FAQ

When are your services?

We celebrate Holy Eucharist each Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:30, and every Tuesday afternoon at 12:30. On Wednesday evenings at 7, we hold SPACE, a non-traditional, contemplative service. You may read more about our services here.

Where can I park?

There is a parking lot on the east side of the church, as well as on-street parking throughout the area. Meters do not run on Sundays or after 6 p.m.

What should I wear to the service?

St. Marks is a relaxed parish, and we encourage congregants to wear whatever clothes they are most comfortable worshiping in. Someone new to the church is likely to notice some congregants in suits and ties, others in t-shirts and jeans, and still others in everything in between.

Do you have child care available?

Yes. The nursery is staffed during the 10:30 service Sunday mornings, and during the SPACE service Wednesday evenings.

Do I have to be Episcopalian in order to receive Communion?

Absolutely not. The Episcopal Church has an open communion rail, and all Baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Sacrament with us. If you decide to come forward at Communion, you may choose the level of involvement with which you are most comfortable. However, the clergy and laity responsible for passing out Communion will assume anyone at the rail is taking full Communion unless signaled otherwise. If you do not wish to take wine from the common cup, you may hold your bread until the wine comes to you and take by intinction (dipping the bread into the wine). If you wish to take only the bread, you may refuse the wine by crossing your arms across your chest. If parents do not wish for their children to partake in Communion, they may bring them to the rail for a blessing instead. Adults who are more comfortable with a blessing are also welcome to request one from the clergy while at the rail.

Do I have to take Communion if I attend the service?

Absolutely not. Participation in Communion, as with any other aspect of the service, is entirely voluntary.

Will I fit in?

There is no set profile for a congregant at St. Mark’s. We are rich, poor, white, black, Asian, gay, and straight. We are single, married, just starting families, and living with “empty nests.” We are “cradle Episcopalians” and we are completely new to the faith. We don’t think much about fitting in—we just fit together.

What are the priorities of your congregation in living out the Christian life?

Our main priority is helping each member of our congregation grow is his/her Christian faith. This involves both inner growth, developing a deeper spiritual connection to God, and outer growth, serving the parish and the larger community. For a fuller understanding of the Christian priorities of our congregation, please contact the Rector.

What do Episcopalians believe?

The Episcopal Church is the presence of the Anglican Communion in the United States. Our basic theological beliefs are summarized by the Nicene Creed. For more detail on the official positions of the Church, please see the website of the National Church.

What should I expect from the services?

Eucharistic services at St. Marks follow Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer. During the late service on Sundays, hymns are interspersed throughout the service. The Space service is designed to be more contemplative. Thus, it is held by candlelight and leaves much of its time to silence, in order to foster a meditative mood.

I am new to the Episcopal Church. How can I learn more?

The Episcopal Church’s national office maintains a comprehensive and up-to-date web site, which can provide you information about the Church’s beliefs, mission work, and national and global partnerships. If you have more in-depth questions, our clergy are always willing to meet and discuss them with you.