Coming to church for the first time can be daunting. But don't worry, everyone at St Mark's was new once, and we know how it feels.

Our congregation comes from all walks of life and in all shapes, sizes and ages. We're fairly informal and there's no dress code or secret passwords you need to know!

Everyone is welcome to our Sunday services, and to help you know what to expect, we've put together some FAQs below.

How long is the service?

This will depend a little on which of our services you attend and whether there is communion. But in general, services are about 60 mins.

What happens when I arrive?

One of our Welcome Team will greet you at the door. You're free to take a seat wherever you like. Our 10.00am service is livestreamed on YouTube so you may prefer to sit in the side aisles or towards the back to avoid any possibility of being on camera. The distribution of Holy Communion is not filmed and we do not film children without consent.

What happens during a service?

The service will normally consist of a welcome, singing of hymns or worship songs, bible reading(s), prayers, and a sermon based on the bible readings. Song words and any spoken prayers or responses will be displayed on the screens. 

Some services include Holy Communion, at which we all share in the bread and wine to remember Jesus instructions at the Last Supper. If you don't want to receive communion, you can still receive a blessing. If you struggle with mobility then we can bring the bread and wine to you in your seat, or bless you - just mention this to a member of the Welcome Team when you arrive.

Is there anything for children?

Yes, our children's and young people's groups meet in the hall during the 10.00am service. Just ask one of the Welcome Team when you arrive and they'll show you where to go.

What happens afterwards?

We encourage you to stay and chat over tea and coffee, or speak to one of the leadership team to find out more. We also offer prayer ministry after each service for anyone who wants someone to pray with them.

 

We hope to see you soon!