There has been an Anglican church and chaplain in Izmir (formerly known as Smyrna) since 1626. For centuries our churches served members of the British community who came to the city originally for trade, industry and to build the railways.

The congregation today includes long-term residents of the city, local people, refugees, students and visitors. We come from many different parts of the world and a great variety of backgrounds. It makes it a very special place to worship, and a very welcoming one too. There are two beautiful Anglican Churches in Izmir, one at Alsancak, the other at Bornova. Our principal place of worship is St. John's, Alsancak, where we have a church hall and other facilities.

In addition to our services, we also hold social events and regular Bible study. There is the opportunity to prepare for Baptism and Confirmation. Our Chaplain is the Revd James Buxton. St. John's Izmir is an ICS Associate Mission Partner. 

Ministry in Izmir has always been reliant on the prayers and practical support of our friends in Turkey, in the UK and around the world. We greatly appreciate this support, which enables us to maintain and develop our life of worship, prayer and service, and to keep our buildings in good condition. We invite you to help us to continue to witness to Christ in this great Turkish city, in which Christians have witnessed since the Biblical period.

We have recently completed a restoration project at St Johns Izmir where we rewired and repainted our church. We had to race ahead with this project in faith and hope, because of escalating inflation in Turkey. But now we need to finish raising the money!

Contributions are warmly invited, please contact James Buxton [email protected] to find out more or donate below. Thank you!

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