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Parenting during a pandemic has been full of unexpected joys and struggles. The days are full, our kids' feelings are big, and our roles as parent and professional, educator and coach, partner and friend are now blended together in messy, unexpected ways.  We believe there is beauty and promise emerging in the midst of the mess. That belief is rooted in the life of Jesus, who blended humanity and divinity together in his own life, death, and resurrection. Our Christian faith proclaims God is in the midst of messes, and marks each moment of our daily work and play as holy.  Below, you'll find some ways we are banding together at Saint Mark's to remember and reflect God's love in our daily lives at home. Engage in the ways that best support you and your children, and know that we are praying for you!

For more information about Children & Family Ministries and programming, please contact: children@saintmarks.org.


Intergenerational Community

Saint Mark's Cathedral has identified the creation of genuinely intergenerational community as one of its core Mutual Ministry Goals. Check out this resources, from The Uniting Church in Australia: Being an Intergenerational Church [pdf]


Intergenerational Ministries Newsletter

Every other month Canon Barrie sends out a newsletter containing reflections on the current season and highlighting upcoming offering that all ages can participate in together.  Sign up to receive the newsletter here (just be sure to check the "Children and Families" box),

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Wednesday Evening Cathedral Commons Forum: "What Is Intergenerational Ministry?"

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via ZoomOptional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family)

What is Intergenerational Ministry?  

The Cathedral Commons forum on Wednesday, May 14, will be an opportunity to focus on what it means for us as a church community to be intergenerational, and why that matters. Presenters will unpack the definitions of multi-generational, cross-generational, and intergenerational, and talk about why intergenerationality is one of three core mutual ministry goals at Saint Mark's. We'll look at some of where we've been as a cathedral community, and where we are heading! Intergenerationality isn't a program or an event, it's a culture, a way of being and doing church together. It's also important for us to name that while intergenerational is not code for children and families, ministry with children and youth is always intergenerational. The forum will be a chance to share some of the lessons learned at the hybrid workshop for ministry leaders on Thursday, May 9 (see below).

Join online using this Zoom link.

Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family)

Sunday Offerings

Godly Play

FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH,* resuming OCTOBER 1, 2023, 10–11 A.M., in the Godly Play classrooms on the 2nd floor of the St. Nicholas Bldg. 

In the 10 a.m. hour (between the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday services), on the first and third Sunday of each month, kids aged 3 and up are invited to the classroom on the second floor of the St Nicholas Building for storytelling, wondering, and play, using the Montessori-based Godly Play curriculum. In Fall 2023, participants will explore core stories from the Hebrew scriptures. Please email Canon Wendy Barrie wbarrie@saintmarks.org with questions.

*Godly Play will not be offered on November 5, 2023 (All Saints' Sunday)


Children's Chapel 

SUDAYS MORNING DURING THE 9 A.M. SERVICE

Children's Chapel returns in its familiar form during the 9 a.m. service in Fall 2022. All children will be invited to join the Gospel procession and cathedral around the Deacon as the Gospel is proclaimed. Then children pre-school through 2nd grade will process to Thomsen Chapel for the Gospel story in a developmentally appropriate telling, singing, and prayer. Parents are welcome to join their children. They return to their families in the nave at the Peace. Adults are needed to volunteer to assist with Children's Chapel on a rotating basis (safeguarding training certification required). If you are interested in participating in this way, or if you have any questions, please contact Canon Wendy Claire Barry: wbarrie@saintmarks.org

Events and Offerings for Children and Families

Urban Birding Day
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SATURDAY, MAY 25, 8 A.M.–12 P.M., Leffler garden, the Greenbelt, and around the cathedral campus Join Creation Care and Intergenerational Ministries for a morning of exploring nature and learning about birds on the campus of Saint Mark’s. Activities will include learning about local birds and making a simple bird feeder. There will two guided bird walks in the Saint Mark’s Greenbelt: at 8 a.m., Gordon and Jacquelyn Miller will lead a bird walk designed for adults and older youth, and … Read More

Being Intergenerational: A Morning of Education & Conversation
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Led by: Chris Barnett Canon Wendy Claire Barrie Dr. Valerie Grissom THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024, 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom; registration required for either option. Resourced and facilitated by Chris Barnett, Canon Wendy Claire Barrie, and Dr. Valerie Grissom, this is a unique opportunity to engage and explore the growing field of intergenerational ministry with others passionate about seeing people of all ages grow in faith together. For pastors, educators, ministry leaders and their … Read More

Compline in Collaboration with the Choristers of the Choir School, 2024
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 9:30 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed Since 2015, the men of the Compline Choir have occasionally been joined by trebles from the Senior Choristers and Schola of the Cathedral Choir School to chant the Office of Compline at its usual time at 9:30 p.m. Sunday—creating an enriching intergenerational experience for all the singers involved, and a unique sound for the congregation. These collaborations are intended to occur every two years, but the last one was … Read More

Twelfth Night Eucharist & Burning of the Greens, 2024
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave and parking lot In our tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Christmas lasts twelve days, beginning December 25 and ending on January 5 (that is, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). The evening of the last day of Christmas is known as “Twelfth Night,” and is an opportunity for festivity and reflection. All ages are invited to celebrate the end of the Christmas season on … Read More

The Greening of the Cathedral, 2023
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MONDAY, 10 A.M.–2 P.M. (or until finished), in the cathedral nave The parish family of Saint Mark’s will come together on Monday, December 18 for The Greening the Cathedral, that is, helping Chris Brown clean and decorate our sacred space with evergreen garland, wreaths, and trees for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The bows won’t be added until December 23, but the space will be filled with greenery for the Pageant on December 20. Families with kids and people of … Read More

Bainbridge Troll Hike!
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, meet at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal at 12:10 p.m. OR at Saint Mark’s at 10 a.m. Bring a sack lunch. If you have this Friday off from school/work, join together for this outdoor adventure for all ages! Updated directions: Meet at the parking lot entrance to the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal in Winslow at 12:10 p.m. (which is the scheduled time for the ferry from Seattle to dock) OR meet at Saint Mark’s at 10 a.m. The … Read More

Behind the Scenes with the Flower Ministry
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 10:10–10:50 A.M., meet at the flower arrangement in the nave All ages are invited to learn about what the flower ministry does each week and how they do it! Meet at the flower arrangement in the nave following the 9 a.m. service. Beatrix Hamm will talk briefly about the process of creating an arrangement and about the spiritual practice of flower arranging. She will then lead the group on a tour through flower room, and the program … Read More

2023 Parish Picnic with Backpack Blessing
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6–7:30 P.M. on the front lawn, patio, and labyrinth. No registration; RSVP welcome but not required—email Canon Barrie.  Everyone is welcome to an end-of-summer, back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 8—to reconnect in person, have some fun together, and celebrate the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The cathedral will provide ice water and lemonade for everyone, plus cupcakes for dessert! Activities will include: Live string band music! (banjo, fiddle, … Read More

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club Night
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS! FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 6–9 P.M., 4103 Beacon Avenue S., Free but $5 donation appreciated Co-sponsored by the 20s/30s Group and the Intergenerational Council; all are welcome. Enjoy the sunset, great views of the city, food and community while learning the basics of lawn bowling from parishioner Tom Sunderland. All ages welcome but no pets. All equipment needed provided. Learn about the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling club here. Update: You can learn the basic rules of lawn bowling in … Read More

Eat! Play! Love! 2023
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 5:30-8 P.M. & SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 10 A.M.–3 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds. Register here. In this special weekend of community, connection, and creativity, all ages come together to actively explore the Kingdom or Reign of God—what it is, how to recognize it, and how we help to bring it about right here, right now. Through story, conversation, justice-seeking, art, music, gardening, bread-baking, and more, we’ll delve into three of the kingdom parables in … Read More

Intergenerational Hike on the Naches Peak Loop
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS SATURDAY, JULY 22, meet at 10:30 a.m., hike concludes ~1 p.m. RSVP for location and details.  All are invited to an Intergenerational Hike on the Naches Peak Loop, which passes through Mount Rainier National Park. The hike will be kid-friendly (only 200 ft elevation gain) and will include a lunch break and outdoor Eucharist. Naches Peak Loop is one of the most beautiful and easily accessed trails in the central Cascades. Capacity is limited—RSVP to Canon Barrie … Read More

Pentecost Ride/Run/Roll at Seward Park
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SUNDAY, MAY 28, 3-4:30 P.M., Seward Park, Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle Calling all bikers, scooters, walkers, rollerbladers, runners, unicycles and so forth to join in a Pentecost Sunday Ride/Run/Roll around Seward Park in Southeast Seattle. We will meet on the lawn near the Seward Park Playground at 3 p.m. From there, we will head around the Seward Park 2-mile paved and flat loop. The day ends with the traditional root beer floats! All ages and generations are encouraged to … Read More

Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer
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Youth Group Pizza, Hang-Out, and Body Prayer with Saint Mark’s Coolest Grandma Betsy Bell SUNDAY, MAY 7, 5:30–7 P.M., cathedral nave Betsy has probably hiked more mountain miles than you’ve walked in your life. She’s fantastic. After we fill you up with pizza, Betsy will lead us in Qi Gong practice and Body Prayer. Don’t know what that is? Good. Come try out a very different way to ground yourself in the Holy. Sign up here so we order enough … Read More

Bake for Lowell Teachers!
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DROP-OFF ON SUNDAY, MAY 7; sign up requested. Help us honor teachers at Lowell Elementary School during Teacher Appreciation Week! The teachers of Lowell Elementary, where a disproportionate number of students face challenging family circumstances, work extremely hard all year, and the cathedral is thrilled to be able to express our appreciation in this way. A neighboring PTA has gifted a coffee cart to Lowell on Monday, May 8, so the cathedral community has been asked to provide baked goods (muffins, cookies, … Read More

Holy Week Liturgies at Saint Mark’s, 2023
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A note about pandemic safety: There will be no pre-registration or screening at the door for any of this year’s services. At this time, masks are recommended (not required) in the cathedral buildings. Learn more here. The designated “distanced section” in the nave, where all must remain masked and distanced, remains available. The following services will be livestreamed: Palm Sunday 11 a.m. Palm Sunday Choral Evensong Palm Sunday Compline Chrism Mass Tenebrae Maundy Thursday Good Friday noon Good Friday 7 p.m. The … Read More

Saint Mark’s Schola and the Early Music Youth Academy Present: Baroque Choral Favorites
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SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 4 P.M., in the cathedral nave The Early Music Youth Academy chamber orchestra, part of Seattle Historical Arts for Kids, joins forces with the teen choristers of the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Schola for a program of glorious Baroque choral-orchestral favorites. This short and sweet concert of favorite highlights from Baroque choral-orchestral masterworks will include movements from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, and (especially appropriate for Lent) Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. String students using period bows are joined by their … Read More

Chili and Care Packages
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A 20s/30s Collaboration with SMC Youth SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 5:30–7 P.M., Leffler House Assemble and stuff care packages for SMC students away at college and then enjoy a chili bar with toppings and cornbread. A great opportunity to connect with youth at SMC. RSVP encouraged but not required. Questions? Email Luke: labdow@saintmarks.org

2023 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper with Closing of the Doors
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UPDATED WITH VIDEO! TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 6–7:15 P.M., in the cathedral nave. Suggested donation: $6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family. Please join us on Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Mardi Gras), February 21, in the cathedral nave, to end the season after Epiphany in the traditional way—by gathering in community, eating pancakes, and having fun! There will be live music, crafts, and games. Chef Marc Aubertin and the youth will be preparing our meal, and the members of the Seattle Service Corps will be decorating … Read More

A Not-So-Quiet Day
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UPDATED WITH NEW DETAILS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M., in person only, in the cathedral nave and outdoors. Registration requested. Facilitated by Wendy Claire Barrie, Cathedral Canon for Intergenerational Ministries This offering for children, youth, and adults is an intentionally intergenerational exploration of embodied spiritual practices. The doors will open at 9 a.m., and we’ll begin at 9:30 a.m. with prayer, song, and an introduction to the day’s activities. Feel free to come and go as you desire; we’ll … Read More

Instructed Eucharist at 9 a.m., January 29, 2023
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, at the 9 a.m. liturgy only Saint Mark’s will have another Instructed Eucharist on Sunday, January 29 as part of the 9 a.m. liturgy that day. This service will include additional explanation, both printed in the bulletin and spoken aloud, about why elements of the liturgy are the way they are, where they come from, and what they mean. Community members of all ages and all levels of familiarity with the Episcopal tradition will learn something new … Read More

Candlemas Eve Candle-making and Evening Prayer
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 6:45-8:15 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and Thomsen Chapel, in person only. Optional community dinner served 6-6:30 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). This in-person only event looks ahead to Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation (February 2, midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox) of the infant Jesus in the temple, when Simeon recognizes him as the Anointed One, “the Light to enlighten the Nations.” Traditionally, it is the day in which candles are blessed for … Read More

Epiphany Supper, Eucharist, and Burning of the Greens
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NOTE: The Pageant of the Nativity, originally scheduled for December 20, was rescheduled due to snow, and will replace this event on January 6.  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 6–8 P.M., Bloedel Hall, cathedral nave, and outdoors Vegetarian chili, toppings, cornbread will be served from 6–6:45 p.m., then a simple and lovely Eucharistic liturgy will be offered in the nave, concluding with a procession with the Advent Wreath to the outdoor bonfire. Bring Christmas greens from your own home to burn as … Read More

Intergenerational Cookie Swap and Holiday Fun
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall Between the morning services on Sunday December 11, Saint Mark’s Intergenerational Council will host a cookie swap in Bloedel Hall! Please come, with or without cookies—but if you are able, we’d love you to bring two dozen of your favorite homemade cookies and a copy of the recipe to share. You’ll go home with other delicious treats and new recipes to try! We’ll also wrap gifts for Lowell Elementary School children—if you have some … Read More

Intergenerational Hike to Carkeek Park
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1:30–4 P.M., meet at Carkeek Park trailhead, 6th Ave. NW and NW 100th Pl., rain or shine. The next intergeneration hike will explore Carkeek Park, near Northgate. After meeting at the trailhead, the group will follow Pipers Creek, which a group of citizen activists have restored as an active salmon run. The the trail passes one of Seattle’s early farmsteads, where old apple trees still bear fruit. Some people could walk straight to the … Read More

The Triduum of All Hallows/All Saints/All Souls
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). In this forum led by Canon Barrie, we’ll explore the pre-Christian, Celtic roots of these holy three days and reflect on their relevance in the present day. You are invited to bring a photograph of someone you “love and see no longer” for the prayer table we’ll set with flowers and candles in commemoration of All Souls, better … Read More

“All Hallows Eve Eve”—Activities and Movie Screening for Children and Youth
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 12:30 TO 2:30 P.M., Bloedel Hall Hallow means holy, and Hallowe’en or All Hallows Eve is the night before All Saints’ Day, a time when the veil between this world and the next is thin. All children and youth are invited to join together in Bloedel Hall at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, for a light lunch and pumpkin painting or carving, followed by a screening of the Academy Award-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells. … Read More

St. Francis Day & Blessing of the Animals, 2022
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Previous years’ services: Blessing of the Animals 2021 [2021 Service leaflet] Blessing of the Animals 2020 [2020 service leaflet] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022, 4:30 P.M., on the outdoor labyrinth and front lawn On Saturday, October 1, Saint Mark’s will once again offer its beloved Saint Francis Day tradition. A few years ago this offering was moved from Sunday morning to Saturday afternoon, and the outdoor celebration has a truly festive community atmosphere. Dogs, cats, bird, bunnies, ponies, chickens, and all … Read More

New Children’s Worship Bags
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New purple bags with color-coded tags (pink for toddlers, blue for preschoolers, yellow for elementary ages) filled with items to connect kids to worship are ready for this Sunday, September 11! Pick them up in the narthex and return them there when you leave. Each contains age-appropriate materials such as a clipboard with a children’s lectionary-based bulletin, a finger labyrinth for older children, a lacing lamb for younger ones, and Montessori hand kites with ribbons in liturgical colors for responding … Read More

Two Important Ministry Surveys
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The Needs and Hopes of Families with Children and What Happens After the 20s/30s Group? The Children and Families Committee has a survey for parents, grandparents, and caregivers about faith formation and community building for kids and their adults. We’d love to learn what you are hoping for! Find the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/se0nRia2RH What might be next for those who are moving on from the 20s/30s Group at Saint Mark’s? The cathedral leadership is eager to hear what you need … Read More

Eat! Play! Love! 2022: Water of Life
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UPDATED WITH PHOTOS THREE WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 22, JULY 27, and AUGUST 24, 5 P.M.–8 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds. Registration requested. Fee: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. UPDATE: On the Sunday following all three evenings (JUNE 26, JULY 31, and AUGUST 28) between the morning services at 10:10 a.m., participants in the Wednesday gathering will share some of what was presented and created at the event. Meet on the front patio. The gathering on … Read More

Responding to Gun Violence
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Photo of the June 2, 2022, Interfaith March and Prayer Vigil Against Gun Violence by photographer Mark White, via Faith Action Network. Click to enlarge. Alliance for Gun Responsibility The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Dean Steve Thomason collaborated with other civic leaders to create the Alliance in 2013 to support policy, … Read More

Ride/Run/Roll at Seward Park on Trinity Sunday
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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 3:30-5:30 P.M., Seward Park, Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle Calling all bikers, scooters, walkers, rollerbladers, runners, unicycles and so forth to join in a Trinity Sunday Ride/Run/Roll around Seward Park in Southeast Seattle. We will meet on the lawn near the Seward Park Playground at 3:30. Look for a St. Mark’s banner and table to find us! From there, we will head around the Seward Park 2-mile paved and flat loop. Celebrate the turn to Ordinary Time … Read More

A Rogation Day Liturgy
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person only, outdoors on the cathedral grounds Rev. Stahlecker, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and Canon Barrie will lead this intergenerational, prayerful exploration of the tradition of Rogation days, an ancient practice, dating from the 5th century, of blessing and giving thanks for the earth which sustains us. The service begins with a blessing of Leffler House gardens, followed by a procession with stations, and concludes with the Great Litany (including the Supplication for use “in times … Read More

Intergenerational Hike at Discovery Park
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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2:30 P.M., meet at the Discovery Park North Parking Lot For the next intergenerational hike, we will be exploring Discovery Park! The walk will include the park’s nature trails as well as the Daybreak Star Cultural Center. A brief liturgy of prayer and song will be offered on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Participants in the previous intergenerational hikes have found them a fun opportunity to connect with community members in a new way. If you … Read More

Beyoncé Mass at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle
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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave, registration required This groundbreaking Christian worship event, hosted and co-sponsored by Saint Mark’s, was created in 2018 by a team led by The Rev. Yolanda M. Norton (Disciples of Christ). Beyoncé Mass is a worship service rooted in womanist theology that uses the music and personal life of Beyoncé as a tool to foster an empowering conversation about Black women—their lives, their bodies, and their voices. What if “Flaws and All” was a … Read More

Intergenerational Hike to Tradition Lake
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2 P.M., meet at the Tradition Lake trailhead For the second intergenerational hike, intrepid hiker Betsy Bell has chosen a route that’s friendly to seniors and preschoolers. We’ll meet at the Tradition Lake trailhead at the end of the road at High Point exit off I-90. This includes the Swamp Trail which has a fun series of story boards about Zoe and the creatures in the area, the Ruth Kees Big Tree and Tradition Lake trails, about 2.5 to 3 … Read More

Twelfth Night Bonfire and Burning of the Greens
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, 6:30 P.M. – 8 P.M. In our tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Christmas lasts twelve days, beginning December 25 and ending on January 5 (that is, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). The evening of the last day of Christmas is known as “Twelfth Night,” and is an opportunity for festivity and reflection. Come together in the cathedral nave on January 5 for a brief rite to bid farewell to Christmastide … Read More

The 2021 Giving Tree
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GIVING UPDATE: From online donations to the Giving Tree for Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary,  $5,180 was raised to purchase Target gift cards in $50 or $25 increments. In combination with gift tags that were purchased directly by parishioners, we reached the requests of 100 gift cards for Casa Latina and 75 gift cards for Lowell Elementary. Additionally, Mary’s Place received about 100 gifts from Saint Mark’s parishioners.   Once again, Saint Mark’s is sharing Christmas joy with families from Casa … Read More

Wendy Claire Barrie Called as New Canon for Intergenerational Ministries
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A Message from Dean Thomason Dear friends, It is my great delight to announce that Wendy Claire Barrie has accepted the call to serve as Canon for Intergenerational Ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. She will begin her work November 1, 2021. Her visionary leadership and vast experience in lifelong spiritual formation and her passion for intergenerational ministry will complement the many gifts our formation team already brings into these areas, and as a lay person herself, she has a keen … Read More

Intergenerational Hike to Twin Falls
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UPDATE: Check out the Creation-themed liturgy shared at the event here, and some photos below:  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021,  2 –5:30 P.M. Let’s hike together! All ages are welcome on this 3 mile roundtrip hike to Twin Falls as we take time to connect, move and pray in nature after church. We’ll meet at the trailhead at 2 p.m. and finish by 5:30 p.m. Bring your water, snacks and appropriate gear – we recommend good hiking shoes, layers, sunscreen and … Read More

Back-to-School Picnic on the Cathedral Lawn with Backpack Blessing
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2021, 6-7:30 P.M. We all know that the last year and a half has been hard for everyone, but especially for kids. Now, as the new school year looms, many challenges remain. To mark this milestone, all are welcome to a back-to-school gathering on Friday evening, September 3—to reconnect in person, to have some fun together, and to lift up and honor the amazing kids of our community. Bring a blanket and your own picnic dinner. The … Read More

Choir Camp Evensong
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WEDENSDAY, JULY 14, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom Join the choristers for a Choir Camp Evensong over Zoom! The Saint Mark’s Choir School’s Quarantine Quire Camp for senior choristers is happening July 11–14! On Wednesday, July 14, at 4:30 p.m., the participants will be leading a Zoom Evensong service. These talented young people will lead our prayer as officiants and cantors. Join using this Zoom link.

Mid-summer Family Ride/Run/Roll around Greenlake
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SUNDAY, JULY 18, 3:30–5 P.M. Grab your bikes, rollerblades, or walking shoes and do the 2.7-mile loop around Greenlake with other cathedral families. Parents must accompany their children or have a designated adult chaperone. Social distancing will be observed. Parking isn’t awesome on a beautiful summer Sunday but in addition to the on-site parking lot, free Sunday street parking in available in the area.   3:30 P.M. Gather at the outdoor stage area, east side of the Greenlake Community Center. Address: 7201 … Read More

Quarantine Quire Camps, 2021
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SENIOR CHORISTER CAMP REGISTER: Senior Chorister Camp registration here. AGES: rising 3rd grade–8th grade CAMP DATES: July 11-14, 2021 Sunday, July 11, 3–4:30 p.m.: Camp kickoff (masked/distanced at the cathedral) Monday, July 12–Wednesday, July 14, 10–11:40 a.m. daily: Camp via Zoom Wednesday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.: Final Zoom Choral Evensong TUITION: No tuition fees will be charged for camp 2021.   SCHOLA HIGH SCHOOL CAMP REGISTER: Schola Camp registration here. AGES: rising 9th-12th grade, and younger newly changed-voice tenors/basses CAMP DATES: August 2-6, 2021 7–8:30 p.m. … Read More

“Holy Week at Home” Packets for Families with Elementary Age Children
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Sign up today! Calling all families with elementary school children! Saint Mark’s faith formation leaders are preparing packets for you to observe Holy Week at home while staying connected to the broader community. We’ll drop off your packet between April 25 and 27, or will mail it to you if you are at a longer distance. We want to be sure to include all families with younger children—please send a note to Canon Jennifer with your name, address, and names of children at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org. We’ll … Read More

Special Lenten Wednesday Evensong Service, Led by Choristers of the Choir School
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WEDNESDAYS IN LENT, BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24, 4:30 P.M., via Zoom During the season of Lent, the choristers of the Choir School will host a weekly Evensong service over Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome! Take a break in your week to be led in prayer by the voices of our cathedral choristers. (Daily Evening Prayer continues at 6:30 p.m. as usual.) Join using this Zoom link. Although these services are led by the choristers of the choir … Read More

Prayer Banners for Lent
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What Lenten prayers are on your heart? We may be distanced from each other in these times, but we can share our prayers, a piece of ourselves, in community. All in the Saint Mark’s cathedral community are invited to contribute to a display of prayer banners around the labyrinth—a tangible and tactile expression of our prayers, both personal and communal. UPDATE: On Maundy Thursday all the banners will be gathered together, collectively blessed at the evening liturgy, and offered up … Read More

Pretzel Making with Clergy, for Children and Families
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SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 10:30 A.M., via Zoom Join your Dean Steve, Canon Jennifer and Canon Nancy on Saturday, March 6 from 10:30–11:30 am on Zoom as we make pretzels together and learn why they are a Lenten tradition. Download the recipe here—you won’t need many ingredients, just flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and an egg! Join using this Zoom link. Contact Canon Jennifer at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org for the Zoom link and for more information.

Lent at Home, 2021
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The season of Lent has provided a certain rhythm to the lives of Christians for twenty centuries now. Through thick and thin, Lent is a steadfast part of the journey for people of all ages. Of course, this year will be different, but there is also an opportunity to return to our roots in the early Christian community, before church buildings became normative, and the home was the principal place for gathering and growing in faith. Here are some resources … Read More

A Farewell Message from Kelly Moody
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The following message was included in the February 2021 edition of Be Present at Our Table, the monthly newsletter of Children and Family Ministries at Saint Mark’s.  Dear families, In the past year, the familiar heavy doors pictured above have not been swung open by little hands or harried parents very often. Prior to the pandemic, they were the physical threshold we passed through into the expansive and sacred space where we worship together, and the signal to our bodies … Read More

Anti-Racism for Parents and Children
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During Black History Month, check out the resources and materials made available at The Conscious Kid, an education, research, and policy organization that promotes healthy racial identity development in youth. Here are some quick tips from them: Name and take action against white supremacy with kids as early and as often as possible. Support racial identity as part of healthy child development. It is important to name whiteness, and for white people to identify as “white” in ways that acknowledge … Read More

Christmas Eve Resources and Activities for Kids!
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This year, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus together from home!  Your family may participate in one of the Cathedral services together through a computer or TV, following along with the service leaflet, or you might choose to light candles, sing and pray and read scriptures together on your own. You might even choose to act out the story of the Nativity! It doesn’t matter how you choose to celebrate Christ this year on Christmas Eve. What matters … Read More

Nativity Pageant Reprise in Pandemic, hosted by Dean Thomason
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7 P.M., via YouTube live premiere; Community Zoom afterparty to follow. Missing the Christmas Pageant this year? The delight of little angels, the sweet sounds of children’s voices, Magi processions, and three choirs gathered? Want to sing your carols as part of the experience? Pageants are an ancient way of telling the sacred story—a way that nourishes us deeply. Join Dean Thomason and others in the cathedral community as we experience a prayerful telling of the Nativity … Read More

Advent At Home, 2020
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This simple form of evening worship is intended to be used during the lighting of the Advent wreath or other table candles at home from November 29 to December 24. It can be used at the daily evening meal, or another time. The entire form will take no more than five minutes. The beauty is in the simplicity and repetition for people of all ages. Repeating these words together centers them in our heads and hearts, and draws us into … Read More

Alternative Giving 2020: Online Christmas Giving Tree
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UPDATE!  The generosity of Saint Mark’s parishioners to the 2020 Alternative Giving opportunity was overwhelming. The cathedral ended up sending more gift cards to Casa Latina and Lowell Elementary than they asked for! For Lowell Elementary and Casa Latina, you gave $14,700—for a total of 588 gift cards, and that does NOT include gifts to Mary’s Place (which collected donations directly). Know that our friends at Casa Latina and Lowell were so heartened—responding a resounding “WOW” and “That’s incredible!” THANK … Read More

Altar in the World: A Pre-Thanksgiving Offering of Service and Prayer
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10–11:30 A.M. (mini-pilgrimage), 12 P.M. (prayer service) Watch video of the concluding prayer service: Service Leaflet As the season changes and the weather becomes colder, Saint Mark’s offers an opportunity to remember and be of service to those in our community who lack safe and secure shelter. Participants will create small care packages, known as “Manna Bags,” containing items that people experiencing homelessness themselves have said are most useful to them. The act of assembling these bags … Read More

YOUR Voice is Needed—O Come O Come Emmanuel
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UPDATE: The video had its premiere at the conclusion of the “O” Antiphons liturgy, and watching it was a meaningful and moving experience for many. Huge thanks to everyone who participated, including community members from across the country and around the world! The completed video can be seen below, or with the other recent offerings on the Virtual Choir Video Collection page. You—yes, YOU—are invited to be part of a video offering of “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” the closing … Read More

The Wisdom of Children: An Audio Project from Saint Mark’s
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The Wisdom of Children is an audio project recorded in June, 2020, featuring the voices of the children of the Saint Mark’s Cathedral community. Listen now using the embedded player below, or read on for other ways to listen. LISTEN NOW: A MESSAGE FROM DEAN THOMASON Dear friends, Several weeks ago, in the throes of feeling the acute loss of human interaction, it washed over me how much I missed hearing the voices of children in my life—the murmurs of … Read More

Parent Connections Group: Gathering and Growing through a Quarantine
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SUNDAY, JUNE 14, at 4 P.M., via Zoom So much has changed so quickly! As parents and caregivers, we are continually adapting to these unusual times. Many of us report that juggling competing responsibilities and dealing with ongoing change is trying and overwhelming. It can also reveal a capacity for resilience we didn’t know we had. Join The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and fellow parents for connection and reflection each month. To receive the link, contact the Rev. Canon Nancy … Read More

National Day of Mourning and Lament
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Monday, June 1. Special service of Evening Prayer: 6:30 p.m., via Zoom Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined with over one hundred other faith leaders—from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions representing major denominations, national faith-based organizations, local congregations, and millions of people of faith across the country—in calling for a National Day of Mourning and Lament to grieve and honor the over 100,000 people in the U.S. who have now died from COVID-19. This call is being supported by the U.S. … Read More

Preparing for Pentecost from Home
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The Feast of Pentecost is upon us! On May 31, the Church observes the Feast of Pentecost. It is a great feast, a grand day, and one full of joy and anticipation!  While social distancing may change the look of some of our celebrations, nothing can stop the Holy Spirit from transforming our lives and the life of the Church. This year, there are lots of ways to catch that Pentecost Spirit at Saint Mark’s! Read on for some suggestions… … Read More

Storytelling and the Bible: An Interview with The Rev. Earl Grout
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Spend some time with The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and The Rev. Earl Grout, and hear how Earl approaches the reading of the Gospel, the stories of the Bible, and the way we tell our stories as people of faith! Earl also shares a few of his favorite Bible stories. What are your favorite bible stories?  Post in the comments below.

Trying Times: Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Grief—How to Tell the Difference
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A Webinar with Shelley Mackaman, PhD, and Wayne Duncan, PhD SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020, 3 P.M., via Zoom  Documents for this event: List of Resources (pdf) Complete Powerpoint presentation (pdf) A complete video of the webinar is available below: Do you find yourself fretting or anxious about reopening? Are your children stressed with the challenges of virtual school? Are you struggling to balance all the aspects of life now converging in your home life? We are all facing new pressures … Read More

Alicia Goodwin: Godly Play in the Time of COVID
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A few days ago, I saw a t-shirt with the words DO LESS. It didn’t have anything else written on it so I’m not sure how to execute that plan but it was an intriguing idea. I’m clear I cannot do more but I’m not sure doing less is an option either. With that conundrum in mind, I’m offering a few ways to weave a little Godly Play into our current quarantined lives. Many of our stories tell us God … Read More

The Home Altars of Saint Mark’s
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Earlier this week, the people of Saint Mark’s were invited to create home altars to serve as a focal point for their Holy Week observances. Visit this post for details. Below are some of the photographs that members of the community have sent in to the cathedral or shared in the Facebook Group. Click to enlarge!

A Special Video for Choir Members
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The music program at Saint Mark’s Seattle, somewhat famously, involves seven different choirs (Saint Mark’s Singers, Cathedral Choir, Evensong Choir, Compline Choir, Junior Choristers, Senior Choristers, and Schola). During this time when choirs are neither singing for liturgies nor meeting weekly to rehearse, choir members are feeling separation and absence acutely. Canon Kleinschmidt and Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore made the following video to recreate the warm-ups which begin all choir rehearsals, when singers prepare our voices and our bodies … Read More

Share your Dinner Wednesday night!
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Let’s gather virtually and have fun staying connected! This Wednesday, March 25, on our usual Cathedral Commons night, visit the Saint Mark’s Seattle Community Life during the Closure group and post a photo of your dinner table or what you’re eating. Some members of the group tried this last Wednesday, and it was so lovely to see everyone! (A few examples are pictured at below.) This Facebook group is “private”—to join in, just follow the link above, or visit our our regular Facebook … Read More

Sonjia Gavin: Blessing and Curse
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Yin and Yang. Sinner and Saint. Blessing and Curse. As they say, there are always to sides to a coin. In this time of limbo, I find myself thinking about this daily. What is the take-away from all of this? What are we supposed to be learning? How are we going to make it through? Will this ever this end? All around us, we are experiencing a new normal. Students are not in school, employees are being laid off (including … Read More

Reflections on Signs of Grace…
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After hearing Dean Thomason’s sermon on March 15, 2020, parishioners were invited to reflect on where they had been experiencing sacramental grace in their daily lives during this challenging time.    I snapped a photo (attached) on my walk out of PCC this evening after being greeted by a brass band playing music together in the park. All of the musicians were standing at least 6 feet apart (practicing social distancing) while they played joyful music. Lifted my spirits immediately … Read More

Table Grace for Your Wednesday Night Supper
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Every Wednesday night the community of Saint Mark’s has been invited to join together for a meal in Bloedel Hall. That meal always begins with the table grace sung by the choristers of the Choir School and all the parishioners who are attending. During this time of isolation, if you would like to begin your Wednesday night meal in the same way, Canon Keinschmidt offers this video > Be present at our table Lord; Be here and everywhere adored. These … Read More

Kelly Moody: “Everything Has Changed”
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Associate for Spiritual Formation Kelly Moody recently sent the following letter to the participants in Children and Family Ministries at Saint Mark’s. Her reflection is relevant, however, not just to parents of young children, but to all of us, and so we are sharing it here. “Everything has changed.” We say that in Godly Play at the beginning of a new liturgical year, and it seems appropriate in the wake of the news all gatherings over 50 people are prohibited, … Read More

Join the Saint Mark’s Community Life Facebook Group!
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All who feel a connection to the community of Saint Mark’s Seattle (where ever they might be) is invited to join the closed facebook group Saint Mark’s Community Life during the Closure. The purpose of the group is to connect with each other and with the cathedral during this time of isolation, quarantine, and building closure. Check it out! For those who do not use Facebook, content from the group will be posted on the Online Community Life page on … Read More