Caring for one another in community is part of who we are as the church. At St. Mark's, community care includes ministries of clergy and laity who respond to needs and concerns.
We want to know when something important happens in your life. At any hour, the easiest way to share a need, whether urgent or not, is by calling the church. After hours, our emergency call system allows you to leave a message for the priest on call, who can then be in touch with you. We welcome any call, for whatever reason a member is led to be in contact, and we value the deep relationships that form as we share one another’s sorrows and joys. You might request a pastoral conversation with a priest, or notify the church of a hospitalization. Our clergy love to be in touch, whether by phone or video call. They are fluent in Zoom!
When you welcome a child by birth or adoption, a member of the clergy will be happy to reach out and offer a blessing for the child. Clergy and Lay Eucharistic Visitors keep in touch with those who have difficulty getting out, or who are in the hospital, and, when public health guidelines allow, visit to share communion with them. The Community of Hope is a group of lay persons trained in the spiritual art of pastoral presence, who are available to serve as regular visitors for a period of time, such as a season of illness or bereavement. The Flower Delivery Ministry delivers smaller arrangements of Sunday altar flowers to share joy and encouragement with others. COVID-19 Project Volunteers reach out to connect with the St. Mark's community through notes, phone calls, and occasional deliveries of prayer materials, meals, or other ways of saying “we’re thinking of you”. We are exploring a variety of ways to support those with mental illness, and their families.
Prayer is an important part of our care for one another. Names of members and relatives of members may be included in our Sunday prayer list with that person’s blessing; this list is public, and appears in our bulletin which is available online. The Daughters of the King, an order of laywomen who have undertaken a Rule of Prayer, maintain an unpublished list. These names are prayed for daily, for as long as there is need. You may request that a prayer concern be included on this list. Any person, whether member or not, may be included in the Sunday prayers for those who have died. Please call the church office to request an addition to our prayer list.