St Mark's Mansfield

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Come and See – Our Easter Garden 2018 (from Isobel)


Our Easter garden – work in progress

As several people have asked me where the Easter garden is actually situated, I took a photo yesterday while Sheila and I were working in this gloriously sunny corner near the church tower.   The scent of winter honeysuckle blossom was wafting across on the warm air and the spring flowers looked beautiful.

Come and see for yourself.   On a mild day you’ll be led by the nose as you wander past the vestry door and between the driveway and the tower.  You might be enticed to sit awhile, the shadows of Gethsemane behind you and the sun on your face.   It’s still work in progress; all the pebbles we’ve decorated will be used to line the way, each one a unique offering to our Lord.   You may even find a little long-suffering four-footed friend ambling along the sandy path!

The whole garden is coming alive.   The greenhouse is full of seeds sprouting, daffodils are nodding their golden heads, birds are eyeing up the nest boxes and the wildlife pond, which was only filled on Sunday had a blackbird perched on the edge on Monday morning, dipping its beak full of nesting material into the water.

We’d love you to come and have a look.   You may even find there’s something you’d like to contribute to the garden’s evolution.  Watch this space for pictures of how the Community Garden has changed over the last 10 years!


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Church Without Walls

Church Without Walls

‘Over the years God has given us the gift of families who have transformed our worshipping community and been nurtured here.

We feel the need to do more to engage with families in order to provide opportunities for their spiritual and mental flourishing and so we can be blessed by sharing that journey with them.’

Church Without Walls (CWW) is an extension of Partnership for Missional Church – a course which some members of the congregation at St. Mark’s have been attending over several years. In addition to the PMC statement above our aim is “to melt the walls of our church” by offering hospitality to, and receiving from, our neighbours in the parish – thus enriching our worship and engaging with our local community.

Outreach and mission are important and firm contacts have been made with our local schools – High Oakham and Sutton Road Primary – as well as with Framework and the local football ground. St. Mark’s Toddler Group also helps to maintain contacts with our local families whilst our Community Garden provides a ‘soft edge’ to our outwardly forbidding church walls – a place where people can meet, share and grow together.

Membership of the group is open to all and anyone who would like to be involved or offer ideas should talk to Fr James or David Ince.