At St Mark’s we believe that Jesus sets the example for welcoming everyone. We want to make sure that whatever your needs you feel able to take part in everything that happens within the life of the church. We are by no means perfect and are still learning about how best to support every member of our community. We’ve collected some information below which may be helpful, but if you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact us using the link above. A sensory profile of our church is available here.

How do you support children with additional needs?2023-03-13T14:48:40+00:00

We aim to ensure that each and every child is valued and enabled to fully take part in the life of the church. This will be different for every child. Our children’s provision on a Sunday is currently split across two groups – Minichurch (for those 0-3) and Kid’s Church (3-11). Everyone starts the service together and then after the first song and notices children are invited to go out. If they haven’t attended before, consent forms will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

At any point during a Sunday we have a ‘chill out space’ in the foyer. There’s a tent with bean bags, a bubble light column and a quieter atmosphere to allow those who need it time to process. Children should not be left unattended – an adult needs to be with them at all times. There are a number of items available in a basket in the foyer which may help people, including sensory cushions, fidget toys, a large print bible with a simplified translation and ear defenders.

What provision is there for those with hearing issues?2023-03-13T14:44:22+00:00

The church is fitted with a loop which is used for all services. It covers the whole of the main auditorium. We also keep a stock of spare hearing aid batteries in the church office – just ask one of the office or welcome team for help. Music is normally provided via the organ for our 9am service, and a worship band at the 1030 service. If it’s too loud, the quietest part of the church is the front right as you enter the building, by the organ console. In this area the speakers are actually passing over your head. Feel free to move about during the service to find somewhere comfortable.

What sort of access is there to the building?2023-03-13T14:01:54+00:00

On a Sunday there is designated disabled parking outside the doors to the main church building. There is then a gentle ramp through double doors into the main foyer and reception. There majority of the church building is on single level, with a disabled toilet in the main foyer. There is level access to the chapel, church auditorium and hall. Within the main church auditorium there is room against a number of pews down the central aisle and on both sides at the back. A warden, sidesperson or welcomer will be happy to provide assistance. They will all be wearing badges to indicate their role.

How do you cater for additional needs?2023-03-13T17:17:23+00:00

We are on a journey in terms of the welcome and support we offer. We realise that church can be a difficult and confusing space for people of any age who have additional needs. We want St Mark’s to be known for it’s welcome and inclusion. We will not always get it right – but we hope that we are always learning how best to help people meet Jesus. If you have any questions about specific support you might require – please don’t hesitate to contact

Who is welcome?2023-03-13T13:56:50+00:00

Everyone is welcome at St Mark’s. We believe that we are all made in the image of God and whatever your age or needs, we want you to find a place within our church family.

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