Here at St. Mark’s, we are committed to playing our part in working towards the vision of our diocese…
“As we follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad, we pray that the two million people in our diocese encounter a church that is confident in the gospel, knows and loves its communities, and is excited to find God already at work in the world. We pray for a church that reflects the richness and variety of those communities. We pray for a church that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as a people of hope.”
Our Mission Action Plan uses the three core principles of DISCIPLESHIP, VOCATION and EVANGELISM in aligning our direction of travel with that of our brothers and sisters throughout the diocese.
We offer opportunities to grow as disciples of Jesus through worship, study, pilgrimage, and prayer.
Starting on 3rd September 2019, we are offering, for the second time, the LIVING FAITH COURSE. This is a one-year course designed to help everyone (especially those new to the faith an those enquiring of it) to develop a living faith by exploring Christian teaching by studying the Bible and the contemporary world. This course will be shared with those from neighbouring parishes so that we can also learn from one another.
Some of our members enjoy being a part of the COMMUNITY OF ST CHAD. Drawing inspiration from the life of St Chad, the 7th century missionary bishop of Lichfield, the Community of Saint Chad is an expression of modern-day monasticism. It has a membership united by a common commitment to a spiritual lifestyle shaped by five Rhythms of Grace, and by participation in a Spiritual Companionship Group. The Community of Saint Chad welcomes any Christian who longs to grow in depth of discipleship and who is prepared to journey with others in a quest for a life-changing faith.
Our church fellowship has an on-going programme of reading spiritual writings and reflecting on them through a monthly READING CIRCLE. Presently we are reading together the book… “The Table” by Paul Bayes (Bishop of Liverpool). This group meets at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month.
On the third Thursday of each month an hour is set aside in the lady Chapel for CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER. From 7.30pm we gather for a time of shared silence during which people use their own and varied techniques to listen to God’s voice and discern his presence amidst the busy lives they lead.
On Wednesday evenings, once a month, there is a BIBLE STUDY at Wolstanton Vicarage which addresses various topics as announced on the weekly and monthly news sheets (available elsewhere on the website).
From Autumn 2019 we are holding PRAYER BREAKFASTS, sometimes in the Lady Chapel and sometime in local, community venues (such as the Beachwood Retirement Community) thus allowing participation by residents of such places.