Adult Christian Education
The Adult Christian Education Committee plans for the spiritual growth of St. Mark adults. This includes adult Sunday church school classes, special seminars throughout the year, Mid-Week opportunities, Tuesday AM Men’s Bible Study, and Koinonia Groups.
The Children’s Ministries Committee oversees the Sunday Church School which includes classes for pre-school through seventh grade, Confirmation/Commissioning Class, Senior High Class, and children’s learning activities at 9:15 AM Sundays. Additional responsibilities include planning Mid-Week children’s activities, teacher recruitment, support & recognition, curriculum selection, children’s stewardship and special activities such as the Jerusalem Festival, palms for Palm Sunday, Children’s Garden, and Bibles for third graders.
The Committee also maintains a nursery/toddler program on Sunday mornings and during other activities through the week, organizes and runs the Vacation Church School, maintains the children’s library/resource center, computer center, children’s library and oversees the Saints Fellowship for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
The Church Support Committee plans and oversees all special offerings, the Fall stewardship campaign and any other financial campaigns, financial reviews & reports, offering counters, insurance, budget development & administration, and other corporate matters.
Claymont Preschool at St. Mark (CPSM)
The Preschool Committee serves in an advisory capacity for Claymont Preschool at St. Mark and supports the preschool staff. Committee members have an interest in early childhood education. Those Committee members with children attending the preschool may have the additional responsibility of parent liaison.
The Communications Committee at St. Mark reaches out to its members, its neighbors and the world at large, through the production of timely, inspirational and inviting information. A variety of media – print, electronic, internet and more- ensures that our message can be easily accessed by all. We strive to communicate in a professional and organized manner.
The Fellowship Committee oversees weekly Sunday morning coffee service, the Giving Thanks dinner, the Jingle Mingle, the Fall Festival, and other Fellowship activities that are planned for the congregation as a whole. The Committee also oversees the activities of the following groups: Men’s Fellowship, Go-Getters, and bridge groups.
Membership and Evangelism
The Membership & Evangelism Committee oversees new member orientation including sponsors, pictures, luncheons, Time & Talent Sheets & nametags, makes phone calls to first time worshipers, coordinates the gathering of material for church membership directories, calls members who have not been in worship, provides public awareness including road signs and news releases, oversees Ritual of Friendship pads and literature racks, and provides greeters and Welcome Center attendants.
The Mission Committee provides interpretation and encouragement to support the PCUSA mission beyond our Presbytery including speakers, mission trips, communication, and projects which help to fund mission causes.
The Personnel Committee reviews pastors’ calls annually and in consultation with pastors, evaluates & recommends personnel changes and all salary changes to the Session for approval. They also maintain personnel policies and procedures and resolve any personnel matters as they occur.
The Property Committee establishes policies for use of church buildings and facilities, provides an interface with pastors, other church staff and committees to assure that property needs are met; monitors facilities & systems and provides for needed maintenance, repair or replacement; secures contractors to provide services which cannot be obtained within the congregation and monitors their work; provides sound financial management for contracted services; and assures that buildings, grounds, and operating systems comply with all applicable city, country and state codes.
The Technology Committee supports the technology behind the various ministries of the church. This includes the church’s sound systems, multimedia technology, telephone system, web site, computers and computer networks.
The Worship Committee seeks to provide meaningful & enjoyable worship services, monitors the music program (Chancel Choir, handbell choirs & the children’s Joyful Noise choir), provides ushers for all services, decorates the church for advent and other special seasons, recruits families for the Advent Candle lighting ceremony, and maintains a sensitivity to the worship desires & needs of the congregation.
The Youth Committee promotes Christian fellowship among the church’s youth and provides assistance, guidance and/or financial support for the following programs: Senior Hi Fellowship (Grades 9-12), Middle School Fellowship (Grades 6-8), church camps & retreats, Boy Scout Troop 631 & Cub Pack 631, and the church’s God and Country Program.