The Sunday Worship Blues

The Sunday Worship Blues

Have you ever come to church on a Sunday and felt like you’ve not connected with God? Have you ever gathered with the congregation to sing and pray and just gone away feeling like you didn’t receive? Have you ever finished a service and just wondered: what was that...
My Ministry Story: Alpha

My Ministry Story: Alpha

At some point in our lives, many of us realise that our time is just not going as far as we’d like: there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it all in. If you’re anything like me, you go through phases of freaking out because there’s just not enough time. You...
Caring for Our Community: Chillzone

Caring for Our Community: Chillzone

Chillzone is our Friday night youth club held at St Mark’s. From 5:30pm – 7:30pm each week we welcome young people from school years 7 to 11 from around Woodhouse and Little London. Each week we share how our weeks have been, followed by lots of sport and games, PS4,...
Worship through pain

Worship through pain

Not everything we feel is a true reflection of reality. I love my husband, but if I’ve had a bad day and feel anger towards him, it doesn’t mean I don’t love him any longer. My anger is very real in that moment and there might be real cause for my anger, but it’s a...
Connecting with God

Connecting with God

This is not just for parents so please read on but I’ve been mulling over some of the things Sam Evans talked about in his preach on parenting the other week. It was so helpful to think about how we can help our children connect with God and to show them our own...
Walk with me

Walk with me

It was a Saturday night. 11:30PM. I was just putting away the notes for my finance exam. Then the phone rang. I hesitated. Then I picked it up. “Hello?” “Hi Elizabeth. I need a favour. Julia* has called asking if I can take her to the emergency room [A&E]. She...
Encouragement to encourage

Encouragement to encourage

As I watch my 4 year old son enthusiastically set off from the Junior Park Run start line each week, ready to speed round the course with much competitive gusto, his little legs powering on, I smile to myself.  There he is determined to beat all the long legged 10...
Giving birth to twins!

Giving birth to twins!

In January, when we announced to our leaders that we were taking the step of going to two ‘gatherings’ Hannah, my wife, spotted that this was 9 months away. She felt that God was saying that taking this step as a church was going to be like a pregnancy. So it was...
London – Manchester – London.  How can we pray?

London – Manchester – London. How can we pray?

There has been a second terrorist attack on London. Quite probably it won’t be the last in the UK. How shall we respond to this crisis? In our study of Romans 8, we have seen the ‘aaarrghhh!’ of our present times. It’s our groaning as we go through the pain of life...