The book traces church life at St Mark’s from its Victorian beginnings – the original iron church, the stone church and its destruction by incendiary bombs in 1940, the ‘exploratory pioneering approach to Christianity’ developed in the 1960s, St Mark’s’ influential role in the movement for the ordination of women in the 1990s and more recently its conferences on ‘radical Christianity’ which attract people from far and wide. The book contains over 100 illustrations.
It is of more than local interest, as it tells the story of a church with a national profile that follows ‘a this-worldly Jesus, with a message and way of life for here and now’.
The new ‘History of St Mark’s’, launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the rebuilt St Mark’s Church, has received an enthusiastic welcome.
Here are some early comments:
Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield: ‘an excellent piece of work and a model of its kind…. I hope it will be widely read not just within but beyond the present congregation.’
Michael Adie, former Bishop of Guildford and Vicar of St Mark’s: ‘It is a telling story and ought to be read by people far and wide…. an excellent publication’.
Professor Clyde Binfield, distinguished church historian: ‘This reader will press it into non-Anglican hands, and urge it on non-radical or illiberal friends, especially if they are Anglicans. It will confirm some in their fears but for others it will be a light in a dark place. Need one say more?’
A member of St Andrew’s United Reformed Church: ‘totally engrossing …outstandingly good value.’
If you would like to order a copy (cost: £10: postage £1.50), please download and complete the order form and return to the Church Administrator, St Mark’s Church, Broomfield Road, Sheffield S10 2SE. T: 0114 266 3613 or firstname.lastname@example.org