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
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
6 p.m. dinner, 6:20-7:30 p.m. class, childcare provided
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
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.
Sundays, 10 – 10:50 a.m. Leatherbury Hall
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!
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
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.
Wednesdays, 12 p.m., Leatherbury Hall
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
Men: 7:15 - 8:30 AM, Church Library
Women: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Leatherbury Hall
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’s Bible Study and Breakfast
Fridays, 7 – 8 AM, Leatherbury Hall
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.
MOPS: Mothers of PreSchoolers
2nd & 4th Mondays, 9:30-11:30 AM, Youth Center
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.
4th Tuesday of each month
6:30 – 8 PM, Upper Room above the Bookstore
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.
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.