Our worship is liturgical in nature – liturgy by definition means “work of the people” so the worship on Sunday mornings is participatory. There are marked responses in the bulletin (usually in bold) for the congregation to say, prayers that we join together in saying, and hymns that we join together in singing. Each Sunday we GATHER together as the people of God, we hear the WORD of God in scripture and preaching, we assemble around the table for the MEAL, and then as fed and forgiven people, are SENT into the world to be God’s presence.
Here at St. Mark’s we celebrate an open table – meaning that all baptized believers are welcome to the Lord’s Table to receive Communion. We like to say that no matter where you are on your faith journey or what denomination you claim you grew up in; at this table – Jesus Christ is present for you, for healing, for forgiveness, for grace. All are welcome to commune with us.
We offer a “Soft Space” in our sanctuary for infants and toddlers. It’s an area with a rug and soft pillows that children and parents can sit together and spread out a little bit more then in the pews.
We offer a Nursery – sitting for an hour long worship service might not be the easiest for our young children, so we offer a Nursery for kids that may need a change of pace for parts of the worship service.
There are little activity bags in the back of the worship space that contain crayons, puzzles, and coloring pages that allow children to keep engaged during the worship service.
We invite children to participate in worship – we offer children their own bulletin with activities and things to work on during worship that match the Sunday lessons, we offer a children’s sermon that takes the readings for Sunday and relate them in age appropriate ways. We offer a variety of ways that kids can participate as worship assistants, from acolytes, to ushers, to even readers when they are able to read.