Our Church of St Mark's

 

St Mark’s Community Church and Centre
 
‘Seeking to express the love of God within the local community’
 
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St Mark’s Church is one of two Anglican churches serving the spiritual life of people in the Parish of Godalming. It is situated on Franklyn Road, in the Ockford Ridge and Aaron’s Hill area.  Dedicated in 1934, the small, modern building of St Mark’s Church stands in stark contrast to the larger and older church of St Peter and St Paul which can be found in the centre of Godalming and has seen over 1,200 years of Christian ministry and worship. 
 
Sunday worship lasts for about an hour after which everyone is welcome to enjoy refreshments and a chat. 
 
There is no creche or Sunday school at present, but we can provide pew bags with colouring books and one or two other items to help keep young children amused. We have occasional services which are geared to include children and encourage their participation, such as Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and the Crib Service.
 
St Mark’s has a Communion Service at 10.00 am on most Sundays. 
 

 The Church is not closing, nor the worship ceasing. 

 Public worship   services have been  suspended for the time being. 

  

We are the Church and as such we will continue in offering to God our private prayer and worship and where it is safe we   will   offer practical help to one another and our neighbourhoods.

"Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day."  Archbishop of Canterbury, 17/3/2020

On Tuesday before this announcement was made three of us gathered in the church, not for the usual Tuesday Eucharist but a Lenten meditation that seemed to naturally go from reflecting on fear to the promise that God is with us. We prayed for our family, friends and community. Prayer it seems will be one of the forms of solace for many of us. But prayer is also action and in doing so we will be actively engaged in our Christian life and calling.

This message from my fellow prayer partners yesterday was also very clear - self-isolating for the over 70's would be difficult and emotionally hard. I want to reassure you that you are precious to us and we value you, we are praying for you and as such we have set out the following things to do:

  • Beginning work this week we aim to contact as many of you over the phone as possible. This pastoral call will be made by one of the ministry team.
  • Use the website to update people on a regular basis
  • Our churches will remain open for private prayer and personal reflection
  • Whilst our churches will remain open for private prayer we also have the option to explore ways to worship creatively
  • Click The Church of England service of Daily Prayer to access spiritual resources
  • Hard copies are of daily prayer available at the back of Church (Worship at home pack)

Keeping God in the picture

Psalm 46 offers us words of comfort in troubled times and reassures us that God is with us.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Today use the words 'Be still and know that I am God' to reflect upon God's promise to be with us. When the storms of life and uncertainty of our situation overwhelms it can sometimes be hard to hear God. When you catch yourself becoming anxious, when the next news feed makes your heart sink lower and you wonder where to run and hide, then stop, still yourself, take a deep breath and allow God to bring you peace. Meditate on the words "Be still and know that I am God"

 
Please check the calendar  to find out about joint services with the parish church or special services. More information can be found on the St Mark's News and Events page.
 
If you are on Facebook you can find more information on the St Mark's Church and Community group page as well.
 
Rev Jane Vlach is the Rector of Godalming Parish
 
The parish has links with Green Oak Church of England voluntary-aided School.
 
St Mark’s is unique in that its building serves a dual purpose within the local community. As a church, it provides a contemporary sacred space for Christian worship, prayer, baptisms, funerals and other activities such as Lent and Advent courses, all aimed at celebrating, recognising and fostering an awareness of the love and presence of God in the community.

As a Community Centre, St Mark’s welcomes many different groups who regularly use its space for activities. These include the mums and toddlers’ group (Busy Bees);  the Tuesday Group for the elderly, keep fit and relaxation classes, birthday parties, quizz nights,  and U3A activities such as table tennis and short-mat Bowls.  It is also used as a Polling Station for local elections.

Mrs Karen Milton, the Community Centre Co-ordinator, manages all queries regarding Centre bookings. She can be contacted on 01483 418741 during the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00 am to 2.30 pm.  Bookings cannot be made through the Parish Office, so if Karen does not reply please leave a message and she will return your call as soon as she can.

If you would like to know more about what happens at St Mark’s Community Church, including information about  the Christian faith, infant and adult baptisms, confirmation, bereavement support,  funerals, weddings or children and youth ministry, please contact: Sarah Bryans in the Parish Office: 01483 414135 or e-mail godalming.church.office@googlemail.com
                                                                                                                                             
 
 


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