Please note that the Church of England has now announced that everyone in church should wear a form of face covering, as a clear expression of our care for one another.

After four months of silence, the bells at SMLT ring out. Listen to the bells ringing for the Sunday Eucharist service on 2nd August

Latest Online resources for St Mary-le-Tower Community:

LIVE Streamed Services

10.30am Sunday 9th August Order of Service ONSCREEN format
10,30am Sunday 9th August Order of Service PAPER format
10.30am Sunday 9th August Sermon for 9th August
Parish eNews 9th August 2020
The Ipswich Blessing

Older Streamed Services, Sermons, Orders of Service and Parish eNews editions are available in Publications

Note on Streamed Services
Our services are now being streamed via Facebook from the church, but when you use the links on this website, you do not need your own Facebook account.  Orders of service are posted on this home page well before the time of the next service.  They are in two formats: ONSCREEN to be viewed on PCs, phones & tablets, and PAPER to be printed out.

For a link to a Zoom service (none currently scheduled) please email: charlesjenkin60@gmail.com

Prayer for this Day

Guide us, Heavenly Father,
with your peaceable wisdom,
as we venture into the future together.
In all that is unfamiliar and challenging
keep us mindful that nothing
can ever separate us from your love.
Give us joy and courage in our living,
and sustain us in all our struggles;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Emergency Appeal 

Appeal Team Letter
Vicar’s Supporting Letter
Information Sheet 1 – Monthly Budget Report and Donation Methods
Information Sheet 2 – Summary of Fund Movements 2018-2021
Information Sheet 3 – Interim SMLT Development Strategy

Our Church

St Mary-le-Tower is a parish church with a thriving congregation of people of all ages, and it is 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 choral ministry with young people and adults.  We offer formal worship in the Anglican Choral Tradition (cathedral style).  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 real joy that we are once again able to hold public services in our church.  At our Sunday Eucharist we are united in the Spirit over space and time, some in church, some on line, some watching later; the Holy Spirit still makes us one.

Please refer to the right hand side of this home page for further contact information, now that the Parish Office is closed.  Do 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.

The life of our choir continues 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.  The choir are producing a weekly anthem recorded by individual voices on line, and then multi-tracked into a finished recording.

If there are others whom you know who would like to keep in touch with SMLT, please tell them to get in touch with me.  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 the times we are in.

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