“And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks.”
1 Kings 17:10
In the Scriptures there is a story of the widow and Elijah. God chose to send His prophet to a pagan town, to the home of a Gentile widow who could not even take care of herself and her son. When Elijah arrived he fou...
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Wisdom, favour and love are three essential ingredients in the recipe of Christian ministry. The egalitarian – or congregational church – was founded on the principle of autonomy and was the model used by David Livingstone, the great explorer and missionary, in his famous ministry. The conversion of a derelict and unused building in Neville Street, Westering, in 1985 into a place of worship, poignantly illustrates that the Lord is able to transform an empty soul and make it a product of value and worth.
The increase in the attendance of services in the old church, meant that St Marks needed to secure a prominent site and construct a larger church building ideally positioned to serve the community. Through divine providence, land in Cape Road was secured and the current church on the corner of Boshoff Street and Cape Road became a reality. Over the past three decades, St Marks has morphed from a small church to a large established church with over 1 000 families. The church stands as a beacon of hope and solace with a primary and high school, a five member pastoral team, 15 ministerial staff, a theological seminary, a Christian bookshop, coffee shop, care ministry, food bank for the needy, a wedding chapel, spacious grounds and garden, plus satellite churches in Jeffreys Bay, Motherwell and Uitenhage. St Marks Port Elizabeth was also instrumental in establishing a congregational church in Australia, currently pastored by a minister from St Marks. St Davids in Sunridge Park is a sister church to St Marks.
What makes St Marks so unique, is its commitment to teaching the Bible “rightly divided”. The church worship services are best described as orderly with a mixture of contemporary and traditional music styles. The atmosphere is warm and friendly with members and visitors alike leaving with their minds stimulated and lives challenged. The motto of the church is “Sola Scriptura” a Latin phrase meaning “The Bible alone”. St Marks is a community church with vision and purpose