Christmas Services

Sunday 21 December

4pm - Family Carol Service at St Luke's

4pm - Nativity Service at St Helen's

6.30pm - Traditional Lessons & Carols by Candlelight at Holy Trinity

Christmas Eve

5pm - Crib Service at Holy Trinity

6pm - Carols by Candlelight at St Helen's

11pm - Midnight Holy Communion at Holy Trinity

Christmas Day

10am - Family Communion at St Helen's

Our Vision

To know Christ personally and to make him better known.

Benefice Map

Sermons and Talks

Some of the talks / sermons in the benefice can be downloaded in MP3 format for those who missed the service or who want to listen again.

Our Churches

In Ipswich, the Church of England has a number of Ipswich Churches and parishes. The Ipswich parishes of St Helen's, Holy Trinity and St Luke's Church's cover the south-east of Ipswich town centre. This includes a large part of the Ipswich Waterfront, Suffolk New College, University Campus, St Helen's and Back Hamlet areas and the "Rivers" estate.

When the three Ipswich Church parishes joined together in 1999 we adopted the informal name Ipswich "Waterfront Churches" which we have now established.

There are other Ipswich Waterfront Churches (of differing denominations) who covering different parts of the Ipswich Waterfront Quayside area and details of these churches are available here. Where ever the opportunity arises then we do work together with a practical example of that being in the Ipswich Waterfront Community through the Ipswich Waterfront Action partnership group. Individual members are trustees of the John Dorkin's Charity.

New Rector

Following the interviews which were held for our vacancy, we are delighted to announce that the Reverend Thomas Rout has been appointed as Rector of the Waterfront Churches Benefice and Chaplain of University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk New College.

Tomís institution will take place in the Benefice on Wednesday 21 January, 2015 by the Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. More details will be available of this in due course.

Please remember Tom and his family in your prayers as they prepare to leave their church and home ready to move to Ipswich to join us.

Town-wide Projects

Members of the three churches are involved in a number of town-wide initiatives. These include:

Town Pastors
Ipswich Soup Kitchen
Ipswich Families in Need (FIND)
Talitha Koum
Ipswich Winter Night Shelter
Heart for Ipswich


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Other Ipswich church activities

Contacting Us


Ipswich Waterfront Churches Office
Holy Trinity Bungalow,
20 Back Hamlet,


0773 199 1669


Open the Book

Members of the churches are involved in the "Open the Book" project are provide regular assemblies in both Cliff Lane and St Helen's Schools in Ipswich.

Rwanda Direct

Rwanda Direct is a charity set up by the Waterfront Churches. To find out more read the blog.

More Information

For find out more about baptisms, funerals, weddings and the reading of banns in the Waterfront churches click here.