St Mark, winged lion of the Evangelist
St Mark's Church Community Centre, Bedford
A Christian Church where you will find a welcome whoever you are. Sunday worship is 9.30am with Sunday School and creche. We also provide a community centre open each day from 8.00am until late, welcoming over 60 community groups and charities based at our centre. 
St Mark's Church, Diocese of St Albans, part of the worldwide Anglican Church
St Albans Diocese - Diocesan Crest

Worship Services

Welcome to St Mark's Church 
 
There are many reasons why people do not come to church and if you have been away from the Church for some time, then it may take a determined effort to come back. Whatever the reason may have been for not coming along, we can assure you that the Church family at 
St. Mark's looks forward to welcoming you. St Mark’s Church services are varied and balance the t raditional with more contemporary influences. Our music too includes well known hymns as well as the best of the newer songs and choruses. Whatever your preferences whether you are young or old, a family or an individual you can be sure you will find something for you. 


Christmas Services 2017

Sunday 3rd December 9.30am Christingle Service
A favourite Advent Service with children and adults alike as we decorate oranges.

Saturday 16th December  6.30pm Carols in the Car Park
Free mulled wine and mince pies to warm us up as we sing carols accompanied by Bedford Town Band.

Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve 
l.00pm Children's Crib Service
Great for little ones but bring the whole family for a half hour service of carols as we build the Christmas crib.

6.30pm Carols by Candlelight 
A traditional service of nine lessons and carols in a candlelit setting with musical accompaniment by organ and Bedford Town Band.

I I.30pm Midnight Mass by Candlelight
We gather together this most holy night to welcome the birth of the Christ Child.

Monday 25th December Christmas Day 9.30am Family Morning Worship
A perfect way to star t Christmas Day.
St Mark's Church, Bedford
Sunday Church Services

8.30am Holy Communion. This service alternates between us and our sister church at Putnoe Heights. It is held at St Mark’s on the second and fourth Sunday every month.

9.30am Morning Worship This is a service with easy to follow printed orders of service and lasting about an hour. We seek to combine traditional hymn favourites with the best of more modern worship music to provide something for all tastes. Our Ministers are present at all services. Children are always welcome and we have a crèche and Sunday school. 
What happens each Sunday ?

First Sunday Family Worship - A family occasion where baptisms may occasionally take place. Children are encouraged to stay in the service.
Second Sunday Morning Worship - Proper services with printed liturgy but not stuffy !
Third Sunday Holy Communion - We invite everybody to share in taking bread and wine.
Fourth Sunday Morning Worship - See second Sunday 
Fifth Sunday - Holy Communion - on this occasion with an opportunity for prayer for Christian healing. 

Wednesday Holy Communion
This takes place in the chapel at 10.00am every Wednesday, followed by coffee and usually cake !
More about St Mark's Church 

At the heart of all that goes on at St Mark's is a Christian church which meets for the main worship service at 9.30am on a Sunday morning. Inside the main church you will see early works of the stained glass artist Joseph Nuttgens, who has since been commissioned for works in places such as Windsor Chapel and Durham Cathedral. Joseph also made the beautiful windows in our Chapel which was built in 2005. This is kept open each day during daylight hours as a quiet place for visitors where you may also light prayer candles. 

A service of Holy Communion takes place in the chapel every Wednesday morning at 10.00am. You may also see the Book of Remembrance with inscriptions and memories of people interred in our beautiful Garden of Remembrance which can be accessed by the lych gate at the front of the Church.

Hanging in our church you will see a hot cross bun, hung each Good Friday to remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Traditionally such buns were fed to the sick in the belief that the power of the cross would heal, some have thought this might be attributed to penicillin present in the mould! We no longer eat the bun but it does remind us of that Good Friday 2000 years ago when Jesus said ‘Father forgive them’ and poured out forgiveness even on those who crucified him. So too for us the death of Jesus on the cross assures us throughout the year of the love and forgiveness of God. You will see a wooden cross hangs high over our buildings today as a sign of God’s love for all who enter this place. 

We believe all people should come together to worship God whatever their church background, or none at all. We welcome everybody to join us in our worship and we extend a very warm welcome to you. Why not come along one Sunday? Increasingly people are finding faith in God important for their lives. The Christian message makes sense of life and gives meaning to our world. Sometimes we can become aware of this at significant times in our lives as life changing events happen. At 

St Mark’s we welcome all who wish to consider baptism or marriage and copies of our booklets describing arrangements for each are available from the Church and on our website. At times of bereavement too, in addition to offering funeral services the church can offer support and care for the friends and loved ones of the deceased and be a place of comfort amid the grief in the context of the Christian faith. 
Whatever your circumstances, if you believe that there really is more to life and wish to learn about God and his love for us through sharing with others then why not come along to St. Mark’s and see for yourself. There is no pressure to conform to a religious mold, you are free to grow and to be the kind of person that God made you to be in Christ and in Him we are all one.
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