History of St. Mark’s

In 1953, a small church was erected on the corner of Evelyn and Albert Streets in the north end of Brantford. Even though there was not yet a congregation, it was built as part of a plan for church expansion in the city. Following construction, the sparsely populated region was canvassed, and the people were informed that there was a new Anglican Church in the community.

The first services were held on Palm Sunday, March 29, 1953, and over the next twelve years, St. Mark’s Church grew and flourished. By the end of this time, it became apparent that the building had deteriorated and was in need of extensive repairs and that the congregation had grown in size from its original 29 families.

Property was purchased on Memorial Drive in order to build a new church and Rectory. The first services were held in our present building on the first Sunday of Advent, November 28, 1965. Over 400 people attended the Christmas services that year. St. Mark’s continued to flourish and became self supporting in 1968, and by 1979 an addition had to be added to facilitate the ever growing Sunday School and Church activities.

We have now had our fiftieth anniversary in this building, and it is evident that our church family has a pattern of continued growth over its short history. At present there are over 420 families on the church role and that number is increasing. We encourage you to join us and to look at our newsletters and weekly bulletins to learn about all of the activites we offer to promote Christian growth and fellowship. St. Mark’s is a vibrant and thriving community, and we are grateful for the life and vitality that our parishioners contribute to our church life.

Former Pastors

Rev'd Grant Darling
Rev'd Grant Darling1953-1956
Rev'd Ronald Mattheman
Rev'd Ronald Mattheman1956-1958
Rev'd Mark Kemp
Rev'd Mark Kemp1958-1961
Rev'd John Munro
Rev'd John Munro1962-1980
Rev'd John Spencer
Rev'd John Spencer1980-1985
Rev'd Bob Bennett
Rev'd Bob Bennett1985-1991
Rev'd Rob Skirving
Rev'd Rob Skirving1991-1999
Rev'd Jim Sutton
Rev'd Jim Sutton2000-2013

St. Mark’s Windows

In 1978, the people of St. Mark’s embarked on a campaign to install stained glass windows. Christopher Wallis, then of London, Ontario, one of the world’s foremost artists of stained glass, was engaged to design and execute the windows. To retain as much light as possible, all the windows are transparent; no parts are opaque. This information was compiled from a tape recording in 1980 by Canon John Munro, Rector, who advised the artist while the windows were being designed. On the north side, starting at the back:

Window - Nativity of ChristNativity of Christ

This lovely window shows Mary and Joseph looking in rapture at the new born Jesus. The Star of Bethlehem is shining above them and from it the radiance embraces the mother, child and stepfather. The colours used tell a story – red to show the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord; gold to show His kingship; the pastels and dark colours make us wonder at the mystery of Christ’s birth.

Given in loving memory of Garnet Wolsley Webster, May 28, 1928 – October 5, 1951
Given by Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell John Webster

Window - Baptism of ChristBaptism of Christ

Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist who felt he was not worthy to baptize Jesus. However, he did so as Jesus wanted John to baptize Him. The dove at the top left is descending to indicate the Holy Spirit. Jesus is in white, to show His purity. After the baptism, Jesus started His ministry by preaching in Capernium.

Given in Thanksgiving for all who have brought joy to our worship through their service in the Choir by Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Thornley

Window - Suffer Little Children to Come Unto MeSuffer Little Children to Come Unto Me

Jesus emphasizes children so often in His ministry. The quiet faith of a child can really give us a true idea of what it is to belong to Jesus. A child has trust, follows instructions, and can show great love. So often He uses a child as a symbol of an unspoiled person who hasn’t been affected by the world. Jesus is shown with a girl and a boy before a door-like frame- indicating the beginning of our life with Christ.

Given in memory of loved ones by
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Boyd

Window - Ascension of our LordAscension of our Lord

This very powerful window shows Christ ascending. His rich garment is adorned with 12 jewels indicating the 12 tribes of Israel or the 12 apostles. By ascending to His Father in heaven, Christ was no longer a geographical pinpoint on Earth, so people could not revere the fragments of His body as in so many other religions. We realize it is up to us to carry on His ministry – Christ is in us and we are in Him. We are the instruments of His grace and mission to the world.

Given in loving memory of Stuart Leslie Jarvis
by his family & friends

Window - Lamb of GodLamb of God

At the top, we see the hand of God blessing us all. The lamb is standing with one foot around the banner of victory, suggesting the victorious nature of Christ’s sacrifice. Behind the Lamb is the Star of David, reminding us of our heritage from Judaism. The star is two interwoven equilateral triangles which form a six pointed star, traditionally the shape of David’s shield. Sometimes called the Creator’s Star, the six points recall the 6 days of creation. At the bottom, the Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, reminding us that Christ is the beginning and the end of all things.

In loving memory of our parents. Given by
Ruth & Gordon Sims, Rene & Max Adler

Window - Scouting and GuidingScouting and Guiding

This is a very unique window as the boys and girls of the Scouting and Guiding movement asked if they could present a window. Even though it was the most expensive one, due to the many pieces of glass and the research needed to portray the symbols, the young people raised the needed funds in three months’ time. Around the well-known profiles of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell are 400 small pieces of blue glass, showing that Scouting and Guiding have grown to be world-wide movements. The Scout-Guide promise encircles the globe. To the left is the Union Jack, to the right the Ontario ensign and in the centre is the Canadian flag, with two hands joining below it. Scattered throughout the window are the original symbols and dates to show when different sections of Scouts and Guides originated – both in Canada and in Great Britain.

In Thanksgiving

The 38th Brantford Scouts, Cubs, Venturers & Beavers and the 23rd Brantford Guides and Brownies. Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Scouting in Canada (1978 )

Window - St. MarkSt. Mark

The most outstanding feature of the nave is the St. Mark window. In the shape of an elongated triangle with an inverted triangle beneath it, it rises to the ceiling and extends to nearly the floor. The larger-than-life figure of St. Mark, in the centre, holds a cross in his right hand and a representation of our church building in the crook of his left arm. At the very top of the window are very dark reds, blues and mauves. If we look closely, we see the eye of God which gives a sense of creation and the words of Genesis come to mind “in the beginning…darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Below is the dove descending with radiance from his beak – from this radiance is a small darker line, indicating the movement of the Holy Spirit on life, that comes down behind St. Mark to nearly embrace him, then it becomes a pathway, then water. The water is very significant for St. Mark as though very young, he was most eager to go with St. Paul and St. Barnabas on their first mission around the Adriatic. The water is important, too, for the water of Baptism, as until the church was enlarged in 1999, the font was immediately in front of this window. At his feet is an etching of the original church building, and opposite is the coat of arms for the Diocese of Huron – the crossed swords of St. Paul (our cathedral church in London), the crown to signify victory and sovereignty, a beaver, such a familiar Canadian symbol, all in a banner which is crowned by a bishop’s mitre, to represent the cloven tongues of fire which lighted on the heads of the apostles at Pentecost.

The lower part of the window has a round bell showing St. Mark in Rome to record the gospel of St. Peter. To their left are the crossed swords of St. Paul who told us to “put on the armour of God” and who died by the sword. To their right, St. Barnabas is symbolized by three stones as he was stoned to death. Above, St. Peter’s symbol of the crossed keys recall his confession and our Lord’s gift to him of the “keys of the kingdom”. Beneath the bell is St. Mark’s winged creature with a lion’s face – the body in gold and the wings in red, as St. Mark’s gospel begins with “…the voice of one crying in the wilderness” and this suggests the roar of the lion.

This window was a gift from Pauline Sevier.
For the joy & inspiration of those who worship here