Zoar Baptist Chapel Ipswich Suffolk



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Who we are

We really welcome you! As an evangelical church serving our local multicultural community and situated right opposite to the new Suffolk College and University we believe that it is the preaching of God's Word that changes lives; so that is central in our worship. Do come and visit us if you are in this area - we would love to see you!

We are a relatively small but welcoming church in the heart of Ipswich. Our congregation is diverse and we are blessed to have members from many countries of the world. In many respects our church represents the diverse, urban community in which God has placed us.

Our heartfelt desire is to see growth particularly with people from the immediate area joining us!

Our church is Bible centered with the focus on strong reformed Bible teaching complimented by a love of worshiping God through music and song, learning about Him through His Word and communion with Him through individual and group prayer.

At the core of our work is a keen desire to reach out to the local community with the good news of Jesus Christ.

To achieve this we are active in various evangelistic outreach including; events and special services, the Sunday School, children’s holiday clubs, parents and toddlers work, handing out leaflets during local events and some door to door work.

In all this we recognise the need for continuous prayer for the blessing of the Holy Spirit in all we do to support and produce fruit from this work.


Location of worship

Zoar Baptist Chapel
St Helen's Street
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2LH
United Kingdom
Phone: 01473 401017 / 01473 258911
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Church Pastor

Mr James Paton
Mr James Paton
221 Woodbridge Road
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 2QS
United Kingdom
Phone: 01473 401873 / 01473 258911
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A member church of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (East Anglia)   Edit

Church Website

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Leader Name:
Mr James Paton   Edit
Leader Position:
Pastor   Edit
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Pastor   Edit
Leader Address:
221 Woodbridge Road
IP4 2QS   Edit
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Other Church Leaders:
Simon Petitt
Ovidiu Timpescu   Edit

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Admin Name:
Graham Eldridge   Edit
Admin Position:
Elder and Church Treasurer   Edit
Admin Address:
112, Dales Road
Admin Email:
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St Helen's Street, Ipswich, Suffolk
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Travel/Direction Tips

The church is located on St Helens Street very close to the centre of Ipswich and also the Suffolk New College, University of Suffolk and Alexandra Park.

The church is situated on a junction of St Helens Street that intersects with Milner Street, leading into Rope Walk.   Edit


Some limited parking is available on St Helens Street and Milner Street and there is a pay and display car park directly adjacent to the church on Rope Walk.   Edit

Zoar Baptist Chapel Service Times

Sunday Services

10:10 am – Prayer Meeting (in vestry)

10:30 am – Morning service (inc. Sunday School)

4:40 pm – Prayer Meeting (in vestry)

5:00 pm – Evening Service


9:30 am – Flourish Parents and Toddlers group (in side building during term time only)

11:30 am – 1.00 pm – Pastors surgery


2:15 pm – Women’s Fellowship meeting


7:30 pm – Prayer meeting and Bible Study (Alternates at Church or Home Groups)

Please note Communion takes place on the first and third Sundays of the month during the Evening and Morning services respectively.

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Worship Languages

English   Edit

Dress Code

Whatever you are comfortable in! When you attend our church you will find a really diverse group of people, if you’re happier in jeans and tee shirt or shirt and tie, we don’t mind.   Edit

Sunday School / Children and Youth Activities

Under 12s:
There are a number of activities available for children of different ages at the church including the following;

Sunday school from 3yrs onward available during the Sunday morning service from 10:30am. Children sit in the first few rows of the church together with the Sunday school teachers and leave for the building to the side of the church following the end of the second hymn. The children can enjoy singing, Bible teaching integrated with some relevant craft work.

Flourish is our parents and toddlers group. This meets every Monday in term time only from 09:30am in the Sunday School building to the side of the church and is available to children from the ages of 0-4yrs. Children can enjoy lots of play activities, short bibles stories, snacks, singing and craft. All are welcome!   Edit
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Prayers and Hymns

Main Bible:
New King James Version   Edit
Hymns and Songs:
Grace Hymns and Zoar Praise   Edit

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Zoar Baptist Chapel History

Zoar Baptist Church has had a presence in Ipswich for over 170 years.

The church first opened on the 7th of January 1842 situated in David Street, Ipswich.

The Church relocated to St. Helen’s Street in 1925 opening for worship on Wednesday 18th March 1925.

The first minister of Zoar Chapel was Pastor J. B. Bateman who was called to the pastorate on June 19th 1842.

He was followed by Pastors W. Felton (1855-59), J. Wilkins (1862-66), S. Willis (1867-70), J. Morling (1872-79), S. Cozens (1882 – 1887), R.C. Bardens (1891-1907), P. Reynolds (1912-34), J.S. Smith (1941-58), R.G. Martin (1960-65), E.D. Eldridge (1968- 82), R.J. Howells (1984-89) and P.F. Hughes (1991-2005).

The current Pastor is James Paton, formerly Elder at Surrey Chapel, Botolph Street, Norwich who was inducted on the 11th September 2010


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The power of Christian prayer "Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees."
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Zoar Baptist Chapel listing was last updated on the 27th of July, 2020
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