St Thomas
of Ipswich

A friendly Christian Church in Suffolk


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Welcome to the Church of St Thomas Apostle & Martyr    

Bramford Lane, IPSWICH, IP1 5BS

We are a welcoming, friendly Church in Bramford Lane by the railway bridge. As the local Parish Church we seek to serve all in our community.

All ages are welcome to join us, explore and discover what the Christian church has to offer and to share the journey of faith with us.

 

Run with joy – 6 session Course on ‘Benedictine Wisdom for everyday living’ on ZOOM starting on 26 May 7.15  Run with Joy May 20 Course Information

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Sundays:

  • we post a video with Sunday Worship on our facebook page at 9.30am. This remains available on YouTube

  • we meet with ZOOM at 10am – email jutta.brueck@cofesuffolk.org, if you woudl like to join us.

Other Worship:

  • Morning Prayer livestream on Mondays to Saturdays at 8.30am from https://www.facebook.com/BishopsCofEsuffolk/

  • Christian Meditation livestream on Tuesdays, 7.30pm ( 25 minutes of silent meditation, preceded by prayer, a reading and guided relaxation) on https://www.facebook/stthomaspilgrimcommunity

  • Compline – a beautiful service of night prayer – on Facebook/StThomasIpswich – 2 versions available:

    • a video with said Compline ‘Guard us while sleeping’  Compline Order of service Video

    • a video with part of the service sung ‘ Before the ending of the day’  using Psalm 4, with plainsong singing. https://youtu.be/NK-SFPE7vi    The order of service for this video is attached. Please feel free to join in with the responses and the singing, or to just listen, whichever you prefer. Either way, sung compline is a beautiful way to end your day, and I hope you enjoy it.Please click on this link for words and words.—–,Sung Compline Video

    • Wednesdays (fortnightly) : next on 27 May,  10 am livestream Eucharist on facebook/stthomasipswich

Church of England launches free Daily Hope prayer hotline 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a 24-hour free phone line for Christian worship and prayer, aimed at those who have no or limited access to the internet. Justin Welby said “With many in our country on lockdown, it’s important that we support those who are feeling lonely and isolated, whatever age they are.”

People calling the free number will hear a greeting from the Archbishop and can then choose from a range of options including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on Covid-19.  The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

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For flowers that bloom about our feet,
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet,
For song of bird, and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

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Inspiring Ipswich – What does it mean for St. Thomas

You can download the leaflet here, which includes a prayer for Ipswich.


 Faith Pictures

More details about Faith Pictures can be found here on the Church Army website.


Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2020

This year’s focus is on raising awareness of environmental issues. You can read the Bishops’ letter here on the Church of England Suffolk website.

You can also visit the Lent 2020 page for more resources, including details of the #LiveLent daily reflections (delivered either by email or via a smartphone app).


St. Thomas Youth Group

For more information, or to sign up to attend, email Revd. Cat. Hope to see you there!


Bible From Scratch

Bible From Scratch, our Bible study sessions, are now on a break until after Easter. We hope you’ve enjoyed them so far! Please contact Revd. Cat for more details of these sessions.


 St. Thomas Community Peace Garden

Our beautiful Peace Garden is now open for all to use. Please see our poster for details about when it is open


Baptisms, Confirmations, Weddings & Funerals

Christening (Baptism)

We welcome enquiries from anyone about the above services, whether you have a link with the church or not.

Baptisms take place in the main 10am service on a Sunday morning when the congregation will be there to support you and your family as your children begin their journey of faith.

Baptism is a free service, please contact us for more details.


imagesWe serve fresh coffee and biscuits in the church after the 10:00 service on Sundays its very informal you are very welcome to join us.

Lunch-Created-by-Anton-Gajdosik-from-the-Noun-Project-529x450On the first Sunday of each month we hold a bring and share lunch in the Church community ,just after the 10:00 Eucharist.

Confirmation

If you’d like to confirm the promises made on your behalf at your christening, St Thomas’ welcomes all ages.

We have young members of the congregation who are ready to pledge their faith as young as eleven and we have some members whose paths take a different route and they come back at a later on in life.

Please contact Jutta, who will be able to arrange preparation for your confirmation.

Adult Baptism

If you weren’t baptised or confirmed as a child, a ceremony combining the two sacraments is worth exploring. Contact us for more details and to discuss what course of action would be best for you.


Weddings in Church

If you wish to be married at St Thomas’ please contact Jutta to discuss your dates and the next steps you need to take.

Banns are announcements in church of your intention to marry and a chance for anyone to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. On these occasions, everyone in church will also be praying for you. It can be very special and moving, so come along if you can.


 For any queries, please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch

Donate to St Thomas’ Church

Parish Giving Scheme