The Parishes of Dunham Massey

St Mark’s, Dunham Town

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StMarks_2St Mark’s is a beautiful little country church situated at the heart of the village of Dunham Town.

The church, built by the 7th Earl Stamford in 1856, is in a place of tranquillity situated just a stone’s throw from the business of the nearby city streets. St Mark’s is a profound spiritual touchstone for many who come for solace and refreshment.

The weekly cycle of Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Sunday Worship places the church alongside diverse people of many ages and backgrounds as they travel the journey of life. A traditional English parish church that embraces all.

Our Family Service takes place on the first Sunday of each month, a ‘something for everyone’ informal service for all ages.

Our Sunday school meet during the service on the third Sunday in the month. Children go off to their classes, and adults remain in church for worship.

The second and fourth Sunday’s are Holy Communion services attended by young and old sharing God’s presence and inspiration through the sacrament.

We would be delighted to welcome you to St Mark’s.

 


Our own vicar, Rev Jerry Sutton, left for pastures new in September 2019 and we are now in an interregnum period whilst we await the appointment of a new vicar.

 


StMarks_J_6A few interesting facts

  • The church has a unique church yard opposite, bequeathed by the Earl and in the care of the church wardens. The church yard is for members of the village community and members of the church congregation. The oldest graves of two Quakers can be found as can the tombs of the Stamford family.
  • Bike parade and blessing. Bikes parade through the village collecting riders who register at the village hall and then through Dunham deer park along the drive to wonderful Dunham hall prior to the bike blessing at St Mark’s.
  • St Mark’s parish is home to the Bishop of Stockport, the Rt Revd Libby Lane, the first female to be consecrated as Bishop in the Church of England.

 

 


Church Wardens

Our church warden Alan Hewitt has been appointed sequestrator during  the interregnum.

The office of Churchwarden dates back to the 14th Century when the Wardens were, and still are, the chief liaison persons between the parish and the Vicar, and the chief administrative assistants of the parish.

Churchwardens have many legal duties, such as keeping up to date an Inventory and Terrier of the church’s property, but very high on the list of our wardens’ priorities is demonstrating that St. Mark’s is a warm, friendly and inclusive place of worship.

You will always be warmly welcomed at St Mark’s  by Alan and his team.

 


Our Music

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Mrs Ondria Williams has been appointed organist at St Marks. We have enjoyed working with Ondria in recent months and look forward to a long and happy fellowship.


Giving

Maintaining our beautiful churches as a place of worship and service to our community is a costly business. We are dependent on funds for repair and maintenance and to pay for all the routine bills.  If you feel you can give regularly please join our giving programme by setting up a standing order to either of our churches or you can join our envelope scheme. If you are a tax payer we can claim the charity tax relief.

If our churches have played a part in your life, whether it be baptism, marriage or the funeral of a loved one, please consider donating to help maintain our churches. You may also wish to leave a charitable gift in your will. Legacy gifts are vital in helping us to continue our work.