Children and Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s
***Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all in-person church activities for children and youth are suspended.*** During this health crisis, we invite your family to take advantage of any of these vitural offerings:
Do-It-Yourself Easter Scavenger Hunt
In place of our annual egg hunt, children and families can celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a DIY Scavenger Hunt this Easter Sunday! Search for common items around your home that remind us of what happened when Jesus died and rose again. Be sure to take pictures of each item you find and share them with us by posting to our church Facebook group page, sharing with our church Instagram page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To participate, please download our Scavenger Hunt Directions.
Bedtime Bible Stories
Each night we post a Bedtime Bible Story video to our Church YouTube Page for your little ones to stay grounded in their faith and formation while spending so much time at home
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.
To register or to learn more about RESPOND, please email Matt Phillips today.
*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: