Sudbury Methodist Church - St John's

York Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1ND

(Due to the Coronavirus, all church services and other activities are presently suspended).

St Johns Methodist Church

Lively church with many weekly activities.  Our worship takes place every Sunday at 10.30 am, and is an opportunity to share with others, praising and thanking God for all He is and does; to listen to His word and to be challenged to respond to all we have heard.

Twice a month there are communion services – in the main service on one Sunday in the month and at 11 am on the third Wednesday of the month.

There is a choir which helps to lead the music and we have a number of worship leaders who take part in the services.  Spark Club [Junior Church] runs at the same time as the Sunday morning service most Sundays.  

Times of Services: 10.30am

Sudbury, St. Johns Interior

Minister: Rev Ruth Ridge

Tel: 07447 091182


This church has Powerpoint and digital projection facilities.




Accessibility at Sudbury

The Methodist Church wishes to be an environment where all feel welcome and cared for. In order to allow for widest possible access, this church has the following facilities available:

  • Wheelchair Accessible Access
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Loop
  • Large Print

What's On at St John's: -

The "Herald" is our monthly newsletter, which also covers news from our sister chapels at Bradfield Combust and Glemsford.  You can read more about our work and mission by clicking on the link to the St John's website HERE.


St Johns Community Team

Food Distribution: -
Community Worker Emma has been working alongside Storehouse to make arrangements with Aldi, where she previously worked, along with other shops, to donate food on a daily basis for around 40 families and individuals who were in need around the locality. Alongside Sudbury Town Hall Community Team, they have been running a sorting and packing depot in the church hall. Town Hall staff have been facilitating the deliveries.


Messy Church Small

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You may have heard people talking about Messy Church. What is it? It is a version of church which involves children and at least one accompanying adult. It began in April 2004 in an Anglican church near Portsmouth. A typical session includes arts and crafts, worship celebration and food.

The aims are:

  • To provide an opportunity for all ages to worship together
  • To help people of all ages to feel that they belong in church and to each other
  • To help people have fun in a church context and to be creative together
  • To introduce Jesus through hospitality, friendship, stories and worship.

There are books and a website to provide help and inspiration for Messy Church themes and resources.

At St John’s, we began in October 2011. We aim to do it once every two months. Three teams of helpers supervise the three different activities and another team is responsible for welcoming and administration. This involves about 30 people. So far we have had about 20 children each time with a carer, parent or grandparent.

There is a lively friendly atmosphere. The children and families are welcomed and taken into the hall. This usually has about 6 different art and craft activities. The children are free to choose which ones they do. This lasts about an hour and then they go into the church. Here they might show some of the craft they have made, sing worship songs and dance. After this we go back into the hall for a meal together.

At the end, everyone, families and helpers, generally feel it has been a good time of sharing Christian friendship. You are very welcome to come to Messy Church with a child.  

The first 2020 session of Messy Church saw over 20 children plus parents/carers join us for a session with the theme of the Love of God on Saturday 15th February. Our Lay Worker, Emma Smye, and the team put on a love themed evening with fun, craft and songs, followed by a pizza tea for everybody!


(Messy Church at St John's is presently suspended).


Weekly activities:


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery Tel: (01787) 373185

10:00am - 12:00pm Hobbies Club alternate Mondays. Tel: Jan Turner (01787) 370540


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery Tel: (01787) 373185

2:15pm Discovery Bible Study, 2nd & 4th Tuesday Afternoons. 

3:30pm Re-U-Nite (Third Tuesday of the Month) for people of all ages with a short talk, tea and a chat.  


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185

2:30pm - The Exchange Book Club - Meets every two months on the first Wednesday of the month to discuss faith-based books. 

6:00pm - 7:30pm Youth Songsters  Singing modern music and having fun, ages from 6 to 18 are very welcome. Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

7:30pm - 9:30pm Sudbury Songsters for adults who like to sing for rest and relaxation.


8:30am - 11:30am & 12:00pm - 3:00pm Playbox Nursery  Tel: (01787) 373185


9:30am - 11:30am Tea & Tots. Lots of toys and activities to share. Music and Movement between 11:00am and 12:30pm. Refreshments available. Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

12:00pm Soup Lunch First Friday of the Month.

1:30pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea & Tots. Lots of toys and activities to share. Refreshments available. Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

3:30pm - 5:00pm TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Friday - After-School end-of-week session for primary school children and their parents/carers. Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940

7:30pm Choir Practice. Leads the worship on Sunday mornings singing hymns and anthems. We sing at weddings and visit other churches in the area for special occasions. Tel: Ann Platten (01787) 374069


10:00am - 12:00pm Friendship Café. Dementia-friendly café with games, activities, coffee and chat for everyone. Tel: Emma Smy (07856) 023940



Contact Info

(Please contact Alison Travis/The District Office only for matters that relate to the Methodist District. For Local Church or Circuit matters please contact the people on the individual Circuit and Church pages.)

01603 625765

Alison Travis

The District Office
Chapel Field Road Methodist Church

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