As the parish mission statement says, “St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill is an open community, welcoming people wherever they are on their faith journey. We celebrate the gifts of God that empower us to engage boldly in the struggles of life and care for others with love, justice, and compassion.”

Outreach at St. Mark’s is how “we care for others with love, justice, and compassion.” We seek to identify those in need who live in our broader community through partnerships with service organizations that empower individuals to develop their strengths and move toward self-sufficiency and self-determination.

Outreach is a dynamic process that has and will continue to grow and develop. To sustain outreach at St. Mark’s, we use the analogy of a tree: the roots take our members’ assets and channel them like a tree trunk to service providers that support those in need to strengthen organizations and individuals, further nourishing and strengthening the greater community.

St. Mark’s parishioners join with other local groups and churches to help meet the basic needs of neighbors who lack food, shelter, or friendship. Other parishioners are deeply involved in activities with an international focus. (Learn more about international outreach efforts.) Since 2012, St Mark’s has supported Gun Violence Prevention efforts encouraging congressional action. St. Mark’s youth also get involved in service and justice projects.

The Outreach Board supports the St. Mark’s mission statement by:

  • Providing stewardship over the funds allocated by the Vestry for outreach.
  • Serving as a catalyst, convener, collaborator, and connector between St. Mark’s members and partner organizations.

St. Mark’s outreach ministries are carried out in partnership with the following Capitol Hill and greater Washington, D.C., area programs and organizations where we have made a conscious commitment. Read more about how we are involved and consider helping out!

Contact Outreach Board members by e-mailing if you would like to participate or have ideas for serving others through the St. Mark’s Outreach program.