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.
Childcare for infants through two year old is available from 9:00am – 11:30am Sunday mornings during worship and Sunday School.
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.
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 grades 3 through 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 Upcoming Events for Saints & Siblings Fellowship
Mar.26 – Lunch and Roller Skating
Apr. 9 – Jerusalem Festival
Apr.15 – Bunny Breakfast
Apr.29 & 30 – Mound Ridge Camp & Conference Center Family Weekend
May 21 – Kid’s Choice Outing
June 9 – Float Decorating & Barbeque
June 10 – Ballwin Days Parade
For additional information please contact: Liz Oglesby (Chairperson) or Ellen Hynes (St. Mark Staff)
Please mark your calendars and join us for these events. Parents and siblings are ALWAYS welcome.
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 Saints Fellowship activities.
Download the 2016-2017 Permission Form Here or you can come to the church office and complete a Permission Form.
Joyful Noise Children’s Choir (ages 4 and up)
It’s time to start rehearsing for our spring musical, which will be performed the weekend of April 22-23.
Rehearsals for “Livin’ Inside Out in an Upside Down World” will begin Wednesday, January 11.
Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings downstairs in the music room from 6:15-6:45 PM. Starting on Sunday, February 5, we will also rehearse from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings downstairs in the music room.
All children age 4 and older are invited to join us – Come join us as we explore living in this topsy-turvy world!
For additional information, please contact Lisa Marsh either by email or phone.
Wednesday Night Children’s Fellowship
Immediately following Children’s Choir, The Children’s Committee offers a 45 minute program (6:45PM – 7:30 PM) in Gleason Hall which includes prayer time, story, games and snack. Please try to include us in your Wednesday scheduling.
As we begin our Lenten Journey we will be studying the 40 days that with emphasis on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.
We will also continue working on mission projects that serve our community, and children in this area and around the world. The children do make many of the crafts that are part of the Jerusalem Festival on April 9.
Vacation Bible School
Save the Date!! St. Mark Vacation Bible School will be July 17 – July 21, 2017
VBS program will be held 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon
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.”
Middle School (grades 6-8) will meet Sundays from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
Senior Highs (grades 9-12) will meet on Sundays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
YOUTH – SAVE THE DATE for:
Mar.22 – Lenten Mid Week Bible study at 6 pm
Mar.26 – Capes Mission Project
Mar.29 – Lenten Mid Week Bible study at 6 pm
Apr. 2 – We will be recognizing our 2017 High School Seniors at the 10:30 AM worship service
Apr. 5 – Lenten Mid Week Bible study at 6 pm
Apr. 9 – Jerusalem Festival
Apr.13 – Maundy Thursday Worship
Apr.14 – Good Friday Community Worship at St. Mark 3:00 pm
Apr.15 – Confirmand Led Easter Vigil worship at 5 pm
Apr.16 – Easter Sunday
Apr. 21-22 – Presbytery Wide Middle School Retreat at Mound Ridge
Apr. 28-30: All Church Retreat at Mound Ridge
May 7 – Hats On! for Cancer event at St. Mark sponsored by Youth – donate $1 & wear a hat on May 7!
June 4 – Pentecost Sunday – Confirmands will be confirmed today!
LOOKING AHEAD – MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW:
June 3-11, 2017: Montreat 2017
July 17-21, 2017: VBA at St. Mark
July 22-30, 2017: Mission Trip 2017 – Mingo County, West Virginia
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 Sunday School
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.
Get Ready! Confirmation class for 7th and 8th graders is held on Sundays at 9:30am – 10:15am. All 7th and 8th graders (and above, if not confirmed) are invited to join Pastor Susan downstairs in Rooms 17/18 on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
Confirmation class is open to all students starting 7th or 8th grade in the fall (or older, if they have not been confirmed). 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.
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.