Upcoming Children and Family Activities
Tentative Schedule February – June 2022
- Sunday, 2/13: TBD offering at 10:15 service
- Sunday, 2/27: Early Outdoor Mardi Gras celebration, time TBD
Sunday, 3/6: “Ash Sunday” service, time TBD
Sunday, 3/27: Lenten Story Walk (indoors throughout church if weather doesn’t cooperate), time TBD
Sunday, 4/10: Palm Sunday service, time TBD
Saturday, 4/16: Family Easter Vigil, time TBD
Sunday, 4/24: Service project, Earth Day theme – Litter Walk and outdoors prayers/reflections along the way, 9:15
Sunday, 5/8: Outdoor service, weather permitting, and planting for spring; time TBD
Sunday 5/22: Service project, TBD
Sunday, 6/5: Pentecost celebration, 10:15
Sunday, 6/19: End of year/summer kickoff celebration, time TBD
January 2022: In-person meetings have been cancelled due to covid precautions
- Sunday, 1/9: Epiphany Activities. COVID prayers
- Cancelled: Sunday, 1/16: Saint stories activity, 10:15; youth book club following service
- Cancelled to be rescheduled in February: Sunday, 1/30: Service project, love theme – Making Valentines for home-bound church and community members during 10:15 service; youth book club following service
- First week of December: We will distribute gingerbread house kits and Advent gift bags. Watch your email for info on how to request these!
- Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am: Care Kits (aka Blessing Bags)
St. Mark’s will once again be holding our popular Care Kits (aka Blessing Bags) service project on Dec. 5th between the two services. We create bags for parish members and community organizations to give to those in need. Donation gratefully accepted between now and then.Helpful items include travel–size tissues, hand sanitizers, toothpaste, and lotions, toothbrushes, band–aids, lip balms, cough drops, warm socks, non–perishable snacks like granola bars, hand/foot warmer packets, feminine products, and small gift cards ($5) to places like Dunkin Donuts. Donations can be left on the benches inside the church entry or tote outside front doors. More details to come!
- Sunday, December 19 (fourth Sunday of Advent): Youth Book club to meet after 10:15 service
- Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve): 4:00 – Family Christmas Eve Service beginning around the fire pits and moving to the warmth inside for readings and singing. All are welcome! Please wear your mask!
- Sunday, November 21, 2021 @ 10:15: A family-oriented, interactive gratitude-focused service; all are welcome! We will have cards to sign in thank to local veterans. Book club to meet after the service…
- Sunday, November 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am: Advent Wreath-making.
We will have our annual Advent wreath–making together on November 28th, between services. We provide all materials, but please bring your ring from home if you have one. Please plan to join us for safely distanced wreath–making, Advent music, and a time of fellowship together.
Our commitment: Children Welcome!
During this time of the pandemic, St. Mark’s might not be able to fully engage in our usual programming. However, we are able to meet in smaller groups and to engage in outdoor worship and activities, which you can find in the “Upcoming Events” and “Calendar” sections on our homepage.
Of course, children are always welcome at the indoor service on Sunday mornings at 10:15 (reservations required) but there is currently not specific programming for children during that service.
Please stay in touch with our Directors of Children and Youth programs, Jonathan Knock and Melinda Corey, for more information, and let them know if you’d like to be added to their email list for ongoing updates and resources. Phone: 207-649-6197 (Call or text is fine!) Email.
You can also stay in touch by joining our St. Mark’s Families Facebook Group.
We typically offer some type of programming 2-3 times/month (typically Sundays, but also might be on other days depending on the season) during the school year, and break for summer, as many children and families are traveling, at camp, etc. during summer break. We have a family-friendly area in our sanctuary with a carpet, toys, art supplies, book, and fidget toys, where families can sit comfortably together and play while they listen to the service, or where children/youth may take items to enjoy during the service, wherever they are sitting with their family.
As parents, we know we want our children to feel like they belong in church. We also want our children to feel comfortable and know “how to do church”. Our Family Eucharists several times each year help us all to remember ways of praying, and maybe perhaps why we do the things we do each Sunday. When we do our monthly service projects, we get to know one another more intimately and work towards a common goal. Below is a sampling of what you might expect for your children at St. Mark’s:
- Outreach projects like making cards for ill and home-bound community members
- Hands-on activities such as making Advent Wreaths, while learning about the symbols of preparation for Christmas
- Helping during services as ushers and greeters, while participating in the Eucharist and listening to the sermon
- Telling the stories of the Bible and reflecting together, as we learn together the great stories of our faith
- Reading and discussing books together over cocoa at our Middle School Book Club
More happy times at St. Marks!