St. Mark’s mission statement is:
“God first; sharing the love of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit”
We as a faith community proclaim the message that the Grace of God is infinitely inclusive and that everyone is welcome through our doors.
We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace.
We welcome all because God welcomes all regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status.
We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us.
We pledge to ourselves and to all others that we will strive to live as a reconciling people, in our life together and in our outreach to the world.
When you stand in awe of God–that is when you begin to really understand. But to spurn wisdom and instruction is utter foolishness. Proverbs 1:7
Our Sunday School is called J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) and we begin in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM and then break away from the adults at the sermon time to explore the same text in our own way.
Our Adult Education group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 AM to Noon. We are currently using a DVD curriculum titled “Saving Jesus Redux” from Living the Questions.
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds . . . Hebrews 10:24
We have lots of opportunity to get to know one another and share all of life’s joys and sorrows. Following every worship service we have a fellowship hour with plenty of conversation and light refreshments. We have a number of potluck and community meals throughout the year including an Easter breakfast on Easter morning and a turkey lunch in Advent. Smaller groups get together as well. We have a book club and a supper club. Kingston is a hub of post-secondary education with St. Lawrence College, the Royal Military College (RMC) and Queen’s University right in our neighbourhood. So a natural part of our ministry is Student Ministry as we try to be a welcome and safe church away from home for students in our midst.
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1
Education, Fellowship and Worship are all important and wonderful things but if they don’t lead us to love our neighbour they are all just noise to God. Here at St. Marks we have many opportunities to express the love of Christ to both our local community and the world. We support Ryandale Shelter for the Homeless, The Partner’s in Mission Food Bank and Martha’s table. Annually we canvas our neighbourhood for non-perishable food donations for the Hotel Dieu Partners in Mission Food Drive. We serve nationally and internationally as partners with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR). We are a partner church with the Inter-Church Refugee Partnership and are hard at work raising funds to bring an extended Syrian at risk refugee family to Canada.
Service doesn’t stop with love of neighbour it includes care of creation. We are proud to be a certified “Greening Congregation of the ELCIC” and our continuously trying to reduce our carbon foot print. We are a neighbourhood Battery Recycling Center and we produce green energy through the Solar Panels on our Roof.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Worship is what feeds us to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. Through Word and Sacrament we deepen our relationship with God by hearing and tasting Gods’ grace and love for each of us and for the world that God created and declared “good”.