At St. Mark’s, kids and teens are valued as important members of our community. Their way of looking at the world, asking questions, and talking about God can be a gift to the “adults” around them. Our community strives to be a welcoming spiritual home for kids to learn, experiment, and grow.
We teach our children the meaning of our worship traditions and offer them appropriate opportunities to serve and help lead our worship celebrations. At our family-oriented 10:00 service, you’ll often find children leading our worship service as trained acolytes and occasionally as readers. Some of our services throughout the year are designed specifically to be child-friendly. This is always noted in our announcements page.
We use story, the arts, and imagination to engage children in the larger biblical story that forms our identity. During the school year, Sunday School takes place during the first half of our 10:00 service, when we do the readings and have the sermon. Children go to Sunday School to hear and engage with the same readings the adults do in the service, although in a more child-friendly way. They rejoin us for the second half of the service, when we come together to celebrate holy communion.
Stuffed animals and play packets are available at the front entrance of the church, and nursery care is offered every week during the 10:00 service.