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05/04/2020 Sermon for Palm Sunday Canon Charles Jenkin
05/04/2020 SMLT Weekly eNews – Palm Sunday

St Mary-le-Tower Streamed Live Services

The link will appear at the top of the Twitter feed on the right hand side of this home page when streaming begins.  You do not need your own Twitter account, just click on the tweet when it appears.  You may need to refresh the page while you wait.  According to the Bishops’ regulations, services are being streamed from the vicarage and not the church.

Forthcoming Streamed Live Services
10.30am Palm Sunday (April 5th) Eucharist (Holy Communion)
          Order of service – on-screen format
          Order of Service – paper format
8.30pm Holy Monday (April 6th) Compline (Night prayer)
          Order of Service – on-screen format
          Order of Service -paper format
8.30pm Holy Tuesday (April 7th) Compline (Night prayer)
8.30pm Holy Wednesday (April 8th) Compline (Night prayer)
7.30pm Maundy Thursday (April 9th) Eucharist of the Last Supper
2.00pm Good Friday (April 10th) Liturgy of the Last Hour
10.30am Easter Day (April 12th) Easter Eucharist (Holy Communion)

Orders of Service
These will be posted here well before the service time.  They will be in two formats: ONLINE to be viewed on phones and tablets, and PAPER to be printed out.


St Mary-le-Tower is a parish church with a thriving congregation of people of all ages, and the Civic Church for the town of Ipswich.  Our congregation is drawn from all around the Ipswich area, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and religious perspectives.  We emphasise living out the Christian faith with tolerance and respect for our neighbour, and affirm the Anglican principles of Scripture, Tradition and Reason. 

A major aspect of our church life is our musical work with young people and adults.  We offer formal worship in the Anglican Choral Tradition (cathedral style), and with young people in particular we aim both to teach life enhancing skills and disciplines as well as providing a deep experience of Christian community.

A message from the Vicar

Charles Jenkin

Reverend Canon Charles Jenkin

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the website of St Mary-le-Tower Church Ipswich (SMLT).  It is a strange time indeed that requires Parish Churches to be closed for public worship and private prayer, but this is the clear advice and guidance that the Government and the Church of England has currently given.  Nevertheless, the community of SMLT still exists in a variety of ways and this will be increasingly visible as time goes on. 

Please refer to the right hand side of this home page for further contact information now that the Parish Office is closed.  Please visit this page regularly for updates on our activities.  The most recent information and links will be placed on this home page so you do not have to go looking for them.  Indeed other pages of this website may not be up to date at the moment.

Do make good use of the resources and updates on this website, and also the resources and links on the diocesan website www.CofEsuffolk.org and the Church of England website www.ChurchofEngland.org/prayer-and-worship .  You may also like to try www.SacredSpace.ie as another spiritual resource.

Plans are in progress to continue the life of our choir online, especially its important work with young people, and Chris Borrett our Director of Music is masterminding this.  Our substantial choir community is already well connected with email and social media, and we are working to achieve the same with the rest of the SMLT congregation.

To this end, if you consider yourself to be part of the SMLT Community, and if you are NOT already part of our choir community networks, it would be most helpful if you could briefly email our administrator, Donna, at stmaryletower@hotmail.com, with your up to date contact details.

If there are others whom you know who would like to keep in touch with SMLT, please tell them also about this request.  And for those who do not have email, a mobile phone number to which we could send text messages would be good, failing that a home telephone number.  But please don’t send us someone else’s details without asking them first and saying you have obtained their permission. 

Do visit this website regularly (put it in your favourites) and here is a prayer for this difficult time.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing
can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

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