We are open again for public worship and following all the covid-safe protocols.
For the latest Church of England guidance please follow these links
Please go to the Church of England site for updated information and links to more online resources. Please also look at the Manchester Diocese website for more local advice. Or please contact the Vicar, Dave Thompson, on 0161 797 7652.
Please also go to this post to see ideas and suggestions for prayer and worship at home.
When we’re back to normal… Our Church family
St John with St Mark is an Anglican church in Bury, Lancashire. We’re to the north of the town centre, just off Walmersley Road. As a church family we enjoy worshipping together and learning about Jesus – but we like socialising too. A lot of what we do seems to involve food!
We care about the well-being of anyone who comes through the door. Please go to our Safeguarding page for more details.
Some events in life such as weddings and baptisms may bring you to church for the first time in many years. So we try our best to be welcoming and to ensure that your visit is a happy and memorable one. Please go to our Life Events page if you want more information.
We have close links with St John with St Mark Church of England Primary School and Chesham Primary School. Church members are on the Board of Governors and our ministry team help lead some of the school assemblies. We also take church out to the community, holding services in some of our local care homes.
Me, thee and t’others
Along with our close neighbours at Christ Church Walmersley we are under the care of the Reverend Dave Thompson, who can be contacted on 0161 797 7652. Whenever you see us talk about a ‘benefice’ on this site we’re referring to St John with St Mark and Christ Church together.
For those in wheel chairs and not so good on their feet, we have a temporary ramp into church, a permanent ramp from the emergency exit on the church-hall corridor, a lift between church & hall and a ramp into the hall from Parkinson Street. The lift converts back to stairs when not in use so that we make best use of the space. Please see our Access page for more details.
Know, grow and show
Our church family is made up of people of all ages and all walks of life. Our aim is to know, grow and show the love of God. So there are 5 key areas that we focus on:
- Telling the good news of the Kingdom of God
- Teaching Christian believers to grow in their faith
- Tending to those in any kind of need
- Transforming the world into a Christ-like society
- Treasuring all of God’s creation
We also work closely with Seedfield Methodist and St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Bury, collaborating on many activities during the year.
Recently we’ve been particularly looking at the ‘Setting God’s People Free‘ report and what it means for us all to ‘be church’ during the week as well as when we’re together on a Sunday. It’s been the theme behind our quarterly Cafe Church services.
We hope that this website helps you to get to know us better and that you’ll decide to come along to one of our services or to one of our many activities during the week.
Want to know more?
If you would like to know more about St John with St Mark then please come and meet us. Our main service is at 10.30am on a Sunday morning. That’s not always convenient for everyone and we have services during the week and earlier on a Sunday. For a complete list of services and weekly activities please look on our ‘services‘ page or in the ‘calendar’ page.
If you’d like to talk with our ministry team then please call in at the Parish Office in the church hall on Parkinson Street any Wednesday between 6.30pm and 7.00pm. To help us financially, please go to our support us page for options on how to give.
If you can’t get there, or want to find out more about any of our groups, then please complete the Contact Form and a member of the team will get back in touch very shortly.
The Church of England
St John with St Mark’s Church is part of the Church of England.
The Church of England (C of E) has a number of short video clips about the Christian faith that you may find helpful:
- What are you looking for in life?
- How would you describe who God is?
- When and how did you become a Christian?
- When and where do you pray?
- What does it mean to love your neighbour as yourself?
- What makes gathering together on a Sunday important?
If you want to find out more about the C of E then please follow this link.