We have a vibrant Youth and Family Ministries program that creates a creative space and supportive community in which children and their parents can grow spiritually. With specific emphasis on outreach, education, worship, and the arts, St. Mark’s youth are integrated into every aspect of our communal life.

Summer Sunday School is underway! Join us at 10am in the Dance studio for an hour of worship, outreach, and arts for children from Pre K to 5th grade.

“…there are, invariably, toddlers and children underfoot on Sunday mornings…to everyone’s delight!” – Chris

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Worship

All children are welcome at any of our Sunday morning services: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5 p.m.

We offer special worship opportunities for children during the 9 a.m. services:

On the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of every month, children ages 3-9 are invited to join us during the 9 a.m. service for a special time of worship just for them. We gather in the Nave at 9 a.m. and are dismissed up to the dance studio together shortly after the service begins.

Every 2nd Sunday of the month is Family Eucharist Sunday during the 9 a.m. service. Youth serve as acolytes, greeters, readers, and lay servers. Clergy offer a special Children’s Reflection.

Sunday School

10 a.m., Every Sunday from September to May, located in the undercroft.

2015-2016 Sunday School Registration Form

Infants and Toddlers are welcome at all Church events and activities, but they can also find toys, books, and nurturing from our team of professional childcare providers in the Nursery. Open from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Sunday.

Nursery Manager: Deborah Cunningham

Rooted in the Montessori approach to education, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Sunday School program believes that all young children have a spiritual life, that God is present to them in their deepest being, and they are capable of developing both a conscious and intimate relationship with God.  We provide vocabulary, Bible lessons, and connections to liturgy to enable them to become more aware of their relationship with God and to express it.

Children meet in specially prepared rooms that contain attractively displayed handmade materials that are designed to invite children to deepen their relationship with God at their own pace. The program is biblically based and follows the rhythms of the church year. Classes are structured to offer a time of prayer and song, a time for the presentation of a lesson and a time for individual work by the child.  The work of the child is their prayer and is the most important part of the class.

3-6 year olds: Catechesis I- I Am Known and Loved
Grades 1-3: Catechesis II- What Can I Contribute?
Grades 4-5: Catechesis III- What is My Place in God’s Plan?
Catechesis Coordinators: Kris Humphries and Terri Trissell

Grades 6-8: Middle School youth build friendships and strengthen community in our lively, creative Sunday School class.
2015-16 Focus: Finding My Way in a Sea of Change
Teachers: Jane Sherman and Beth Mahood

Grades 9-12: High School youth grow into their own in this formative, intentional Sunday School Class.
2015-16 Focus: What Undergirds My Success?
Teachers: Rita Ossolinski, Jan Lipscomb, Kent Laborde, John Imahori

From June to August, we take a break from our tradition Sunday School curricula to offer fun, creative, and upbeat activities during the 10am hour.

Events and Activities

Youth Permission Release Form

Parish Picnic (September)
Halloween Dance (October)
Christmas Pageant (December)
Family Ski Trip (February)
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (February)
Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Sunday)
Claggett Parish Retreat (June)

Family Fellowship Events: At least four times a year, families with children of all ages gather after Sunday School for a fun activity at the parish or around Capitol Hill. Ice Skating, Museum visits, trips to the Arboretum, and picnics in Garfield Park are just a few of the memorable activities!

Monthly Family Outreach: Each month we offer an outreach project that allows families and children a space and time to give back to the community. We decorate cards for those in our parish who need a word of encouragement, work in the garden, pick up trash in our neighborhood, and collaborate with the various homeless outreach organizations in our area.

Fall Day Retreat (October)
Spring Lock In (March)
Summer Service Trip: FLOC Outdoor Education Center, 2016 (July)
Outreach: Monthly Salvation Army sandwich making, Capitol Hill Group Ministry Family Nights, Help the Homeless Community Walk, etc.

Fall Retreat (September)
Spring Retreat (April)
Summer Service Trip: New York City, 2016 (June)
Outreach: Monthly Salvation Army sandwich making, Capitol Hill Group Ministry Family Nights, Help the Homeless Community Walk, etc.

Parents Support Groups: We offer monthly gatherings for parents to enjoy a potluck supper and conversations about the triumphs, challenges, and lessons learned in family life.
For more information, contact Caroline McReynolds-Adams: caroline.mcreynoldsadams@stmarks.net