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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

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

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