Family Ministry at Saint Mark’s supports parents’ faith and provides tools and resources for family faith formation through small groups, fellowship, one-on-one pastoral care, and special events.
FAITH AT HOME
Our faith shapes every moment of our life, including those within our home. Below is the link to one-page sheets for celebrating and marking special days within our homes and neighborhoods. Each has a description of the day, prayers, and suggested faith practices. They were created to be shared freely by The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore, the Associate for Family Ministry, and The Rev. Jennifer McNally, priest at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church and convener of dinner church Table 229, St. Paul.
Baptism marks the beginning of a new life in Christ. It is the time that we celebrate God’s grace working through the newly baptized and pledge as a community to support that person in their life in Christ.
Baptism is generally celebrated twice yearly at Saint Mark’s: All Saints’ Sunday (November) and The Great Vigil of Easter (early Spring). Alternative options include the Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism (January) and the Feast of Pentecost (late Spring).
PREPARATION FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Preparation for parents of children being baptized is hosted in two sessions before. During preparation we explore the implications of the vows parents will make and build community within those that will support parents as they raise their child/children in the church. Parents are required to attend both sessions.
PREPARATION FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Teens and adults preparing for baptism are paired with a spiritual companion with whom they meet once a month for a year. With their spiritual companion they explore what baptism means for their everyday life and their faith questions. The spiritual mentorships are tailored to those preparing for baptism in order to meet them where they are in their faith.
MOM’S NIGHT OUT
Mom’s Night Out is a time for the moms of St. Mark’s with children and teens at home to connect and enjoy fellowship with each other. There are two groups gathering monthly. At this time, both groups meet on Zoom with an occasional outdoor gathering. For questions or to join, email Anna.
The Saint Mark’s community continues to support young families with new little ones through a “meal train.” A meal train is an organized effort by volunteers to provide a weekly meal to these families. Volunteers can make a home-cooked meal, or they can provide a grocery store or restaurant meal. A restaurant gift card is another option. Meal train volunteers opt in when able. To volunteer to prepare meals, please email Lanie at [email protected]. This is a contact-free ministry. If you would like to request a meal train, email Anna.
FAMILY GATHERINGS & BABY PARTIES
Watch this space for information about gatherings in 2022.
The Moms’ Retreat is a time for moms with children and teens at home to take a deep breath, reflect and connect with yourself, your spirituality, and other moms in a beautiful setting. We share meals, fellowship, and activities together. All participants have their own room and abundant alone time. Watch this space for updates about a retreat in 2022.
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