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Welcome to St Mark's Church Community Centre

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St.Mark's Church & Community Centre
Calder Rise, Bedford MK41 7UY. Tel 01234 342613
Charity No 1164416.

Centre Manager
Wendy Rider:  Email  office@ThisisChurch.com

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

Welcome to St Mark's Church

On this part of our website you will see information relating to St Mark's Church and Community Centre. We are a Christian church with an ecumenical ethos welcoming people from a wide variety of backgrounds and we operate a busy community centre serving Bedford and the surrounding areas. Use the links below to find out more about St Mark's. We love to hear from our visitors, please E-mail us at: office@thisischurch.com

If you would prefer to contact us by telephone, the church offices are open each day from 9.00am until 5.00pm.

Sunday services always start at 9.30am. There is a Sunday School and Crèche available. Why not bring your children or grandchildren?

We hope that for whatever reason you visit our church you will find this to be a place of welcome. St Mark’s welcomes over 3,000 visitors every week for a wide range of activities provided by over 60 community groups and charities which meet here. The Church Centre office is open each week day from 9.00am until 5.00pm. We are only able to provide such a community resource thanks to the help of over 100 volunteers who help us keep the centre open, clean, garden, type and dozens of other essential skills and services - thank you to everybody !.

 

At the heart of all that goes on here is a Christian church which meets for the main worship service at 9.30am on a Sunday morning. When the first church building was finished in 1977 the altar table was made less than the width of a doorway so that it could be stored away and the church could be used by the local community for the rest of the week. That principle of welcoming the community into our premises has continued ever since and when our new church was completed in 1980 the altar table and cross were left out as a reminder of the faith of the Christian community. Inside the main church hall 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 the 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.

St Mark's Church and Worship

St Mark's Community Centre

St Mark's Pre-school

Messy Church

St Mark's Open House Project for learning disabilities

St Mark's Garden of Remembrance

Latest rota for Sunday Church Services

Minutes of meetings

Friends of St Mark's Church may like to look at a compilation of photographs in an Adobe document

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What's Currently Happening at St Mark's Church Community Centre

Monday
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.

Tuesday
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

Wednesday

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

Thursday
9-10.30am Move it or Lose It. Theresa Saunders
07758205455
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

Friday
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

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

Sunday
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

 

 

Contacts

We love to hear from our visitors, please E-mail us at: office@thisischurch.com

If you would prefer to contact us by telephone, the church offices are open each day from 9.00am until 5.00pm. You may also send a fax to the same number. An answering service is provided outside office hours.

International Tel/Fax: + 44 1234 342613
located 52º 09.800 north and 000º 27. 48' West

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Entrance to the Church Centre

The Centre is open from 8.30am each day and closes when the last groups have finished usually quite late. The office is open from 9.00am until 5.00pm each day

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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Fountain in the Garden of Remembrance

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St Mark's Church Community Centre car park

View of the front of the Centre

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Pathway leading to church from car park

St Mark's has parking provision for the disabled and access to all pubic areas and toilet provision

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Pathway leading to church from car park

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Staff and volunteers all enjoy working at St Mark's

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View of the Garden of Remembrance

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View of the Garden of Remembrance

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The chapel is open and all are welcome

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The Memorial Wall

The memorial wall is used for plaques in memory of those who have died, irrespective of where they are buried

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The Memorial Wall

The memorial wall is used for plaques in memory of those who have died, irrespective of where they are buried

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Our childrens' playground

The new playground has safer surfacing and is greatly enjoyed as an outdoor clasroom by our pre-school

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St Mark's Church Pre-school

The pre-school at St Mark's now offers all day care.

 

Book of Remembrance