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Service Times

We follow a regular pattern of services (scroll below) which my vary from time to time.

Additional Services during December 2023

Sunday 3rd December at 6.30pm
Advent Carol Service: the service begins in darkness, with the light of candles leading us towards the light of Christ and the promise of hope.

Wednesday 6th December at 6.20pm-ish:
the younger members of the Scouting and Guiding movements raise awareness of the work of the Children's Society at this short and informal Christingle Service.

Schools' Carol Services

Tuesday 12th December at 7.00pm: Ipswich School (lower school) Carol Service
Wednesday 13th December at 7.00pm: Northgate School Carol Service

Sadly these two services have been cancelled following the recent death of Mrs Carrie Horne, Special Educational Needs teacher at St Margaret's CEVA Primary School. We keep Carrie's family, and the school community in our prayers at this sad time.

Friday 8th December at 6.30pm: St Margaret's VAP KS 2 School Carol Service
Wednesday 20th December at 2.00pm: St Margaret's VAP School Christmas Celebration (for staff and pupils)

Nine Lessons and Carols
Thursday 21st December at 7.30pm: Service of 'Nine' Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve
8.00am: Service of Holy Communion (BCP)
4.00pm: Crib Service - come dressed for nativity! Angels, shepherds and sheep all welcome at this 30 minute service.
6.00pm: Carol Service - all generations gathering for this captivating 45 minute service with candles and carols.
11.00pm: 'Midnight Mass' - First Communion of Christmas - we celebrate the mystery of God's love for all people that draws us back year after year.

Christmas Day
10.30am Festive Family Communion - followed by drinks and nibbles for those who are able to stay.

New Year's Eve
8.00am: Service of Holy Communion (BCP)
9.30am: Rise & Shine - The Shepherd's Story
11.00am: Choral Matins


We try very hard to livestream our services however, as we are reliant on volunteers, this can sometimes be interrupted at short notice. Do click this page for the details of services that are live streamed.


The church is open daily from 10am - 3pm in the winter months, remaining open until 4pm during the summer.

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