Neighbor Care

A Structure of Kindness

Saint Mark’s people show our care and concern on many fronts, not least of which the parish’s own structure of kindness demonstrated through the loosely-organized, precinct-based Neighbor Care movement.  This simple program of quiet selflessness is the way we come to know our neighbor.  It’s the way we stop and ask, “Is everything OK?  Are you alright?”   It’s the way we take time to listen.

It’s the way we take your dog for a walk and feed him if you’re late home from work.  It’s the way we water your plants or check on the house if the alarm goes off if you’re away.  It’s the way we collect the package from the stoop, shovel the sidewalk and bring a meal around when you’re not well.  It’s the way we help you get to church if you need a lift.

It’s the way we are as a church family,

The provenance of Neighbor Care’s theme comes from Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus says that people who feed, cloth, or shelter strangers are really, in effect, performing the same service for Jesus: ‘I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in’. 

As committed Christians, this theme underlies our faith.

Neighbor Care is unobtrusive and imperishable.  It’s an act of the unconquerable strength of the gentle, and it’s our way of living. - Fr. Stephen.

 Cluster Leaders  Top left to right: Fr. Stephen Moore (Clergy and Program Leader), CR, David Marshall (Rittenhouse West), Martha Johnson (Fairmount) Bottom left to right: Pamela Thaxter (Coffee Hour Coordinator), Lindsey Bingaman (Rittenhouse), John Schmiechen (South Philly), Nancy Hazle (Mainline)  Absent are Kevin Hook (New Jersey), Ted Lewis (South Philly), Madeleine Harris (Rittenhouse East) and Davis Dure (Northwest Philly)

Cluster Leaders
Top left to right: Fr. Stephen Moore (Clergy and Program Leader), CR, David Marshall (Rittenhouse West), Martha Johnson (Fairmount)
Bottom left to right: Pamela Thaxter (Coffee Hour Coordinator), Lindsey Bingaman (Rittenhouse), John Schmiechen (South Philly), Nancy Hazle (Mainline)

Absent are Kevin Hook (New Jersey), Ted Lewis (South Philly), Madeleine Harris (Rittenhouse East) and Davis Dure (Northwest Philly)


Neighbor Care Leadership

  • Father Stephen Moore - Clergy and Program Leader

  • Lindsey Bingaman- Rittenhouse West Cluster Leader

  • Gabi Machado - Neighbor Care Ministry Resident

For more information about Neighbor Care, please contact Fr. Stephen Moore.


To locate more information about a cluster, please click on the neighborhood your zip code falls under.

Rittenhouse Cluster (East & West)

Fairmount Cluster

South Philly Cluster

West Philly Cluster

Northwest Philly Cluster

Mainline Cluster

New Jersey Cluster