Service

St. Mark’s is built on a tradition of meaningful worship, service to others, and lively intellectual discussion about the purpose of our lives. We are a part of the larger East Bay community, and involved in service to the homeless and to each other.   We try to put our faith into action by feeding the hungry, providing warm clothes to the those who need them, and visiting the sick in and outside our community.  Please call us or send an email if you would like to know more about our service programs.  The phone number and e-mail address are at the bottom of this page, or visit the Contact Us page.

Matthew 25:37-40

“‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ “And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Hot Meals for the Hungry

Volunteers from St. Mark’s offer a free meal for the needy in our community on the third Saturday of every month.  The volunteers work in two shifts.From 1:30-4 p.m. volunteers set tables, prepare and cook the meal, and prepare box lunches. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., volunteers serve the meal and clean up.  Volunteers are always welcome!  For more information, email the Hot Meals team at hotmeals@stmarksberkeley.org.

Clothing and Items for the Homeless

St. Mark’s collects and distributes clothing and items that are needed by those who are homeless in our community.  To donate, please contact the parish office, office@stmarksberkeley.org

Suitcase Clinic

The Suitcase Clinic is a humanitarian student organization and volunteer community offering free health and social services to underserved populations since 1989.  Run by a graduate student group from the UCB School of Public Health, St. Mark’s provides the Suitcase Clinic with space and a kitchen.  For more information, visit http://www.suitcaseclinic.org/, or contact Vanessa in the main office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a national movement started in 1998 to provide shawls to people who are confined to home, nursing home, or hospital, and to those who have recently given birth or suffered a personal loss. Under the guidance of the Deacon, Ellen Ekström, a group of avid knitters gather once a month to knit shawls or blankets for members of the congregation in need of this ministry. Contact the church office for more information.

St. Mark's Study Hall

At the end of each semester, St. Mark’s provides a quiet space for students from UCB to study and prepare for their finals.  We also provide snacks to keep our hungry students happy!  Please contact Donn Morgan for more details at dfmorgan@icloud.com

Sacred Space

St. Mark’s provides lunches and participates in the Eucharist service at the Episcopalian Sacred Space ministry on Telegraph near 32nd Street.  An outstanding group of volunteers makes 64 substantial sack lunches, plus 12 more pb&j sandwiches to distribute after the informal Sunday afternoon service at the site. We also help distribute other needed items (socks, hats, wipes, clothing, etc.)  For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Judith Berling.

Social Justice Committee

The 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel reminds Christians of their obligations to care for “the least of these my brethren” [vs. 40] with food, drink, hospitality, visitations, etc.; the Social Justice committee is the delegated group within Saint Mark’s to concern itself with these issues. The committee is concerned with Social Justice both locally and beyond the Bay Area.  Recent activities of this committee have included supporting our parish deacon as she starts a pre-school for children of workers at the plaza market in Guatemala. We have also espoused the cause of the UC contract workers now seeking university employee status that would give them overtime pay, medical benefits, vacation pay, etc. The committee is what its members make it.  For more information, please contact the committee’s chair, Arthur Boone, at arboone3@gmail.com.