NEW MEMBER PROCESS
To best support your unique connection to Saint Mark’s, we’ve developed a fairly straight-forward process for exploring life as part of the Cathedral congregation. We have a diverse team of companions to walk with you and to assist you in connecting in whatever ways feel most appropriate.
Becoming a Member
We welcome you into the community of Saint Mark’s! As you explore what it means to be a member, please worship with us, learn with us, pray with us, carry out God’s mission with us and just be a part of us.
Within the tradition of Benedictine Spirituality, a balanced life is found by cultivating aspects of prayer, study and service. As you move along the pathway of membership at Saint Mark’s, we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to engage in our common life of prayer, study and service, as well as engage in those three practices as an individual. There is no specific timeline to follow for membership – you may move at your own pace. However, there are specific items we ask you to engage in before becoming an official member of Saint Mark’s.
A member of Saint Mark’s will focus on a regular rhythm of life that includes:
- Prayer: Attend Worship regularly and begin to cultivate a personal life of prayer to attune your heart and mind to God’s heart and mind. Click here to discover Worship times.
- Study: Engage in ongoing Faith Formation and develop a personal practice of study, perhaps including the past and present thinking about church and the world, to better understand God and God’s world.
- The midweek meditations from St. Mark’s via email on Wednesdays are an easy way to begin a habit of spiritual study outside of the church building. Make sure to sign up to receive emails.
- Formation classes are generally offered once a week. Click here to find the current schedule. Please join anytime you can.
- Daily prayer practices and other spiritual offerings are listed here.
- Service: There are two ways to consider for inclusion of “service” in your own life.
- One is the physical action of participating in God’s mission and manifesting your faith for the common good. Visit the Community Engagement information here.
- The other is the act of offering a regular commitment of financial resources to the general operations of the church. This is a show of faith that you believe in our mission and is a show of support that our leaders our doing the right work with the resources shared by our congregation. Please consider completing a “pledge” form as a commitment to the mission and ministries of this congregation. Each pledge, no matter the amount, is significant. Click here to discover ways to give.
St. Mark’s will support you as a member by:
- praying with and for you.
- presenting a variety of worship opportunities and faith formation classes throughout the week.
- offering opportunities to engage in mission with the community, both as an individual and as part of a collective action.
We offer a variety of opportunities for formation to support your personal spiritual development. The below listed topics are on the pathway to membership for people who are new to St. Mark’s, new to the Episcopal Church or are simply interested in deepening their knowledge and their faith.
Episcopal 101 is the initial 6-part series for learning more about the Episcopal church in general, our history and our structure. This class will utilize the book “A People Called Episcopalians”, which is available in our Cathedral Bookshop.
Episcopal 101 topics include:
- Ethos: history and order
- Pathos: spirituality and disposition
- Rule of Life: pray, study, serve
- Resources: Book of Common Prayer and the Holy Bible
- Stewardship: sharing gifts and talents
- Navigating the church: Gather, Transform, Send
Questions about this series may be directed to Mary Lusk
Transfer of Membership
If you have been a member of a different Episcopal congregation, you may have your membership “transferred” to Saint Mark’s. Please contact your former church and request a transfer to the attention of Mary Lusk. While the Episcopal 101 classes are not required with a membership transfer, we believe that by attending those and other offerings, you will become better acquainted with our community and the common language that we share. And, we hope that you will celebrate your membership at St. Mark’s by joining us on one of the Membership Sundays listed below.
You have studied hard during the Formation classes, you have engaged in our worship services, you are committing time in a particular area of mission and sharing financial resources on a regular basis. It is time to celebrate!
Membership Sundays typically occur twice a year, in late fall and late spring.
Please contact Mary Lusk, Canon Ministry Developer, with any questions about finding your place within our community.