At St John with St Mark’s we have prayer and Bible study groups and an annual retreat.
We have a Listening Prayer Group which meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month. This is at 150 Walmersley Road. The purpose is to listen for what God has to say to us. There’s no praying out loud, apart from at the start and the end. Just silent reflection for about half an hour. Sometimes that can be about something in the news, or a passage of Scripture, a Saint’s day or even a painting. No special qualifications needed – apart from the ability to sit still(ish)!
Plus we have a Prayer Hub for cascading urgent prayer requests by e-mail, whatsapp or text. If you would like to be part of this or have a request then please get in touch via the Contact form.
Our Bible studies meet at different points through the year, usually Lent, Advent and sometimes in between. Normally we look at a topic or a book of the Bible over 4 or 5 weeks. These are relaxed groups with a varied mix of knowledge and experience. We usually have afternoon sessions for those who don’t like venturing out at night. And evening sessions for those that do!
The Bible studies normally attract people from a number of local churches and part of the joy is sharing our differing perspectives.
Each May, in the run-up to the second bank holiday, we have a 3-day retreat to St Joseph’s Prayer Centre in Formby. This is a lovely opportunity to step aside from our normal routine and spend some time in reflection in beautiful surroundings. We had to put this on hold during lockdown but we’ll be looking into the feasibility of doing this again.
Sometimes we’ll do single day events later in the year at the same location. This can be easier for those who don’t want an overnight stop. We’ll advertise these by posts nearer the time.