Letter from the Rector Dear Parishioners, This evening the Church of Ireland has suspended all Sunday and weekday services as well as all other activities. This applies also to St Mark's Church and Parish. As of tomorrow we will toll the church bell at 11 am and a prayer will be said in the church, asking for God's guidance, strength and his blessing. Parishioners will be advised about pastoral and prayerful support in this very challenging time. Please check our web page and Faceboook account. May God bless you all. In Christ, Helene
Almighty and merciful God, who in days of old didst give to this land the benediction of thy holy Church; Withdraw not, we pray thee, thy favour from us, but so correct what is amiss, and supply what is lacking, that we may more and more bring forth fruit to thy glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Bishop David calls for a Day of Prayer and Fasting
Bishop David has invited us to set aside Saturday 25 April as a day to pray and fast with a focus on healing and evangelism. He also invites us to pray the Lord’s Prayer together with our neighbours at 8.00 pm that evening. Bishop David writes… Dear Friends One of our clergy said to me regarding Easter Sunday past, “While we cannot meet with each other we can still meet with the risen Lord’’. I have a picture in my heart and mind of people from every parish in our diocese setting aside time on St Marks Day, 25 April to fast and pray. I can visualise hundreds and thousands contacting friends and neighbours to join them in a similar way to how we stand applauding the NHS and concluding that Saturday together “in the presence of the risen Lord” by standing at thousands of doors in hundreds of streets across our diocese at 8.00 pm praying aloud the Lords Prayer. We can do it together! Using every means you can, please call your friends, fellow parishioners and others to join with many in this opportunity for us to meet with the risen Lord. He is risen indeed, Hallelujah! +David Prayer Topics
Please pray on St Mark’s Day and in the days ahead. Come Holy Spirit.
For those who are sick at this time, that they would be healed (name those known to you).
For those working in the NHS and other front–line services, that God would protect them (name those known to you).
For many to come to faith in Jesus in these days (name those that you want to see come to faith in Jesus Christ).
For a move of the Holy Spirit in your parish (pray by name for your rector, rectory family, church staff, select vestry members and all who hold any office and serve in any way).
For those who are the decision makers in our nation (pray by name for politicians and others known to you).
For an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our diocese (pray by name for Bishop David, his family, the diocesan staff team and their families).
All services and organisations are suspended until further notice.
Please follow the link below which provides some clarity concerning the Church response to CJD 19
That means that as of now, no services will be held in St Mark's and no other activities and groups will meet in either hall or church. Everything is suspended until further notice. I am aware that this will pain many - but we need to adhere to this. The Parish office will be closed to visitors at this time. These are uncertain and unfolding times. As a church we are united in our confidence in our loving heavenly Father's ability to help us through the uncertainty we face. Many parishioners from St Mark's face the prospect of a long period of isolation. While it is unwise for the Clergy to meet face to face with those in isolation they are available by phone or email. RECTOR: Revd Helene T. Steed T: 9065 9047, M: 07342 720350. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CURATE: Revd Chris St John M: 07463 745105. Email: email@example.com
Each day the Church bell will sound at 11am. This is a reminder to pray and to remind everyone that they are not alone. We will be using this website and our facebook page to provide information and updates, so please come back regularly. Yours in Christ Helene and Chris
Almighty God, we pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus and for those who are presently self-isolating in their homes. Bring healing to the sick. Bring patience to those who are at home. Bring perseverance to us all. Give wisdom to policymakers. Give skill to healthcare professionals and researchers. Give comfort to everyone in distress. We pray for a sense of calm to us all in days of uncertainty. Holy Spirit, Comforter, embrace those who mourn the loss of a family member or a friend who has died as a result of contracting this disease. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen