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St Mark’s is proud to be a ‘broad church’, embracing a wide variety of styles of worship. From ‘packed to the rafters’ major festivals to intimate midweek prayer gatherings, the meditative and reverent to the fun and madcap, you’re sure to find a service that fits you.

Our main Sunday services are:

  • 8am Holy Communion (traditional language) 
  • 10am Holy Communion (modern language, with junior church groups and crèche / Family Service 2nd Sunday of the month) 
  • 6pm Evening Worship (in a variety of styles - modern and traditional)

Read below for more information on these and other services at St Mark’s or download our weekly news sheet in PDF format. 

Sunday 8am – Holy Communion

For many people who grew up in the ‘Prayer Book’ era, our 8am Holy Communion is the essential way to start the week. The service uses the familiar words of the ‘Book of Common Prayer’ which dates back to the Reformation, and used in its current form since 1662.

Though ancient, ‘BCP’ is still widely used across the country and continues to resonate with old and young alike. Reverent and peaceful, this is a ‘said’ service, though hymns are included one Sunday in the month.

 

Sunday 10am – Holy Communion

With our largest and most diverse congregation, the 10am Holy Communion service holds a special place for many people in Bilton. For those who come, gathering round the Lord’s Table each week is both an experience of community and an encounter with God.

The service has wide variety of worshippers, from the very youngest to the eldest among us, plus all those in between, and has a great family feel. That’s ‘family’ in the widest sense, of course!

Music is also an essential ingredient, from the bell ringers who draw us to church to the choir and organ which lead us in our worship.

Junior Church is a feature of our 10am service most weeks, an opportunity for our younger members to have fun and learn about faith in age-specific groups. For more information see the junior church page.

 

10am – Family Service

On the second Sunday of each month, sometimes in conjunction with the uniformed organisations, this is our most informal and child-friendly service. For more information see the Family Service page.

 

6pm – Evening Worship

Our evening service offers a varied diet of worship, in both modern and traditional styles, though most tend towards the quiet and contemplative. Join us at 6pm for an hour of worship, prayer and peace.

  • 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays: Evensong - an ancient service from the Book of Common Prayer, ably led by our choir.
  • 2nd Sundays: Holy Communion, in modern language.
  • There are also special evening services through the year, particulalry at Christmas and Easter and there are a number of Choral Evensongs as well.  See our calendar for details.

 

Worship during the week

Worship is not restricted to just Sundays at St Mark’s – prayer is offered for our church, community and wider world every day, and there are services in church each day from Monday to Thursday.

  • Monday 9am – Morning Prayer
  • Tuesday 9am – Morning Prayer
  • Wednesday 10am – Holy Communion
  • Thursday 9am – Morning Prayer