St. Mark’s was begun by two University of California faculty families in the late 19th century. In a very real sense, the parish and university grew up together. Connections with the university are a priority for the parish. The parish supports students in three primary ways at this time: By offering space for the Episcopal Campus Ministry and its programs, by offering a study hall to all Cal students during finals, and through the Young Adults social and service group.
Episcopal Campus Ministry
The Episcopal Campus ministry offers a weekly Evensong service geared specifically towards students, though all are welcome, as well as regular opportunities for spiritual growth and socializing. To find out more about their programs, you can visit their website or contact the chaplain, Tom Poynor directly.
The parish’s primary internal outreach to Cal is in the form of the Study Hall which provides students preparing for exams a quiet, spacious parish hall or library with reliable wi-fi for study during “dead week” and exam week at the end of both semesters. Free coffee, tea, and snacks—many home-baked by parishioners—are also provided. The Study Hall is open from Noon until 10 PM on weekdays and from 2-8 PM on weekends. The parish provides food and funding, as well as offering 194 hours of staffing (door and a study hall monitors). The response from students has been good, with many returning each semester. To find out more or get involved with this ministry, contact Alda Morgan.
Young Adults Group
St. Mark’s has a vibrant group of young adults who gather regularly to share meals, attend movies, play games, and volunteer together around the Bay Area. We are also an integral part of worship services and the overall St. Mark’s community. For more information, please contact our fearless leader, Becky Blessing.