late Queen and the official video of the hymn sung by Katherine Jenkins is here.

This coming Sunday’s service at 10:30am is Holy Communion and the main reading is Colossians 1:24-2:7.

Men's gathering - 22 September 8:30pm
If you would like to join some of the men from church for a drink, please pop along to the Elmswell Tavern on Thursday 22 September at 8:30pm.

Harvest Celebration - 2 October
Our harvest celebration will be on 2 October. Gifts of non-perishable items are welcome (we will receive them during the service) and will be passed on to the Stowmarket and area foodbank. We are planning a "bring and share" lunch after the 10:30am all age service. If you would like to come with sandwiches, sausage rolls, salad, cake etc., please let Rosie Ellis know what you plan to bring or sign up on the sheet at the back of church. Rosie’s email is

The primary school will be coming to St John's for their Harvest Thanksgiving on Monday 3 October at 9:30am.

Book Launch - 6 October 7:00pm
Elmswell has a new author and you are invited to come and celebrate the big reveal of the author and the launch of this Christian novel on Thursday 6th October at 7.00pm at the Wesley Chapel. The book is contemporary fiction and is a great read. Please let Jane Langston know you are attending on or 01359 242142.

Variety & Spice - 29 October 7:30pm
Please note the date for your diaries. Variety and Spice - an entertaining evening of music and comedy - is back and will be held at St John's on Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm

Sponsorship for Phearak
If you would like to help sponsor Phearak Moeng, the teenager St John's supports in Phnom Penn, Cambodia (the fund is getting rather low), please contact Mike Schofield ( or place a donation in an envelope marked "Phearak" and pass to Peter.

Confirmations at St John's
On Sunday 6 November at 3:00pm, we will be welcoming Bishop Mike to lead a Confirmation Service at St John's. We already have a few candidates, but if you would like to know more about getting confirmed, then please have a word with me.

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.

In Christ,

Tue 20 Sep 2022