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Church Open for Private Prayer

  • By Tricia Reed
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  • November 11, 2020

We are required to close St Mark’s for public worship, but are thankful that we can open church for private prayer we you can come to sit in fellowship with others and offer prayers to God. We are open from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday evenings and Sunday morning 10am-12pm. The heating will be on, and the peace of God will be with us.

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New Vicar: Meet Rev Nick Smith

Our New Vicar Nick
  • By Tricia Reed
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  • November 8, 2020

Nick will be licensed at 4pm on Sunday 15th November and will take up his role as Team Vicar in the Parish of Hitchin, with special responsibility for St Mark’s Church. We look forward to welcoming him to his new ministry, and pray a blessing on his, and his wife Isabelle’s new life in this town.

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Christmas Services 2019

Here’s a summary of the Christmas services at St Mark’s this year – Hope to see you at some of them! Sunday 16th December 10.00am Holy Communion (said) Sunday 22nd 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 22nd December 6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols This is a […]

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Christmas Crib Service 2018

Two great services this afternoon to get everyone in the Christmas spirit for tomorrow. The quieter service was a 2PM and the 4PM noisier service lived up to the name. For those that couldn’t make it, here’s a recording of the 4PM service Merry Christmas from all at St Mark’s

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Confirmation Service

On 14th June St Mark’s hosted the Team confirmation service. We were delighted to welcome Bishop Michael Beasley, Bishop of Hertford, who took the service during which 6 people were confirmed, including two of the confirmation candidates being baptised. It also provided an opportunity for someone to ‘affirm their baptismal faith’, having been confirmed when they were younger. Much fun was had at the end involving lots of ‘selfies’ with the Bishop!

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Holy Week and Easter Services

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. Iona Style Communion – Maundy Thursday 8pm Moncler outlet Maundy Thursday is the day when we remember the Last Supper when Jesus told his disciples to remember him through bread and wine. To mark this day we have a communion service which is slightly different from our normal service, to help us think afresh on the symbolism […]

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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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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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