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Youth and adult acolytes assist at the services. Training is offered at the beginning of each school year. Fifth graders will be trained as Torch Bearers in the spring.
Altar Flower Delivery
Those who volunteer with this ministry deliver smaller arrangements of Sunday altar flowers to share joy and encouragement with others.
The Altar Guild sets the table for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for services at St. Mark’s and cleans up after the service. Members usually serve at one or two services per month.
Baptism Guild members serve on the day of baptisms by greeting families, preparing baptismal records, and assisting the clergy.
The St. Mark’s Bookstore is under the umbrella of Christian Formation at St. Mark’s. The bookstore is your bookstore. We are open on Sunday mornings from 8.30-11.15am and during the week; check the eNews for updated hours. We are located on the first floor near the kitchen. New book titles arrive regularly. We are happy to do special orders for individuals or for a group who needs them. Our gift selection is handpicked with an emphasis on fair-trade, local and, independent artists. We have crosses, Christian jewelry, stationary, and a wide variety of Episcopal items in stock. Come visit us!
Caring for one another in community is part of the core of who we are as the church. This group supports and coordinates lay ministries of pastoral care in conjunction with clergy.
Caregivers Support Group
This ministry provides emotional, practical and spiritual support for those caring for loved ones with long-term illness.
Commission on Ministry
COM supports current ministries and facilitating the process of establishing new ministries. The Commission is a vehicle for communication, recruitment, and accountability.
Community of Hope
The Community of Hope is a group of lay persons steeped in Benedictine spirituality, who serve others through compassionate listening. These persons, specially trained in the art of pastoral presence, serve as regular visitors to persons for a period of time, such as a season of illness or bereavement.
Daughters of the King
An order for laywomen who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, or churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
The Dorcas Stitchers carry on the tradition of creating linens for use at worship services since the founding of the church. Group members create and embroider baptismal towels as well as altar linens, priests’ vestments and tend to altar linen mending as necessary.
Also called chalice bearers, these licensed members administer the chalice during services. Training is required and offered each year.
These confirmed members take the Holy Communion from the Sunday services to those who are homebound. Training is required and is offered each year.
Eucharistic Online Visitor Forms
Provide hospitality for grieving families and friends attending a funeral at St. Mark’s. The team prepares Gosnell Hall for funeral receptions including food, beverages and décor.
Exhibit hospitality to all who come to St. Mark’s on Sunday by greeting everyone with a warm welcome. Hosts are positioned at the main entry points to the church.
Haven for Hope Volunteer Network
An entry point for St. Mark’s members wanting to volunteer.
These members lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Sunday morning Eucharist. Training is required and is offered each year.
Volunteers help with special events and with Cafe Kairos on Wednesday evenings.
These members read the scriptural lessons at the Sunday services on a rotating basis. Training is required and is offered each year.
Mind the Gap
The group gathers people - married, single, with or without kids --in the young adult age group for studies, dinners, and other activities.
Parishioners in need should contact a member of the clergy. For hospital visits or visits to the homebound, please call the church 210-226-2426.
Both men and women serve on usher teams to greet and welcome members and visitors, distributing worship leaflets, assist in the seating of our worshippers, and be attentive to those who need assistance. During Holy Communion they assist people moving to and from the altar rail. Usher teams serve for a month at a time on a rotating basis, usually two months out of the year. Ushers are also needed at special services.
These members assist the clergy and families during the wedding rehearsal and ceremony. Members serve several times per year.
Weekday Lay Readers
These confirmed and trained members lead the Daily Office.