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
Thank you for sharing the most special week of the Church year at St. Mark’s – the one we call “Holy” though of course every week is holy. We shared the Easter story as we prepared for the joy of the Easter Day.
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
Read the Easter Sermon by Father Balicki
Here are some features of our Easter liturgies:
We begin with a sprinkling rite. The 1979 Prayer Book restored the importance of the sacrament of Baptism in the life of the Church. The sprinkling rite is a reminder of our baptisms, both our salvation to new life in Christ and our commitment to the promises of baptism.
Read more about the season in the ENews.
Welcome, from our Rector, John Balicki
Sunday, April 8 The Second Sunday of Easter
8:00 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II
John’s Sermon Title, “Life in a Bounce House”
We will do our monthly prayers for healing during the Prayers of the People at both services this Sunday.
9 AM Adult Education resumes today and continues through the Easter Season until May 20 with a reflection each week on one of the Baptismal Promises. Today, what does being faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, the breaking of the bread and the prayers really mean? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion.
10:15 AM, Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Nursery. The choir is given a well-deserved week off after Easter but there will be a small ensemble of singers to lead a couple of hymns.
Coffee Hour after 10:15 service hosted by Sheri Dodge and Martha Reinhardt.
Sunday, April 22. Monthly afternoon services resume. 5 PM Earth Day Service. We will hold an informal service, some or all outdoors if weather permits, to honor the beauty of God’s creation on Earth Day.
The Great Fifty Days
The feast of Easter is a season of fifty days, from Easter Eve through the Day of Pentecost. During this season there is no fasting. The Council of Nicaea (325) directed that Christians are to pray standing. The word “alleluia” (praise the Lord) is said or sung repeatedly.
To highlight the Resurrection celebration and contrast vigorously with Lent, penitential elements of the liturgy are omitted in the Easter Season. That is why we don’t have confession for the 50 days.
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.