Upcoming Children and Family Activities
Tentative Schedule through the end of 2022
Sunday, November 6: All Saint’s Day: Activity for kids/youth during 10:15 service; youth book club to follow
Sunday, November 20: *Intergenerational service, 10:15, with gratitude theme; potluck coffee hour, bring a food you are thankful for to share; youth book club to follow
Sunday, November 27: Advent wreath-making between services, anytime between 9-10:15
Sunday, December 4: Second service project – Care kits! (9:30, between services); youth book club to follow, last before winter break unless make-up date needed
Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Intergenerational vigil, 4:00; this will be more like our Easter vigil, partly outdoors around the fire pits and partly indoors, with cookies and cocoa to follow for those who can stay (or cookies and cocoa to go, for those who can’t!)
One Sunday each month we will hold a single, Intergenerational Service at 10:15 (a new, later time), celebrated by our entire congregation, and followed by a time of eating and fellowship for all. Melinda and Jonathan will provide more information via email and Facebook messages.
Youth Book Group
We are reading Monique Gray Smith’s teen edition of Braiding Sweetgrass adapted from the book by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We look forward to discussing the book with members of the Adult Ed group, who will read the original version at the same time.
The Youth Book Club has also read:
- The Faithful Spy, a graphic novel about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The story of German pastor and Nazi resistor Dietrich Bonhoeffer comes to life in this award-winning graphic novel from John Hendrix
- Becoming RBG by Debbie Levy: a graphic novel about Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- The Night Diary, Primates by Veera Hiranandani: a graphic novel about Jane Goodall and other well-known female primatologists
- Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson: a novel that tracks the friendships between six fifth-graders when given the opportunity to get to know each other.
Completed Activities — Fall of 2022:
Sunday, September 11: The Youth Book Club will meet after the 10:15 service. We will watch a movie and have a meal to finish last year’s book.
Sunday, September 25 at 9:30 Please join our Intergenerational Service that includes Blessing of the Backpacks, followed by Make-Your-Own-Sundaes!!
Sunday, October 9: First service project of the year – Diaper Drive! (9:30, between services); youth book club to follow 10:15 service
Sunday, October 23: Intergenerational service, 10:15, with a creation care theme, followed by harvest and local food snacks; youth book club to follow
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!