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St Marks, Marks Gate is situated in the community of Marks Gate, which is on the North side of the A12 as you drive towards London. Access to the estate is via A1118 (Whalebone Lane North), which comes off the A12 at the Moby Dick Junction. The estate was built in the 1950s, but the church has been rebuilt in the last couiple of years, dedicated by Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell on 21 February 2016. The Church Centre is on the ground floor of a large 5 storey building which predominantly provides 1,2,& 3 bedroom flats, masionettes and houses. It is like a Fresh Expression of an Abbey, which would provide the 2 tables of Eucharist and Refectory, classrooms, meeting rooms,a community cafe, fitness suite. The Church itself reduces down in size following our main worship and provides a smaller 'Chapel' provision which is adequate for weekday services and for Morning and Evening Prayer. On Sundays, the screen doors are folded back enabling the full church to be available for worship, which is capable of seating up to c.300 worshipers. There is a Sunday School which meets during the main service on most weeks - the children are sent out from the church shortly after the liturgy begins and are received back from Sunday School in time to receive a blessing or to receive Communion. The Children 'report back' to the congregation as to what they have been doing at Sunday School.
We have a Messy Church which meets on a monthly basis - the details of which are published in advance and advertised through schools and local shops etc as well as linked through social media
The main Liturgy is a Parish Eucharist at 10.30 on Sunday Mornings.The service lasts for approximately 80minutes The second Sunday of the month is an All-age Eucharist when there is no Sunday School and Sunday School and is a more 'child friendly' service where the uniformed organisations parade their flags etc.
Coffee (Indigo Valley or Kingdom Coffee Fairtrade)/ tea and refreshments are always available following the main Sunday Liturgy.
On the 1st Sunday of the month, we hold a BCP Evensong at 6.30PM
There is a midweek Eucharist on Wednesdays at 10AM
Morning (8.30am) and Evening (5pm) Prayer are said in Church on weekdays.
Many other orgaisations use St Marks Church - St Mark's Pre-School, Breakfast Club, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, Wednesday Workshop. Stay and play (sort of Parents/ grandparent and toddlers group meets on a Wednesday lunchtime.
Rooms are also available for booking for meetings, parties etc.
We also run a community cafe which runs throughout the working day, serving breakfast and a choice of cooked lunches and salads/sandwiches 5 days per week
St Marks Pre-School is also very much part of our family and operates from their own large bespoke premises within the Church Centre.
Rose Lane/Arneway AvenueMarks Gate
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