St Mark's Church, Enfield

An inclusive Christian family in Bush Hill Park

WELCOME!

Due to the current situation all services at St Mark's are now suspended until further notice.  If you need to contact us please ring 07942 208889 or email stmarksbhp@mail.com.

Important Information:

Dear Parishioner,

We are writing to let you know that the Church of England has decided to suspend all formal Services of Worship for the foreseeable future due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  We are writing to let you know how this affects the life and worship of St Stephen’s and St Mark’s during this time.

Firstly, please note that all services which take place on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are suspended until further notice.  If and when the situation changes, we will contact you again.  In addition, the Lent course is also suspended.

Although our regular pattern of services will not be taking place, the guidance we have received indicates that churches may be open for prayer provided that the Government’s advice on maintaining good hygiene precautions is adhered to. We have therefore decided to open the churches for personal prayer on Sunday mornings between 9.30am and 10.30am (at St Stephen’s) and 11am and 12 noon (at St Mark’s). Fr Jeremy will lead prayers and readings for part of these times and will be available for pastoral support. There can be no social gathering after prayer (at which point the buildings will close promptly).  We will do this on 22 and 29 March, and will review the situation after that. We will also ensure that surfaces such as door handles are disinfected at the beginning and end of church opening times.  Of course, if Government advice changes in the meantime these arrangements will also change.

If you would like to join in prayer on one or both of these Sundays please ensure that you follow the Government’s health advice, which can be found here. You should also maintain a distance of two metres from other people, observe the guidelines on using tissues and coughing into your elbow and follow the advice on self-isolation if necessary.

We recognise that some people may decide that it is best that they don’t attend on Sunday.  The Church of England has provided a number of on line resources which can be used instead. Here is a selection:

#LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – this is the current Lent campaign which concerns issues such as care for God’s creation and can be found here.

Prayer for the Day – this is a daily prayer which can be read or listened to here.

We understand that more on line resources will be made available in the coming weeks.  In addition, for those who wish to follow a formal liturgy we have attached a document called ‘Spiritual Communion When Unable To Attend Mass’ which can be accessed below.  We hope you find this helpful.

Finally, if you have any questions or wish to raise any issues of concern you can contact us as follows:

St Stephen’s Churchwardens: 

Gail Judd 07758 446304 or juddge@hotmail.co.uk 

Pauline Pearson 07904 936600 or pollykitten@blueyonder.co.uk

(alternatively 07745 321190 or ststephenshall@yahoo.co.uk)

St Mark’s Churchwardens:

Tony Tidey and Frank Franklin can be contacted by emailing stmarksbhp@mail.com or by leaving a message or text on the Church mobile phone: 07942 208889.

With all good wishes, 

Gail, Pauline, Frank and Tony


SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

When unable to attend Mass

X  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day…………..

Collect

Let the power of the Holy Spirit come upon me, O Lord, I beseech thee; that he may both mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle (Revelation 3:20)

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

The Gospel (St John 15:5)

I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing.

 

Take a moment to think of the failures of the past week; recall any sins you have committed since your last Communion and offer them to Christ.

 

Act of Contrition

Oh God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against thee who art so good. Forgive me for Jesus’ sake and I will try to sin no more.

Act of Reception

In union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every altar of thy Church where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving. I believe that thou art truly present in the Holy Sacrament. And since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself unto thee, and embrace thee with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from thee. Let me live and die in thy love. Amen

Come Lord Jesus, dwell in thy servant in the fullness of thy strength, in the perfection of thy ways, and in the holiness of thy spirit, and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit, and to the glory of thy Father. Amen

May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life. Amen

Act of Praise and Thanksgiving

X  Blessed, praised, and adored be Jesus Christ on his throne of glory in Heaven, and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me;

Body of Christ, save me;

Blood of Christ, inebriate me;

Water from the side of Christ, wash me;

Passion of Christ, strengthen me;

O good Jesus, hear me;

Within thy wounds hide me;

Suffer me not to be separated from thee;

From the malicious enemy defend me;

In the hour of my death call me,

And bid me come to thee.

That with thy Saints I may praise thee

For ever and ever. Amen

X  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen


St Mark's is an inclusive north London community church which embraces people of all religious backgrounds and none, and of all ages, races and personal circumstances.  Everyone is welcome at the Lord's table.  We seek to serve one another in our parish family and the wider community of Bush Hill Park, in the conviction that the church is called to be a sign of God's love in the world, not a sign of success or power. 

Click on the page links on the right to find out more about us. We welcome messages, including requests for prayer.  

We are at the corner of St Mark's Road and Main Avenue, Bush Hill Park, in Enfield, north London.  The church is 5 minutes' walk from Bush Hill Park rail station, on the 192 (Tottenham Hale-Edmonton Green-Enfield Town) bus route, and just off the A10 Great Cambridge Road at its junction with Lincoln Road.

The church is usually open between 10:00am and 12 noon on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; and between 9:00am and 12 noon on Sundays.

St Mark's is in the Diocese of London (Edmonton Episcopal Area), Archdeaconry of Hampstead, and Deanery of Enfield.

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Safeguarding: Promoting a Safer Church

In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy St. Mark’s Church is committed to:

 

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture.
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
  • Caring pastorally for survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.

 

We will:

  • Listen to and take seriously all those who disclose abuse.
  • Take steps to protect children and adults when a safeguarding concern of any kind arises, following House of Bishops guidance, including notifying the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) and statutory agencies immediately.
  • Offer support to survivors of abuse regardless of the type of abuse, when or where it occurred.
  • Care for and monitor any member of the church community who may pose a risk to children and adults whilst maintaining appropriate confidentiality and the safety of all parties.
  • Ensure that health and safety policy, procedures and risk assessments are in place and that these are reviewed annually.
  • Review the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Practices at least annually.

 

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