Welcome to St Mark’s!
We welcome everyone. No exceptions.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, civil partnered, divorced, widowed, LBTQI+, questioning, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.
We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up, or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over sixty but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps, or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not that keen on it either.) We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and she wanted to come to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids, or got lost and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, believers, seekers, doubters… and you.
Okay, so we’re not there yet. But the above is our aim. Come join us.
Easter at St Mark’s
Palm Sunday, 10 April, 10 am
United Service outside Wimbledon Tesco’s with a real donkey!
Mon 11 Apr, 8-8.30 pm: a simple communion in the Chapel
Tues 12 Apr, 8-8.30 pm: Stations of the Cross
Wed 13 Apr, 8-8.30 pm: a simple communion in the Chapel
Thurs 14 Apr, 8-8.45 pm: Maundy Thursday Eucharist with foot washing, followed by a Watch of Prayer in the Chapel until 10 pm
Good Friday, 15 April, 12 noon—3 pm
Three hours before the Cross. Feel free to come to any or all of the 30 minute periods.
Easter Saturday, 16 April
7 pm: Easter Vigil and The Service of Light (First Communion of Easter)
Easter Sunday, 17 April
10 am: All-Age Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt
Choral Scholarships at St Mark’s Church, Wimbledon
St Mark’s Church is seeking singers of any voice-type to support the work of the Choir as Choral Scholars. There are three positions available, created with undergraduate students in mind, each scholarship attracts an honorarium of £300 per term. Choral Scholars will be required to sing for the 10am Eucharist service on Sunday mornings during term time, and attend the preceding rehearsal at 9:15am. Choral Scholars will need to be able to read music and previous experience of singing in a choir is desirable. There will be further opportunities to sing at additional services, some of which attract additional fees such as those at Christmas and Easter, and to perform solo repertoire as part of services or recitals. There is also the potential for Choral Scholars to be involved in the setting up of a children’s choir planned for September 2022.
St Mark’s is a Church of England church which is part of the parish of Wimbledon, located next to Wimbledon Station. St Mark’s is an inclusive and welcoming church that maintains traditional music and liturgy. The adult choir of volunteer singers is a friendly group currently numbering ten members and slowly growing. The choir does not robe, matching the relaxed ethos at St Mark’s. The choir leads the singing of hymns, responsorial psalms, and a communion setting each week as well as performing an anthem during Communion.
This is an excellent opportunity for singers to develop their musical skills in a supportive and relaxed environment. For more details, and information about arranging an informal audition, please contact the Director of Music, Tom Coxhead, via email [email protected]. An enhanced DBS certificate (paid for by St Mark’s) is a requisite of the Scholarships.
Welcome to The Bishop of Kingston!
St Mark’s is the new home of the offices of the Bishop of Kingston, the Archdeacons of Lambeth and Wandsworth, and their PA’s—it is a pleasure to welcome them.
The Wisdom of the Christ: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality
This year’s Lent course will be a St Mark’s home-grown course entitled The Wisdom of the Christ: An Introduction to Christian Spirituality. The aim is to help you encounter God in your daily lives. Based on Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount it is designed for those who are curious and those who want to explore. We plan to run two groups covering the same material: (a) one will meet on Monday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30 pm on the Mondays during Lent (7, 14, 21, 28 March and 4 April) (b) the other will meet on Saturday mornings 10 am to noon (5, 12, 19, 26 March and 2 April). The venue will depend on how many people attend each course, but it is likely to be in one of the rooms at St Mark’s. Do let me know by 3 March if you would like to participate, and, if so, which is your preferred course (Monday evenings or Saturday mornings). Revd Clive Gardner, [email protected], 020 8944 0184.
Services at St Mark’s
Our main Sunday service is at 10 am—a parish communion service.
So that everyone feels safe, if you sit on the pulpit side please socially distance and wear a mask; on the organ side, this is not necessary.
Our Sunday Club is also meeting for all pre-school age children and above. This term we are looking at the life of Jesus. Do join us!
You can also join the 10 am service by Zoom; please contact the Vicar, Revd Clive Gardner ([email protected]) if you would like the Zoom link details.
Our Wednesday Communion is a more reflective service meeting 1-1.30 pm in the sanctuary of St Mark’s. A beautiful way to pause mid-week and find some space to re-focus your life.
The Vicar (Reverend Clive Gardner) and the Pastoral Minister (Paula Thorvaldsen) are in regular contact with congregation members who are on their own or have particular needs. If you would like them to contact you, their details are:
You can contact the Administrator and Church Office on [email protected].
Updated April 2022.