Mixed Groups
  1. Open Church

    St Mark’s is open from 10 am to 12pm Monday to Friday for coffee and biscuits. We have a team of friendly people who love to chat and keep your tea cup topped up.

    On Fridays we have a group called Haven who meet at 2pm at church for coffee, cake, chat, friendship and laughter.

    It’s good fun, open to all, and a simple way of getting alongside the community in Jesus’ name. Why not come along?

    It is also a simple way of serving. If you can make a cup of tea or coffee, and have a heart for people, please ring the office on 01423 544528.

  2. Haven

    Every Friday, 2pm at St Mark's (term time) or Cafe Culture (during August)

    Haven is for everyone but particularly aimed at people who are going through difficult times so that they can have a safe place where they can be themselves and feel loved and valued. Haven is a great place to build friendships, helping people to grow in self-confidence and independence. If you would like to know more call Ann Worthington on 502069.

  3. Band and Choir

    Part of our vision at St Mark’s is that “Everyone is passionate about prayer and worship… We change when we encounter the reality of God’s presence. So we nurture a life of worship which is deep and engaging”.

    Worship is obviously not restricted to those times when we gather together to sing and to pray – it is our life’s response to God the King – yet there is a significance, beauty and power that we enter into, as we lift up our voices, and musically express our worship to God:

    “On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence.” Psalm 100:1 ©(MSG)

    The booklet here which outlines our vision for getting involved in musical worship.  It sets out the ethos, expectations and commitment involved.  We ask each person who is interested to use the questionnaire to indicate their availability and what they can offer.

    We are keen to develop people in leading the journey of worship. If you have a clear tuneful voice, and a desire to lead people in worship, get in touch with Guy Donegan-Cross.

    If you play a classical instrument we have an orchestra that plays at festivals and special services throughout the year.  We have a number of worship bands of different styles that play at different services – from guitar, bass and drums, to piano, cello and flute, to jazz/gospel style worship, to world music, to contemplative styles. We are also open to new ideas.

    Additionally, if you can be part of a good rhythm section we would be very keen to hear from you!

    We have an excellent choir for all ages that practises weekly, and leads worship on Sundays at our 11.15 service.  The choir also takes part in other events locally, and has a wild social life!

    Please contact our Choir Master Paul Dutton call 01423 565264 or click here to email Guy Donegan-Cross.

  4. Chess

    Get into Chess

    When: Every Wednesday (* term time only) 10-12noon including time for refreshments.

    A fantastic, new group for everyone to enjoy at St Mark’s Church.

    Whether you are a beginner or would simply like to regain your skills, then please come along to “Get into Chess” with Pat Sutcliffe, an English Chess Federation accredited Coach.

    Everyone is welcome, please come along.

  5. Flower Group

    Do you have passion for flowers?

    We are blessed to have a great team of people whole produce stunning arrangements and look after our flowers in church. If you are a novice or pro we'd love to hear from you.

    For more information contact Ann Fitzgerald call 01423 884682

  6. Knitting

    Know your needles or just casting off?

    When: On the third Friday (term time only) at 10-12noon including time for refreshments.

    This wonderful group is for everyone to enjoy at St Mark’s Church.

    Whether you are a beginner or would simply like to meet and knit together or share patterns, designs and skills this group is for you.

    Our group is a mix of all ages from young to old everyone is welcome.

  7. Over 60s Lunch Group

    Once a month, on the fourth Tuesday of the month we serve a delicious two course lunch for the mature!

    It’s a wonderful meal, served by a great team of volunteers.

    There is a real community feel at the lunches – and each meal concludes with a short reflection.

    There is no fixed charge, but we collect donations at the lunches which are given to good causes.

    We always love to welcome new people to the meals. If you are 60 or over, and would like to know more, please contact St Mark’ Office on 01423 544528

    The Silver Line

    If you are in need of help or a listening ear then The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    You can call free on 0800 4708090 or download their leaflet here.

    Perhaps you have a heart for the lonely older person and would like to volunteer to help out through The Silver Line.

    For more information on how to volunteer click here.

  8. Lighthouse

    Lighthouse is a group for adults with ‘learning differences’ and their friends and supporters. 

    Tuesday evening, term time at 7.15pm – 8.45pm in the Narthex, or Church. (1stTuesdays of each term are planning only)

    We meet weekly during school terms and always have a great time with a fair bit of noise, chat and laughter.

    We start with refreshments, and then sing, sign and do actions to praise and worship songs. Some of us use drums and shakers for a bit more oomph! After that we share round some bible readings and then there is a little talk or discussion and then an activity, which could be drama, ‘join in’ stories, games, craft or quizzes. We end with prayer, either in groups or altogether.

    Once a month we meet in church where we often have a ‘family fortunes’ style quiz. Sometimes we might make a DIY service of our own. Once a year we run a Beetle Drive and at Christmas we put on a nativity with a difference.

    You would be very welcome to join us on any Lighthouse evening.

    We have a wonderful new team leading Lighthouse- Jasmine and David Naylor, Flor Colmenares and Jack Smith. Please pray for this new team.  We are still looking for groups (e.g. youth groups, house groups) that would like to come and participate on an occasional basis e.g. leading an interactive drama based on a parable. Please contact Jasmine if you would like to know more jassychan2000@btinternet.com or just turn up.

  9. Fresh Marks Community Theatre Group

    A community committed to…

    Fostering performance arts, for church and the wider community, involving church and wider community, for the glory of God, thereby building bridges with the hope and prayer that unchurched people might come to faith.

    Perform works with a Christian ethos.

    Perform works with a Christian ethos.

    Serve Lighthouse in developing dramatic arts.

    Encourage and recognize the gifts God has placed within the community.

    Build fellowship and interdependence through sharing in putting on performances.

    Involve the wider community.

    Get involved or find out more
    contact Peter Knowles at peterknowles57@gmail.com



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