Our Story

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The story of St Mark’s is the story of Coventry - one that moves from desolation to renovation, from despair to hope, from death to life. And as we bring the building to life, our vision is to bring people to life - by simply encountering Jesus.
— Rt Rev. Dr. Christopher Cocksworth
 

Our Vision

Our vision is Jesus, our vision is life. The 3 F's;

FIND FAITH

To see people find faith in Jesus.

Set Free

To see people set free and become all they were intended to be.

Flourish

To see the city flourish.

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 Our Leaders

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Phil & Rachel Atkinson

In 2016 Phil and Rachel moved to Coventry, working initially with Gas Street Birmingham - another City Centre Resource Church planted from Holy Trinity Brompton.

Before St. Mark’s, Phil and Rachel were working at St. Aldates, Oxford - a church in the heart of a university city, working primarily with students, the poor and marginalised.

Phil led an ministry called ACT working with ex-offenders and the homeless. Rachel is a theologian and taught biblical studies at various colleges around the UK including St. Mellitus and Spurgeon’s.

Together, they felt called to lead a city centre church focused on shared Jesus, effectively reaching out to young people, with opportunities to serve those in need.

The Story So Far

Coventry is a city of 350,000 people, a relatively young city that is getting younger.
50,000 students attend the two universities - and the number is growing.

The Bishop of Coventry approached Holy Trinity Brompton to discuss the possibility of creating a "City Centre Resource Church" specifically to reach out to the young people and students in the area.

St. Mark’s was chosen as the location for this new initiative. The church is close to the city centre and many student halls of residence, as well as being located in an area of deprivation and poverty. St. Mark’s had been closed for 45 years but was re-launched on 1st October 2017.

The church grew rapidly from from a planting team of 40 people. We now run 2 gatherings on a Sunday, we have programs for Kids, Youth & Students as well as Connect Groups that run mid-week.

Our vision is to see the evangelisation and transformation of the city. We run Alpha each term to provide space for people to ask the big questions of life as well as Invite 1 events throughout the year. We are beginning to partner with various local charities to help play our part in the social transformation of Coventry including Embrace, Carriers of Hope and Together for Change.

And.. we’re just getting started.

We would love you to join the adventure with us!

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Restoring the building

St Mark's, built in the 1850s, sadly closed in 1972. Since then its been used by the NHS as a clinic, a warehouse to serve refugees, and fallen into disrepair. The building is now being brought back to life and being restored to its former glory!  We're so excited about what it will become!

Architects vision of the church

Architects vision of the church