Welcome to the St Mark’s Green!
We are very lucky at St Mark’s to have an area of green space located at St Mark’s Crescent (just by the church!) This has always been a place of gathering and prayer, but during lockdown especially we have been developing how we can creatively use this space for prayer and worship.
On this page, you can discover some of the ways which you can use this space for prayer.
Palm Sunday Prayer Stations
This creative prayer trail is a combination of online resources and installations on the St Mark’s Green, which can either be enjoyed in situ, online, or combined together for the full immersive experience!
Throughout Holy Week there will be nine stations to enjoy. Each station includes a reading and an invitation to creative prayer.
Here is a pdf of the readings and creative prayers available. And below are the stations, listed with their corresponding audio tracks…
01 Palm Sunday
Musical accompaniment: Brother, sister let me serve you. Words & music by Richard Gillard
03 Jesus washes the disciples’ feet
04 The Passover meal
Audio reading –
Musical accompaniment: ‘Eat this bread by Jacques Berthier.
05 Jesus goes into the garden to pray
Musical accompaniment: ‘Nada te turbe’ from Taize,
06 Jesus on the cross
Musical accompaniment: ‘Jesus, remember me.’ from Taize,
07 The rooster crows
Audio link: Rooster crows three times.
08 Jesus’ body is carried to the tomb
Musical accompaniment: ‘Bless the Lord’ from Taize,
09 Looking towards Easter Sunday
Musical accompaniment: Behold, behold. Words & Music by John Bell
All audio tracks have been created and performed by members of St Mark’s community except where external links have been provided.
During Lent, the children and families have been making Mexican Crosses at home, by adding a strand of yarn each Sunday. This has been echoed with the larger cross on the Green as a visible symbol of journeying through Lent together.
Our Easter Tomb this year has been constructed by Kay. About it, she says:
the greenery helps it blend into the scenery – being made of materials from the church and vicarage grounds, it is where it belongs and therefore blends
Every spring, as the crocuses and daffodils start to wake up after winter, a labyrinth appears on the Green! The path may not be a clear as it used to be, but anyone who visits is welcome to spend time navigating is paths in prayer.
You could also follow a finger labyrinth here (PDF).