Welcome to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church!
Dear St. Mark’s Members and Visitors:
There are no services being held at our church building but we as “St. Mark’s Church” continue.
We are moving to electronic services. If you would like to join these services, 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.”
Bishop Thomas asked that all churches suspend in-person worship, faith formation programs and governance meetings during this time.
You can see the Bishop’s message here, https://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=NCDuy04ggsw&feature= youtu.be
Therefore we will not gather on Sunday mornings for our 8 AM or 10:15 AM services until further notice. I am guessing that this may last at least seven to eight weeks BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THE CHURCH IS CLOSED.
Please keep anyone affected by the coronavirus in your prayers. Observing some good health practices will increase the probability of all of us staying healthy.
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
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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 hoped outdoor gatherings and worship could be continued. We will begin to explore how to carry out some of our Holy Week activities outdoors. More soon.
St. Marks is offering our services on line. Please contact the church if you wish to join. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternative Livestreaming Services
10:00 AM Live Service of Morning Prayer from St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland
11:15 AM Live Service of the Holy Eucharist from the Washington National Cathedral, here https://cathedral.org/event/holy-eucharist-4-2018-03-04-2018-05-06-2018-06-10-2018- 09-09-2018-10-07-2018-11-18-2018-12-16-2018-12-30-2019-01-20-2019-04-28-2019-05-05- 2019-09-08-2019-09-29-2019-11-03-2020-01-05-2020-03-22/
I believe you can also download the service bulletin in advance to follow.
Note there are many other live-streamed services if you search on your own.
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.