Forget about alpha, beta or gamma males. At St Mark’s we believe that the Lord Jesus reveals what it means to be a real man. In him we find a vision of manhood that is far more challenging, exciting and praiseworthy than our culture’s counterfeits. Whether sceptics, inquirers or full-blooded disciples of Christ, our men’s ministry engages men across this spectrum through fun and interesting events for you to invite friends to, and equipping Christians to be effective witnesses wherever they find themselves.
Regular features include men’s breakfasts, Men Behaving Dadly and our 11aside and 5aside football ministry. Annual institutions include football tournaments and the Men's Big Weekend In. For more info, see below.
Footballing gentlemen of all shapes, sizes and ability join together to play in a Thursday night league based in Clapham Junction. The number of teams we enter depend on demand and you can join up as a ringer or a core team member. All are welcome. To get involved, email Mark Wheeler.
The “Battersea Power” football team is for those who want a more serious football commitment. Matches are on most Saturdays from September to April, typically starting at 2pm. Home games are played at Peckham Rye Common. To get involved, email Aymeric du Bouchet. To see how we've been getting on this season, click here.
Ministry Leaders: Dave Jaggs, Aymeric du Bouchet, Mark Wheeler.
Men's Football Tournament (annual)
Each summer we close the season with a big afternoon of football on Wandsworth Common. We have a tournament followed by a BBQ and prizegiving at St Mark's. This is for everyone, not just team regulars. For more information keep an eye on the event page.
Men's Boxing (Amateur)
Looking to improve your fitness, de-stress from a busy day and enjoy comradery with a truly great bunch of guys? Our boxing gentlemen meet to train together every Thursday evening at 7pm for circuits and sparring. During the winter months we meet in Broomwood Hall Methodist Church. In the summer we train on Clapham Common. Injuries are rare and serious injuries are extremely rare, but boxing (like rugby) is a contact sport.
Anyone is welcome to join us for a trial session. Email Alan Aldridge to get involved.
Ministry Leaders: Alan Aldridge, Sam Akinluyi, Roger Dawes, Stephen Kelly
Men Behaving Dadly
We understand that, once a month, it might be a good idea to give your lady a lie-in and a break from looking after the kids. Men Behaving Dadly is run by dads from St Mark’s and happens monthly on a Saturday morning. Come and consume vast amounts of bacon butties, read the papers and meet other dads - all while the kids play safely right in front of you. We've also got into the habit of going for the occasional curry together, so do join us for that too!
E-mail the team for more details.
Ministry Leaders: Sam Akinluyi, Chris Parry, Gavin Bell, Alex Price, Harry Sharpe, Mike Kirk-Martin, Ernest Tabiowo.
St Mark's holds 3-4 men's breakfasts per year with interesting topics and engaging speakers, all helped down by the essential full English breakfast! We start at 9am and finish by 11am. If you need to leave earlier, that’s fine. Come for as much of the morning as you can. £5 suggested donation.
If you're planning to come, it helps with catering if you can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ministry Leaders: Jonathan Green, Ian Billington-Phillips, Damien Chew, Richard Corrie, Nic Daley and Tom Holmer
The next men's weekend will be the Big Weekend In on 17-18 November 2017. Save the date now!
The most recent ones focussed on the themes "What is Man?" (Autumn 2016), "Fearless" (Spring 2016) and the question "Who am I?" (Spring 2015). The main talks from these weekends are well worth a listen as they will give you a fuller picture of the vision we are chasing after at St Mark's - to be fearless disciples, secure in our glorious identity as sons of God and wholeheartedly following Christ's call to sacrifice. Other resources include shorter spotlight talks on Christian men who have made a difference and some inspiration from the 18th century revival.
Talks from past weekends can be found on the Media page - search for "men".
A great event to bring your friends to. Watch this space for the next one!