Serving God, meeting people, and having fun!

For information on any of these ministries or to talk to someone about joining one (or more!) of these groups please contact the church office at (301) 622-5860 or send an email to office@stmarks-silverspring.org.  Someone will get back to you in short order.

Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a large effect on many of our ministries.  For example, the choir has not met since the beginning of the pandemic.  We are looking forward to being able to reopen and get many of these ministries back in full-swing.  We hope you will join us!

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Worship – Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi – What we pray is what we believe

  • Acolytes
    • Acolytes carry the cross, torches or Gospel book in the procession.  Acolytes assist the Priest in preparing for Communion.  For anyone from age 5 to age 90.
  • Altar Guild
    • The Altar Guild prepares the altar for worship and cleans ups after services.  The Guild cares for everything on and around the altar, including candles, communion silver and vessels, linens and hangings, clergy vestments, etc.  Work is done in teams of two people every third or fourth weekend (depending on how many teams we have).
  • Choir
    • The choir provides music for worship at the 10:30 Sunday service as well as other special services.  The Director of Music leads and directs the choir.  No auditions needed to join!  The choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00, September through May.
  • Eucharistic Ministers
    • Eucharistic ministers lead the lessons and prayers and are licensed to administer communion.
  • Lectors
    • Lectors read the first lesson and lead the psalm at worship services.
  • Ushers
    • Ushers greet arrivals at services, take up collections, and guide people to and from Communion.
  • Counters
    • Count and record offerings from Sunday and other services.
  • Worship Committee
    • Works with our Priest-In-Charge to plan worship activities for the year.

Education – Christian Formation for all ages

  • Education for all!
  • Christian Formation Committee
    • Provides input, oversight and support for Christian Formation for all ages.

Communication – Staying Connected with one another

  • Communications Committee
    • Plans and organizes communications with the congregation including email and snail mail (US Postal Mail) as well as (infrequent) robocalls.  Monitors Google business pages to track activity.
  • Social Media
    • St. Mark’s maintains accounts on Facebook and Twitter.  Follow us to stay connected!
  • St. Mark’s Sign
    • Have you seen the new sign in front of the church?   We use that to let the community know what’s going on at St. Mark’s.
  • Website
    • In the past few years we have been greatly increasing our website presence via this website.   Suggestions welcome!

Community – Building and Tending

  • Pastoral Care
    • Provided by both our Priest-In-Charge and the Pastoral Care committee, as appropriate. 
  • Fellowship
    • Food, Fellowship and Fun!  The Fellowship Committee plans and carries out parish fellowship events such as the Parish Picnic, Advent Dinner, Mardi Gras Dinner Dance, and other activities.  Lots of work – lots of Fellowship!
  • Coffee Hour Hosts and Hostesses
    • Volunteers who set up and clean up before and after coffee hours that are held after each Sunday service.  Coffee and tea provided by the church; food provided by volunteers.

Evangelism – Welcoming People into our Community of Faith

  • Evangelism/Newcomers’ Committee
    • Welcomes new people to St. Mark’s, helps incorporate newcomers into the life of the community, periodically hosts a newcomers’ dinner.
  • Riderwood Ministry
    • Provides an Episcopal presence in the nearby Riderwood retirement community by the celebration of Holy Eucharist each Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Outreach – Service to the Community

  • Outreach Committee
    • Plans and executes Outreach Activities for the year.  Determines which charitable projects will be supported by budgeted funds.  Ongoing activities include
      • Sandwich Ministry – once a month bag lunches, including a sandwich, fresh fruit, and a snack item are packed and delivered to Elizabeth House in Laurel, Maryland
      • Christmas Angel Tree – gifts are collected for families in the community who need assistance in bringing a cheerful Christmas to their families
      • Backpack Ministry – elementary school supplies are used to fill backpacks for children at the local elementary school who cannot afford these supplies on their own
      • Food collection – non-perishable food is collected at Sunday services and distributed to a local food pantry
  • Thrift Shop
    • The St. Mark’s Thrift Shop collects, sorts and sells donated goods – at prices far below market prices.  Volunteers are needed to sort during the week and to sell items in the shop on Saturday mornings.  See our Thrift Shop page for more info.
  • Diocesan Hunger Fund
    • Many St. Mark’s members support the Diocesan Hunger Fund through monthly or periodic donations submitted with their pledges or other support to St. Mark’s.  The support is greatly appreciated.

Buildings and Grounds – Care of the Facilities

  • Buildings and Ground Committee
    • Oversees the maintenance of the buildings, helps with minor repairs and upkeep, tracks contracts and spending
  • St Mark’s Cemetery Trust
    • Trustees manage all functions of the cemetery, including keeping records, managing upkeep and improvements to the cemetery and the surrounding grounds, and overseeing the Cemetery Trust Fund.  Trustees are appointed by the vestry.

Financial Oversight – Prudently Managing Financial Resources

  • Financial Oversight Committee
    • Oversees financial transactions, makes recommendations for vestry approval, develops annual budget for vestry approval.
  • Stewardship Committee
    • Plans for year round awareness of stewardship of time, talent and treasure.   Implements the annual Fall pledge campaign.
  • Strategic Development Committee
    • Handles discovery and consideration of opportunities to obtain grants that support programs and projects that otherwise would be difficult to fund.
  • Memorials Committee
    • Determines how undesignated memorial gifts will be used.