Children’s Ministry

St. Mark’s Children’s Ministry nurtures our young ones with a growing Sunday School for all ages, Vacation Bible School, hands-on activities in the Learning Center in the lower level, offers a children’s library, and special events during the year such as the Jerusalem Festival, Bunny Breakfast, Fall Festival and more.
Ellen Hynes (636-394-2233) is our staff contact for Children’s Christian Education ministry.

Nursery Care
Childcare for infants through two year old is available from 9:00am – 11:30am Sunday mornings during worship and Sunday School.

Enrichment Hour
Sundays at 9:00am, enrichment is available for preschool through 7th grade. Children spend time exploring the Bible through opportunities in the computer lab and the Children’s library.

Sunday School
Christian education for preschool through 5th grade is available at 10:30am. Students study the Bible using “We Believe,” our Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) curriculum. Children attend worship through the “Time with Children” and then are led to their classes by parents and teachers.

Children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 begin the youth fellowship experience in this group that meets for activities once a month. Activities include both a mission and fun focus. Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents are needed to chaperone at all events. The Saints also go to Mound Ridge Camp for a weekend full of mission work and relaxation at our Presbytery’s beautiful campground.

Children’s Ministry
Sun,Jan.8 – Incredible Pizza Company
Sun,Feb.11 – TBD
Sun,Mar.4 – Swimming at Ballwin Pointe
Sun,Mar.25 – Jerusalem Festival
Sun,Apr.15 – City Museum
April 28-29 – All Church Retreat
Sun,May 20 – Grant’s Farm

For additional information please contact: Elizabeth Oglesby (Chairperson) or Ellen Hynes (St. Mark Staff)
Please mark your calendars and join us for these events.
The St. Mark Permission Form is available on this page.

A current Permission Form must be on file in order for children to participate in St. Mark Presbyterian Church activities.
Download the 2017-2018 Permission Form Here or you can come to the church office and complete a Permission Form.

Wednesday Night Children’s Fellowship
Wednesday Night Children’s Fellowship runs September thru May.
The Children’s Ministry Committee offers an evening program (6:30 PM – 7:30 PM) in Gleason Hall which includes prayer time, story, games and snack. Please try to include us in your Wednesday scheduling.
One important element of Wednesday Night Children’s Fellowship is mission projects that serve our community, and children in this area and around the world.

Vacation Bible School 2018

St. Mark Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School will be held July 16 – July 20, 2018

Youth Ministries

Youth Committee Mission Statement
“To empower our youth through worship, fellowship, study and service to become committed to their faith in Jesus Christ and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”

Teachers and Chaperones for Youth Activities: If you are interested in helping with teaching or with activities, the Youth Committee welcomes you to join in. Please email Katie Sternhagan and let her know that you are interested, and the Youth Committee will plug you in!! Background checks are required for all who work with Youth at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, and Katie can take care of that for you.

Confirmation Class
Get Ready! Confirmation class is held on Sundays at 9:30am – 10:15am downstairs in rooms 17-19. Students in Middle School and anyone who has not been confirmed are welcome to join! Email Katie for more information.
Confirmation students attend classes, participate in mission activities, lock-ins, and learn about the Bible, the Christian faith, the mission of the church and what it means to be Presbyterian. Upon completion of the course, the students are confirmed during worship service and received as new members of St. Mark.

St. Mark Youth Group —> New Year – New Schedule
St. Mark Youth Groups meet during the school year, mid-August thru May.

Youth Group for grades 6-12 will now be Sundays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM unless otherwise indicted.Youth Group will have elements of recreation, mission projects, music, and biblical discussion tying into the lectionary. It will reinforce the sermon from morning worship, and will be the same scripture as Pastor Susan’s adult Sunday School class, creating fluidity on Sundays.

Bible Study for grades 6-12 will be Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 PM unless otherwise indicated. Bible Study, held on Wednesdays, will be more topical, and will continue the Fruits of the Spirit theme. While we will all be meeting together, there will be time for breakout groups according to ages, to have varying degrees of conversation, as age group allows.

Youth need to have a Permission Form on file before attending Youth events.
Download the Youth Permission Form Here

For further information, contact Katie Sternhagen, Stacey Caplinger, Pastor Susan and Pastor Dave.

Calendar of Events
Youth Group (Sundays 4-6 PM)
Sunday, January 7 – Youth Group: Epiphany
Sunday, January 21 – Youth Group
Friday, January 26 – Bowling for Brandon
Sunday, January 28 – OUTING: Incredible Pizza

Bible Study (Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm)
January 10 – Spiritual Fruit: Faithfulness
January 17 – Spiritual Fruit: Faithfulness
January 24 – Spiritual Fruit: Faithfulness

SAVE THE DATE for these Youth activities:
Friday,January 26, 2018 – Bowl-a-thon for Brandon Main at West County Lanes
Saturday,March 3, 2018 – TRIVIA NIGHT Youth Fundraiser
June 2-9, 2018 – Montreat Youth Conference 2018
July 7-14, 2018 – Mission Trip to Houston

Mission Activity
Youth volunteer for a variety of mission activities, ranging from day trips (helping to feed the hungry at Isaiah 58 in downtown St. Louis), to weekend trips (work trips to Mound Ridge Camp) and to extensive work trips in far away places. In all of this, we have fun together, participate in ministry, and discern our individual calls to ministry.

Youth Led Worship
Once a year, for an entire weekend, the youth (both middle school and senior high) plan and lead worship. Youth Led Worship is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to experience worship leadership from a unique perspective.

At St. Mark, we believe that all are beloved children of God. We want the youth to experience the Trinitarian God, the God who is with us in community. St Mark’s youth ministry seeks to give youth this experience through:

Engaging Study: creative, thoughtful and faith-formative Bible studies and small groups

Genuine Community: all youth are welcome at St Mark. We offer weekly Bible study, youth group and other activities for youth. As a faith community, St. Mark is very encouraging and supportive of youth.

Meaningful Mission & Service: our youth and families participate in monthly mission activities every first weekend, where we truly seek to empower our community with the love of God. Annually, we have a week-long mission trip in the summer, which the youth and parents highly anticipate. Mission matters to St.Mark.

Committed Mentoring: beginning in confirmation, our youth are connected with an adult member at St Mark who serves “to walk alongside” them in the journey of faith. This committed support and presence of the mentors is essential to the faith development of our youth people. We are incredibly grateful for such encouraging and faithful mentors here at St.Mark.

Empowering Discipleship: through all the study, small groups, lock-ins, retreats, trips, mission work, we seek to connect our youth with the body of Christ so that they may know the Grace of God and share God’s love with the world. St. Mark works to give our youth and families practical methods of loving God and neighbor in their everyday life.”

Youth Programs

Youth at St. Mark, from Middle School through High School, are engaged in not only fellowship but also classes, mission trips, service projects and other opportunities to grow their faith. Youth are invited to serve as Liturgists at Worship — call Pastor Susan if you wish to help.

Boy Scouts: Cub Scout Pack 631 and Scout Troop 631

Contact information for Scouting activities is available from the church office.

Cub Pack 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Pack meetings are held once a month and den meetings twice a month during the school year. The pack is made up of Cub Scouts in grades one through five. Activities this past year included the Pinewood Derby, Blue and Gold Banquet, Rain Gutter Regatta and Scouting for Food.

Scout Troop 631
Sponsored by and meets at St. Mark Church. Considered one of the top Boy Scout troops in the Greater St. Louis Area Council and has produced well over 200 Eagles since formed in 1966; this is one of the highest percentages of Eagle scouts from the number of boys that join. Activities this past year included: the traditional cabin camp-out at Babler State Park to work on merit badges, the President’s Day outing bus trip, Crossover at Camp Beaumont, rock climbing and rappelling at S-F Scout Ranch, and Summer Camp at S-F Scout Ranch.

Links of Interest
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Greater St. Louis Area Council
National BSA Council