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Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter. Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church's mission to the world. The Holy Spirit is the third part of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is the way Christians understand God.
Whit Walks was mostly a dry event! Thanks to stewards, banner holders and our choir. A big thanks too to Arnfield Brass Band who led us around Dukinfield again this year.
The Queen's birthday party replaced the Summer Fair last year. It was the wettest summer party we've had in recent years, so the turnout was unsurprisingly low, when we hosted our event to mark the Queens' birthday on Saturday, 11 June. The garden was not used as a play area for the children in the way we had planned. We had to use the church hall, except for the barbecue, and we had tombola, a raffle, a cake stall, refreshments and an exhibition of photographs of life at St Mark's over the 90 years of the Queen's life.
Back to Church Sunday
This service was held on Sunday 24 October. It's a nationwide event which makes it feel special knowing that all the churches are worshipping together.
This was followed by a Bring and Share lunch.
This special service was held on 23 May.
Following the srvice we all enjoyed a shared lunch in the Church Lounge.
All Souls Day
All Souls Day is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late
It didn’t rain and lots of local people enjoyed another great bonﬁre party at St Mark’s. We raised £387 for church funds. Many thanks to all who donated soup and other food.