St. Mark’s has always had a robust involvement with outreach in our community. Unfortunately, a number of these programs are not available at this time of the Pandemic. We encourage you to continue financial support to groups in need. This list is just to provide examples of ways we have offered supported over the years.
The parish family at St. Mark’s believes that serving God includes stewardship within our community and beyond. Our efforts are focused on participating in programs which provide food and monetary assistance for those in need and dedicating a portion of our annual budget to various outreach needs that come up during the year. We offer our church building at little cost to various self help groups in the area as well.
The Evening Sandwich Program: This program is a joint effort of Waterville area churches to provide an evening meal to persons in need. ESP operates at the Universalist-Unitarian Church on Silver Street in Waterville. Parishioners from St. Mark’s prepare meals on Thursday and Friday afternoons. In August, our members take on an additional day of the week.
Soup Kitchen: During July, St. Marks participates in the interfaith effort to provide lunch for families in need while the Soup Kitchen is closed. Our members provide food and help in preparing and serving one meal a week.
Rummage Sales by the Martha Guild: Twice a year we host our rummage sale. Very modest prices allow our neighbors to find clothing and household items they might need. The proceeds go to outreach programs.
Waterville Food Bank: In the narthex of the church is a basket for food donations. Contributions are gathered on the first Sunday of the month and children from the parish bring the food basket to the altar for a blessing. A number of our parishioners volunteer at the Food Bank as well.
- Family Violence Project and Shelter
- Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter
- Rector’s Discretionary Fund (emergency relief)
- Prayer Shawl Ministry
- La Maison de Naissance Birthing Center/School in Haiti
- Winslow/Waterville Interfaith Counsel
Meetings of community groups are welcomed to our church building, which is made available on a regular schedule and at little or no cost to the following:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
For a schedule of meeting times, please contact the specific community group or call the church office at 207-872-7869.