St John & St Mark Church Bury

To know, grow and show the love of God



From Sunday 25th July 2021 we will gradually be re-instating some of the elements of Sunday worship that have not been available to us in recent months:

  • Congregational singing indoors is now allowed!
  • Track & Trace information will no longer be gathered but the QR Code is still there if you wish to use it
  • Wine will be offered as part of Holy Communion though feel free not to partake if you so wish
  • Mask wearing and social distancing are no longer compulsory – but we are happy for you to do so for as long as you want
  • We continue to share the Peace in a non-physical way
  • Hand hygiene and good ventilation will continue

Please stay safe and make use of the many on-line worship resources. Please get in touch with the Vicar by the Contact page if you have any questions.

The Church of England website has 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.

For when we’re back to ‘normal’…

For details on baptisms, weddings and funerals please go to our Life Events page.

For weekly services, there is a wide variety to allow us to worship God in a number of different ways.

The Eucharist (Communion) is at the heart of most of our worship services throughout the year. These are led by one of our ordained clergy team. However, once a month there is a morning service without communion usually led by one of our Readers or ALM’s. We believe that preaching is vitally important and you can find a selection of recent sermons and ‘talks’ in our Latest Sermons page.

On the last Sunday evening of each month we have a praise service led by our Authorised Lay minister. Roughly once a quarter we have a more informal Cafe Church on a Sunday morning, which meets in the Church Hall. These allow room for discussion on matters of faith over a coffee and croissant.

In addition, we have around 4 Parade services a year for our uniformed groups. Please see below for more information.


Weekly services

Please go to our calendar for details, since there is some variation week-to-week and as we come out of lock-down, but our worship services are basically as follows:


  • 8.30am: This lasts around 30 minutes and features Communion in the Barritt Room (the old Library) which is accessed from the Hall. This is followed by a chance to chat over a brew.
  • 10.30am: our main service (with hymns, prayers, a sermon and Communion) in the church. This is normally just over an hour in length, depending on who is doing the sermon! We have a choir to help lead the singing. There’s a creche for under 5’s and ‘Jesus and Me’ for the older children during the service. Everyone is together for the start and finish. The service is followed by refreshments in the Hall.
  • On the 3rd Sunday of each month we have a ‘Service of the Word’ at 10.30am which is like our main service but without Communion.
  • If there is a 5th Sunday in the month then we have a joint service with Christ Church, alternating venues.
  • We have ‘Cafe Church’ about once a quarter. This is more interactive, helping us to explore ideas about God and discuss areas of faith together in ways not normally possible in our usual format. This meets in the Hall.
  • We also join with Christ Church for informal Praise services on a Sunday evening at 7.00pm, on the last Sunday of every month.

Wednesdays: 10.00am – Communion in the church, followed by refreshments in the Hall.

Thursdays: 7.30pm – Communion in the Lady Chapel.

Parade Services: the young people from our uniformed groups join us on Mothering Sunday, Harvest and Remembrance Sunday. They have Christingle, normally at the start of Advent, on either a Monday or Wednesday. They also meet mid-week at one other point during the year.

Evening prayer

You can join the Vicar for Evening Prayer at 5.00pm in the Church most days, Monday through to Thursday (except Bank Holidays and August when he gives God some time off!). Or come with a small team each month as we take church to the community at Burrswood House and Hamilton House.


Throughout the seasons of the church year you will find lots of variety in word and mood. We use Common Worship for most services and sing from Hymns Old & New. We have a rota of different organists who play for us through the month.

Sometimes we use keyboard rather than organ and every now and then we’ll use music CD’s if no musicians are available – so be prepared for anything!

open group

Activities at St John with St Mark

We also have a range of regular activities to suit most ages:

  • Monday: Beavers & Cubs in the evening; Once a month we have ‘Men of the Benefice’ which normally means a trip to the pub…
  • Tuesday: Knit & Natter in the afternoon
  • Wednesday: Rainbows & Brownies in the evening; once a month we have an ‘Open Group’ for both visiting and homegrown speakers on pretty much anything you can imagine
  • Thursday: ABC Mother & Toddler group during term time
  • Saturday: once a month, usually the first Saturday, some of us will go for a walk, often 9 or 10 miles. The picture below is from our Benefice boundary walk which was a little longer…
  • ‘Girls out Alone’ meet when and where the mood takes us and often that means going out to a restaurant or theatre.
  • Plus we have book fairs, coffee mornings, afternoon teas, pantomimes, musical reviews and buffet dances.
  • We also have Prayer meetings, Bible studies and Retreats. For more information on these please go to our Reflect page.
boundary walk
On our annual walk around the Benefice boundary

Please keep your eye on the Home page & calendar for publicity of particular events. In addition our hall is widely used by the local community. It is hired to a number of outside groups and organisations, including dance groups, pilates, a warfarin clinic and Weight Watchers as well as for private parties.

Please go to our ‘about’ page to find out more about us.

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