"the calling of St Mark's Methodist church is to respond to the Good News of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission"
1881: a small group of people began to worship under the lamp in the centre of the current roundabout
1891: They raised enough to build the small church, which is still standing on Gloucester Road, closer to the shops and railway station.
1911: having outgrown the original building, further fund-raising resulted in the current building. Following a devasting fire in 1944, the church family rallied and after 5 years of restoration work, reopened St Mark's in 1949.
2006: after a massive fund raising effort by the congregation, the interior of the church was completely redesigned to accommodate all aspects of modern worship.
2012: saw the refurbishment of the church rooms & modernisation of the kitchen to serve the modern mission of today
For all and any general enquiries, please contact the stewards and we will do our best to assist -
Our first service back at St Mark's itself took place on Sunday 26 July. Everyone followed the strict guidelines from the Methodist Church, put in place to keep all the congregation safe, for a moving service lead by our own minister, Rachel. Follow this link to hear the service on Youtube. Things are going to be a little different for a while of course - follow the Information for Congregation link above to find out more.
Our next service in the church will be on Sunday morning, 30th August. Our minister, Rachel will continue with her own blog uploading worship material on a weekly basis, linking to resources on www.methodist.org.uk. We will also continue to hold our zoom service on Sunday mornings, even if there is a service in the church (except for 2nd & 9th August). If you would like to join us, either at St Mark's or at our zoom services, please email our minister via the blue button below.
Updates on the proposed re-starting of Fellowship groups, Tuesday Coffee Mornings and hire of the main hall to follow in due course..
OUR NEW WEB SITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION - WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE
DURING THIS TIME.
Join us for free tea, coffee and cake every Tuesday morning from 10am to noon, when our worship space becomes somewhere to meet old friends and make new ones. (Sadly closed for the time being due to Covid restrictions)
Love knitting? Then this is the place for you on a Tuesday morning, 1030am till noon - our regular knitters enjoy spending some time together, making items for themselves and various good causes.
ECO-CHURCH APPLICATION - almost there!
St Mark's has been striving to gain a Bronze Award and in time will want to qualify for the Silver and eventually the Gold award. This reflects our commitment to caring for the environment. The award looks at different aspects of church life: Worship, Buildings, Lifestyle and our relationship to the community and global issues.