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Where is St. Mark's located?

St. Mark's is at the corner of 3rd and A Streets, SE on Capitol Hill, just behind the Library of Congress Adams Building and two short blocks from Pennsylvania Avenue. The closest Metro station is Capitol South (Blue/Orange lines) and we are within 15 minutes walking distance of Eastern Market (Blue/Orange lines) and Union Station (Red line) stations.

Can I have my wedding at St. Mark’s?

Information about weddings can be found here.

How do I have my child baptized at St. Mark’s?

St. Mark’s schedules baptisms on four Sundays throughout the church year, usually on Low Sunday (the Sunday after Easter), Pentecost, All Saints Sunday, and soon after Epiphany. Parents should plan to attend four Sundays of Baptism Class beforehand. More information can be found here.

Is there parking at the church?

Sometimes. Our small parking lot is for church business only. Spaces are reserved for the Rector and Associate Rector 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Several spaces are resereved for staff use only, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Several unresreved spaces are avaialble for people tending to other church business during these hours. If you violate these rules, you may be ticketed and/or towed at your expense. There is limited street parking, but there are restrictions in our residential neighborhood. Most people driving to St. Mark’s depend upon street parking in the neighborhood, both free and metered. Please pay attention to signs for any restrictions.

Who do I contact about reserving a room, renting space, or submitting an item for the calendar at St Mark’s?

To reserve space for a Parish event or meeting, please follow the procedure for reserving space. If you are an outside group interested renting space at St. here. Please note that we recently completed a major renovation to our Parish House and are currently accepting rentals on a case-by-case basis. We anticipate being fully up and running by April 2016. Contact the Junior Warden for more information.

What/where is Baxter House?

Baxter House, named for our former rector Bill Baxter, is the Victorian-era rowhouse fomerly used to house the Church offices. In December 2012 the property was sold to a family, the church offices moved into temporary trailers in the Courtyard garden on A Street, and renovation of the parish hall began in the fall of 2013. After construction was completed in fall 2014, clergy and staff offices were relocated to the second floor of the renovated Parish House.

What is the Undercroft?

“Undercroft” is a fancy word for basement. Ours has classrooms, several meeting rooms, a library, the nursery, a lobby, and restrooms.

What is a Pillar?

The word “Pillar” at St Mark’s refers to one of the five major program areas of the parish. Each is led by a volunteer chair or co-chairs.

Christian Education is responsible for youth Sunday School and adult education.

Worship works with the Clergy to plan and conduct our Sunday services.

Outreach is our ministry of social justice to the community and to the world. 

Arts coordinates activities such as the St. Mark’s Players, the Dance Studio, the Yoga Studio, and other interest groups and exhibitions. 

Parish Life supports various parish social groups and activities such as the Parish Picnic in September, the summer Crab Feast, and the Mardi Gras dance. 

How do I become a member?

Click here to learn more about becoming a member of our community. 

Does St. Mark’s clergy perform adult baptisms?

Yes. You should schedule a meeting with the Interim Rector to discuss receiving this meaningful sacrament. Often our adult baptisms are performed during an Easter Vigil service held Holy Saturday, the day before Easter; you may also be baptized on a Sunday when baptisms are scheduled. Click here for more details.

What is the Nave?

“Nave” is a term for the space that some other churches refer to as the “Sanctuary.” At St. Mark’s, this sacred space is used for worship, theater, concerts, dance recitals, and parish parties, as we view all of our life in community as sacred. We also share the space with community organizations. It is a historic and architecturally significant space. Read more about it here.

Where is the Baxter Hall?

Baxter Hall, our parish or fellowship hall, is located east of the Nave. When leaving the Nave through the entrance to the left of the high altar, follow the hall to your right as it winds to the double doors into Baxter Hall, our community fellowship space.

Where is the nursery?

The Nursery is in the lower level, or Undercroft, in the southeast corner. On Sundays, it is staffed by a contract employee and volunteers and is generally open from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM. When there is only one service at 10:00 AM, from 9:45 AM to 11:30 AM.

What is Func Ed?

“Func Ed” is short for an educational discipline called Functional Education. This is a structured approach that has been found useful at St. Mark’s to help people gain insight into life’s issues and develop ways to “engage boldly” in the world. It is a core part of our Christian Education program

What is Grate Patrol?

The third Sunday each month, a St Mark’s team of parishioners makes about 180 bag dinners to be distributed that evening to homeless people by the Salvation Army Grate Patrol. The name comes from the fact that many of those served sleep on the heating vent grates in the National Mall area. You can learn more about local service projects here.

What is a “Beadle?”

Many churches will call this person an usher or greeter; Beadle is an English church term. You can learn more about this and other volunteer positions at St. Mark's here.

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