Services at St. Mark

Come, now is the time to worship...

Here at St. Mark's church, we like to worship God in a eucharistic setting using the contemporary and timeless words of the Church of England's Common Worhip liturgy.  If you prefer to worship in a more relaxed and informal setting, or are just setting out on your faith journey, you may like to try our Café Church.

We invite you to come and join us at one or more of our regular services.

Sunday Services

Our usual pattern of services on a Sunday is as follows.

1st Sunday 10am - Holy Communion with Ministry of Healing
2nd Sunday Café Church
9.45am - Breakfast
10.30am - Worship
​11.45am - Holy Communion,
​for those who wish to stay on
3rd Sunday 10am - All-Age Worship with Communion
4th Sunday 10am - Joint Communion at one of our three churches
​(see Church Calendar for details)
5th Sunday 10am - Holy Communion

​For details of our seasonal and special services, please see our Church Calendar.​

Each Sunday at 9am, a small group of us meet for a time of prayer.  Do feel free to join us if you wish.  If you would like us to pray for you or someone you know, please contact our team rector, Revd Canon Jane Butler, on 01604 717133 or the leader of our prayer network, Ann Woodley, on 01604 843267.

​We love to welcome children and families at our church.  Our services on the second and third Sundays of the month are all-age, family-friendly.  On the other Sundays, if they wish, your children can go out and continue their worship in 'Young People's Church', rejoining the adults at the communion.


Home Communion

If you or a family member cannot manage the walk or drive to church, please contact us.  We can either arrange a lift or bring communion to you at home.  For more details or to arrange a visit, please contact Revd Canon Jane Butler, our team rector, on 01604 717133.

Café Church

Once a month, on the second Sunday of the month, we transform our church hall into a café.  We gather for a delicious freshly-cooked breakfast and a chat at 9.45am.  Our breakfast usually includes a choice of bacon butties, toast and pastries, cereals and fruit, coffee and tea, and fruit juices.  Newspapers and craft activities are available for those who prefer to start the day more quietly.  At 10.30am our worship begins with songs and an opening prayer, followed by a Bible reading, video clips and conversations on our tables about what we have seen and heard, and we conclude our worship in song and prayer.  It is a relaxed and informal yet often thought-provoking service that helps to connect life and faith, and has activities for families and individuals of all-ages and stages in their Christian journey.

Each Café Church has its own distinctive theme.  In February, we prepared to set out on our forty day journey through Lent.  In March, we will be celebrating Mothering Sunday and invite you to join us on Sunday 11 March 2018, 9.45am in the church hall.

For more information on Café Church, please contact Revd Rachel.

Here are some of our recent themes...

Sunday 12 November 2017 Remembrance and Hope
Sunday 11 February 2018 Setting out into Lent
Sunday 11 March 2018 Mothering Sunday

For those who wish to stay on, after a short pause, there is a simple said Holy Communion service in the church at around 11.30am/11.45am.

Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Psalm 100 (NRSV)