St. Mark's Nursery
Children are welcome and appreciated as participants in worship! Children have their own unique relationship with God. Being in church helps them learn how to pray, listen, sing and worship while they strengthen that special relationship.
Children ages 0-6 who need some space to rest and play can do so in St. Mark's nursery. Our nursery is open Sundays from 8:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Our nursery coordinator, Edda Mai Johnson, has over 30 years of experience working with infants and young children and has completed masters degree work in child development. Edda Mai works with nursery attendants, Elvira Markov and Johanna Najera, who have been at St. Mark's for 11 and 8 years, respectively.
All nursery staff are CPR certified.
SUNDAY SCHOOL AT ST. MARK’S
We meet at 10:05 – 10:55 in the youth room (Auditorium) every Sunday from September until May/June.
If you are interested, please contact either Pastors Elizabeth or Tita for more information.
Our Sunday School ministry at St. Mark’s has 3 distinct parts
-Children’s Time: during the 9:00 service, children are invited to spend time
with our pastors every Sunday during the Children's time.
-Chapel: After Children’s Time, children are dismissed to Chapel located in
the ground floor of Urban Life Center. All age groups gather in Chapel to sing,
worship and give weekly offering to our sister parish in El Salvador.
-Sunday School Instruction: After Chapel the children divide into their age
appropriate classrooms. The classroom teachers prepare weekly lessons or
we gather all classes together to celebrate a special sacred occasion.
All children are welcome to join us for Children’s Time and Chapel.
Classroom instruction is open to children over 3,
or younger with parent, through the 5th grade.
Faith Formation for the Youth of St. Mark’s
The Confirmation Ministry at St. Mark’s is a two-year program for youth in grades 6 – 8. The youth have an opportunity to learn about the main parts of Luther’s Catechism, immerse themselves in an overview of the Bible, become familiar with our Lutheran history and Lutheran worship, and engage in other topics and issues that will challenge the meaning of faith and discipleship. Included in this journey of faith formation will be exchanges with other ecumenical and interfaith communities, opportunities for service and advocacy, and retreats to strengthen the relationships of the youth. This ministry meets on Sundays from September to May/June in the Youth Room from 10:05 to 10:50 AM, and provides a safe place for youth to ask questions and state what is on their minds and in their hearts. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Ron.
The youth at St. Mark’s are given many opportunities throughout the year to be in fellowship with one another. The high-school youth gather two Sundays/month—one Sunday for a topic discussion at 10:00 a.m. and one Sunday for lunch following the second worship service @ 12:30 PM. In addition to these regular gatherings, the high-school youth will serve as worship leaders, participate in selected service projects, experience an overnight “lock-in” at the church, and go on retreat together. During the summer of 2018, the high-school youth will be heading to the ELCA National Youth Gathering to join over 30,000 youth in Houston (hopefully) for this grand experience.