This Sunday... February 1 - The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Please join us in our worship of God this Sunday...

8 am - Low Mass

Preacher: Mother Takacs

9 am - Family Mass

Preacher: Mother Johnson

Music by the Boys & Girls Choir

10 am - Christian Formation

For Children... Schola meets in the Library on the upper floor of the Parish House. 

For Adults.. The 10 am Adult Forum...  February 1.  Bees at Saint Mark’s!  In an exciting new chapter of our life as a parish, St. Mark’s will be keeping bees on our grounds in the coming season.  Come hear from the volunteers who are heading up this project, and learn more about how and why bees are to become part of our ministry in this city.

11 am - Choral High Mass

Preacher: Fr. Mullen

Music: 

Communion Service "Collegium Regale" - Herbert Howells

The fountain of all Wisdom - Thomas Tomkins

I will Love Thee - Vassily Kalinnikov 


Coffee and refreshments are available in the Parish House following the 9 am Family Mass and the 11 am High Mass.


3 pm - Solemn Evensong & Benediction for the Eve of the Presentation of our Lord

Music:
When to the Temple Mary went - Johannes Eccard

Evening Service "Collegium Regale" - Herbert Howells

Totus Tuus - Henryk Gorecki

O Salutaris - Thomas Tallis

 

A light reception will follow E&B

Posted on January 22, 2015 .

Adult Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception

Beginning January 18 and continuing through March 22, we will be offering classes on Sundays after coffee hour (1:00-2:30) for all those who would like to explore the possibility of being baptized, confirmed, or received into the Episcopal Church.   We would love to have you join us even if you are uncertain whether to make this deeper commitment to your faith.  This is also a great place to come if you would like to think, learn, pray, and talk about your relationship with God—even if you have been an Episcopalian all your life or never want to be one!  Our conversations are lively, warm, and we hope gently challenging.

There will be an information session on Sunday January 11 at 1pm in the library (second floor, above the parish hall).  Please feel free to drop in if you would like to ask questions and meet other people who are thinking about joining the class.  Mother Johnson, Father Mullen, and Mother Takacs would also be very happy to speak with you individually as you consider this opportunity.

Posted on December 30, 2014 .

Commitment

November 16 is Commitment Sunday, when we ask everyone who cares about and believes in the work and ministry of Saint Mark’s to make a pledge of financial support for the coming year.  We can only worship God and care for God’s people because many of you help us to do this work with your generous contributions.  Please remember to come to Saint Mark’s at 8, 9 or 11 on Sunday, November 16, and to RSVP for the Celebration Brunch afterwards.  For more info, please contact the Parish Office.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video as you consider what commitment you can make!

Posted on October 29, 2014 .

The Choir of Boys & Girls

Music is a powerful force in shaping children's lives, and it is one of the ways both children and adults come to know God.  The Boys & Girls Choir at Saint Mark's is a unique way to get your child involved in music, and to discover his or her own spirituality.  The video below shows the kids of the Boys & Girls Choir singing during the summer Choir Camp.  If you'd like more information about the choir, please look here, or contact Dr. Darryl Roland through the Parish Office.

 

Posted on August 18, 2014 .

Saving A Treasure - Restoration & Preservation in 2014

HELP US SAVE THIS TREASURE!

Following years of preparation and planning, Saint Mark's is embarking on a project of restoration and historic preservation of the church exterior in 2014.  Funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service and National Trust for Historic Preservation, this project will address pressing needs for the restoration and preservation of the masonry, roofs, and glass of the church exterior.

For more information on the historic preservation project, please contact Cheryl Barber, Director of Development & Communications, at cbarber@saintmarksphiladelphia.org or click here

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Click here to support "Saving A Treasure"
Posted on August 18, 2014 .

Vacation Music Camp at Saint Mark's

Updated: Day Five!

What an incredible week we've had. Dr. Roland is "ecstatic" about the progress his Vacation Choir Campers have made, Mother Takacs said this is the best singing and best behaved Vacation Music School we've ever had, and the campers are going home singing the songs that they've learned. We finished up our camp here by having two presentations for our families - a presentation at lunch for the parents of our littlest campers in Vacation Music School, and a concert this afternoon for the families of our choir students. Both groups are singing extraordinarily well and have been an absolute joy to work with. After our noontime concert, all enjoyed a celebratory feast with tacos, cupcakes, and delicious ice pops.

Quote of the day (from a departing camper): Why does VMS have to be only five days?

And to that I say - there's always next year! A million thanks to all of our incredibly hard working volunteers. They are, and always have been, the heart of Saint Mark's and of our ministries.

Come, let us sing to the Lord!

Vacation Music School-ers singing beautifully for their parents today.

Vacation Music School-ers singing beautifully for their parents today.


Updated: Day Four

Another day of beautiful singing and sharing here at our Vacation Music Camps. At this point in the week, campers who didn't know each other on Monday have become fast friends, and parents who come into pick up their children at the end of the day are invited to sit in on one of our singing circle games just so the campers can have one more turn. We have practiced all week and are looking forward to sharing with parents tomorrow all that we have learned.

Our Vacation Choir Campers working with volunteers from the Walnut Street Theatre - one of the best parts of the week, one of our campers told Mother Takacs!

Our Vacation Choir Campers working with volunteers from the Walnut Street Theatre - one of the best parts of the week, one of our campers told Mother Takacs!


Updated: Day Three

Today was the story of Jonah and the Whale for our Vacation Music School students. We explored Jonah, this "Backward Prophet" and wondered what he might have done next in the story! The choir campers enjoyed another fun day of work with their leaders from the Walnut Street Theater so much that one of our younger students wondered what they were doing to make such a happy "ruckus" upstairs. They continue to sing incredibly beautifully. Two more days of fun to go!

Some of our younger campers enjoying an organ presentation in the church.

Some of our younger campers enjoying an organ presentation in the church.


Updated: Day Two

Our Vacation Music Camps had another wonderful day today. We all learned new songs, listened to the story of Moses and the Red Sea, and enjoyed a beautiful presentation by a classical guitarist. All of our Choir Campers are singing beautifully already, after having been together for only two days!

Vacation Music School and Vacation Choir Camp listen to a brilliant presentation on the classical guitar.

Vacation Music School and Vacation Choir Camp listen to a brilliant presentation on the classical guitar.



Day one of our Vacation Music Camps at Saint Mark's has been a huge success. In Vacation Music School, we learned new songs, heard the story of The Flood and the Ark, and got to listen to some incredible singing by our very own Veronica Chapman-Smith. Our older choir campers worked hard improving their singing technique and learning some new music together. And everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup!

Quote of the day:

When one child's mother came to pick him up, he pulled her over into our singing circle game and said, "Come on, Mom! Join the fun!"

Mr. Fischetti helps our youngest campers do their work after hearing the story of The Flood and the Ark.

Mr. Fischetti helps our youngest campers do their work after hearing the story of The Flood and the Ark.


Posted on August 4, 2014 .

A New Tradition: 20s/30s Simple Suppers

The 20s/30s Simple Suppers is a new tradition here at Saint Mark's. Each month, we'll gather in someone's home for a simple home Eucharist, a delicious meal, and lively conversation.  These dinners have involved a lot of our Saint Mark's 20s/30s - they are a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better and to invite some new friends to get to know us. Interested in joining us or hosting a Simple Supper at your home or apartment? Please contact Mother Erika Takacs at 215-735-1416.  

 

Posted on July 18, 2014 .