Adults

Adults

St. Mark’s offers many opportunities to grow in faith through Sunday School and throughout the week. In the summer, St. Mark’s Sunday School classes pause to allow for breakfast and fellowship in Leatherbury Hall at 9 a.m. (between the 8 and 10 a.m. services). Many of the groups mentioned below also take a break during the summer months. Please contact the group organizers for a complete schedule.

Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation

If you are interested in adult confirmation, reception or reaffirmation of faith, we invite you to attend the "What Episcopalians Believe" Lion's Forum. This parish-wide class also serves as preparation for those who would like to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed in faith by the bishop on April 29.

What Episcopalians Believe

Sundays, March 4 - Sunday April 22 (except Palm Sunday and Easter)

10-10:50 a.m., Leatherbury Hall

The class covers:

-What Episcopalians believe about God
-What Episcopalians believe about Us? (Humanity)
-What Episcopalians believe about the Bible
-What Episcopalians believe about Sacraments
-What Episcopalians believe about Prayer and the Book of Common Prayer
-What  Episcopalians believe about the Church?

Confirmation is a mature, public affirmation of your faith, celebrated by the prayers and laying of hands by our bishop. It is a celebration of your baptism and desire to live out your faith in the Episcopal Church. 

Reception is for those who have been baptized and confirmed in a Christian denomination who wish to join the Episcopal Church.

Reaffirmation of Faith is for those who have been baptised and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, but in a church other than St. Mark's.

Wednesdays in Lent

Wednesdays, Feb. 21 - March 21

6 p.m. dinner, 6:20-7:30 p.m. class, childcare provided

Leatherbury Hall

What's your story? How did you arrive at the spiritual place you now stand? How has the grace of God been shown in your life? Each Wednesday in Lent, we will have an opportunity to listen to individuals, both lay and ordained, share parts of their spiritual stories.

Feb. 21 - Beth Tjoflat & Jess Simmons

Feb. 28 - Bill Carroll and Doug Milne

March 7 - Marcia King & Hazel Donahoo

March 14 - Allison & Randy DeFoor

March 21 - Aaron Smith & Caroline Daw

Men & Women

Christianity Today

Sundays, 10 – 10:50 a.m., Lori Schiavone Commons (Day School Campus)

Contact: Doug Milne

This popular Bible study explores the life and teachings of Jesus and their relevance in the Bible as well as books by various authors. Dialogue is welcomed and encouraged, and weekday preparation is not required. All adults are welcome to attend.

Lion’s Forum

Sundays, 10 – 10:50 a.m. Leatherbury Hall

Contact: The Rev. Tom Murray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHRISTIAN RELATIONSHIPS (February 4th -25th)
Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships is difficult! What tools does God give through the Bible and the Church to help us do this most important work well? This four-part series led by the clergy will explore such topics as: honesty, communication, accountability and Biblical love.

WHAT DO EPISCOPALIANS BELIEVE? (March 4th – April 22nd, except Palm Sunday and Easter)
This six-part series led by the clergy is intended for all who are interested in learning more about the Christian faith and life in the Episcopal tradition. Topics will include theology, liturgy and spirituality, and all are welcome to attend. This will also serve as the required class for those seeking adult Confirmation on April 29th.

BIRTHDAY OF THE CHURCH (May 13th and 20th)
On May 13th, come hear the Rector give a broad overview of 2000 years of Church history, pointing out similarities between the first century Church and the twenty-first century Church and explaining why this is a particularly exciting time to be a Christian. Then on May 20th, join us for a fun celebration of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church!

Upper Room

Sundays, 10 – 10:50 a.m. Upper Room above the bookstore

Contacts: Abby and Ben Stewart, Amanda and Matt Thoele

Open to young adults, this class features fellowship and conversation about the Bible. Upper Room sometimes combines with Lion's Forum to form one larger Christian Formation class.

Feasting on the Word Bible Study

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Church Library

Contact: The Rev. Deacon Saundra Kidd, 388-2681 x210 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This study of the upcoming Sunday lessons begins with a solid scriptural and theological base and invites participants deeper into the rhythm of our common reading of the Bible. Both men and women are invited to attend and then join us for Grace Lunch afterwards.

Grace Lunch

Wednesdays, 12 p.m., Leatherbury Hall

Contact: Diane Till, Culinary Consultant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy good food and fellowship. Lunch is always nutritious and delicious! A donation of $5 is appreciated.

The last Wednesday of the month will feature a Lunch and Learn segment.

Interdenominational Bible Studies for Men & Women

Thursdays
Men: 7:15 - 8:30 AM, Church Library
Women: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Leatherbury Hall

Contact: The Rev.Neely Towe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

These interdenominational Thursday Bible Studies led by the Rev. Neely Towe will study the Gospel of John, with special emphasis on the application of God’s Word to our own lives. All denominations, ages and levels of Bible experience are welcome!

Men

Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast

Fridays, 7 – 8 AM, Leatherbury Hall

Contact: The Rev. Tom Murray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All men of the parish (and their friends!) are invited to join the Rector for this early morning Bible study, which leads into a delicious meal prepared by our own Culinary Consultant, Diane Till.

Women

MOPS: Mothers of PreSchoolers

2nd & 4th Mondays, 9:30-11:30 AM, Youth Center

Contact: Jessica Stevenson, (904) 708-7835 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of MOPS is to nurture every mother of preschoolers and equip her to become all that God has designed her to be. Meetings include fellowship, guest speakers, arts and crafts, and service programs. Loving volunteers provide childcare.

For more information: http://stmarksmopsjax.blogspot.com

The Women’s Early Risers

Tuesday, 7-8:30 AM, Leatherbury Hall Parlor

Contact: Julie Davis

The Women’s Early Risers is a one-hour, lay-led Bible study that includes coffee. Participants do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation.

MOMSNext

4th Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8 PM, Upper Room above the Bookstore

Contact: Judy Lanier, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOMSNext is an extension of MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers). In this group, mothers get assistance in learning how to navigate the challenges facing their elementary school aged children (and older) while providing a caring and supportive space to grow in God’s love. Meetings include speakers, devotionals, activities, social events, and volunteer work.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Every 3rd Friday of the month, 11 AM – 1 PM, Grace House

Contact: Jackie Cook

The Prayer Shawl Ministry welcomes your talent to knit prayer shawls to comfort the sick and infirmed. All skill levels are welcomed. Yarn and needles are provided. If you would like to help but are unable to make the time, please let us know. We are happy to provide the supplies and instructions.

Seniors

Safari Lions

Contact: The Rev. Canon Nancy Suellau, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

From visits to the Jacksonville Symphony and Alhambra Dinner Theater to tour of homes and home socials, St. Mark’s active retiree group participates in many events throughout the year.