St Mark's Shared church in its existing location was opened in 1982 and subsequently a new wing was added. It is a joint venture between the Church of England, Methodist and URC denominations. The church previously met in a hall in Saville Crescent and at that time St Mark's was part of Headley parish - is now a parish in its own right. As a LEP (Local Ecumenical Partnership), St Mark's welcomes people from a wide range of denominations or none. It is part of the Guildford Anglican diocese, the East Solent and Downs Methodist circuit and the Wessex URC synod. All meet together as a whole and united congregation. We all worship together and everyone is welcome.
“A heart for God and a heart for Bordon”
Deborah is our Church of England minister who came to us from Hale parish. As well as being our parish minister, she is an Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands. She set up the local Food Bank which is operated with other local churches and the 'Space to Be' project. Deborah trained for the ministry at Sarum College, Salisbury, after a career in journalism. She is married to David and enjoys iconography, Biblical studies, reading and spending time with family.
Stephen is our Methodist minister who is based at Petersfield. Stephen has been a Methodist minister for over 30 years. He has 2 boys; Greg and Michael and was recently married to Louise. He published a book on how the church responded to the new music of the 1960s, 'The Sounds of the Sixties and the Church'. He plays an acoustic guitar, though not, he says, to any great standard. He also enjoys walking, reading and sport.
Jenny Futcher works with families in the local area with children up to 16 who need a listening ear, practical help and friendly support. Jenny has particular knowledge and experience of children and young people with autism. She runs the 'Space to Be project'
Robert is a Church of England Local Lay Minister, (formerly known as Readers) who was based at St Andrew’s, Farnham for nearly 19 years. He has been an LLM since 2011. He and his wife Elaine moved to Bordon three years ago. Rob is head of design at AQA, the academic qualifications provider which is based at Guildford. Elaine is a manager at the House of Commons.
URC queries may be directed to our elder, Faith Thomas. Visiting URC clergy hold services on an occasional basis.
If you are a UK taxpayer, please help us to increase the value of any contributions in excess of £1 by using a Gift Aid envelope, available from the hymn book trolley near the door. Alternatively please contact our treasurer to set up a regular arrangement.
A new initiative for St Mark's Church. Log into the Easy fundraising page before you purchase anything online, register and from then on the Church will get cash back. Insurances and utilities are particularly valuable!