St Mark's a Church in Action
St. Mark’s Church Community Centre is a focus for the community life of Brickhill and North Bedford and a resource for community groups and individuals to enable the development of their potential. We work alongside other agencies, statutory bodies and charities to offer a partnership approach to community needs. We try to provide an efficient well managed suite of premises, conforming to the highest standards of health and safety. Our aim to provide a welcoming and safe environment is supported by regular monitoring and evaluation of those who use our services.
Currently over 60 voluntary and charitable groups use the Community Centre on a regular basis, over 150 volunteers are engaged in helping with projects, over 300 children under 11 use the building each week, 92 young people are involved in youth groups each week, 1,478 people come to the Centre every week.
We currently co-ordinate in excess of 150 volunteers to resource our work Training programmes and support for these volunteers is always a priority and we are committed to Equal Opportunities for all of our volunteers as well as users of the Centre. If you would like the opportunity to volunteer and be involved in supporting the work of the Church Community Centre, please contact our Centre Manager, Miss Wendy Rider.
|Click on thumbnail for full size picture||Going Up!! At
St Mark's Church Community Centre
The Bedford Charity the Harpur Trust have kindly made a grant award to St Mark's Church Community Centre which has paid for the installation of a lift in the new community Centre. The picture shows The Reverend Charles Royden with Wendy Rider MBE the community Centre Manager, in the new lift
Brickhill Parish Council
St Mark’s Clubhouse
|Landfill Tax national winners
St Mark's have received £125,000 prize as one of five finalists in
the £1 million Waste Recycling Group Village Hall & Community Centre
The money comes from the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme money of Waste Recycling Group distributed by Environmental Body WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd)
|This picture shows the chapel at St Mark's, please click the link to learn more|
|Religious Resources Centre. St Mark's has
recently become the home for St Albans Diocesan Religious Studies
Resources. Books, videos, artefacts and other religious materials are
available for use in teaching religious studies.
The resources are stored in our chapel and are available for viewing and borrowing weekdays between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
Some of the activities taking place at St Mark's Church Community Centre
The offices of Autism Bedfordshire are located at St Mark’s, providing services to individuals and families across Bedfordshire.
Many local charities use our facilities for counselling, courses and training events, including MacMIllan Nurses. There are numerous clubs and societies taking place weekly from Sugarcraft to Weightwatchers and the Centre is often first choice by groups who appreciate our high standards of provision.
St Mark’s is home to the health authority clinic for mothers and babies. There is also the fledglings group for mums and babies under 6 months. We are also pleased to welcome local GP’s who hold day surgeries to provide health checks and injections.
Youth and Children’s Groups
There is a programme of activities for family groups and the young. St Mark’s own pre-school operates each day and our Parent Toddler group meets each Thursday afternoon at 1.00pm. There is youth work on three evenings every week and also a Child-minders support group every week. Other groups such as children’s chess take place regularly.
Management of The Centre
The Centre Management Committee is responsible for the operation and supervision of the Centre. It is drawn from local people with experience in community life and also user groups. They are responsible for the development of services to ensure that vital needs in our community are met. The committee also implements health and safety , equal opportunities and training needs of the volunteers. Constant monitoring and evaluation are a priority to ensure that we are doing our best to serve users of the Centre and adapting to the changing needs of people in Bedford.
Centre Policies: Copies of all policies including our Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Child Safety can be found in the foyer, together with our insurance, child registration and entertainment licence.
St Mark's Church Pre-school Click here to visit the pre-school web page
Toddlers For all parents and children. Meets on Thursdays from 1.30pm until 3.00pm. Contact the Co-ordinator Mrs Debbie Coppenhall (356828
1st Brickhill Brownies – Monday evenings – Mrs C Mathews (400987)
3rd Brickhill Guides - Monday evenings - Mrs Gill Lake (218091)
4th Brickhill Brownies - Wednesday evenings -Mrs Carol Warden (219731)
Contact the church office on (342613)
St Mark's pre-school has been recognised as providing outstanding education giving children the best possible start.
A special big thank you to all of our volunteers who gain satisfaction in helping others. If you would like the opportunity to volunteer please contact Wendy
You can e-mail her at: wendy@ThisisChurch.com
For events at St. Mark's
Telephone/Fax 01234 342613—- International Telephone/Fax + 44 234 342613
For events at Putnoe Heights
Telephone 01234 365630—- International Telephone/Fax +44 234 365630