News Archive


Vision Sunday

10.30am, Sunday 14 July

We are sharing our exciting vision as we head towards September and the start of the new church year. We are developing our buildings to make them fit for purpose in the 21st Century. We are also developing our ministries to accommodate our growing numbers.

There will also be a chance to invest in the vision financially. Please be praying about whether, and if so how much, God wants you to give to the Hall and Church building project.


Connecting @ Mariners

Thursday 18 July, 7.30pm, Cottage

This is definitely an evening for you if you have:

• Been coming for a while and are thinking of joining us.
• Only just arrived, but think this could be your ‘home’ church.
• Joined us but would like to know more about Mariners’ ‘beating heart’.

The evening will be along the following lines:

• Meal and drinks.
• First impressions from you.
• Presentation from Andy covering brief history of Mariners, recent developments, our   Vision & Values and getting involved.
• Another perspective. Others who came to Mariners with Andy in January 2012 will give their reflections on the past 18 months.

Let Andy know if you would like to come along. You will be most welcome!



Connecting @ Mariners(Cottage)

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm

This is definitely an evening for you if:

  • You have been coming to Mariners for a while and are thinking of joining us.
  • You have only just arrived, but think this could be your ‘home’ church.
  • You have committed to Mariners but would like to know more about ‘our beating heart’ (how we tick).

The evening will start with a meal followed by a presentation covering:

  • A brief history of the Church.
  • Developments since January 2012.
  • Our Vision & Values.
  • Joining the Mariners Family.

Others who came to Mariners with Andy in January 2012 will also give their reflections on the past 16 months.

The Furnace

This week, we launched The Furnace, our monthly gatherings to go deeper with God. It was lovely, unhurried time to worship, listen and pray in the candlelit atmosphere in the church. These are Ben’s reflections on the evening:

This is the time and place to meet with God, to lay down your life before Him and to ask His Holy Spirit to come into your heart and fill it. The only requirement is to have an open heart. There was freedom to worship God, the Creator of the Universe, without thinking about anything else – just letting His holy Spirit do His work. Together, we prayed in faith for great things to be accomplished here and around the world. We prayed for Britain – for the government and the economy – for the new Archbishop of Canterbury, for the City we live in, and also for our persecuted brothers and sisters in nations like Afghanistan, Sudan, Egypt and China. We really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit with us.

I would encourage you not to let ordinary problems keep you away from such a meeting. When you come to the Furnace, I think you will sense what God is doing here. God wants us to be fired up for Him!

Justin Welby Becomes Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Reverend Justin Welby has been confirmed as the new archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans in a ceremony known as the Confirmation of Election at St Paul’s Cathedral. It also formally ended his role as Bishop of Durham, which had lasted for only just over a year.

His enthronement as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury takes place at Canterbury Cathedral in March. His appointment to the most senior post in the Church of England was announced in November. Lord Williams stepped down in December.

The Confirmation of Election ceremony was presided over by Archbishop of York, John Sentamu and attended by the bishops of Norwich, Leicester, Lincoln, Rochester, Winchester, Salisbury and London. Dr Sentamu, who preached at the service, said: “Archbishop Justin Welby brings many gifts to the office of Archbishop of Canterbury. He has my prayers and my support as he assumes this challenging role in the service of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion worldwide.”

The new archbishop took the oath of allegiance to the Queen during the ceremony, and made a formal written declaration of assent to his election as Archbishop of Canterbury. The service at St Paul’s also heard prayers for Archbishop Welby, his wife Caroline and their five children, that they might find “joy” in their new home.

Aside from the issue of same-sex marriage, Archbishop Welby takes the post as the Church wrestles with other controversial issues such as the consecration of women bishops. He has said it is a time for “optimism and for faith” in the Church. The Church will certainly get things wrong, I certainly will get things wrong. We will also get much right and do so already,” he said following the announcement of his appointment last year.

He was first ordained in 1992, having spent 11 years working in the oil industry before turning his back on a successful career to study theology at Durham. During his time in industry, he was a lay leader at Holy Trinity Brompton (the birthplace of the Alpha course). He is a warm and down to earth person with a vibrant faith. He places a high value on scripture and the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

4 February 2013

First Year Report!

It is now a year since a group of us joined the ‘magnificent seven’ at their Sunday afternoon service to help revive Mariners church. It has been an exciting year as we have seen God grow His church. Some of the highlights have been:

  • Renting 2 Albion Cottages
  • Creating new website
  • Launching Sunday morning service in April. This now has an average attendance of 50
  • Launching midweek service in April
  • Establishing rhythm of prayer – ‘Rise’, ‘Thirst’, etc
  • Running two Alpha launch evenings and two Alpha courses
  • Running ‘Freedom in Christ’ Course
  • Women’s & Men’s Ministries launched
  • Church Heaters Installed
  • First Harvest Supper in the church
  • First baptisms by immersion
  • Two Episcopal visits!
  • Over 300 people at our various Christmas services
  • The number of people who regard Mariners as their home church has risen from 7 to 70.

There is still much to do and we are looking forward to 2013 with great excitement and anticipation to what God will do.

THANK YOU for all that you have brought to Mariners in this last year. The above would not have been possible without your contribution.

29 January 2013

Extraordinary Lives

Extraordinary People

…and an extraordinary evening at Mariners with two people who had amazing stories to tell.

Shane Taylor was a serial offender. Following a 17-year campaign of drugs, robberies, burglaries and all kinds of savage violence, He commanded the fear and respect of fellow inmates. While imprisoned, Shane chose to fight the system – by launching violent attacks on fellow inmates and prison officers. “I was trying to be the baddest and hardest man around,” he said. “I didn’t care if I got life. I didn’t care about anything or anyone. I just wanted to maintain the reputation I had created.” He was viewed by the Home Office as one of the most dangerous men in the prison system. But in 2006, at Parkhurst Prison on the Isle Of Wight, Shane met fellow prisoner Robert Bull and his life took a completely unexpected turn. At an Alpha event in the prison, He described how God suddenly and unexpectedly came to him in response to the simple prayer ‘God, if you’re real, please show yourself to me’. God overwhelmed him – he described it like something bubbling up within him – and he was changed in a moment. He wept uncontrollably but returned to his wing a changed man. Now, it is plain to see that he is completely transformed; it is hard to believe he was once the man he describes.

Having studied philosophy, psychology, the history of science and the mathematics of physics at University in Cambridge and Sheffield, Dr Kate Distin had no time for God and described herself as being ‘hostile to all things Christian’. In her studies, she had found nothing to change her mind. She was surrounded by people who felt the same way. Then, she hit a time of crisis and at her lowest point Kate resorted to prayer (much to her shame at the time!). What happened next surprised her. She began to check out Christianity – really very thoroughly, because she was extremely reluctant to admit the possibility that she might have got it wrong. Gradually, using the disciplines she had been taught as a scientist and philosopher, Kate came to the conclusion that God exists and the way to Him was through Jesus.

Both Shane and Kate are incredible (or should that be credible) examples of the fact that nobody is beyond the love of Christ, no matter what your background or track record.

22 January 2013

Bishop visits Mariners

The Right Reverend John Went, Bishop of Tewkesbury, visited Mariners church this week to preside at our Thursday lunch time Communion service.

Bishop John also preached, continuing our series in Mark’s gospel. Sadly, it is the last occasion he will visit before his retirement in March this year after many years’ faithful and effective ministry in the Diocese.

Afterwards, Bishop John wrote: “Just a line to thank you very much for your welcome; I found it a very moving occasion to share informally in communion with those there for the service; something quite special about it. I rejoice in the faithful ministry there in the Docks revitalising a church that was originally founded with a clear missional purpose”

25 January 2013

New Alpha Course Begins

Mariners Church – Thursday 31 January, 7.30pm

What is Alpha?

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly environment. The Alpha course consists of 7 evenings (once a week) around a meal together, a talk (looking at topics including ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why and how do I pray?’) and then discussion in small groups.

About 20 million people worldwide in over 160 countries have attended the course. Over 3 million people in the UK alone have done the course.

Who is Alpha for?

For everyone! All are welcome.

There’s no pressure, no unwanted follow up and no cost. However, we do promise good food, good company and a good time!

You don’t have to come to the whole course – just pop along for the first session and see what you think. No pressure. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish. We don’t assume any background knowledge of or belief in Christianity.

Alpha takes place on Thursday evenings, starting at 7.30pm.

What should I do now?

Please do one of the following:

  • Please e mail us or ring Nicky on 07786 626315 to say you’d like to come.
  • Please simply turn up on the night!

If you miss the first session, don’t worry. Simply join us when you can. You can always pick up sessions you miss on a later Alpha course.