As a church we are convinced that the message of the Bible (written so long ago) is both relevant and life giving in our own day.
If you have an eye to church history, we stand in the Reformed tradition of the Church of England; taking the Bible as the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct, and upholding the historic formularies of the Church of England (the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty Nine Articles and the Ordinal) as our inheritance of faith to be proclaimed afresh in the present generation.
In support of the GAFCON movement, we have adopted the Jerusalem Declaration as an accurate statement of our core beliefs, and in 2016 we sent letters of request (under the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests) to the Diocesan Bishop and can access the oversight of the Bishop of Maidstone who is an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chester.
There are two things that are central to what we are:
First is the great command of Jesus - to love God with all that we are, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-38)
We GATHER as the community of God’s people, sharing the new life that is ours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. When we gather we express our love for God in praise, prayer, and obedient listening to his Word, the Bible.
We GROW in our commitment to God’s truth, supporting and encouraging one another in living as disciples of Jesus day by day.
Second is the great mission Jesus gave the church - to go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19)
We GO with the compassion of God’s love to the least and the lost, declaring “the kingdom of God has come near, repent and believe the good news!”
That “going” is both local to our town and community, and further afield through mission partners we support in other parts of the UK and abroad.
We are a founding member of the North West Partnership of Churches. This reflects our commitment to the evangelical faith (which is the historic foundation of our Church of England) and the desire to see Biblical Christianity thrive in our region.
We also belong to the Wirral Gospel Partnership, working together to strengthen local ministry.
Andrew became vicar in 2005, having previously served in churches in mid-Cheshire and the borders of Manchester.
Andrew is married to Emma, and they have two grown-up children.
Des became a Christian through the ministry at St Mark’s, and has served as Reader, Warden, Treasurer, and Youth Leader.
Des was a baker all his working life. His children have all flown the nest, and he is busy as a grandparent now. He served as Associate Minister for the parish from 1999-2015, and now has the Bishop’s “PTO” (permission to officiate) since officially retiring.
Mike’s a St Mark’s lad from birth, growing up through the children’s and youth work. Having returned from Preston (Uni & vocational training) he is now serving on the staff team at St Mark’s. Mike oversees our children’s and youth ministries, teaches RE in the local school, and pitches in to most aspects of parish life.
Mike is married to Ruth, they have a two young children.