Churches and Church Groups
St Denys' Church
St Denys’ Church is a beautiful sandstone building that stands in the centre of the village. It originates from 1060, although there has been a church on this site since 792. The aim for the future is to make the church adaptable for the community’s needs. As there is no church hall, nor any space to build one nearby, the South Aisle is being adapted to form a social area and it is intended to add asmall kitchen when finances allow. The building is currently used for some community activities including Soup and Cheese lunches once a month during the winter and in December 2015 it was the setting for the very successful Angel Festival that attracted visitors from far and wide.
The church provides different styles of worship to cater for all tastes. Each Sunday Holy Communion is celebrated either at 8am, the 10am morning service, or at 6pm. On the first Sunday of every month there is a lively Family Service at 10am featuring our resident puppet team Puppet Tree performing songs and sketches. The evening services cover a wide range from formal Choral Evensong to the informal Café Church and Refreshment Praise services. Messy Church is also held quarterly in the Village Hall.
Full details of each week’s services can be found on the Church website www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk.
Groups in the community are also welcome to hold their own services by arrangement with the Rector.
ST MARK’S CHURCH, MARK CROSS
St Mark’s Church is a small and friendly church that welcomes newcomers. The building was formally the old Victorian schoolhouse and became a church when the school moved to its present site. In 1985, it became part of Benefice of Rotherfield W Mark Cross and has developed a warm relationship with the parish of St Denys. There are regular services each Sunday providing for both young and old, including a Sunday Club for children on the second Sunday of the month. Our website provides details of our services: http://www.stdenysrotherfield.org.uk
The church runs a weekly parent and toddler group - Jolly Tots. It meets in the church’s community room from 9.15-11.15am on the 1st, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month except in school holidays. On the 3rd Wednesday, there is a pottery class and on the 1st Monday evening of the month there is a very active Book Club. St Mark’s Church enjoys a close working relationship with Mark Cross School and with Frant Primary School as part of The Saxonbury Federation of C of E Primary Schools. The church supports the school with weekly assemblies and within the Governing Body.
The Church and village community are planning to re-order the building to provide both a place of worship and a community village hall for Mark Cross and the surrounding area.