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St Mark's - A Church in the Community a Community in the Church

St.Mark's Church & Community Centre
Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY. Tel 01234 342613

Centre Manager
Wendy Rider:  Email

Church Office Weekday Opening Times
9.00am  -  5.00pm (Often open at other times as well!)


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A Church in the Community - A Community in the Church
St Mark’s is a busy community centre in Bedfordshire offering the widest range of activities. We are a focus for community life in North Bedford and a resource for over 60 community groups and charities.We work alongside other agencies, statutory bodies and charities to offer a partnership approach to community needs. We try to provide an efficient well managed suite of premises, conforming to the highest standards of health and safety. Our aim to provide a welcoming and safe environment is supported by regular monitoring and evaluation of those who use our services. With groups for babies and careres and a beautiful Garden of Remembrance to remember our loved ones, St Mark’s really does cater for everybody from the cradle to grave!

Our premises are made available to everybody and we are pleased to welcome charities and community groups for regular and one off bookings. Whilst St Mark’s offers the highest standard of facilities our charges are extremely low and our centre manger Wendy Rider will be pleased to offer help and support to anybody seeking to make use of our facilities.

At St Mark’s we also operate many of our own activities for the community.

Pre-school and All Day Care
We have St Mark’s Church Pre-school providing sessions and all day care for children aged 2years to school age, from 8.30am until 5.00pm every day.

For the Under 5’s and their Carers

Chat and Make. Every Monday from 1.30pm - 2.45pm. Crafts, toys, songs, story and refreshments.
Chat and Play. This takes place on Thursday at 9.45pm. It is a great time to meet others whilst the children enjoy themselves with activities.
Story Box. Every Thursday at noon we have a sandwich lunch followed by a bible based story with singing and activities.

Messy Church.
Once a month on the third Wednesday from 3.45pm - 5.30pm we have Messy Church for families. Geared towards children of lower school age and their carers. We have a great time making things, singing and listening to Bible stories. We finish the afternoon with a cooked meal. Look out for the dates advertised in advance.

Open House.
Every Wednesday from 10.00am - 2.00pm we welcome those with learning difficulties, their friends, family and supporters. Open House provides a relaxed café style environment where people are free to meet and make friends, enjoy themselves and perhaps try a new activity or learn a skill. Open House will also welcome others who would value the accepting nature of the group, including those who have additional physical difficulties.

We currently co-ordinate in excess of 150 volunteers to resource our work Training programmes and support for these volunteers is always a priority and we are committed to Equal Opportunities for all of our volunteers as well as users of the Centre. If you would like the opportunity to volunteer and be involved in supporting the work of the Church Community Centre, please contact our Centre Manager, Miss Wendy Rider.

    Click on thumbnail for full size picture Going Up!! At St Mark's Church Community Centre

The Bedford Charity the Harpur Trust have kindly made a grant award to St Mark's Church Community Centre which has paid for the installation of a lift in the new community Centre. The picture shows The Reverend Charles Royden with Wendy Rider MBE the community Centre Manager, in the new lift


Elderly people at a lunch club at St mark's The Elderly

St Mark’s provides various groups throughout the week which are especially suitable for the elderly. There provide a place to meet and talk to friends.

Open House St Mark’s Open House

St. Mark’s has always made special provision for working with people with disabilities. In 2005 we were awarded European Social Funding to operate Clubhouse. This provides services and training for adults with learning disabilities who are disadvantaged in the labour market. It is a place to meet friends, with meals, refreshments and activities available throughout the day.

The chapel at St Mark's

This picture shows the chapel at St Mark's, please click the link to learn more

St Albans Diocese Religious resources at St Mark's Religious Resources Centre.   St Mark's has recently become the home for St Albans Diocesan Religious Studies Resources. Books, videos, artefacts and other religious materials are available for use in teaching religious studies. 

The resources are stored in our chapel and are available for viewing and borrowing weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Some of the activities taking place at St Mark's Church Community Centre

Weekly Activities

8.00am-5.30pm Pre-school Mon-Fri St Mark’s
8.00am-5.30pm Top Marks Mon-Fri St Mark’s
Manager Mrs. Helen Harpin 312634
(See website for more details)
9.00am-12noon St Mark’s Pre-School Nursery
Manager Mrs. Helen Harpin 312634
10.00am Bakers Barn Art Group. Mrs M. Berry 211955
9.45am - 10.45am &11.00am-12noon Pilates Liz Mason 07816522200
1.30pm Chat & Make. Term time for babies and toddlers 0-5. Crafts, toys, songs, story and refreshments £1. More details contact St Mark’s Church Office on 01234 342613 or Janine 01234 297481
6.00pm Brownies Mrs C Mathew 826190
7.30pm Sugarcraft Guild St Mark’s (1st week in month) Mary Daly 217127
7.00pm Cancer Care Society. (1st week in month) Mr J Dewhurst 01908 377020.
7.00-8.00pm Laughter Club on 2nd week each month Cheryl Green 07729187399
7-9pm Rangers. Nikki Lake 07584028653
7.15pm Guides. Mrs Gill Lake 218091
7.30pm Whist Drive. Weeks 3 & 5 in the month. Next meeting– 16 May Judith Stanton. 823313
7.30pm No Fear Bridge Club Mrs. Susan Ford 300218.

9.30am -12.30 & 4-9pm Slimming World
9.30, 11.30, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30. Lorrie Pearson 340473
1.15pm U3A Cinema Group. Hilary Holt 01234 342557
1.30pm U3A Choir. Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.00pm U3A Book Group 1 (3rd Week in month) Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.00pm U3A Book Group 2 (2nd Week in month) Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.00pm U3A Photography Group 3 (1st Week in month) Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.30pm Mother Teresa Support Group. (Alternate Tuesdays) Wool and knitting needles provided. Mrs Maureen Watling 262225
2.00-3.30pm Tuesday Afternoon Housegroup. A social and Bible Study group. Meets alternate Tuesdays. Mrs Jean Bank 355698
6-7pm Supple Strength Yoga Amanda Alcock 07769747393
6.45 - 7.45pm Pilates Elizabeth Mason 07816 522200
7.15-8.15pm Pilates Jane Butcher 07891879571
7.30-9pm Faith Community Church Audua Ogilvie 07547502254
8.00pm Hearts in Beds Committee (4th week in month) Mrs N Aspey 309816

10.00-2pm Open House for those with learning disabilities., their friends, family , carers and supporters 342613.
10.00am U3A Gardening Group 3 Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
10.00am Holy Communion. St. Mark’s Chapel. A half hour service followed by coffee. All welcome.
10am U3A Card Making, Hilary Holt 01234 342557
1.15pm Social Bridge Club Mr Barnes 261811
2.00-4.00pm U3A Craft 1st week of the month. Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
3.45.- 5.30pm Messy Church. (3rd Week in month). for children of lower school age and their carers. Bible-based story, crafts, singing and a meal. Next meeting 18 May Wendy Waters 401834 Jean Bank 355698
6.00pm Brownies. Mrs C Warden 219731
7.00pm Bunyan Bridge. Colin Jackson 363398 or Brian Sallows 407725.
8.00pm Tudor Reeds Folk Dance Club at St Mark’s (1st,3rd & 5th Wednesday in month). Next meeting will be 18 May Everyone welcome. All dances called, only £1 including refreshments. Rosemary 405594 or Graham 406359 for more details.
7-8pm Faith Community Church Audua Ogilvie 07547502254
8.00pm Bedford Wine and Social Club ( Week 1 in the month) Jill Cooper 357960

9-10.30am Move it or Lose It. Theresa Saunders
9.45am Chat and Play A term time group for Mums & toddlers.0-5 Contact St Mark’s Church Office 01234 342613 or Janine 01234 297481
12pm Storybox . We welcome the under 5’s and their carers to join them between 12 noon and 1pm for a sandwich lunch followed by a Bible based story and singing. Lots of fun. Contact Jaana Swaby 342613
2-4pm U3A Indoor Games. Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.30 - 4.30pm Bedford Art Society
3.15-5.15pm Social Care Solutions Music & Movement Claire Creek 262650
5.15-6.45pm Weightwatchers Claire Martin 07768481499
6-7pm Supple Strength Yoga Amanda Alcock 07769747393
7.00pm U3A Singing for Fun (1st & 3rd week in month)Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
7.00pm Bedford Embroiderers’ Guild
(3rd week in month). Carol Plant 01832710504
7.30pm Magpies LadiesGroup St Mark’s (2nd & 4th week in month ) Next meeting 12 May - Chelsea Highlights John Gibson. Contact Rosemary McNeilage 405594
7.30pm Brickhill Ladies Group St Mark’s (1st and 3rd week in month) Rita Holyoak 341228
8.00pm Bedford Writers Circle. St Mark’s (1st week in month). John Broadhouse 01525 404014

10am -12.00 U3A Photography (4th week in month) Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
10.45am - 12 U3A Poetry & Literature St. Marks Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
2.00-4.00 pm U3A Whist (2nd week in month) Contact Hilary Holt 01234 342557
7.00pm-9.00pm Meditation Cheryl Green 07729187399
7.30-9pm Faith Community Church 4th week in the month. Audua Ogilvie 07547502254
7.45 - 10.45pm Bedford Astrology Club. St Marks(2nd week in month )Carol Brown 01438 233385y

9.00am Faith Community Church (1st week in month) Audua Ogilvie 07547502254
10.00am Theatretrain Dancing acting, singing. Kate Howard 01234 782414

9.30 - 10.30 Church and Sunday School at St Mark’s with crèche for under 3’s 10 - 5.30pm Bedford Stamp Fayre at St. Mark’s. 1st Sunday February. Contact P Harris 01623 621143

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