Children and Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s
For the summer of 2021, St. Mark’s is offering the following:
Bible Story Time | Sundays on the Church Playground
Join us on the church playground this summer during our 10 a.m. worship for a special Bible Story Time for children. We’ll hear a story from scripture, play a game or two, and pray together.
If you are interested in joining a group of Bible Story Time leaders this summer, please contact us.
We are in the midst of determining programming for children and youth for the fall. Here are some of the programs that we’ve offered in recent years.
All families are invited to join our Virtual Sunday School this Fall, beginning on Sunday, September 20! Join us as we learn all about The Beatitudes: unusual blessings from God to those whom we might least expect.
Virtual Sunday School will consist of two components: Sunday Morning gatherings during our Children’s Chapel (9 a.m.) as well as activities and discussions for families to complete together at home. We will provide Sunday School Kits full of materials for you to use throughout our school year together.
Sunday School Kits can be collected at church during our next Drive-By Blessing on Saturday, September 19. If you are unable to pick up your Kit but still plan to join Sunday School this year, please contact us to arrange for alternative pickup/dropoff plans.
We sure hope you are able to join us. Links for our first day of class will be emailed to you and posted on our Church Calendar in the coming weeks.
Children’s Chapel |Sundays @ 9 a.m. All young people and families are invited to join our new, weekly Children’s Chapel every Sunday morning on Zoom. Join us at 9:00 a.m. as we listen to a new Bible story each week while singing and praying together. Links to join our Children’s Chapel can be found on our church calendar. Videos to learn songs for each week’s chapel are posted on our Church YouTube Page
RESPOND: Youth Group
Our youth group (grades 7-12) is meeting on Zoom every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Links to our Zoom meetings can be found on our church calendar.
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St. Mark’s offers programming for young people from K4-5th grade at the beginning of Sunday worship during the school year, and nursery care for infants and toddlers from 9:15-11 a.m. year-round. Starting in 6th grade, older youth are invited to join our Confirmation Class! All programming for children takes place on the second floor.
*If attending Sunday School or bringing children to the nursery, we recommend arriving at St. Mark’s about 10 minutes early so you will have plenty of time to find your way around.
We offer two levels of classes: Primary (K4-2nd Grade) or Intermediate (3rd-5th Grade). Church School meets on Sunday mornings. Everyone meets with their teachers during the first part of Sunday Worship beginning at 9:30 a.m., and each group will have an age-appropriate activity and lesson about our faith each week, finishing in time to join their families in church for Communion.
Holy Moly is our engaging, Bible-based church school curriculum, which artfully uses scripture to invite our young people to join in the life and faith of our church community while simultaneously teaching them what that means in a fun and exciting way.
Holy Moly students spend each Sunday engaging with a story from the Bible through videos, readings, crafts and discussion. This year, we’ll begin in Genesis, where we’ll learn about the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We’ll also learn about Ruth and Naomi, and Kings David, and Solomon before heading into the New Testament to learn about Christmas, Easter and Jesus’s parables and ministry. Each week, students will leave class knowing a story they can retell to their family using a craft they created in class.
Throughout the year, the children also participate in special projects and activities, such as our Christmas Pageant in December and a variety of activities during the Easter season.
RESPOND: St. Mark’s Youth Group
All youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join RESPOND, our youth group! Join us right after church in the Gathering Room (2nd floor) every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as we share lunch, sing songs, play games, and respond to God’s call for us to love and serve our neighbors.
*Safeguarding God’s Children is a national program put out by Church Pension Group that helps in the education and training for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry. All St. Mark’s clergy, parents, youth workers, vestry members, congregation members who are responsible for protecting children, employees of churches and church organizations, and volunteers responsible for planning, implementing or supervising ministries, activities or programs for children and youth, have participated in this program.
Please click below to read the Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth, approved by a unanimous vote of the Vestry, April 22. 2014: