The Parish of St Andrew and St Mark
Welcome to St Andrew and St Mark, Surbiton.
As we all know, this is a strange time. Normally, our two churches are thriving places, where 15,000 people a year come for everything from a wedding to a yoga class. Normally, we have four services on a Sunday, varying from the still and quiet, to raucous and fun, as well as a classical choral led eucharist each Sunday.
We are still offering services, but our buildings aren’t open. So these are all online. As for the various groups who hire the halls and rooms, most of them are on sabbatical as far as using St Andrew’s or St Mark’s is concerned.
We keep this under constant review, because obviously, we would love to be more open, but we aren’t right now.
That said, we are doing more online than we have ever done before.
You can check out our latest sermons on our YouTube channel.
Feel free to subscribe at any time or just listen to one(!).
We are doing all our services on Zoom. At 9.15am on a Sunday, this includes one with an interactive children’s activity and action song. At 11am, it’s more conventional.
We also livestream a lot of our services. You can find theses on our Facebook page.
We are running discussion groups and social events on Zoom; in the last month, this has included a Bible study on Galatians, a wine tasting, and a visit from Pete Heat the rock’n’roll magician.
And we’re trying to offer as much as we can, while still recognising that, frankly, life would be better if we could all be together physically. Doubtless, we’ll learn some things along the way.
The most important way to get to know what’s happening is through our weekly email which gets sent out from the parish.
If you’d like to get sent that once (or regularly) just email Clare Chesterman, the parish administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll be sent it.
Also See our service calendar for details.
In the meantime, stay safe!
Robert (the vicar)
In usual times:
We are two churches that live and breathe together and stand at the heart of the community of Surbiton. Around 15,000 people use our buildings each year, of whom 5,000 come to a service of one type or other.
We hope to offer the best of the Church of England’s tradition, with a great choir, thoughtful sermons, a Eucharist each Sunday and beautiful services; alongside that, there are other services where things move a little more freely, in particular our services specially designed for families with young children: here the beauty may be less in hitting the right notes, than in the spirit with which we’re singing.
Our churches are places to celebrate, both with joy, as at Christmas and at baptisms and weddings, but also, at times, with reflection and mourning, as at All Souls or at funerals.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…”
Our churches are a place for all these things to happen, as well as a place for people to find their own journeys at more mundane times, both as individuals and as part of the community of Surbiton. Our prayer is that through our churches, we fan the flames of God’s spirit in this place.