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St Mark’s Day





This special service was on 24 April, when Bishop Peter launched our preaching and teaching programme called 'Jesus Shaped People'.


Following the service we all enjoyed a shared lunch in the Church Lounge.






Whit Walks  (Pentecostal procession of witness)


Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.  Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church's mission to the world.  The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is the way Christians understand God.














































































































Another dry year, but more importantly, the choir, and especially the children of the choir, did us proud at this year's Whit Walks. They even appeared in the Tameside Reporter!  A big thanks too to Arnfield Brass Band who led us around Dukinfield for the first time this year, and we look forward to working with them again.


Summer Fair

The Queen's birthday party replaced the Summer Fair this year.  It was the wettest summer party we've had in recent years, so the turnout was unsurprisingly low, when we hosted our event to mark the Queens' birthday on Saturday, 11 June.  The garden was not used as a play area for the children in the way we had planned. We had to use the church hall, except for the barbecue, and we had tombola, a raffle, a cake stall, refreshments and an exhibition of photographs of life at St Mark's over the 90 years of the Queen's life.








































































Back to Church Sunday


This service was held on Sunday 27 September 2015.  It's a nationwide event which makes it feel special knowing that all the churches are worshipping together. 


This year we had two testimonies from parishioners:


Chris Worrall recalled her battle against illness and the disability she had suffered for the past 18 months - how her faith in Christ, and the support from all her Church Family, helped her to get through it all.


Chantelle Tunnicliffe talked about her journey to become a Church of England Lay Reader and how her difficult and low times were always overcome with the help of God, and always felt reassured that she was taking the right path in her life.


All Souls Day


All Souls Day is a surprisingly old feast.  It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom.  When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day of 1 November in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honoured.  We invite relatives of all those for whom we have conducted funerals in the past three years; we are glad to have been able to offer consolation to those in grief and remember their loved ones before God.  

Bonfire Party

It didn’t rain and lots of local people enjoyed another great bonfire party at St Mark’s. We raised £387 for church funds.  Many thanks to all who donated soup and other food.





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