Things going on at St. Mark’s and our community

Regathering Update

Hallelujah! We are gathering again for in-person worship on Sundays, in much the same manner that we did in the fall. We’ll wear our masks, maintain physical distance, and have communion with the bread only. You may bring your own elements from home if you wish. 

Still following proper safety protocols, please join us after the10:30 service to celebrate our regathering with an extended coffee and social hour!

2021 Claggett Summer Camp Sessions

2021 Claggett Summer Camp Sessions:
  • Senior High Camp: June 20-25  [Grades completed: 9-12]
  • Middle School Session 1: June 27-July 2 [Grades completed: 6-8]
  • Middle School Session 2: July 5-10  [Grades completed: 6-8]
  • Youth Camp: July 11-16  [Grades completed: 2-5]
  • Adventure Camp: July 25-30  [Grades completed 4-8, special focus on outdoor skills and activities]
  • Family Camp: July 25-30  [For families of all shapes, sizes, and ages!]
  • Camp Spirit Song: August 1-6  [For youth grades 4-8 impacted by a family member’s opioid substance abuse]
Links to the Claggett Center

Galway Elementary Backpack Ministry Redux

Exciting news: St. Mark’s can still assist Galway Elementary School in providing necessary supplies to its students for the 2021-2022 school year! Whether Montgomery County Public Schools (“MCPS”) are in a virtual or in person learning mode this upcoming school year, the students will need the same school supplies as if they were in a brick and mortar classroom. Rev. Wilkins and the Vestry determined that St. Mark’s will keep its commitment to Galway by donating $650.00, the equivalent of 65 Backpacks!

Events Concerning Race and Social Justice

Nationwide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis police have brought systematic racism to the forefront of national attention. Members of St. Mark’s represented the local community in a peaceful protest on June 13, 2020.

The Justice & Advocacy page of the website of the Diocese of Washington has multiple links to media interviews with The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington on her response to the use of St. John’s Episcopal Church as a political prop at the beginning of June.

Comments from a St. Mark’s Parishioner who was downtown that day are from some of her classmates who were in the immediate vicinity:

Students from Virginia Theological Seminary were in front of the White House yesterday, at St. John’s Episcopal, praying with, and providing water and snacks and care (and eventually, eye flushes) to the protesters. It was peaceful, people were kind, smiling eyes and warmest “Thank yous” for the gifts of water, granola bars, and compassionate presence.

“It was significantly before the 7pm curfew, I was scared, astounded and shocked when flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets were unleashed to clear people out of the street and off of church property.. so the President could have a terrible photo op, using my Church and my faith as props while gassing its clergy and all the innocent and peaceful people.

I understand anger, and have no problem with the emotion, and I rarely feel it roiling within me. Anger can empower people to make change, to speak and act against evil, like Jesus in the temple. What happened today was another branch of this evil, perpetuating violence against innocents. And when I talk about it I’m believed, I receive sympathy and understanding. I am not doubted or dismissed. I am alive, and my only injury is stinging eyes and a tiny bit if breathing discomfort.

My anger is roiling for all Black lives that are continually disregarded, for murders ignored and perpetuated and repeated, for dignity trampled, for shame and belittling and violence rather than honoring and respecting and upholding.”

From another classmate:

“Tear gas, flash bangs, and, rubber bullets were employed against peaceful protesters at an Episcopal parish for a political purpose. Some of my friends were there. They and others were put in danger for a political stunt. This is not Jesus.This is not the church I know.”

Other News Sources:

Episcopal News Service

Diocese of Washington’s News Page