Category Archives: Resources

St Mark’s is committed to producing resources reflecting the ethos and outlook of the church.

This is quite a challenge and one exercising those responsible for learning and faith development as well as for preparing services and selecting hymns.

Although work in progress, we have produced a number of documents that begin to outline an alternative approach to Christian faith – one that is rooted in the vision and vocation of Jesus whilst embracing insights and learning assimilated through the centuries.

Also, services at St Mark’s increasingly include locally-crafted texts within the structure of Anglican liturgy or ones that are conceived from scratch.

The upshot of this is a growing body of material that may be of interest to other people and church communities. Some of these resources can be accessed here and may be used without copyright infringement. All that we ask is that sources are acknowledged.

Recent additions to the library!

Patron Saint of Prostitutes

Recent additions to the library…
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‘An invitation to be’

THERE IS ONE VOCATION we all inherit.  We do not choose it; it chooses us. That vocation is living.  Paradoxically, whilst most of us possess the power to end our lives, we have no control over whether we exist or, … Continue reading

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God Talk ~ Why thinking and speaking about God can be so challenging

Many of us struggle with the word, ‘God’ – not least because it can be used in so many different ways, for good or ill.  We may also have grown up with an image of God that has become increasingly … Continue reading

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Christian Beginnings

Gerd Ludemann

The Lecture notes from the CRC Spring conference ‘CHRISTIAN BEGINNINGS:Why Jesus didn’t die out’ with Gerd Lüdemann are now available to download via the following link to the CRC website Continue reading

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The Foolishness of the Cross

Opening Prayer Christ of the passion, as we gather in your name, lead us deeper into the wisdom revealed in your suffering and embodied on the cross; rid us of the fear of being judged foolish for owning your name … Continue reading

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Sermon series: ‘Things We’d Rather Not think About …’

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This year the team at St Mark’s preached a series of sermons before Advent on the theme of ‘Things We’d Rather Not think About …’, which took a fresh look at the traditional Advent themes: death, judgement, dying, heaven & … Continue reading

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‘Things We’d Rather Not think About …’ A fresh look at traditional Advent themes

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THINGS WE’D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT was the title of a series of Sunday 10 am sermons and 6 pm led reflective evenings which took a fresh look at the traditional Advent themes: death, judgement, dying, heaven & hell. The resources produced for the evening reflections are available to download below. Continue reading

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Sermon series: ‘Why don’t we…?’

Ian and Sue talking by the garden of Remembrance

Ian is preaching a series of sermons over the summer on the theme of “why don’t we…?”, in which he responds to some of the questions about worship that have been raised by members of the congregation. The texts of … Continue reading

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Climate, Sustainability and the Future

The climate crisis is seen as being intimately linked to the economic crisis, which, with its inexorable drive for growth, fuels the climate crisis. The case is argued that rather than the unsatisfying drive for prosperity as growth, we should be striving for prosperity as human flourishing with emphasis on greater equality. The million climate jobs campaign provides a model because it links action on the environment with action on the economy by providing jobs. Various strategies are explored, such as sharing work, a more localized approach to agriculture and a more imaginative approach to public procurement and housing. Suggestions are made about the nature of the moral/spiritual crisis that threatens us and ways in which we might go forward. Continue reading

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A Journey through Mark

Notes to accompany the reading of Mark’s Gospel These notes have been prepared to help you study the Gospel of Mark.  You are encouraged to read through the portion of Mark specified under each heading and then to consult these … Continue reading

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