March 11, 2018
Bishops visit - postponed
The Children of St Mark's - 2016
produced by Katie Hartai
St Marks Church 1955 - 2015
60 glorious years of service of this
beautiful and significant House of God
Easter Sunday 2016 - Halleluiah Chorus
an annual tradition - St Mark's Choir and friends
Advent Giving Tree:
Four weeks of Advent - four different 'gifts' to be given to local outreach groups:
week 1: toiletries, week 2: hats, mitts, socks etc, week 3: small 'gifts', week 4: 'special treat' food.
Contact: Jenny Morphew (Mothers' Union)
Our long standing and much loved Art Show started in 1969 and is still alive and growing today. It is held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in April. It is sponsored by Circle 2. A must for those in need of paintings, or those who want to look at the work of excellent local artists.
Contact: Georgia Roberts (Circle 2)
Our Annual Fall Bazaar is usually the first Saturday in November, 10:30am - 2:00pm.
It features: 'Lion Needleworks' - matching and co-ordinated place settings, serviettes, aprons, pot-holders etc; crafts of all kinds; knitted goods for all ages; handbags, scarves & jewelry; preserves, jams, pickles; attic treasures, vintage linens; books & toys; the ever-popular bake table with breads, pies and cakes, and café for refreshments and lunch.
Contact: Joy Bowerman
The Church Fall BBQ, organized by the Mothers' Union, is held the 4th Sunday in September. It is a social gathering to welcome members back after the summer. BBQ hotdogs and sausages are sold, with donations going to outreach.
Contact:Cynthia Greer (Mothers' Union)
First Saturday in June -
Each breakfast has a specific topic and guest speaker. They are usually held the second Sunday in January, March, September and November, following the 8:00am Eucharist.
Contact: Brian Harrison
Pancake Supper - Shrove Tuesday:
A long standing tradition at St. Mark's, originally started by the ladies of the parish in 1966. Since 1969 it was sponsored by the men of the parish, then the Bowerman family. It is now run by the Greer-Close family. Pancakes and sausages are served, with continuous sittings from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.
It is a real Parish and community event.
Contact: Kate and Steve Close
The Church Summer Picnic is organized by the Mothers' Union for all the parish. Held the 4th Sunday in June, and coincides with the end of the Church school year. BBQ hotdogs and sausages are sold, with donations going to outreach. Contact: Cynthia Greer (Mothers' Union)
Late Spring or November as part of the parish Bazaar.
Annual Vestry is held in February
programs and courses
available during the year
Church School & Nursery: during the 10:00am service from September to June. Children attend the Gathering of the Community in the church, and leave for School or Nursery following the Children's story. The children's lessons are based on the readings in the church lectionary and are taught through story, songs and crafts.
Church School:for five years to teens
contact: Kate Greer-Close
the school is held in the main hall.
Nursery: for babies to five years
available for the whole service
contact: Cynthia Greer
The Peace Chapel, adjacent to the church, is also available.
The service is audible and visible from the chapel.
Baptism, Early Communion & Confirmation:
All require preparation courses.
Please contact the Rector:6132247431
Baptism is usually scheduled to take place four times during the Church year:
The Baptism of Our Lord (January);
Saturday, Easter Eve (March/April);
All Saints (November);
or as part of the Bishop's visit (if Baptism and Confirmation are at the same time)
Early Communion, Life in the Eucharist - a 6-week Early Communion program for children.
Confirmation at St Mark's is available every 4 years (2018)
or through a Diocesan-wide Service at Pentecost at the Cathedral
Pre-marriage course is required.
Please contact the Rector:6132247431
Anglican Church Women (ACW):
All Women's groups come under the Anglican Church Women (ACW) umbrella.
Circle 2: a fundraising/fellowship group, meeting and working together to raise funds for the church. The main fundraiser is the annual Art Show held in the Spring.
The group meets the first Monday of the month at 12 noon.
Mothers' Union: a world-wide Christian organization, which promotes the well-being of families. It sponsors the annual parish Picnic and BBQ, Book exchange and Advent Giving Tree. MU also co-ordinates the ACW Bales for the North project in April/May. MU also makes Christmas puddings, co-ordinates orders of church calendars for the Diocese, and sells them both for the parish for outreach funding.
The group meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1.00pm at the church or in a member's home.
Simnel Cake Recipe a Mothering Sunday tradition.
Contact: Cynthia Greer613723-2680
Church Service Groups:
A team responsible for the care and beautification of the Sanctuary and Altar, each group works on a rotation basis
Senior Choir: practice on Thursdays
The choir has a varied repertoire and takes part every Sunday at the 10:00 am Sung Eucharist, and special services throughout the year, including Evensongs, Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter.
Contact: Ariane Dind 613230-4147
Junior Choir: practice on Thursdays
The junior choir takes part every Sunday at the 10:00 am Sung Eucharist,
Contact: Kate Greer-Close 613421-1374
Lay Administrators of Communion (LAC): trained adults for assisting the clergy during church services and take Home Communion for shut-ins.
Servers: trained young people / adults for assisting the clergy during church services
Readers: for Scriptural passages during church services
Contact: the Rector 613224-7431
Sidespeople:people who greet and direct worshippers at church services
Counters: people who tally the givings at the end of the services
Contact: Les Cundell 613225-8779
Contact: Laurie Slaughter613737-9475
St. Mark's has various outreach projects, including:
Debra Dynes Family House: Debra Dynes Family House a locally run, multi-service community resource program. Parishioners support the program via funding, the food bank, various special projects and by volunteering.
St Mark's Contact: Georgia Roberts613226-5693
Pastoral Care Team & Friendly Visitors Team:a team of specially trained and dedicated parishioners who assist in pastoral ministry within the parish and the Perley-Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
Contact: the Rector / Cynthia Greer
Prayer Shawl Ministry:shawls are lovingly made by parishioners, with prayer, for specific individuals or as gifts to those who need healing grace. Shawls blessed and meetings held the first Sunday of the month. For general information on the international program shawl ministry
Contact: Gillian Morris613723-0418
Prayer & Praise: meets every Tuesday evening in the Choir Room for biblical reflection and prayer. Prayers for Healing service every third Tuesday.
Scouting: 72nd-Ottawa St Mark's
72nd-Ottawa St. Mark's Scouting Group is a co-ed program for ages 5 to 14,
with programs held each week at St Mark's or St Rita's School, from September to May.
Beavers (5-7 years) Cubs (8-10 years) Scouts (11-14 years)
Contact: Henry Starzynski 613-224-7723
Slim & Trim:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 - 9:30am from September to June