Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church!
Dear St. Mark’s Members and Visitors:
Soon there will be a limited service outdoors on Sunday mornings starting June 7th at 9am. We will continue to offer our Sunday Zoom service at 10:15. New ways of worshiping as “St. Mark’s Church” continues!
We have moved to electronic services. If you would like to join us we want to include you! please e-mail email@example.com
As Bishop Thomas said to the clergy recently, “The Church was made for times like this.”
For May 31, we will hold 10:15 Zoom service as usual followed by Virtual Coffee Hour
May 31th 12:00 to 2:00
Drive up to the front of the building where John, George, Jonathan, Melinda and Caleb will be there to greet you. We will give you a Pentecost blessing or bag of Pentecost activities for the young at heart, tie a red Pentecost streamer to your car antenna if you feel the Spirit moving you, and provide an opportunity for you to provide greetings and congratulations to George Sheats before his ordination. No need for you to get out of your vehicle and we will keep safe distance and have masks on.
Message from John+.
Chirst is Risen! Alleluia. We keep praying, remembering that the Great Season of Easter lasts for 50 days, hey we’ve still got some left.
We are going to now offer more prayer opportunities through the week recognizing the need to pray and connect beyond Sunday. We are going to offer Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline once a week as well as keeping our 10:15 Sunday service followed by Virtual Coffee Hour.
We continue our Adult Education, held on Thursdays at 10am. Don will continue to offer some musical selections for the week and Jonathan and Melinda are continuing to reach out to families with children at home. Please let us know if you need anything and keep connecting with one another
Finally, I will be praying daily for all of you at this time and wish you the healing power of God,
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Our rector Rev. John Balicki
We are going to begin planning this May for a gradual re-opening of the church to worship and groups in June. We are going to abide by all orders of the Governor and Bishop – so never more than 50 people and masks and safe-distancing will be required. We will continue to do worship and classes via Zoom as well for those who don’t want to go out. We will roll out more details as we develop them. Worship information about any services will be printed in the text.
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. We will continue in that spirit as we can during this time. Join us!
While indoor worship is suspended, we continue to offer ways to be part of worship on line. Our Sunday service is at 10:15 am, Thursday is Evening Prayer at 5 pm, and Friday is Compline at 7:30. Details below.
Sundays and weekly services
Sunday, May 31th, 10:15 AM The 8th Sunday of Easter
Join our 35 to 40 minute service with traditional Easter hymns, scripture and sermon, to be followed by Virtual Coffee Hour, call for Zoom link. There will be organ music and solo singing as well.
Dial by telephone +1 301 715 8592 US +1 253 215 8782 US Meeting ID: 763 5007 0467
Beginning Thursday, April 16 at 5 PM and continuing every Thursday, Evening Prayer a 20 minute service of scripture and prayer Zoom link (same link will be used every Thursday) Call for link
Dial by telephone +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 779 7853 0521
To join by telephone +1 253 215 8782 US+1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 356 087 108
Beginning Friday, April 17 at 7:30 PM and continuing every Friday, Compline a 15 minute service of scripture and prayer, call for Zoom link (same link will be used every Friday)
Dial by telephone +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US Meeting ID: 771 7005 6776
Please continue to pray for all who are sick, all of our healthcare workers, and all who are continuing to work at this time so that most can isolate safely. Please join us for service and conversation afterwards.
Watch here for coming services through St. Mark’s.
Alternative Livestreaming Services
10:00 AM Live Service of Morning Prayer from St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland
You may be able to download the service bulletin in advance to follow.
Note there are many other live-streamed services if you search on your own.
Whether you participate in our services or find something else meaningful, I hope you will find a way to walk to the cross with Jesus in this sorrowful time in our history. – John
Small groups like our quilters are still meeting for those who choose in groups under 10 people with safe distancing. We host many recovery groups and most have asked to continue meeting. Bishop Thomas has asked us to accommodate these groups as long as possible recognizing that, for many in recovery, their sobriety is a life-anddeath issue. We are asking these groups to respect the recommendations of gatherings under 10 people and to disinfect surfaces they use and door handles after they leave.
On Saturdays, we plan to send out your spiritual boost for the week: essay reflections from John and George with a scripture of the day, a couple of music links from Don, links to online worship and anything else we think might be helpful. Hopefully we can include a couple poems others have sent at the bottom of this e-news along with a prayer from the Episcopal Church Foundation
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.