How is St. Mark's addressing safety during the COVID-19 pandemic? To protect the safety of parishoners and the community, St. Mark's face-to-face services are being held on Facebook at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Our other ministries and activities are continuing, however. The following FAQs will help you know what to expect when you can join us in person.
Do I have to be an Episcopalian to attend St. Mark's? St. Mark's is a house of prayer for all people. No matter whether you are a life-long Christian or someone with no faith at all; a cradle Episcopalian or a member of another denomination; a skeptic, a seeker, or someone who is simply in need of community, you are most welcome here.
What should I expect during a service at St. Mark's? The principal act of worship for Episcopalians is the Holy Eucharist, also known as the Mass, Holy Communion, and the Lord’s Supper. Services of Holy Eucharist can last anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes, depending on the day, the time of year, and the music to be sung. Upon arrival at the Church, an usher will provide you with a printed service leaflet, a document designed to guide you through the liturgy. The usher will be happy to answer any questions you may have and, when the time comes, to direct you to the altar rail to receive Holy Communion. Please know there is no right or wrong way to participate in worship. Come as you are and let the beauty of the words, music, and ritual wash over you. For more information, visit the Worship page.
Who may receive Holy Communion at St. Mark's? All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. In accordance with ancient custom, the sacrament of Holy Communion is normally received by those who have been baptized in a Christian denomination. Others are welcome to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing in Christ’s name.
Is there nursery care at St. Mark's? Nursery care for children up to age four(4) is available during our Sunday service and Sunday School. Nursery care is also available on days of liturgical significance (e.g. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc.) and for other special occasions in the life of the parish community. The nursery provides a welcoming, safe, and stimulating environment for infants and small children. For more information, including questions about the nursery schedule and procedures, contact the Parish Office.
When do Sunday School classes meet? Sunday School is at 11:00 am every Sunday, if permitted by COVID-19 safety restrictions.
What about education and formation opportunities for adults? Our Adult Formation meets at 11:00 am every Sunday in the Parish Hall, if permitted by COVID-19 safety restrictions.
How do I become involved in the life of St. Mark's? All are invited and encouraged to participate in the life of the parish through one or more of the many volunteer opportunities that exist. Some examples are: serving in a liturgical capacity as an usher, acolyte, lector, or member of the Altar Guild; serving as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, or on a parish committee; or serving in our outreach projects.
How do I contribute financially to the mission and ministry of St. Mark's? The vast majority of funding for parish mission and ministry is generated through pledges made by parishioners each year. To learn more, speak with our Rector and visit the stewardship page.
How do I become a member of St. Mark's? If you would like to become a parishioner, we invite you to complete a pew card or the online Contact Us form. We will be in touch with you shortly thereafter. Additional information is available on Newcomers and Membership page or by calling the Parish Office: 334-566-2619.
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (in person and live on Facebook)