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.


September Prayer Diary   


9.30 Rise & Shine - August 20th - Joseph and his coat of many colours


Brief Graveyard Guide


Wednesday evenings 7.30 p.m. Evening Prayer and a short address.


Coffee Rota August to October 2017


We are now well into the summer and it is time to put together a new coffee rota to cover the period August to October. This is a really hard period to cover, as so many people are away on holiday, out for the day, childminding, etc. I am so grateful to everyone who helped with the last rota. We have a brilliant band of supporters who are prepared to provide and serve our refreshments and you really are appreciated. Please could you sign up again if at all possible for the forthcoming months? Many thanks. Mirabel Brown 





Work will be beginning on Phase 2 at the school on Monday July 24th so there will be no car parking from then onwards until sometime in 2018.


During the period when we are not able to use the playground, the Ipswich and Suffolk Club have kindly agreed that we can park in the section of their grounds accessed from Northgate Street (opposite the library).  You must display a permit to park there, obtainable from Maggie Conder, and only park there whilst you are attending a church service at St Margaret’s.



CCTV for St Margaret’s. In order for the church to be kept open to visitors throughout the week the PCC have agreed to the installation of a CCTV system with cameras inside and outside the church. Most of the funding is being provided by the HLF as part of the Heritage project. The process of obtaining permission from the Diocese (a Faculty) is well advanced and they have given their support in principle, subject to public consultation. Details of the scheme are displayed in church, on the back of the noticeboard by the Welcome table near the south door. If you have any questions please contact Lucy Drake on or tel 250499. The consultation period ends on 23rd August.


I am looking for a volunteer or two who are able to help with the 3rd Sunday Rise and Shine group services. If you feel you are able to help out occasionally or wish to help at any other all age/young people's events do come and talk to me or email 




Last chance to take part in or help with the church bike ride on Saturday 9th September!


· There are still vacant slots to help with the bike ride. Please do sign the list at the back of church if you could spare an hour on Sat. 9th Sept. to welcome cyclists and walkers to our church and sign their sponsorship forms.


· Please also consider taking part in the ride. You choose your own route and need only a few sponsors to make it worthwhile. Sponsorship forms are at the back of church.


Please contact Sheila Pugh (289186) if you would like any further information.



Sarah Hall, our Reader-in-training will be away from St Margaret’s from next Sunday for a couple of months on placement in a group of rural parishes near to Ipswich.  Our prayers are very much with Sarah during this important part of her training.  At the same time we will be welcoming on placement at St Margaret’s Derek Johns, one of Sarah’s fellow students.


Extreme weather events, excessive rainfall and drought conditions are some of the symptoms of a change in world temperatures due to CO2 emissions, and it is the poorest and most vulnerable who are being hit the hardest.  Christian Aid works internationally to help communities who are affected by climate change. We too can take action.  The biggest banks in the UK continue to finance the extraction and burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, all of which produce carbon pollution. If we’re going to build a better world and prevent irreversible damage to God’s abundant creation, we need to make the “big shift” away from fossil fuels and into clean energy.   Could we take action as part of Christian Aid’s Big Shift Campaign by simply visiting a bank as a group to drop in a letter for their Chief Executive asking them to take action and fulfil a promise they have already made? Will you help make the world a better place? Speak to Charles Croydon tel 01473 214 116 (home), 078 5447 6870 (mobile)








Harvest Festival church flower/decoration takes place in church on Saturday 30th September from 9.30 to 11.30.    We welcome anyone who would like to make an arrangement; whether of vegetables, crafts, dried materials or flowers!    Please put your name on the cork board at back of church.







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