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We're glad you're here!

Welcome to our virtual home during the COVID-19 Cathedral Closure!  Whether you have attended Saint Mark's in person before or are joining us now for the first time, we're glad you're here.

Parenting during a pandemic is 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 The Rev Canon Jennifer King Daugherty, jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

 

Weekly Offerings

Sunday school classes are currently on summer break. 

 

GODLY PLAY

9 a.m. on Sunday Mornings via zoom

Children in preschool- 2nd grade tell bible stories with objects from home, make art together, and share their prayers and praises. Led by Alicia Goodwin.

To get on the weekly preparation email list  and receive the zoom link, contact Alicia.

 

PRACTICING OUR FAITH: EXPLORING SAINTS AND SACRAMENTS

10 a.m. on Sunday Mornings via zoom

Children in 3rd–5th grades study scripture together and make connections to our life in quarantine, plan projects for the community, and more! Led by Kristen Kelly and Sonjia Gavin.

To get on the weekly preparation email list and receive the zoom link, contact Kristen.

 

SPECIAL WEDNESDAY LENTEN EVENSONG VIA ZOOM

4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Lent: February 24,–March 24

During the season of Lent, the choristers of the Choir School will host a weekly Evensong service for the whole congregation over Zoom on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Join using this Zoom link.


Monthly CFM Newsletter

Each month the CFM team shares short, simple ways to connect faith with everyday life at home.  Sign up to receive the newsletter here (just be sure to check the "Children and Families" box), or view a recent example here.


Monthly Encouragement for Parents

Gathering and Growing through a Quarantine

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 cathedral staff and fellow parents for connection and reflection each month.  Contact the Rev. Canon Nancy Ross at nross@saintmarks.org.


 

Video Resources for Children & Parents

These videos were made with love by Saint Mark's clergy and staff.  Below, Deacon Earl reads a story that undergirds all of Children's Spiritual Formation at Saint Mark's.

Godly Play as a Spiritual Practice: An Interview with Alicia

The Saint Mark's Prayer Podcast for Children and Families is currently in flux. Listen to past episodes here.

Events and Offerings for Children and Families

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

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