Fundrais­ing at St Mark’s Church

St Mark’s raised £95,000 for a new roof, and now has even more am­bi­tious plans ...

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Af­ter rais­ing £95,000 for a new roof, St Mark’s Church in Newby are look­ing to raise £250,000 to build a new an­nex.

Af­ter rais­ing £95,000 for a new roof, St Mark’s Church in Newby are look­ing to raise more in or­der to build a new an­nex. This one is an ever big­ger task, how­ever. But it is one the church isn’t back­ing out of.

They need to raise £250,000 for their new an­nex, £10,000 of which they’ve man­aged to do so far.

With such a huge task comes hard work, not just in plan­ning, but in cater­ing for every­one, some­thing St Mark’s hope to do.

The events cur­rently planned at St Mark’s in­clude Break­fast with Santa on Satur­day 15 De­cem­ber and an eighthour spon­sored ‘Hym­nathon’ on Satur­day 16 Fe­bru­ary.

There will also be a Memo­rial Tree in the Lady Chapel through­out De­cem­ber.

How­ever, the plan­ning hasn’t stopped there, with plenty more in the pipe­line.

The church is hold­ing a 10day art ex­hi­bi­tion, with lo­cal artists in­vited to dis­play their work, along with a num­ber of con­certs through­out next year, though who they will fea­ture is yet to be con­firmed.

Some parish­ioners will take on the Three Peaks Spon­sored Walk in May, too. Re­cent events have in­cluded a talk by Egyp­tol­o­gist Joann Fletcher, show­ing that there will be some­thing for every­one as this project con­tin­ues.

Project man­ager Trevor King said: “We’re re­ally ex­cited as we have lots planned

‘The an­nex will pro­vide us with a lot of new ways in which we can use the church’

as part of our fundraiser.

“We cur­rently have about £10,000 to­wards the £250,000 we need for the an­nex. We have al­ready raised £95,000 for the new church roof.

“We plan to make fur­ther grant ap­pli­ca­tions to var­i­ous char­i­ta­ble trusts, seek per­sonal do­na­tions and lega­cies, and we have a se­ries of fundrais­ing events planned over the win­ter and into next year.

“The an­nex will pro­vide us with a lot of new ways in which we can use the church within the par­ish and in our com­mu­nity.”

St Mark’s Church be­gan as a Sun­day School class in 1929 in bar­racks near the present site. By 1934 larger premises were needed and the Dio­cese gave ap­proval to pur­chase a large house nearby, the lounge of which was ex­tended to cre­ate a hall to ac­com­mo­date 140 peo­ple, while the rest of the house was used as a vicarage.

In 1935 this hall was ded­i­cated as St Mark’s Hall to be used for the pur­pose of wor­ship and so­cial events.

The con­gre­ga­tion con­tin­ued to grow and the de­ci­sion was taken that a larger multi-use build­ing was needed.

The site cho­sen was the sunken rose gar­den in the grounds of the vicarage, and on Oc­to­ber 27 1938 the present build­ing was opened and ded­i­cated.

By the mid-1950s the de­ci­sion was taken to con­vert the­building­in­toaper­ma­nent church and a new sanc­tu­ary and tower were added at the east end.

The build­ing in ques­tion is still in use to­day, with around 70 parish­ioners at­tend­ing ser­vices week on week.

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