Remember the true meaning of Christmas this year at one of the special services being held in Suffolk’s churches

Churches traditionally see their congregations swell at the time of year as we look to give thanks and praise for all we have at Christmas.

See what is happening at your local church here.

St Augustine’s, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich

Sunday, December 14

6.30pm Lessons and carols by candlelight


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Sunday, December 21

6.30pm Contemporary Christmas worship

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Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

4pm Crib service

11.30pm Midnight communion

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Service

St Mary’s Catholic Parish

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ipswich and The Church of the Holy Family and St Michael, Main Road, Kesgrave

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

5pm Children’s Christmas mass (St Mary’s)

8pm Polish mass (St Mary’s)

10pm Polish mass (St Mary’s)

11.30pm Midnight mass (at both churches)

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

9am Mass (St Mary’s)

9.15am Mass (Holy Family)

10.30am Mass (St Mary’s)

Noon Polish mass (St Mary’s)

St Mary’s Parish Church, Market Hill, Woodbridge

Sunday, December 21

6.30pm Carol service with choir

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

5.30pm Children’s service of light

11.30pm Midnight mass of Christmas

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

8am Holy communion

10am Parish eucharist

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday, December 13

7pm Carols by candlelight

Sunday, December 14

10am Sung eucharist and Nativity play

Tuesday, December 23

7pm A festival of nine lessons and carols

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

4pm Crib service

11pm Midnight eucharist

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

8am Eucharist

10am Festal eucharist

St Clement’s Congregational Church, Back Hamlet, Ipswich

Sunday, December 14

10.45am Celebrate with a carol service

Sunday, December 21

10.45am Celebrate with a carol service

St Pancras Roman Catholic Church, Orwell Place, Ipswich

Friday, December 19

7.30pm Pentecostal service

Sunday, December 14

4pm Carols by candlelight

Sunday, December 21

9.30am and 11am Mass Sunday

6pm Mass Saturday for Sunday

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

10.30am Mass

11am and 6pm Confessions

11.30pm Carols, followed by midnight mass and hot punch in the hall

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

9.30am and 11am Christmas day mass

Friday, December 26 - Boxing Day

9.30am Mass

Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich

Saturday, December 20

6pm Candleight carol service

Sunday, December 21

10.45am Ray Seal - Saving Private Christmas

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10.45am Rev Cliff Reed

Sunday, December 28

10.45am Ray Seal - Four Calling Birds

Bethesda Baptist Church, Felixstowe

Sunday, December 21

5.30pm Carol service

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas service

Ashcroft Christian Fellowship, Ashcroft Hall, Ashcroft Road, off Norwich Road, IP1 6AA

Tuesday, December 16

7.30pm Carol service

Sunday, December 21

4.30pm Carol service

Rushmere Christian Fellowship, St Albans School, Digby Road

Sunday, December 21

6.30pm Carol service - Unto us a child is Born

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas Day service

Burlington Baptist Church, London Road, Ipswich, IP1 2EZ

Sunday, December 21

10.45am Christmas family service

6.30pm Carols by candlelight with family orchestra, coffee and mince pies

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10am All age Christmas celebration

The Methodist Church, Ipswich

Alan Road

Sunday, December 21

10.45am Service

6pm Carol service

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

11.30pm Communion

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

11am Worship

Bramford Road

Sunday, December 21

11am All-age Nativity services

4.30pm Carol service

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

11.30pm Candlelight communion

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10am All-age service

Chantry

Sunday, December 21

3pm Cafe-style carol service

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10am Family service

Museum Street

Sunday, December 21

10.45am Christmas celebration

6pm Carols by candlelight

Wednesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

11.30pm Communion

Thursday, December 25 - Christmas Day

10.30am Worship

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