St Marks Church
Part of the Swanage & Studland Team Ministry
St. Mark’s Church
WORSHIP!……………….BUT WHY CHURCH?
Of course we can pray and praise God on our own at home or even at work. It is right that we should.
BUT worship is especially valuable when fellow Christians come together. Jesus encouraged his first disciples to meet and worship, and his followers today still do this. It is good to be together with members of the same Christian family.
Worship is about giving and receiving:
WE GIVE God the honour and praise due to him
WE GIVE God our time
WE GIVE God the needs of others and our own needs
WE GIVE God ourselves and ask God to help us become what we should be
WE RECEIVE the joy and peace that comes from worshipping God
WE RECEIVE the friendship and support that comes from belonging to a Christian family
WE RECEIVE teaching from the Bible about God and his Son Jesus Christ
WE RECEIVE guidance from the Bible for daily living
WE RECEIVE strength from God to live our lives as we should
Whether you are familiar with church services or not, God is concerned for you and wants you to get to know him better. It is because of this that we invite you to worship with us, and we hope that one of the forms of service offered gives you an opportunity of coming to know God better.
The main act of worship at St. Mark’s is the Eucharist (Holy Communion), a said service on the last Sunday in the month. This is the service begun by Jesus at the last supper when he took bread and wine, gave thanks and shared them with his disciples. Christians find sharing in this meal today a particularly meaningful and helpful experience. Please do not regard the name of the service, or the service itself, as daunting – it isn’t. It is a beautiful communion with the Lord to share the symbolic meal of bread and wine. Confirmation is usually required before you can receive the Sacrament, but any Christians of any denomination who are unable to get to their own churches are very welcome at the altar here.
If you have not been Confirmed, why not talk to one of the clergy about it. (These days there are nearly as many adults confirmed as young people). Meanwhile, join us at the altar to receive a personal blessing.
Additional services are held throughout the year. All Age Worship takes on the last Sunday of each month. Special seasonal services celebrate the events of the church year, such as Epiphany and Ash Wednesday.
Other special services include Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve, Mothering Sunday and Harvest. Our notice board displays full details.
Children are welcome at all our services. There is a side chapel with toys and books where young children can play without disturbing the service. A toilet and baby changing facilities are available in the Church Room. Children and families are particularly welcome to attend our All Age Worship Service on the last Sunday of each month.
The choir lead our musical worship at the 10.00am service and at other acts of worship throughout the year, performing additional anthems at services. Junior Choir practice is on Friday afternoons from 4:00pm until 4.45 pm in the Church and the children sing at our All Age Worship Service.
Although we have some regular flower arrangers for the pedestal, members of the congregation are welcome to participate perhaps, to celebrate an important date or anniversary. For Easter, Harvest and Christmas everyone is encouraged to decorate a windowsill, this making St. Mark’s a delight to visit. Lists for these are in the porch.
SERVERS, SIDESPERSONS, READERS, CLEANERS, GARDENERS, COFFEE MAKER
Many of our congregation take an active role in St. Mark’s, either during the services or ‘behind the scenes’.
ST MARK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
St. Mark’s Church has close association with St. Mark’s Primary School and the children use the church for regular assemblies and seasonal concerts to which families and friends are invited.
Meet in the Church Room on Wednesday mornings during term time from 9-11am. It is run by Marion Marchant who is CRB checked.
WORSHIP AT ST. MARK’S
REGULAR SUNDAY SERVICES
10.00am Sung Eucharist
11.15am Holy Communion (said) – (last
Sunday in the month)
10.00am All Age Worship
(last Sunday in the month)
FOR EXTRA SERVICES, SEE THE CHURCH NOTICEBOARD
FOR FURTHER DETAILS about services or activities please contact:
CHURCH WARDEN Mrs Margaret Chinchen Tel: 425224
PRIEST Rev’d John Cooper Tel: 423591
TEAM RECTOR Canon John Wood Tel: 422916