Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church!
Worship at St. Mark’s
Full participation in our worship services at St. Mark’s is open and you are completely welcome to attend – including receiving communion at our service. We invite you to join us! Our worship is a sacred time for spiritual renewal as we hear the Word of God in Scripture and the sermon, and as we share the Eucharist together.
Life at our church:
St. Mark’s has an active children’s program. Music and adult education, outreach and service, care for one another and healing prayers, all are part of our life together as a parish. Join us!
Our weekly E-News! includes list of Easter services
== Holy Week begins Sunday – free palms at all services!==
This is the most special week of the Church year – the one we call “Holy” though of course every week is holy. We hope you will join us on Palm Sunday and Easter as well as making an effort to come during the week. We will be sending out the e-news at two different times next week to highlight the approaching services but a full schedule is at the bottom of the e-news.
We will begin both services in the narthex on Sunday and bless palms and process in to the sanctuary. We will end both services as we have done in past years with the reading of the Passion and conclude with a silent exit to begin the week-long observance of Holy Week. We will not have any adult education between services or coffee hour after the 10:15 service. The children will lay down robes and palms at 10 AM in preparation for the service.
Welcome, from our Rector, John Balicki
Sunday, March 25, Palm Sunday,
Palm Sunday services with distribution of palms at 8 AM and 10:15 AM and the reading of the Passion
8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite I
John’s Sermon Title, “Loving and Foolish”
10:00 AM Children’s Activity – Please gather in the sanctuary to lay down palms and robes in the center aisle in preparation for the 10:15 service.
10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir and Nursery. Children will be dismissed after the opening collect to go to the Hall to learn about Stations of the Cross by looking at different kinds of crosses and making palm crosses.
No Coffee Hour: It resumes on April 8.
Looking ahead: (Full details in eNEWS)
March 25: Palm Sunday: 8 and 10:15am
March 29: Maundy Thursday: 7pm
March 30: Good Friday: noon, 1 and 2pm
March 31: Holy Saturday: 9:30 am, 6pm, and 8pm
April 1: Easter: 8 and 10:15am
Our Mission Beyond Our Doors
From issues facing our planet to challenges in our community, St. Mark's looks beyond ourselves to find ways to help.
Ways to help
* The Peace Pole - say a prayer for world peace
* Food Bank - share with our neighbors
* Homeless Shelter - support those in need
* Sandwich Program - provide food for others
Music is an important part of life at St. Mark's, both as part of our worship and also as a gift to the wider Waterville community.
* In worship, singing hymns and prayers
* Enjoying our choir
* Appreciating a range of organ music
* Involving our children
* Offering concerts
Learn more about Music at St. Mark's.
Our Lively Program for Children
At St. Mark's, we welcome children as an important part of our life together. Sunday activities for children and their families are focused on learning by doing. For example:
* Participating in worship in the Family Eucharist
* Outreach projects: making chicken pies for the Homeless Shelter or packing diapers for needy families
Learn more about children and family programs
Our Directors of Children and Youth programs are Jonathan Knock and Melinda Corey.
How do we as Christians embody our faith? The entire "Body of Christ" is called, as baptized Christians, to love and care for one another and for those in need. Learn more about why Pastoral Care is vital to our mission.
Our fall series on the "Opiate Crisis and the Faith Community" on Thursday evenings allowed us to learn more from many speakers and discuss ways to help.