One of the best ways to become an integrated member of St. Mark’s community of faith is to join in fellowship with others who have common interests. One or two of several groups might be right for you
Adult Bible Study in one form or another has been held for many years. Our current ‘Lectio Divina in Gratia’ fills part of the time between the two Sunday morning Holy Eucharist services. This group meets in the Guild Room at 9am-except on weeks when an Adult Forum is scheduled. They follow a specific format for reading together the week’s Gospel Lesson and inviting each person to reflect on it.
Men of St. Mark’s have met regularly for a Men’s Breakfast for more than twenty years. The men of St. Mark’s parish meet in different members’ homes at 8am on the second Saturday of each month from September through June. There is no set agenda for the meetings other than getting to know one another in order to develop and sustain friendships beyond Sunday mornings. Male guests are welcome. A reminder of time and location will appear in the Sunday Bulletin insert. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Fellowship & Prayer Breakfast meets Friday mornings at 11AM at a local restaurant for fellowship and prayer. Contact email@example.com
St. Peter’s Guild first met in 2005 to provide older members with some mental stimulation and friendly competition in a setting of Christian fellowship. They gather every Thursday at 9am in the Guild Room. Named for St. Peter, the patron of many causes, this group is sometimes simply called the Bridge Club, but it offers many diversions other than bridge. There are usually tables with games such as Rummy Tiles, SkipBo, or Pinochle. Everyone is welcome to join them for a few hands and good coffee. Contact StPeters@stmarks-upland.org
Book Club was begun in 2008 and meets monthly, usually on the third Saturday at 10am at a local café. Book selections are based on the interests of the group and range from current fiction to spiritual memoir. New members and visitors are always welcome. Meetings provide an opportunity for St. Mark’s members to get to know one another and share ideas on a common reading experience. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Shawl Group (St. Clare’s Guild) meets every other week for about an hour-and-a-half in different members’ homes to knit or crochet shawls and lap robes which are blessed at Sunday Eucharist and then given to the sick, the homebound, or those needing an extra dose of loving care. Those who receive the shawls need not be members of St. Mark’s. All skill levels of workers meet together; help flows as freely as the fellowship, and there is yarn to share. Contact email@example.com