Lifelong Adult Formation
Christian formation may occur at all times and in all places and among all "sorts and conditions" of people. And at St. Mark's, we are intentional about it, too. Throughout the year we offer a number of opportunities for study, conversation, and fellowship in small group settings. Jesus meets us right where we are, and we remember that when we schedule various options for formation—one size does not fit all.
Check the calendar for current dates and times.
At various times in the year we schedule short retreats, book studies or film viewings, and other opportunities that go hand-in-hand with our offerings for worship and service in forming followers of Jesus.
We offer a year-round lectionary study in which we engage the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday.
To learn more about any of these events, contact the church office by phone or .
We meet monthly on the first Thursday at 5pm for about 90 minutes at Rants and Raves for informal conversation at the intersection of current events/contemporary culture and discipleship. Check the calendar for this month's conversation starter. There's always fine fellowship and lots of laughter. St. Mark's picks up the tab for beverages. Reservations not needed—all are welcome!
Catechesis, Enquirers' Group, and Mystagogy
In preparation for Baptism and Confirmation/Reception, and then after these sacraments and sacramental rites have been administered, we offer small group and/or one-on-on formation to explore them. What does it mean to live as a Christian? As an Episcopalian? How are our lives changed when we vow to follow Jesus?
Four-hour Retreat Series
In 2015-16, we offered four four-hour retreats in exploration of our Anglican/Episcopal spiritual identity. Such retreats are indicative of the sorts of things we engage together.
Benedictine Spirituality. Explore elements of this spirituality and its impact on the rhythm and practice of our common life, particularly in worship, work, and relationships.
Celtic Spirituality. This strand of Christianity emerged under the influence of the early missionary effort in the British Isles and is deeply informed by creation consciousness; it has come more to the forefront in recent decades thanks in part to the presence of the Iona Abbey Community, and practitioners such as John Philip Newell and John O'Donoghue.
Art as a Spiritual Practice. Where do art and spirituality intersect? How does each inform and enrich the other? Presenters include local artists Nancy Attebury and Martha McIver who daily engage life at the intersection of art and spirituality. There will be opportunity for hands-on exploration.
Prayer: Gateway to Spirituality. How can we engage various types of prayer to deepen our relationship with God and with others? We have many and diverse needs in our human journeys with Christ and there, likewise, are many and diverse prayer forms. How might we "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5.16-18)? Date: TBA
Episcopal Church Women
We meet the third Saturday of the month (October - May) for brunch, fellowship, and a short program. The atmosphere is relaxed, the company is friendly, and the brunch is yummy. 10:30am to noon.