About St Mark's Church Natland

We believe

We are known and loved by God – and knowing we are known and loved makes a huge difference to how we live. 

God sent his Son Jesus to live and die for us – and that Jesus shows us how to live well.

God’s Spirit is with us to comfort, inspire and empower us.  

The Church is where we are encouraged, enabled and supported in order that we might live for God, and be a blessing in the world, each and every day. 

Vision

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Our church Vision is in step with the wider ‘God for All’ vision in Cumbria.  In our daily lives we seek to Follow Daily, Tread Gently, Care Deeply and Speak Boldly. 

God for All

For more details of the Vision click :

About St Mark's

St Mark’s Church building sits beside the Village Green in the centre of the village of Natland, two miles south of the town of Kendal. It was designed by Paley and Austin architects.

The parish is larger than the village of Natland. It is the church for the communities of Oxenholme, The Oaks, The Beeches, Strawberry Fields and Natland Mill Beck on the southern edge of Kendal.

St Mark’s is a church made up of people coming from each of these communities, and further a field, to worship God and support each other in their daily lives.

Please feel free to come along sometime and be with us. We would love to see you.

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St Mark’s is a Grade II* listed building but we try to cater for all ages and needs. There is a ramped entrance and a toilet with baby changing facilities. We have a sound system with a hearing loop and large print hymn books are available. We welcome assistance dogs . Gluten free wafers are available. We use Fairtrade wine for Holy Communion, and serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. 

Schools

St Mark’s Church has strong links with St Mark’s Church of England Primary School with Foundation Governors nominated by the Parochial Church Council.

Our school regularly attends church for services at different times of the year including Harvest, Christmas, Lent, Easter and for the Year 6 Leavers’ Service.  Sometimes RE lessons take place in church too and other activities! 

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Appletree and the Natland & Oxenholme Nursery also come to the church for services during the year.

Our Mission Community

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St Mark’s Church is part of the Helm Mission Community. The Helm Mission Community is a group of seven churches at the southern end of Kendal and surrounding villages. These are the five Anglican (Church of England) churches of Natland, Old Hutton, New Hutton, Crosscrake and Holy Trinity Kendal, along with The Salvation Army Kendal and Kendal United Reformed Church. We are also part of the wider Kendal Mission Area joining up with other local churches in Kendal and outlying districts. 

St Mark’s is part of the Diocese of Carlisle and the ecumenical county of Cumbria.  Together we want to reach out with God’s love to our communities. 

Links to the other Helm Mission Community Churches.