St 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 vicar, Rev Jerry Sutton QVRM, TD, CF was inducted into the parish of Dunham Massey in 2001.
Jerry was ordained in 1986 having trained at Ridley Hall Cambridge. Having served two curacies in Seacombe and in Northwich, his first incumbency was in the Birkenhead Priory Parish; he then spent seven years at St Chad’s Church in Over before his appointment to Dunham Massey. He is a committed parish priest who is most at home in this vocation.
Jerry has a long involvement with church schools and is presently a governor at Altrincham Church of England Aided School. He is also a Freeman of Altrincham and Chaplain to the Barony of Dunham Massey.
His ministry outside the Parish is as Senior Army Reserve Chaplain responsible for the recruiting, training and deployment of the 80 Chaplains to the Regiments and Corps of the Army Reserve. Prior to this appointment, Lt Colonel Jerry Sutton was Padre to the 4th Battalion The Parachute regiment with whom he served in the UK and operations for 20 years.
Jerry is married to Sharon and lives at the vicarage with his children.
- 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.
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.
The new Just Giving page for St Margaret’s & St Mark’s is now live. Please click the following link: www.justgiving.com/Stmargarets-PCC
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.
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.
St Mark’s Restoration
The much needed porch repairs will begin on 27th Feb 2017 and will take the best part on a month . This work will cost around £20,000 and it would be hugely appreciated if you felt you could make a donation to support this effort.
Please use our Just Giving page for St Margaret’s & St Mark’s: www.justgiving.com/Stmargarets-PCC