Becoming a Member at St. Mark's
If you have never visited St. Marks Church, it may be helpful to offer a little orientation:
The Church Building Itself
Our church was built just over one hundred years ago. It was designed by a very famous church architect named Bertram Goodhue. It was modelled after a Medieval Catholic Church in an English Country Town. Its design, furnishings, wood carving, tiles, metal work, and much more are deemed by many experts to be both holy and historic. We still use the high altar for the 8 am service on Sunday and for special celebrations. Most Sundays, we have a portable altar placed in the center aisle at the crossing, which we use at the 10 am service on Sunday.
The Service or Liturgy
Those who are familiar with the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Lutheran Church, will find that our service of Holy Eucharist/Holy Communion/Mass is quite familiar. Those who from other traditions may be unfamiliar with the vestments, postures, gestures, or tone in parts of the service.
At each service you will be given a Service Leaflet/Program which will help you follow the service. At all services you will probably need to use the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 am service on Sunday which includes music and usually a choir, you will also need the 1982 Hymnal. Both of these books are in the pew racks in front of you.
At all of our Sunday Liturgies/Services, all Baptized Persons – from any branch of Christianity – are invited to come forward to receive Holy Communion – both the bread and the wine. Others are welcome to come forward for a blessing – if you desire a blessing, please cross your arms over your chest at the altar rail.
St. Mark’s has an historic Aeolian Skinner Organ, a gifted Organist, and during most of the year, an excellent Choir at the 10 am service on Sundays.
Children and Babies
Children and babies are always welcome at St. Mark’s. They are icons of new life and the future with which God blesses us all.
We have a generally very welcoming and friendly congregation. If you are puzzled or confused by something, do not hesitate to ask one of the ushers or one of your neighbors in the pews.