Sunday morning worship at 8 a.m. is a spoken Eucharist, alternative between Rite I and Rite II in the Book of Common Prayer. The service is quiet, contemplative, and takes place in The Chapel of the Bread of Life on the south side of the Sanctuary. Enter through the red doors on Hackett. If the Book of Common Prayer is new to you, don’t worry; we’ll help you through the service until you’re comfortable.
Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. consists of singing, praying, listening to Scripture, a sermon, and Holy Communion. On most Sundays, September through May, the St. Mark’s choir sings. Our Music Director plays the organ and the piano, and worship services often feature other musicians as well.
You will receive a worship bulletin as you enter the church. The worship bulletin includes all readings and congregational responses. The bulletin also contains instructions for when the congregation sits, stands, and kneels. Some of the music will be printed in the worship bulletin. Other music will be in the blue Hymnal 1892 found in the pews. The hymn number is printed in the bulletin.
What do I wear?
Some churches have a particular style when it comes to what’s expected on Sunday mornings. On any given Sunday at St. Mark’s, you’ll see a bit of everything. Some people wear jeans and some people dress up a bit. We’ll be glad to welcome you, no matter how you’re dressed.
Where do I park?
St. Mark’s has a small parking lot located just past the church on Hackett Avenue. The lot is open to St. Mark’s guests and members on Sunday mornings. An entrance accessible to strollers and wheelchairs is located at the back right side of the parking lot as one drives in. A bike rack is available in the parking lot. Street parking on the surrounding blocks is free on Sunday, and additional parking can be found for a nominal fee in the lot at the corner of Downer Avenue and Belleview Place. The large red doors on Hackett Avenue serve as the main entrance to the worship space, and you will find a place to hang your coat just inside.
Children are always welcome to attend worship services at St. Mark’s. Nursery service is available for infants and toddlers. Sunday School for children in grades pre-K through 5 meets at 9:30 a.m., at the same time as the 9:30 Sunday service. We recommend arriving at St. Mark’s about 10 minutes early if you are dropping children at nursery or Sunday School, that way you will have plenty of time to find your way around. Children join their families for the latter part of the service. Each Sunday, a coloring page and crayons are available at the back of the church.
During the summer months when Sunday School does not meet, children are invited to participate in Bible Story Time during the first part of the service.
Older youth (6th grade and higher) are invited to participate in our youth group program, held on the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Youth are also welcome to participate in the Sunday morning service.
Please contact the parish office for more details regarding youth programs at St. Mark’s.
Who may receive Holy Communion at St. Mark’s?
We celebrate Holy Communion each Sunday at St. Mark’s. In the Episcopal Church, all baptized Christians may receive Holy Communion, no matter what church or denomination you may be coming from. Children, also, are welcome to receive Holy Communion. If you are not yet baptized but would like to join the rest of the congregation at the altar rail when it is time to take Communion, simply cross your arms over your chest, and the pastor will offer a prayer of blessing. If you are interested in learning more about the sacrament of baptism, please let the pastor know. Gluten-free wafers are available for communion.
What if I have questions when I arrive?
When you enter the worship space, one of the St. Mark’s ushers will greet you. The ushers will hand you a worship leaflet that contains the information that you will need in order to participate in the service. The ushers can also assist you with finding the nursery, Sunday School classrooms, and restrooms. The ushers assist worshippers during the service by taking up a collection (Don’t worry, there’s no expectation that guests at St. Mark’s will drop something in the offering plate), and helping to guide worshipers as they receive Holy Communion.
Following the 9:30 Sunday Service, the pastor greets people at the rear of the church. In addition, the St. Mark’s community gathers for refreshments and conversation in the Parish Hall, located next to the worship space. All guests are welcome to stay for Coffee Hour; it is a great opportunity to get to know others at St. Mark’s.