We are currently seeking Sunday School Teachers for Children
If you are interested, please contact Susan Blakeslee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 636-3781
The Vestry is organized in the following commissions (SWEEPS):
- Service: Outreach and Academy
- Worship: Oversight of the services of the church and the parishioners who participate (Choir, Acolytes, Altar Guild, LEMS, Ushers)
- Education: Directs the education for adults, teens, and children
- Evangelism: Endeavors to reach out to newcomers and to make everyone welcome
- Pastoral Care: Not only provides refreshments after the Sunday services, but provides visitation and care for hospitalized and shut-in parishioners
- Stewardship: Charged with oversight of the finances and house and grounds
Young people, ages 8-18, serve at the Altar during Eucharist.
The youngest ones start out as torch or banner bearers, and progress to carrying the Clergy Cross. As they grow from strength to strength, they are able to carry the larger Processional Cross and learn to become Second and First Servers. The First Server typically reads the Epistle.
Teams of men and women clean brass, polish silver, and take care of the priest’s vestments for the services. These teams traditionally form close and supportive groups.
Flower Guild: under the direction of the Altar Guild, parishioners arrange the flowers to be placed on the altars.
Choir: Under the direction of the Parish Musician, the choir provides music for the 10:00 service and other special liturgical events, such as Lessons and Carols in Advent.
Christian Education: Sunday School for children at the 10:00 service and Adult Education on Wednesday nights at Church
Coffee Hour: On a rotating basis, volunteers provide refreshments after the Sunday services
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: After training, LEMs are licensed by the Bishop to administer the Chalice at Eucharist. Typically, two LEMs serve at each Sunday service, and one assists on Tuesdays. A team of LEMs take communion to the sick and shut-in.
Parish Enrichment Program (PEP): This Ministry plans special events to enrich Parish and Community life. On the third Wednesday of each month during the winter months, St. Mark’s offers a special educational program and light supper.
Restoration Committee: This group of parishioners not only plans, enables, and executes various fund-raising events, they oversee the projects to restore, remodel, and enhance the facilities.