What To Expect
Regardless of whether this is your first visit to a church, or you’ve attended a church your whole life, you are very welcome at St Mark’s Church. We understand that visiting anywhere new can be a bit nerve-racking, so we hope the FAQ’s below will help you feel more comfortable about visiting us.
I’m not a Christian – am I welcome?
Absolutely! Our doors are open to everyone, as we believe that the good news of Jesus is for everyone. We’d love to help you explore this good news further and our church services are a great place for you to do this.
What happens during the service?
Each week the order may change, but there are some common parts to all of our church services. There is a time of singing (you can join or simply listen!). We hear the Bible read and preached (the sermon is a talk lasting for no more than 25 minutes). Someone leads the church in a time of prayer to God.
This might be unfamiliar to you and that is okay – you are welcome to just listen in, and nothing is expected of you – please see the next point.
What participation is required?
We want you to feel welcome to come and listen in, without feeling concerned about being asked to do anything you’re uncomfortable with. You can leave whenever you like, and while you can remain as anonymous as you want to be, we encourage you to introduce yourself to us – we’d love to meet you and connect with you.
What are your service times?
We offer three services on Sunday – 8am, 10am and 5.30pm. Click here for more details.
The Alpha course is another way to explore the Christian faith, deepen your understanding of God and learn more about the Bible. The Alpha course is run regularly and provides an opportunity to gather with others and explore the big questions of life, faith and meaning. Click here for more details.
We also offer Connect groups during the week which are the best way to explore questions and deepen your faith, while connecting with others in the St Mark’s community. Click here for more details.
How do I get there?
You’ll find us at 1 Greenoaks Avenue, Darling Point, NSW and you can reach us either via car or public transport.
By car – There is no on-site parking available and parking in Darling Point is limited. Please be mindful of our neighbours when parking.
By public transport – St Mark’s Church is easily accessible by public transport including train, bus and ferry. The closest train station is Edgecliff Station. For timetables, please see Transport NSW website.
What time should I arrive?
We aim to start our services on time, but you might like to arrive a bit earlier to find a car park and settle in.
St Mark’s has a hearing loop at all services and wheelchair access.
Where do I sit?
You are welcome to sit anywhere. There is no reserved or VIP seating, so as long as no one else is sitting on the seat, you are welcome to sit there!
What should I wear?
We want you to feel comfortable joining us. Please just come as you are – church is about the people you are with, not the clothes you are wearing.
Are children welcome?
Definitely – our church is for people of all ages and stages. Kids’ Church takes place during our services on Sundays at 10am with an exciting program for children aged 0–12 years. There is also a Parent’s Room at the rear of the church.
Please take your children straight to Kids’ Church, in the hall upstairs behind the church. Children are well cared for and you are welcome to settle your child in or sit in during Kids’ Church and watch what happens.
We also have a creche in our small hall behind the church. You are welcome to leave your child or stay and play.
How long does the service go for?
Our 8am service runs for 70 minutes, and our other services are usually no longer than 60 minutes. You are welcome to join us for something to eat after the service to get to know us better.
Can you provide a quick overview of St Mark’s?
St Mark’s is an active church, with lots of activities and group meetings being held regularly. We want to help people connect with God and to experience his love and mercy. To view our Welcome brochure, click here. To learn more about our Vision, Objectives, and Values, click here.
I’ve been coming to St Mark’s for a while. How can I become more involved?
If you’ve been coming to our church for a while and would like to know more about who we are and what it looks like to be involved at St Mark’s, click here. There is no expectation that you have to join our church afterwards, although of course you are very welcome!