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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).

Check out the Lent 2023 issue here.

Youth Group

Saint Mark’s offers fellowship, Bible study, service projects, and confirmation training to young people in our community throughout the year.

Want to get involved? Contact Interim Youth Director Rebekah Gilmoreyouth@saintmarks.org

Youth Confirmation

Teenagers, ages 13–18, who desire to dig deeper into the church and their own beliefs are invited into the year-long process of preparation for youth confirmation. You don't need to be sure that you want to be confirmed to take this class. Asking those questions is the work we do together.

Click here to sign up for the confirmation class.

20s/30s Group

Young adults at Saint Mark’s gather regularly to connect, share their spiritual journeys and build community. We consider issues of faith, justice, ethics, and meaning—as we enjoy each other’s company and share a meal or social time together. Many of our members are new to the Episcopal church, so it is a comfortable and light-hearted way to explore what we believe, how we worship, and how we create joyful and resilient lives.

For more information, check out the most recent 20s/30s newsletter here, and sign up for future issues and special updates here (select the "Young Adults" check box in the form). Contact Luke Abdow with any questions at labdow@saintmarks.org

40s/50s Group

Have you “aged out” of the 20s/30s group, or are you 40+ and desire fellowship and friendship centered around opportunities for fellowship and shared prayer? A new ministry for folks in their 40s and 50s launched on Sunday, January 29. Future events will be announced on this page. Questions? Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: mseewer@saintmarks.org

About Canon Barrie

Canon for Intergenerational Ministries
Wendy has served more than 25 years in parish-based formation ministry in California, New York and Connecticut, and she has a wealth of experience with many curricula, including Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Since March 2020, she has served as Acquisitions Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing, and recently guided the revision of the highly-regarded Journey to Adulthood curriculum. Wendy is a nationally-renowned speaker and teacher in the field of lifelong spiritual formation, and her latest book, The Church Post-Sunday School: How to be Intergenerational and Why It Matters, is due out next summer. She blogs and posts resources and updates at wendyclairebarrie.com

Sunday Offerings for Kids

Godly Play


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. Upcoming offerings: November 6 (open house for kids and parents), November 20, December 4 & 18. Please email Canon Wendy Barrie wbarrie@saintmarks.org with questions.

Children's Chapel 


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


Find all the recent intergenerational newsletters here:

Lent Intergenerational Offerings Newsletter

February/March 2023 20s/30s Newsletter

Intergenerational Events and Offerings

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

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club Night
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 6–9 P.M., 4103 Beacon Avenue S., Free but $5 donation appreciated 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. Please wear soft-soled shoes without a heel (flip flops are just fine). Bring a snack or side dish to share for a potluck picnic (tables, … 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

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