St. MARK'S … is open
and you are very ... WELCOME!
We have opened for Restricted Public Worship, and - following our
re-organisation of the side aisles - are now able to welcome an
increased number of 37 "persons" into our Church
(a "person" is either a single individual, or a couple/family 'bubble' who are permitted to sit together and are counted as 'one person')
Social-distancing and Hand-sanitising procedures are operating throughout the building.
Following a change in Government policy, the mandatory wearing of FACE MASKS is now required at all times within the building, unless you have a valid/medical reason for not doing so (CLICK for additional information)
We are offering ONE ABRIDGED EUCHARIST per week
SUNDAYS at 10.30am
so do join us if you can …
BUT, please note that those of 70+ years or who are 'vulnerable' are advised to exercise discretion regarding attending; those who are currently "shielding" are not allowed by law to enter the building
Meanwhile, our ...
... will continue for a transition period, as we settle back into the routine of worshipping once again inside our Church. These are early days, and the virus could, sadly, peak again (or similar) so we must be cautious, yet optimistic with it.
Also, there will be many who do not feel confident about entering a public building at this stage, and we totally understand that concern - which is why we shall continue with our e-Church, offering Bible readings, prayers, reflective material and a liturgy to follow, so that no one will ever feel excluded.
FUNERALS, WEDDINGS & BAPTISMS
As the 'lockdown' situation evolves, the regulations now allow for certain additional acts of worship to take place within churches, all subject to restrictions and regulation, and dependant upon the conditions within the building.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL ACTS OF WORSHIP REQUIRE THE MANDATORY WEARING OF FACE-COVERINGS AT ALL TIMES WITHIN THE BUILDING UNLESS YOU HAVE A VALID/MEDICAL REASON FOR NOT DOING SO.
At this point in time, here at St. Mark's we are now able to offer FUNERALS within the Church, so if you are looking to organise such, please contact the Church for the latest update concerning the limitations on numbers attending and the style of service available.
We are now looking at taking provisional enquiries for WEDDINGS in 2021. If you are considering organising a Wedding, please be sure to speak with us before you attempt to book a venue as we will have very limited availability.
At this stage, BAPTISMS are not currently available here at St. Mark's - but keep an eye on this website for updates.
FOR YOUR REFLECTIVE TIME ...
And so we enter that long "Summer-Time" season, otherwise known as the 'Sundays After Trinity'.
Whilst devoid of major themes, we will try to provide a little variety along the way during this 'closure' period ...
LECTIONARY of Bible Readings for end-September through October
"SUMMER-TIME" Worship (for the Season of Trinity)
"SUMMER-TIME" EXTRAS - Reflections for this Trinity Season
TRINITY 18 (11 October) Thoughts on Matthew 22:1-14
Feast of St. LUKE, Evangelist (18 October) Thoughts on the Day
[please note that these notes will appear after they are preached]
Coming soon: Reflective material as we prepare for ADVENT
Our friends at St. Peter's have recorded some worship resources which you can access on their YouTube Channel. There is a large range of items, including talks, prayers and worship itself. They also have some material for children: PJ Church (for Juniors & Infants) and Youth Online (for teenagers). There is a lot to choose from, so do take a look!
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A new Church of England feature, with prayerful resources for all - click HERE for more details
Click HERE to read Fr. Ian musing on all sorts of things ...
And, if you're looking to laugh-out-loud, then watch this YouTube video from a chapel community in Wales, as they prepare to greet you at their Church now that the 'closure' is over ...
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who is currently selling a wide range of
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NOTE: Periodically, material will be removed from this main "Coronav e-Church" page ... if you are looking for something (article, prayer or picture), you may now find it in the 'Archive', which can be accessed via the button on the menu-bar to the left
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During this "Coronavirus" situation,
the following still cannot happen ...
St. Mark's Fellowship Group - no more meetings for the time being
Social Events - all planned social events in the parish calendar are suspended
... Updates will follow as the regulations ease
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Our e-Church Prayer Calendar has evolved, and we are now offering it to you as a LIST, which we hope will be of use to you in your private prayers.
(As of 25/10, we will be unable to add any further entries until we have re-organised the running of the website - we apologise for any delay to your request)
Meanwhile, our usual monthly cycle of Prayer for the whole parish is also available, as always, via the 'Prayer & Scripture' button in the menu-bar - thanks to Marie for continuing this feature
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING - Sunday 25 October 2020
Please join us (within the Covid Restrictions) for this year's delayed APCM, which will be held - in an abridged form - immediately following the '10.30am' Service on the above date.
Listed below are a number of pages with information relevant to the Meeting:
We will be expecting to elect the following personnel:
1 PCC Treasurer
1 PCC Secretary
2 Aldershot Deanery Synod Representatives
6 PCC Members
Details concerning nominations for these vacancies can be found on the Noticeboard in the Porch of the Church
WELCOME to our website, which in 'normal' times is usually full of lots of information about our Church. We do hope that you'll enjoy browsing through it; and we look forward to welcoming you to our Church whenever you can join us. Please be aware that in these "Coronavirus" times, life in the parish has become somewhat skewed, so some aspects will, inevitably, be affected by ever-changing events.
We hope that the website is as up-to-date as possible, but if there is something you need to know, and cannot find it here, please use the Contact details to get in touch with us.
By now, most will have heard the news that - after nearly 31 years as our Vicar - Fr. Ian is leaving at the end of October 2020, when he will be taking (some 3 years in advance) 'early retirement'.
More information will follow in due course regarding arrangements for the future here in the parish, but we very much hope to continue the current "Covid" pattern of one Sunday service at 10.30am.
We also hope to keep this website as up-to-date as possible during the Interregnum.
With effect from 25 October 2020, please use the following Contact telephone number for any enquiries regarding St. Mark's Church and Parish: 01252-542337.
Deglan Rowe (Churchwarden)
On Sunday 25 October ...
we look forward to welcoming the
ARCHDEACON OF SURREY
The Venerable Paul Davies
as our Guest Celebrant
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