Parish Fellowship and Service Groups
The Altar Guild is the group of parishioners responsible for the preparation and care of the altar and sanctuary at St. Mark’s. Their duties include: care and preparation of vestments and altar linen; care and preparation of service implements; arrangement of altar flowers; and baking bread for Eucharistic services.
The Martha Guild welcomes all women of the parish to their meetings and provides members the opportunity to discuss contemporary Christian issues as well as issues of parish concern. They also do service projects for the church. Meetings are held monthly, usually around a pot-luck lunch on the first Wednesday of the month, and are very informal in nature. Newcomers are encouraged to attend.
The Martha Guild has a ministry of hospitality, arranging for luncheons for Clergy Day and other events at the church.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry invites anyone who knits and/or crochets to participate in this faith-based ministry. Shawls filled with love and prayers are knit or crocheted and given for comfort during illness or grief, as well as for times of joy and celebration. All are welcome to join.
The group meets every other week at the church on Tuesdays from 1- 2:30 p.m., and members continue to work on their shawls at home. This ministry affords an opportunity to help fulfill our desire to reach out to others. As members gather to knit, crochet, wind yarns, repair dropped stitches, laugh, and drink tea, they enjoy each other’s company.
Shawls are blessed before they are given, often as part of a worship service. The group has blessed over three dozen shawls since it began.
The Quilters meet every other Tuesday morning to craft quilts for the Christmas Fair and for other fund-raisers of the church. They also make small quilts for children being baptized and quilts for special events. Quilters and others who want to learn this wonderful skill are welcome, even if they are not a member of St. Mark’s.
Liturgical Lay Ministries are active at St. Mark’s. Licensed lay readers, chalice bearers, lectors, and lay eucharistic ministers serve the parish at worship or by taking communion to shut-ins. Cathie Kimball is the Coordinator of Pastoral Care.
The Office Volunteers take turns covering the church office during the hours when the church staff is not available. This dedicated group handles the phone, greets visitors and does other needed tasks as requested.
The Church Fair is held annually, on the first Saturday in December, transforming the church property into a bazaar at which foods and crafts are offered for sale at tables and through a silent auction. Hundreds of Waterville-area residents find their way to St. Mark’s to help create this festive and friendly setting and to enjoy the popular homemade luncheon. All members of the parish are encouraged to get involved in some fashion for this parish wide project.
The St. Mark’s Garden committee tends to the grounds of the church, and plans the plantings and maintenance of our garden. Many volunteers participate in planting and watering the flowers which will be used to decorate the sanctuary and altar during the summer months.