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

24/05/2020 Sermon for Ascension-tide Canon Charles Jenkin
24/05/2020 Parish eNews 24th & 31st May 2020
17/05/2020 Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter  Canon Charles Jenkin
10/05/2020 Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter  Canon Charles Jenkin

Older sermons are available in Publications

Current Live Streamed Service:

10.30am Sunday 24th May: Order of Service ONSCREEN format
10.30am Sunday 24th May: Order of Service PAPER format

  • To access a service being streamed live, click on the [Current Live Streamed Service] link above at the time of the service, or afterwards.
  • To download an order of service, click on the format  above that you need.
  • You do not need to view a service at the time of streaming.  It remains available afterwards and can be viewed at a later time.
  • Although the service is being streamed live from the church, the building is not open to the public due to the Covid-19 restrictions.

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

Links for “Thy Kingdom Come” Prayer Resources

C of E Suffolk Prayer Resources

Church of England Prayer Resources


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 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, but this is the clear advice and guidance that the Government and the Church of England.  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.

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 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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