The Contemporary Context: 1987 to the present day 2009
In 1986, the recently formed ‘Family Worship Centre’ a Pentecostal fellowship was looking to purchase their own premises in Dublin city for their growing community. In 1987 the eldership team, along with the founding members of the church went to view St Mark’s and it was decided to place an offer to buy the property. Having secured the purchase, the first Sunday morning service took place in late November 1987, while renovations were still being carried out.
Since its foundation as a Pentecostal church, St Mark’s has gone from strength to strength and it now holds three Sunday services to accommodate the growing number of participants. St Mark’s Church describes itself as ‘a fellowship of born again, Spirit filled believers who are from a variety of backgrounds. The community believes that God has called the church to establish a loving, spiritually sound centre of ministry, where individuals can reach their potential in Christ Jesus’.
On the 25th of April 2007 St Mark’s Church celebrated its 20th anniversary as a Pentecostal fellowship, along with commemorating the 250th anniversary of the building being used as a centre of Christian worship. To mark these significant occasions the President of Ireland officially opened the week long festivities and was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony.
Today, St Mark’s continues the long tradition of Christian worship in Ireland’s capital city and if you are ever in Dublin and are looking for a place to come and worship, then check out St Mark’s Church, as one and all are very welcome.