Children's Christian Formation
Families at Saint Mark's
At Saint Mark's, we know that families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they have a mommy and a daddy, sometimes they have just a mommy or just a daddy, sometimes they have two mommies or two daddies. Whatever the shape and size of your family, please know that you are welcome to be a part of ours. Saint Mark's families regularly get together outside of Sunday morning services and formation for service projects, learning opportunities, trips, and family fun.
Sundays: Schola and Pre-Schola
Saint Mark's is blessed with the opportunity to teach children of all ages about God's love for them, and to walk with them in the first steps of a lifelong journey of faith.
Saint Mark's Schola is a unique Christian education program for young children (ages 3-8), held on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Library (on the upper floor of the parish house). In Schola, children work together with professional music educators to make a joyful and beautiful noise to the Lord, learning simple choir pieces to sing together with their classmates and also as a family at home. During this time, children will also engage creatively with the liturgy, learn Bible stories (including stories from the Godly Play curriculum), and take time to play and pray together.
Pre-Schola began in the fall of 2015. Like Schola, Pre-Schola is held at 10 a.m. in the Saint Mark’s Nursery. Parents (at least one) and children from 0-36 months are welcome to join us for 20 minutes of storytelling, singing, and musical play. All babies and toddlers are most welcome.
Connect s our new class for fall 2017 is designed for slightly older children (ages 9 and older). Like Schola and Pre-Schola, Connect is held at 10 a.m. and deeply rooted in scripture. Each week, Connect students will examine a theme as it winds its way through the Bible, connecting these themes not only with each other but also with the stories of their own faith.
For more information about our Schola or other offerings for children, please contact Mother Erika Takacs.
Family Activities 2017-18
October 7 – Trip to Linvilla Orchards, 1 p.m.
Join us for our annual outing to Linvilla Orchards in Media, PA.
This is the perfect opportunity to get everything you’ll need for Halloween – apple butter, cider doughnuts, and – of course – the greatest, grandest pumpkin your block has ever seen! We’ll meet at Saint Mark’s at 11a.m. and carpool to the orchards. Pack a picnic lunch and your best hayride gear. There’s face painting, games, and even an apple slingshot! Bring a friend or neighbor – all families with children are welcome.
November 18 – Soup Making, 11 a.m.
Meet in the parish kitchen after our 10 a.m. Mass for the opportunity to join together in making soup for the Soup Bowl.
Each week, our parish serves gallons and gallons of soup to those who are in the most need in our community. This family day of soup making is an opportunity for our youngest disciples to contribute that that important ministry. Bring along some ingredients for Dad’s Chicken Soup (found on the Soup Bowl page on the Saint Mark’s website), or just come along to help chop, season, and stir.
December 10 – Advent Pageant, 4 p.m.
The children of Saint Mark’s will present our annual Advent Pageant, telling the real story of Advent – no skipping ahead to the manger and the wise men! Instead, we hear the story of God’s conversation with the angels of heaven as God begins to make plans for the birth of Jesus. At first, the angels are hard to convince (A baby? To save the world? All alone?), but after hearing God’s plans for this wonderful moment – and after singing a few songs along the way – the angels are ready to shout out their praises to the highest heavens!
It’s an Advent Story you won’t want to miss. All families – with children, without children, young and old, parishioners and friends and neighbors – are welcome to join us. And plan to stay for cookies and cocoa after all of the songs have been sung!
January – Family Brunch
February 13 - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6 p.m.
As part of a tradition that goes back centuries, Saint Mark’s will once again be offering a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. Families of all ages are invited to come enjoy a meal of delicious of pancakes with the all the sides. Then join in the traditional Saint Mark’s pancake race!
March 16 - Family Lenten Dinner, 5 p.m.
April 1 – Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.
May – All Parish Pinic
June 3 – End of Year Celebration 10 a.m.
Additional Resources for Families