St Mark, winged lion of the Evangelist
St Mark's Church Community Centre, Bedford
A Christian Church where you will find a welcome whoever you are. Sunday worship is 9.30am with Sunday School and creche. We also provide a community centre open each day from 8.00am until late, welcoming over 60 community groups and charities based at our centre. 
St Mark's Church, Diocese of St Albans, part of the worldwide Anglican Church
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St Mark's Church, Bedford 

We are a Christian church with an ecumenical ethos welcoming people from a wide variety of backgrounds and we operate the busiest community centre in Bedfordshire serving Bedford and the surrounding areas. Every day of the week we are open from 8.00am until late and we welcome people who come to over 60 community groups and charities based at our community centre. We are home to Open House, a day centre for people with learning disabilities, Brickhill Parish Counci, Bedford Credit Union and a preschool offering all day care for children from 2 years of age. 

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If you would prefer to contact us by telephone, the church offices are open each day from 9.00am until 5.00pm. 

What is the church like ?
Sunday services always start at 9.30am.  The services are varied and try to keep a balance between the traditional and more recent influences. We are never stuffy and our music includes well known hymns as well as contemporary songs and choruses. Whatever your preferences you can be sure you will find something for you. This is a church for people who welcome the opportunity to be themselves, think through their faith intelligently and be open and tolerant to people who think differently.  There is a Sunday School and Crèche available. Why not bring your children or grandchildren?

We hope that for whatever reason you visit our church community centre you will find this to be a place of welcome. We are only able to provide such a community resource thanks to the help of a dedicated band of volunteers who help us keep the centre open, clean, garden, type and dozens of other essential skills and services - thank you to everybody!
Saint Mark The Evangelist and the Winged Lion

Our church is named after Saint Mark, the writer of the Gospel. In the earliest Christian art the four Gospel writers were represented using the symbolism recorded in Revelation (4:7) of winged creatures. St Mark a lion, St Matthew a creature with a face like a human face, St Luke an ox, and St John a flying eagle. The lion symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel (1:10). The winged lion of St. Mark the Evangelist is used as the logo for our church. Mark begins his gospel with the mission of John the Baptist "crying out in the wilderness." His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. St Mark the Evangelist is specially remembered in the church year on 25 April with this prayer: 

Almighty God, who enlightened your holy Church through the inspired witness of your evangelist Saint Mark: grant that we, being firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel, may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Our Ministers

Rev Dr Sam Cappleman
Rev Canon Charles Royden
Reader Mrs Wendy Waters 

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St Mark's Church, Calder Rise, Bedford, MK41 7UY


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