Sunday School and Adult Sunday School
The opportunity to expand your faith knowledge is available to all ages at St. Mark's. Sunday School usually begins at 9 a.m. with songs and a main message before dividing into age appropriate classrooms for bible lessons. Adult Sunday School, also held every Sunday at 9 a.m., includes bible study, topics related to current events and discussions designed to foster a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith.
Vacation Bible School
During the first or second week prior to Christmas, the youth will perform a special Christmas Program in which the Christmas story is told through word and song. Traditionally, all children have had roles in this program, whether it be spoken parts for older children to limited singing and special costumes for younger children.
Faith Steps Program
The Faith Steps Program is designed for children and young adults that begins at baptism until children go forth on their own. When a child is baptized, they receive their first glass bead in a special baptism box, which also contains the baptismal certificate, a candle and various other items. That bead and a corresponding crucifix signify the first step in the child's Christian journey. The child will receive another bead when they start Sunday School, become an acolyte, begin high school, begin college, and attend Adult Sunday School. Thus, the faith steps program follows a child throughout their lives into adulthood.
St. Mark's partners with three other area congregations for their youth (seventh grade through high school). This “south side cluster” meets once a month in addition to special planned activities and service projects. These churches share the expertise and talents of Youth Director Aaron Elliot who coordinates youth activities.
In addition to serving the community near and far, youth also have the opportunity to share their time and talents within the church as well, including helping serve Easter breakfast, participating in worship, and joining church committees.