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 Minister

We are delighted to announce that the Reverend Thomas Rout has been appointed as the Priest-in-charge of the Waterfront Churches Benefice and Chaplain of University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk New College.

Tomís institution took place at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday 21 January by the Acting Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Please continue to pray for Tom and his family as they start their time with us here in Ipswich.

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,

Administration Telephone

0773 199 1669

Rev'd Tom Rout's Telephone

01473 727774



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.