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Taizé Service – January 28th

On the last Sunday in January, as has become our tradition, we held the first of our two Taizé services at 4.00 pm.  This service of repeated chants, Bible readings, and extended periods of prayer is very calming and those who attend find it very refreshing.  These services are open to people of all Christian denominations and none.  You do not have to be able to sing to join in the chants and you do not have to join in at all if you prefer just to sit with your eyes closed, listen and allow the words and music to […]

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Nativity 2017

At 10:45 on 17th December we held our first Scratch Nativity. All members of the congregation were invited to come dressed as a character from the Nativity, although mostly only the children took up this invitation. The Pathfinders (8-10 years) read from Isaiah and narrated the story for us. As part of the narration they provided instructions for the characters to come and join in at the appropriate moments in the story. We sang carols, and two less traditional songs, along the way. The Travellers (11 years and up) helped with a Powerpoint presentation showing the words for the carols. It was a chaotic, but joyful way […]

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Christmas Services 2017

Here’s a summary of the Christmas services at St Mark’s this year – Hope to see you at some of them! Sunday 17th December 10.00am Holy Communion (said) Sunday 17th December 10.45am Scratch Nativity Everyone who would like to can come dressed as any character from the nativity (your choices are Angel, Mary, Joseph, Star, Shepherd, Wise man, Donkey, other animals), and we can all join in with the story. The pathfinders will be narrating the story for us and the travellers will be helping to guide us all. Sunday 17th December 6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols This is a traditional […]

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Messy St Mark’s

On 12th October we launched our first ever Messy St Mark’s for the families at Oughton Primary School.  We held it in the school itself meaning that families could come and join in straight from the end of the school day.  We didn’t know how many people we’d get, if any, but could never have guessed that over 100 people would come and join in!  The theme was Celebrating Harvest with harvest and nature themed activities including leaf painting, apple bobbing, junk modelling of animals, potato printing and fruit kebabs.  By far the most popular activity was the slime making! […]

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Alpha Course

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, and ask the big questions such as “what is the historical evidence Jesus lived, died and rose again?” and “why suffering?”  The evening comprises of a meal together, a short video, and a discussion around what we have watched.  You are free to ask anything; no question is too obvious or controversial.  The course starts on 19th September. If you think this might be for you, or someone you know, please get in touch with Jeni on jennifercmcquaid@gmail.com or 07773 784 736.  

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General Election 2017: Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

Faith has a central role to play in politics and this general election, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York say today. In a pastoral letter to the parishes and chaplaincies of the Church of England, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu urge people to set aside “apathy and cynicism” and draw new inspiration from the ancient Christian virtues of “love, trust and hope”. The three-page letter, intended to be shared in churches from this Sunday onward, encourages voters to remember Britain’s Christian history and heritage as well as a concern for future generations and God’s creation as they make their […]

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Reading of St Matthew’s Gospel & Compline – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8pm Each year, we mark the first three days of Holy Week with an evening service called Compline or Night Prayer. This is a simple, reflective, said service which those who attend find very calming and peaceful. This year, Compline will be preceded by the reading of chapters 17- 28 of Matthew’s gospel in six instalments, two on each of the three evenings. The gospel reading and Compline together will last between 45 and 50 minutes and you are encouraged to attend some or all of these services […]

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Lent Appeal 2017

Healing Syria’s Wounds We are supporting the work of Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) among refugees in Syria and the surrounding countries of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Though there are fragile signs of peace, the plight of those who have left their homes is still severe and medical care is essential for those in camps or trying to return home. Moncler outlet MSF is one of the most respected and effective medical organisations in the world with a reputation for going where others hold back. It’s not able to work in government controlled areas or those held by Islamic State, […]

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Christmas Services 2016

Here’s a summary of the Christmas services at St Mark’s this year – Hope to see you at some of them! Sunday 18th December 10.00am Family Communion and Sunday School Nativity During this service our children will be helping us to begin our Christmas celebrations as they present their annual nativity play. Sunday 18th December 6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols This is a traditional candlelit service with seven readings from the Old Testament and New Testament as we hear Jesus’ birth being foretold by the prophets and of the events surrounding it. There are a number of carols for […]

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Bishop’s visit

We had the pleasure of being joined by the Bishop of Hertford for today’s family service.  Here’s a couple of pictures of his address to the congregation.

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