St Margaret's Church Ipswich

St Margaret's Church Pew News

We currently use the pew sheet, the noticeboards, the email circulation and the website to communicate information. If you would prefer something else (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) please let Margaret Woodward or David Cutts know.

Prayer Chain
Do you know someone who would appreciate prayers for themselves or others? The members of the Prayer Chain will include your requests in their prayers. All requests are confidential. So many people have appreciated the prayers. June Youngs Ipswich 213694 and Maureen Woodcock Ipswich 715891 will be pleased to pass the messages, via email or telephone, to the other members of the Prayer Chain.

Would you be interested in joining the members of the Prayer Chain? Requests are passed on by email or telephone, whichever is more convenient. You will be asked to pray for individuals or families during a difficult or worrying time in their lives. We would welcome additional links in the chain.


Chapel Gifts

We are very grateful for some beautifully made items for the chapel which have been given recently in memory of loved ones

  • The Aumbry light in memory of Gillian Sellgren
  • The Prayer Candle stand in memory of Marion Taylor
  • New bibles have been purchased with funds from a bequest from Isobel Smith
  • The hanging light in memory of Ernie Caddick


On Sunday, 27th November 2016, the new hanging Chapel light was dedicated in memory of Ernie Caddick.


Ernie and Kitty Caddick were married at St. Margaret’s on December 26th 1931 and they and then their family have worshipped there ever since. After retiring as Dairyman, Ernie became warden of the Church Centre, in Bolton Lane. Later he took on the role of the Verger at the church until he retired again at the age of 83.


Ernie was an advocate of good lighting and he would have loved the new light. His family were very proud to be present at the Advent Carol Service to see the light dedicated in his memory.


December Prayer Diary



Homeless List from Sarah's Hall Talk - 11.00 26th November 2017



Please do see the “Light of the World” cards at the back of church and take some to give to anyone you think may like to come to our Christmas Services.


Celtic Worship is on the move!  We will be using Celtic liturgy at the monthly second Sunday evening communion (beginning this evening) and John will be leading our thoughts on a series on the Pilgrim’s Progress.  From January on the first Sunday evening we will be reverting to Evening Worship led by the music group.






Wednesday evenings in church at 7.30 p.m. – an opportunity for 30 minutes prayer and quiet reflection - Thinking about the meaning of the five candles of the Advent Ring



December 13th – no service (Northgate Carol Service)


December 20th – Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us






Christopher (Organist) is seeking to increase the number of children in the church choir. Practices are on Thursdays at 7pm - 8pm for children, and services on Sundays, usually at 11, though on the 4th Sunday at 6.30pm. The choir also sings at 9.30 on the first Sunday of the month. 


Children are paid pocket money for attending practise and services. They are also paid for weddings when the choir is involved.  


At the back of the church are some notices advertising the benefits of singing! Please take a look and if interested, speak either to Christopher or one of the choir members.


We are awaiting the installation of new boilers at church and the work that is associated with that.  The temperature in church is okay at the moment but it is getting colder obviously!).  As yet we do not have a date for the completion of the work.


Ecclesiastical Insurance, our Church and Church House insurers, are celebrating their 130th Anniversary this year.  As a gesture of appreciation for our continued support they have announced that £130 will be donated to our church in respect of each and every new Home Insurance policy taken out by members of our congregation in the next year. 


If you would like to know more or to obtain a quotation call 0800 783 0130 quoting TRUST130.  


  Please do look at the display of art work from the school on the board by the side of the organ.  I have asked the head if such displays could be a regular feature of our link with the school.


We are recruiting a team of paid part time Shelter Assistants to help at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter this coming winter. They will work with our staff to check guests in/out of the shelter. The Shelter Assistants will each work a minimum of two shifts per week. These shifts will be allocated in advance. Each shift will be 1.5 – 2 hours long. This team will be fully supported by our full time staff.
A copy of the Job Description can be downloaded here: 
Anyone who is interested can apply here:


Night Shelter Puddings As in previous years we are looking for volunteers to make or buy a pudding course for the guests and volunteers (up to 18 in total) at our Saturday Night Shelter, 2 Dec - 3 March. This really helps the cooks and is much appreciated by the guests. If you are able to help with this please contact Lucy Drake on or 250499 before the end of November.



New coffee rota for 11.00 am services


The next coffee rota will cover the period from November to January and the pro forma can be found in the usual place at the back of the Church. We have really struggled to keep the coffee coming over the last three months and I am hugely grateful to all those who filled the gaps, often at the last minute and multiple times. Hopefully it will be easier now the summer break is over, but please do sign up if you can possibly manage it. We all love our cup of coffee/ catch up with friends, but this can only happen if there are people willing to sign up for a turn or two and it really isn’t an onerous task. Please see/ ring me if you need any further information. Expert tuition is available! Many thanks. Mirabel Brown (01473 725720).


Thank you to all those that supported the Fair Trade Event at Church on Sunday 19th November. £164.42 of items from the Fair Trade Shop were sold and £78.35 of Fairground/Created/Tear Fund items. If you missed out, many of the items can be found at the Fair Trade Shop 20A Upper Brook St, Ipswich, Open 9:30am–4:30pm. If you require more information please contact Charles Croydon (07854776870













St Margaret's Bank details as follows:-
Bankers - Bank of Scotland
Current account number 00800145
Sort code 12-16-39