St. Mark’s is a multi-cultural faith community in Malton, Ontario. The vision of St. Mark’s can be summed up in the phrase “Out of many nations, one family.” Over 25 nations are represented within the congregation and yet there is a shared sense that we are all God’s children, the family of God. St. Mark’s is a living reminder of the Apostle Paul’s words to the Galatians: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
St. Mark’s came into being as an indirect result of an invitation from the Anglican church regarding the joint use of the site presently occupied by the church of St. Hugh of Lincoln on Goreway Drive (near Morning Star) in Malton.
When this invitation was received, the Church Extension Committee of the Presbytery of Brampton began to investigate the possibility of establishing a Presbyterian Congregation in Malton. After an exhaustive survey of the Malton area, it was recommended to the Church Extension Committee of the Presbytery that steps be taken toward this goal. The Committee supported this recommendation which was accepted by the Presbytery at a meeting held on January 18, 1972. The Presbytery also asked the Board of World Mission for the appointment of Mr. Frank Slavik, an experienced Church Extension Minister.
The first Worship Service was held on March 26, 1972 on Palm Sunday at Lancaster Senior Public School and soon the definite outlines of a Congregation began to emerge. A Sunday School was organized along with a Women’s Group and Junior and Senior Choirs. A Steering Committee was also formed to help the Minister with the Congregational responsibilities.
When the city of Mississauga purchased the land on the corner of Morning Star Drive and Darcel Avenue, we exchanged our site with the city for our present property on the corner. This exchange was most advantageous for both parties. It gave the city an unbroken stretch of land for future community development and the congregation a more prominent site and visibility.
As the builder finished his work, the congregation moved in the with paint, brushes, tiles, etc., to complete the work and to keep the cost down. Many people contributed of their time, talent and energy to this task.
The original plan was to have the building completed by Christmas 1974. However, delays occurred which caused the postponement of completion. In the end, it was felt that the dedication date was a most appropriate one. It was on Palm Sunday, three years before, that the congregation had their very first Worship Service in Lancaster Senior Public School; and it was on Palm Sunday that they gathered to dedicate the Church to the Glory of God, in the name of Him who entered triumphantly into the city of Jerusalem, even Jesus Christ our Lord. To him be the glory and praise!