St. Mark’s is an active community engaged in both external ministries (see Service page) and extensive internal ministries. As a Christian community, we engage in group study that seeks to provide us with a better understanding of our faith. In addition, we have a variety of ministries through which we seek to support each other when ill or in life transitions. We also have community celebrations, such as our patronal festival honoring St. Mark, Music Memorial Sunday and All Souls Day, where we remember the dead through a musical offering, and other celebrations of the comings and goings of our members. Finally, we have a variety of social clubs and organizations, such as the Bridge club and the Young Adults group. You can read more about these groups on our Social Groups page.
Adult Formation (or Adult Education): Sunday Forums
On most Sundays, following the 10 a.m. service, we hold forums that explore topics related to our faith or matters of general interest. Information on the Sunday Forums is e-mailed to parishioners through our weekly bulletin, the Lion Cub. Call the office 510-848-5107 for more details.
Christian Education: Inquirers' Classes
Inquirers’ classes are run by the clergy and offer an excellent way to find out more about the Episcopal Church and its religious tradition. The classes provide an opportunity to make new friends and have great discussions concerning the faith. They offer a great way to explore what it means to make a formal commitment to the Episcopal Church. Inquirers’ classes start several times a year and are scheduled according to participants’ availability. Call the office 510-848-5107 for more details.
Parish Photo Policy
While churches need to be able to take pictures at parish events, some individuals are uncomfortable with having their pictures used in newsletters or published on a web site. The policy outlines procedures for helping to ensure that people’s privacy will be respected.