st john with st mark


24th March: All Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement. Our church buildings are now closed for public worship,  private prayer and all other meetings and activities except for vital community services until further notice. 

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. 

“Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”

Go to the Church of England site for updated information.

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!

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.

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.

Pantomime and Giving back
Some of our Pantomime group picking up an award

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.

Access to the front of church and from the church-hall corridor
Stairs which convert to a lift – between hall and church

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.

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.

church in bury - know, grow and show the love of God
‘Messy’ church – or it was when we were finished!

The Church of England (C of E) has a number of short video clips about the Christian faith that you may find helpful:

If you want to find out more about the C of E then please follow this link.

butterfly st john st mark
A butterfly in our garden – one of many August 2019