Welcome to St. John's, Elmswell

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30am in the church
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St John’s is a friendly, evangelical church in Elmswell, Suffolk, mid-way between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. Our goal is to know Christ and make him known as we serve our community. Our services include a mix of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns and reveal our reliance on the Bible as the Word of God and our trust in the Holy Spirit. We are strongly committed to introducing and building people up in the Christian faith through Bible teaching, prayer, worship, discipling and friendship.

As a church family, we aim to:
• Demonstrate God's love to the world
• Declare the good news of Jesus Christ
• Depend on God as part of his family

We are a broad range of people including families with young and grown-up children, pensioners, young professionals and many others. Whoever you are, of whatever age, you're very welcome to join us.

Whether you are interested in our history, wish to get married, have a child baptised, want to investigate Christianity or are looking for a place to worship and meet other Christians, we would love to see you. Why not have a look around our site to see who we are and what we do?

Programme of Services Card (Jan to Mar 2024)


Sunday Worship - 14 April 2024 (Mark 6:45-56)

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arrowThis month's verse:

Psalm 119:89

Your word, O LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.

April 2024


arrowThis month's Poem:

The Grass, the Briar and the Tree

Near Bethlehem the grasses grow
In Summer sun and morning dew
Then one fine day a man was seen,
He cut the grass with sickle keen.
  In corner of the field it lay
  For Winter time, a stack of hay.

  Oh Son of God, content to come,
  To us, from your bright heavenly home,
  As a new born babe to lay,
     In a manger, on the hay.

There in the Kidron Valley, look!
Amid the rocks a little brook,
And by the brook a briar grew,
In Summer sun and morning dew.
Then one Spring day a man was seen,
He cut the briar with blade so keen.
  And so the briar with sharpest thorn,
  Could now be plaited to a crown.

  Oh, Son of God, in love You came,
  For all man's sin to take the blame,
  As punishment my guilt to bear,
     The piercing crown of thorn to wear.

First the seed, and then the root,
And in God's time the tender shoot.
Through the seasons and the years,
Amid man's laughter, joy and fears,
There in a wood, a great tree grew,
In Summer sun and morning dew.
Then one dark day a man was seen,
He felled the tree with axe so keen.
From tree, a pile of planks was laid,
And from the planks a cross was made.

Outside the city, cursed was He,
Bearing my sin instead of me.
The Son of God, on Calvary's tree.

  The Grass, the Hay, the Briar, the Thorn,
  The Tree, the Cross that bows not down.
  How blessed are you, yourself to give,
  To Jesus Christ, that we might live!

Pam Millyard

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We belong to the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, which is a part of the Church of England.