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Harvest 2015

As a church family we were able to celebrate this year’s Harvest on 4th October. Harvest is a time to give thanks to God for all the gifts he has given to us, not only from the Harvest in our own country, but from across the world also. As part of our thanksgiving the church was decorated by our flower team and by the Pastoral and Bereavement Groups. As ever, they did a wonderful job making the bricks and mortar of the church building come to life by bringing in the fruits of creation from outside. In our Harvest Festival […]

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Response to the refugee crisis

Over the summer people in St Mark’s began to become increasingly concerned about the unfolding crisis of refugees fleeing from the most horrific of circumstances and the way they were being treated and received in the countries that they fled to, not least of all our own. This feeling echoed the feeling of many across the country and the rest of Europe. But the question was then asked ‘What do we do?’ People signed petitions calling on our government to accept a greater number of refugees, people donated money to organisations already working in the refugee camps, such as the […]

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Pedalling Priests

On 10th October Jane Mainwaring and Jeni McQuaid took part in a fund raising event for Phase, the local school’s worker project. Ten ministers from various churches across the town cycled continuously , on two static bikes, for six hours, outside Poundland in the High Street. At the end of the six hours they had cycled the equivalent of 168 miles, raising well over £1000 in the process. This money will go towards funding a staff member to work in the town’s secondary schools supporting the young people with issues of mental health and self harm. Moncler outlet To find […]

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2015 Lent Appeal

The St Mark’s Lent appeal for 2015 raised money for GADRA, a charity in the small South African town of Grahamstown. GADRA has been assisting the acutely poor and marginalised community of Grahamstown for over 50 years, through combating poverty, unemployment and inequality. GADRA provides both short term solutions, assisting those in need and providing them with opportunities (particularly the disabled), and long term solutions, ensuring food security and breaking the cycle of poverty through education. The GADRA Education office has just completed the allocations of two GADRA Matric School (GMS) scholarship learners to St Marks: Moncler outlet Nolubabalo Mamkeli: She matriculated from […]

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Jeni’s Ordination – 4th July 2015

Fifty members of St Mark’s went to St Albans Abbey on 4 July to support Jeni as she was ordained a priest in the Church of England. She was one of 17 people who had been tested and trained over the past few years and had now reached this stage in their ministry. In accordance with Anglican tradition,she was ordained by the laying on of hands by bishops and clergy, including Jane as her vicar. It was a memorable occasion – the Abbey was packed for a service full of colour, movement, words and music, but above all the dedication […]

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Songs of Praise at St Paul’s Walden Bury

As we are looking forward to going into a team with St Paul’s Walden and Preston next year we were invited to join them at the home of Simon and Caroline Bowes Lyon, St Paul’s Walden Bury, for a picnic and Songs of Praise.  By a quirk of nature, despite the fact that Hitchin suffered from torrential rain in the afternoon, St Paul’s Walden Bury remained dry allowing a lovely time to be had by those who ventured to the grounds for a picnic and an explore, before joining together with people from the different Anglican churches in Hitchin as […]

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Summer Fair

On the morning of 11th July we were greeted with sunshine and Town Centre Rangers as we gathered in the Market Place for our summer fair.  A range of stalls were set up including cakes, tombola, books, kitchenware, plants and some games for our younger visitors.  There was lots going on in Hitchin town centre that day with the annual duck race and a drama group from one of the secondary schools sharing their drama with passers-by.  We even had musical accompaniment in the form of an accordion player!  It showed what a vibrant town we’re part of.  It was […]

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New Kitchen!

After two years of planning, fundraising and saving, we are now celebrating a wonderful new kitchen with an awesome single lever kitchen faucet for all to use!  We have a plumbed in hot water boiler for drinks (no more safety concerns on emptying the old urn with left over boiling water in it), a glass door to let more light into the hall and to enable people to see who or what is on the other side before launching through with a tray, a new light (hurrah, we can see), new flooring, units, and work top. All of the kitchen […]

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Moon Walk

On 16th/17th May, Mark Banham completed the London Moonwalk 2015 which is a power walk through the night aroundLondon over a marathon distance of 26.2 miles. All 17,000 walkers were supporting ‘Walk the Walk’ a charity committed to uniting against breast cancer (a cause close to Mark’s heart). Starting and finishing at Clapham Common, Mark set off at 10.30pm and finished at 4.19am as one of the first 15 finishers and the 2nd man! Given the breast cancer connection, it’s traditional for all walkers (men and women) to wear a decorated bra and as you can see Mark got into […]

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