A description of the congregation

St Marks is a congregation of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). The denomination spans South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The word ‘uniting’ indicates our willingness to join with other Churches who share a similar doctrinal base.

St Marks is a Presbyterian [from the Greek word Presbuteros meaning rule by Elders] and Reformed [read the definition elsewhere] Congregation of the Christian Church. Our mission is to promote faith in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life in accordance of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We hold the Bible to be the inspired and infallible word of God.

We strive to be a God-honoring congregation where Christ is at the center of all we think, say and do. We seek to make it a place where ALL members feel loved and included and where visitors will feel welcome.

Whilst the Elders are responsible for leadership in the congregation we encourage every member to find their gifting and place within the congregation and contribute to the life of the church and to the community around us. The finances are accounted for by a Stewardship Committee and all major decisions are referred to a General Meeting of the congregation.

We hold one Service of worship on a Sunday beginning at 09:00. The services are Word-based and a blend of traditional and contemporary music in a sometimes quiet but always dignified style.  The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.

Present Ministry arrangement.

At present this congregation does not have a full-time Minister. In the case of such a vacancy, the Presbytery appoints an Interim Moderator, who is Rev Lentikile Mashoko (0769575473), currently Minister at Saints Presbyterian Church. He is Chairperson of the Session of Elders and forms the administrative link with the Presbytery of Tshwane. In this he is assisted by Rev Dennis van der Spuy, Minister Emeritus, (0822188428).

Mr Colin Sparkes has been appointed, on the request of the congregation, as Stated Supply, has pastoral responsibility for the congregation and is responsible for the preaching roster.

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