St Marks Church is generally medium to high Anglican in faith with the celebrant usually being robed.  Every Sunday is a Holy Communion service starting at 11.00am.  The second Sunday each month is generally a 'Family Service' slightly less formal, with powerpoint and music group.
St Marks is particularly proud of its involvement with music. There is a music group with guitars and keyboard which play and sing at the family service each month and encourage the use of popular music in the church service. The music group are also available for specific fund raising events and concerts and these have proved to be very popular with the local church community.
The church has a good working organ and talented organist.  Church services which are not family services usually contain a range of new and traditional hymns using Hymns Ancient and Modern accompanied by the organ.  The family services are less formal and follow a theme. Here the hymns are generally modern and the Gloria whilst said at the formal service is sung in a lively manner at the family service.
The family services are always popular and generally well attended.

Regular Services

  • At the present time and taking into account the partnership which now is in existence with St Johns Church Golcar, the following cycle of services has been established.
  • 1st Sunday Parish Communion at 11.00 am
  • 2nd Sunday Family Service with Music Group and Communion at 11.00 am
  • 3rd Sunday Parish Communion at 11.00 am
  • 4th Sunday Parish Communion at 11.00 am
  • 5th Sunday Parish Communion at 11.00 am (on occasions shared service with St Johns)
  • Morning Prayer 9.00 am on Monday and Wednesdays at St Marks Longwood, Tuesday and Thursdays at St Johns Golcar
  • Midweek Holy Communion Tuesdays at 6.30 pm at St Marks Longwood


Sunday 8th December at 11.00 am Family Advent service with Father Simon Crook and the Music Group. There will be plenty for the children to do at this service, so Come Along!

Friday 20th December at 7.00 pm Carols by Candlelight a magical service of seasonal music with lessons and carols. Candles are placed on pillars and windowsills to commemorate departed loved ones.  To sponsor a candle in the name of a loved one, please get in touch.

Christingle Service for the children held on Christmas Eve at 6.00 pm in aid of The Childrens Society. This year we are encouraging everyone young or old or not so old to dress up as Shepherds, Angels or  Kings. Clothes will be provided for those that want to or you can make your own costume.  During the service we shall also be lighting the Christingle candles and singing Away in a Manger. A lovely start to the Christmas festivities.

Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve from 11.00 pm with Father Simon Crook

Christmas Day Holy Communion at 11.00 am


Looking ahead

  • Monday 6th January 2020 Spirituality in Health and Social Care Conference a the University of Huddersfield.

  • Saturday 18th St Marks Strategy and Growth Away Day 10.00am to 4.00 pm. For all who wish to be part of our longer term vision for growth. Please contact Father Simon Crook if you are interested in coming along.
  • Sunday 19th January Rock Mass at Mixenden at 6.00 pm
  • Our Diocese of Leeds news can be found here: www.leeds.anglican.org/content/e-news  and  www.leeds.anglican.org/content/leeds-diocesan-news

Please continue to pray for the life of the church in Longwood, especially for growth.

Almighty God, who calls all creation to grow into your loving kingdom.Inspire us by your Holy Spirit so we draw new people into our churches, grow closer to you and increase our service to the world. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen