St Mark's Church, Tunbridge Wells

Jesus said, I will never turn away anyone who comes to me

NEW TO ST MARK'S

Thank you for planning a visit to St Mark's. We really hope that you will feel welcome here. 

If you are considering attending one of our services for the first time, this page gives you a bit of background on each service and on what you can expect to experience when you get here. 

The First Step

Everyone in the St Mark's Church Family had a first day here!  So please don't feel apprehensive.  You don't need to prepare anything before you come, and you will find all dress styles amongst us – so please just come as you are!

When you get here you'll be greeted at the door by our welcoming team and, if you like, they can introduce you to people straight away who can guide you through proceedings.  After the service they will offer you a 'Welcome Booklet' with information about St Mark’s which we hope you will find helpful.

If you would like to speak to somebody before you come along, please feel free to contact our Church Office and we will make sure that we keep a special eye out for you on the day.

The Services

Our worship of God involves the whole of our lives, as we put Him at the centre of everything we do, but is especially focused on our Sunday services.

8.30am Communion

This is a quiet, reflective service of Holy Communion taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.  The service lasts for about 40 minutes and includes a sermon based on readings from the Bible, as well as prayers, but there are no hymns.  A light breakfast is served after this service on the first Sunday of the month.

10am Worship and Word

This service is in the Common Worship style with hymns and other music led by our Music Group.  It usually lasts for a little over an hour and includes prayers, readings and a sermon. There is Holy Communion on the third and fifth Sundays in the month.

Supervised activities for the children are held in the attached hall.  There is a crèche area at the back of church in which parents can choose to spend time with their under three’s.  The Church Office is also available to parents with babies and very small children if necessary, where you can still follow the service.

Tea and coffee is available in the Church Hall every week after this service. 

6:30pm Evening Equip 

A weekly teaching hour, in the Church Hall, with discussion groups, and refreshments.


A Note about Communion

If you are not a Confirmed member of the Church of England you are still welcome to come up to the communion rail during Communion and to receive a prayer of blessing.  Just hold your service sheet in your hands as you come up so that those giving the bread and wine are aware.

Disabilities

We have provided wheelchair access on the St Mark's Road side of the church as part of trying to recognise that people come with different needs and to help them with those needs.