Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take communion if I'm not an Episcopalian?
What if I have a question about this website?
Yes. We welcome all baptized persons to participate by partaking of
bread and wine, representing Christ's body and blood, during Holy Eucharist
(Communion). Episcopalians place their open right hand over their left
palm in a "cross" before receiving bread in their right palm. You may
either swallow the bread then and soon after take a sip from the cup
of wine, or wait and dip your bread in the cup instead.
How do I know what to do during a service?
We use The Book of Common Prayer for our services. The program
given to you by an usher beforehand includes page numbers for reference.
Much of the service is copied from this prayer book into the 10:30 am program
for ease of use. You'll find that we stand to sing, for the Gospel reading
and when we say the Nicene Creed. There are other times in the service
where people may choose to stand, sit or kneel. The Book of Common
Prayer often provides guidance as to what you might do.
What makes Episcopalians different than other Christians?
Episcopalians are part of the worldwide Anglican community. To quote
from The Episcopal Church: Essential Facts (© 2000 by The Domestic
and Foreign Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church), "It is a church
profoundly influenced and revitalized by the great religious movements
of the Reformation but whose essential worship, ministry, and doctrine
continued to be what they had always been in the historic Church of
Our faith is based on scripture, reason, and tradition. We exist to
proclaim the good news of Christ!
How can I explore Christianity and the Episcopal Church further?
Two good resources for exploration are the Bible and the Episcopal
Church's The Book of Common Prayer; both of these are available
for review in our pews and in our library. There is also additional
literature available in the brochure racks in our entrance hallways.
If you are considering joining St. Mark's and thus have signed up to
receive our On Lion newsletter, you will know when we are holding
newcomer or confirmation classes. Our clergy are also available by appointment
to discuss your faith journey with you at your convenience.
What is St. Mark's position on diversity? Is everyone welcome?
We are proud of the inclusive nature of St. Mark's community, as well
as that of the greater Episcopal Church. We welcome everyone, as evidenced
by the tagline we use in our advertisements, programs and other communications:
Connecting Spirits. Engaging Minds. Welcoming All. We draw
members from the city, suburbs and rural areas, and there is a variety
in individual members’ economic conditions. Parishioners of color
and gay members hold leadership positions in our church and participate
fully in the life of St. Mark’s.
The sanctuary is so beautiful; can I be married at St. Mark's?
St. Mark's is indeed a grand and lovely Gothic Revival church. We are
delighted to permit marriages here of those who are members of our church
or another Episcopal parish, or children of church members. We regret
that we cannot accommodate others in our greater community by providing
access for weddings.
How can I join St. Mark's?
It's easy! You can begin by completing the form found in each pew that
requests your name and address; that way you'll begin receiving our
newsletter On Lion. We offer baptism and confirmation classes
annually, and periodically, a series of newcomer sessions as well. Our
clergy may work with you through these programs or individually. If
you are transferring your membership from another Episcopal church,
then you may contact our administrator for assistance in that process.
Members of our church are asked to participate in stewardship by making
an annual pledge of financial support for our programs and services.
What does St. Mark's offer to families with children?
On Sundays we have a Worship Center for children age three through second grade at 10:20am. The children return to their parents at the time of the Peace, about 11am. A nursery staffed by certified Child Attendants is provided for newborns and children up to age three from 9:45am-12 Noon each Sunday. Both the Nursery & classrooms are on the upper level.
What does St. Mark's offer single or young people?
There are lots of single members -- of all ages -- at St. Mark's. One
of the best ways to get involved is to join a commission or committee,
or to attend one of our Christian Formation classes. Some of our younger
members have started a GenNext social group that meets monthly.
How can I make a contribution to St. Mark's?
Often individuals or families want to make a financial contribution
to St. Mark's (separate from annual stewardship pledges) in memory of
someone important to them. Our administrator or rector can review the
various opportunities for giving with you, including funds related to
our endowment, music and outreach programs, or for unrestricted opportunities.
If you need more information about one of St. Mark’s programs or
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