‘THAT CHRIST BE GLORIFIED AND LIVES TRANSFORMED BY THE PROCLAMATION OF THE GOSPEL.’
As a Christian community, St Marks unechurch exists only because of what Christ, in his life, death and resurrection, has done for us. It is on this conviction that we stand, and out of which our vision and values flow.
Our desire at St. Marks unechurch is to be a Biblically vital Christian community where believers, as well as strangers to the love of Jesus,
grow more and more into fully devoted children of God who know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, his church and his world in the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.
THE MEANS OF GRACE
The structure of all our programs and activities follow what we call the “means of grace”. The phrase comes from the prayer of general thanksgiving in the Book of Common Prayer:
“We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessing of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.”
So, “means of grace” refers to God-given instruments through which he works by his Holy Spirit to pour out his grace upon us, conforming us to Christ.
The five means of grace are:
• Gathering regularly in corporate worship
• Sharing in a life of joyous fellowship
• Using our gifts to serve others in ministry
• Being rich in personal devotion
• Extending gracious witness to others.
Just as physical growth comes from having a good diet and good exercise routine, so the means of grace include both a good spiritual diet and a good spiritual exercise routine. Together, they make for a healthy Christian, who is growing more and more into a fully devoted child of God.
For more of what we believe watch the video below from christianity explored.
St Marks unechurch stands on a piece of land given to the Anglican Church when the Wright family bequeathed the land for the university. The first chapel was in place in 1959, and with growth of the ministry was replaced in 1971 with the current building. Today ‘The Chapel’ has grown up with the students and university, with a full range of ages and ministries across it’s congregations.
St Marks is an inter-denominational ministry of the Armidale Diocese of the Anglican Church. This has been a thoroughly evangelical diocese for several decades.
GIVING AS A SIGN OF CHRISTIAN MATURITY
We believe that God calls his people to a life of cheerful generosity. This generosity with all that we have is the right and appropriate response to the God who is – and will always be – generous towards us.
It makes sense then that a Christian’s desire to give to church should spring from this generosity, and not from feeling pressured or forced to do so. That’s one of the reasons we encourage and challenge each other through the scriptures to grow in our generosity.
At St. Marks UNEChurch Church we believe that those who are part of our Church Family will want to share the costs of staffing and facilitating our shared conviction to be a growing and well grounded church for Christ and his mission. The most helpful way our members can share in covering these Kingdom Costs is by setting up an automatic transfer from their bank account to the Church bank account.
GIVING TO ST. MARKS UNEChurch
If you would like to give towards the ministry of ST. MARKS UNEChurch we would appreciate your support. You can either use the Credit Card service below, or arrange a direct debit or transfer from your bank account.
To transfer your giving directly to ST. MARKS UNEChurch, the account details are below. We encourage people to use a unique identifier of their own choice so we can identify you.
Church account name: ST. MARKS UNEChurch
Church BSB number: Regional Australia Bank BSB. 932000 Ac 609753.
To give a one-off amount by credit card, you can click below to donate online.
As part of the Armidale Diocese, St Marks unechurch affirms that all people have the right to be spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically safe. As such, we adhere to the policies of the diocese.