The letter from the Minister is on the "From the Manse" page


How much do you know about our patron saint?


A few weeks ago one of our faithful team of  Local Preachers, Josie Keys, asked the Steward on duty,  Norma Newcomb, which John we are celebrating,  Norma couldn’t answer and neither it appears could anyone else here.  We asked Norma Virgoe, the District Archivist, who also couldn’t help.  All was not lost. In an email from Norma later, she stated that she had discovered from the Records Office that the Sudbury  Chronicle and Mercury dated 2nd March 1934, revealed that it is John the Baptist!  See what you can answer of these—


1.  Which Gospel records the early life of John?

2.  What does John eat in the desert?

3.  What does John wear in the desert?

4.  What was the content of John’s preaching?

5.  What value does John put on descent from Abraham?

6.  What was the difference between John’s (performing of) baptism from that of Jesus?

7.  What did Jesus mean by raising stones (Matthew 3 v.9)?

8.  Why did  John baptise Jesus?

9.  What do X and Y stand for in the quotation  ‘X must increase, Y must decrease’?

10. Why was John imprisoned?  


Submit your answers to the Minister by Saturday.  A bar of chocolate goes to the winner!

Some dates further ahead to put in your diary


July 14th


Social Evening - Quiz


July 12th


CTiS Forum + BBQ at Acton


Sept 23rd


Harvest Festival


In the local newsletter, Rev Matt Lawson of Holy Trinity, Long Melford, wrote the following:

Below is a welcome message from Coventry Cathedral which l rather like.

“We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.


We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You're welcome here if you're ‘just browsing’ just woken up or just got out of prison. We don't care if you're more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven't been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.   We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you're having problems, are down in the dumps or don't like ‘organised religion.’

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to the Cathedral.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the ring road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters... and you!"

Reproduced with permission of Rev Matt Lawson




      "Jesus is the reason for the season"


 On this theme the variety of crafts and activities were designed for December's Messy Church.   Children love activities and competition.   Richard S. had arranged a competitive game where they had to prove they were paying their taxes to the Roman Emperor Caesar.   Biscuits could be used to create a star for the three wise men to follow     A large wall picture of cut outs and colouring produced the Nativity scene.   Christmas cards with stickers made a nativity scene and there was the chance to write a Christmas message to give to someone you love.   Creativity is a great inspiration.   There were Shepherds out of cardboard tubes and angels to hang on Christmas trees, both a vital part of the Christmas story.   The star leading the wise men was used to make shapes on a card held temporarily in place, spattered with paint using a toothbrush and then carefully removed.    After an hour of these activities the children move into the church for the service.    Every child had a chance to be a character, person or animal in the nativity scene - great eagerness.   Carols are sung, the story told and at the end a celebration.   What a party!   Inflated balloons, Christmas hats, Christmas music and much movement, loved by all.   The children then filed in to a Christmas tea.   Great care and preparation had been given to the whole afternoon.   Thank you to John and Ann and all helpers.   Those 15 children will carry the time of Messy Church through Christmas.                                                                     


Jane Sainsbury


So, why is Toilet Twinning so important?

Congratulations and a massive thank you St John’s!  Your generosity has enabled us to “twin” 8 toilets.  This means that we have funded 8 toilets or latrines in different locations around the world.  You will be able to see pictures of the toilets we have funded in each of the cubicles at church (the brave amongst you might take advantage of a quiet moment to venture into a different gender’s loos, as we have selected 8 different countries worldwide!).  The eight locations are:


The Democratic Republic of the Congo





Zimbabwe and



If you haven’t stopped to wonder why this is such a worthwhile thing to do, perhaps this is a good time to highlight some of the reasons.

Firstly, it might be easy to dismiss Toilet Twinning as providing Middle Class solutions to 3rd World problems.  Well, no, it’s not like that at all.  The toilets we are providing are very basic – many of us probably wouldn’t be that keen to use them!  The fact is that, although they are basic, they are a vast improvement in places where there has been little or no hygiene in the past.

Hygiene is, of course, the real issue here.  Most of us are aware of problems with poor water supplies in developing countries, and will have seen advertisements by charities such as Water Aid who work to provide clean drinking water.  Hygienic toilets are just the other side of the same coin.  If sewage is not controlled safely, disease will be rife and can negate the advantages of clean water.  The same can be said about washing carefully afterwards: in many countries, there is insufficient education about how germs can be transmitted, so education is also important.

This is why Toilet Twinning don’t just build toilets.  In fact, they don’t necessarily do that.  In many places, local people provide materials and labour.  The charity provides expertise, training and advice.  They explain issues such as where to site a toilet, the importance of thorough hand washing, making sure that children learn good hygiene as early as possible and so on – all things we take for granted.

The positive impact of safe toilets on children is, perhaps, one of the most important aspects.  Small children are extremely vulnerable to diseases such as cholera.  The lack of adequate sanitation is a major contributor to high infant mortality rates in the developing world – just as it was in Britain during the industrial revolution.  Addressing that problem can make a huge difference to communities.

A few statistics from the Toilet Twinning website:

  • 1 in 3 people across the world don’t have somewhere safe to go to the toilet (that’s about 2.3 billion people);
  • Nearly 900 children die each day from diseases linked to dirty water and unsafe toilets;
  • Women and girls are at high risk of attack when trying to find a suitable place to go to the loo, especially after dark;
  • In 47 countries less than half the population has a proper toilet (and that doesn’t mean one like yours and mine!).


I hope this has provided some food for thought.  Yes, Toilet Twinning sounds funny and it offers plenty of facilities (!) for puns, toilet humour and general hilarity.  However, I hope you will appreciate just how serious and valuable it is.  In many parts of the world, it is literally a matter of life and death.

Thank you again for your generosity.  It could be literally life-changing for 8 communities across the world.


Chris Willis


Services at Playford Court

When John is taking services at Playford Court, any member of the congregation would be most welcome to join in the services which are held in the lounge at 2.00 pm.  Dates for the services are:

22nd February

28th March

18th April

23rd May

27th June

31st July


Lent Course

John will be leading a Lent course in March on the following dates at 10.00 am

Thursdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29thMarch.  The final session will conclude with Holy Communion.  Book the dates now.



Thank you to everyone who knitted sheep – both large and small – for CTiS and District Posada event.  55 sheep were handed out to enthusiastic children on 23rd December.


One hundred days as a ONE Intern: Reflections

Posted on 17 January 2018 by Helen Byrne

Yesterday marked my one hundredth day as a ONE Programme Intern. Following an application filled out partly as a means of procrastination the day before an exam and a Skype interview at the ungodly hour of 5am New York time, I write this from the Joint Public Issues Team Office on the fifth floor of Methodist Church House in London. I spend three days a week here, the other two in the House of Lords as a researcher.

My loved ones were a little puzzled by my choice to take up a job with a Church that I am not a member of. I reply with a joke that my colleagues have heard recycled a few too many times; that I am not, indeed, a Methodist but a Methodist sympathiser. So what is an Irish Catholic with a background in Law doing here?

I am here because I am not interested in a career but in a vocation, to serve others, and therefore serving God. When the State fails, an institution is forced to step; sadly this is all the more necessary in these extraordinary times. In short, a social conscience informed by my faith brought me.

The purpose of the ONE Intern programme is to equip a generation of new leaders by enabling them to develop their professional and spiritual lives in tandem. A faith lens has been an important one through which to view the Lords for someone who finds herself at times seduced by the prestige of hobnobbing with eminent people.

I know that I am not alone here. A fellow researcher told me that having worked in the Commons for 8 years, he had yet to tire of the splendour of the building. I am forced to remind myself that doing so is a civic duty although I can’t pretend that I haven’t enjoyed telling people about my post-graduation plans.

As the spiritual element of the programme lies at its core, I elect to tell you not about the insider gossip I’ve picked up in the House of Lords, but instead what my faith has taught me. And so I turn to someone whose words are more instructive than anything I’ll ever hear in Westminster:

‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?’ (Mark 8:36)

In a world where our achievements and qualifications define us and how others see us, it is easy to forget that the most important facet of our identity must be our status as children of God.

Note:  ONE is a high-energy and fast-paced global team, and we work hard pressing governments to deliver change that will improve the lives of millions of people living in extreme poverty.

Taken from Joint Public Issues website


Gift Day and Garden Clearance – March 24th

 Book this date now


Re-Unite Meetings

Re-Unite is a friendly club for ladies of all ages.   The dates for the next meetings, which are held on Tuesdays at 3.30 pm are:

20th February

27th March

24th April

22nd May

26th June and

24th July

Footprints Café

This our church café which is open every Saturday morning from 10.00 am until 12.00.  It is an opportunity to meet friends, play board or card games, have a tea or coffee and cake.  Do come along and join us.  Offers of occasional help to serve refreshments would be gladly received.  Just sign the rota on the notice board in the Link.




 We would like to say a big "thank you” to so many people.

To everybody who has been so helpful to Jennifer over the past three years as  her health deteriorated. 

To the staff at both West Suffolk Hospital and North Court Care Home in Bury,  together with different ambulance crews, who looked after her in the last few  weeks of her life. 

To all who came to both the Cremation Service and Jennifer's Thanksgiving  Service at St Johns, particularly our friends from both Bradfield and Old  Newton. 

To everybody in Sudbury and beyond for your prayers, messages of support, and offers of help in these difficult times for us as a family.

 And of course a big thank you for the various donations made in Jennifer's  memory. The final total has yet to be finalized, but will be handed over to the Chilton Club shortly — a wonderful local organization which Jennifer enjoyed  going to so much.  And finally to Revd. John for his help and support, sometimes regardless of the time of day or night. 

Tony, Hannah and Rachel (Clarke)       


The deadline for the March Herald

is Sunday 18th February 2018


Any articles for the Herald would be most welcome


Please email any contribution to either Tricia Campbell  - or Gill Phillips - gillian.phillips  - or leave it in the tray in the Link.



Coffee Rota




Salt Shakers House Group


May Bailey’s Team


Tricia Campbell’s Team


Re-Unite Ladies




Flower Committee


Jan and Daphne


Brian and Clare


Welcome stewards




Tricia Campbell’s team


Salt Shaker House Group


Church Contacts:-

Minister                       Rev John Boardman        01787 372738

Senior Steward           Sue Rampling                   01787 377441

Lettings Secretary       Andrew Clare                    01787 372705

Church Office                                                       01787 373185


Church website:

Church email address:




A big THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2017 collection through your donations and gifts of goods for the boxes.  This year we sent 56 boxes of which 44 boxes were paid for by your generosity in coming to the coffee morning and giving of your time and money.  The remainder was given by individual donations.

We really do appreciate your support.  Let us pray for the children and families that receive the boxes.

With our good wishes for this coming year, Daphne Harris, Sue Rampling and the Team.





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