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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 newsletters 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

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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.

For more information about intergenerational ministries and programming, please contact Canon Barrie at: wbarrie@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 Barrie: wbarrie@saintmarks.org

Intergenerational Events and Offerings

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. (If you choose to participate online, a Zoom link will be included in your confirmation email.) 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 … 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

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