‘We love because He first loved us’ - 1 John 4:19

The church is the people

St Marks Parish Weekend 2013

We believe we exist as a church to worship God, to love and disciple one another in a diverse family and to demonstrate the love of Jesus through serving our local community. We encourage each other to develop and share in the gifts of the Holy Spirit for God’s glory.

Our congregation is made up of over 150 adults, plus a significant number of children and young people who are an important part of the church family. We also have a very ‘local’ feel as the majority of us live within 20 minutes drive of the church, which enables us to devote time throughout the week to each other and to community activities.

In keeping with the local area, the congregation is diverse in its make-up; we have a significant number of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, people from a wide range of theological backgrounds, many young professionals and those with young families, and also a limited number of older members. We love this diversity and the variety which it brings; coexisting as God’s family can be a glimpse of heaven and is something which attracts many to the church.

St Mark’s is committed to keeping everyone safe and well in all our buildings and activities and follows the guidelines of A Safe Church.

Our Sunday services

We have two Sunday services; at 10.30am and 6.30pm. Both are generally informal in style, with times of sung worship (led by a group of musicians and singers in a contemporary style), bible readings, a sermon, prayers, and often a time of response/reflection. The teaching of God’s word is an important part of life and services at St Mark’s

St. Mark's congregation

Morning service

This is the larger service. It has a mix of people, but tends to have more families than the evening service. Communion is held twice a month, and there is an ‘all-age’ service on the first Sunday of the month; children and young people go to their relevant Sunday groups aside from that. There is also an informal creche area, and we are actively looking to have a manned creche so that parents can participate in the service.

Evening service

This is smaller and more reflective. It has two key aims of providing spiritual nourishment (particularly to those who serve in the morning), and also to give opportunity to those who feel led to lead/preach in an accountable environment. Communion is held on once a month, usually on the first Sunday.

Church isn’t just about Sunday

The church aims to have outreach and mission at the heart of what it does, and we seek to serve people practically and share the hope that can be found in Jesus. We also are a church which seeks to be rooted in prayer in everything we do; youth and children are an important part of our church, and a sense of family and community is very important to us. We therefore don’t see Sunday as the only time to “do” church.

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