Welcome to Our Community!
Whether you have already visited us or are researching the internet for a church to attend, we welcome you to this exciting and growing community of faith.
Most of us are searching for something beyond ourselves, for meaningful connections, a place where our children receive a sense of the sacred and our teenagers feel comfortable, safe and supported, for the freedom to ask our questions and discover awe, for a sense of belonging. Whatever your reasons, we invite you to explore St. Mark’s, a place where we come as we are, accept each other for who we are, strive to grow and open to change along the way.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church is an extended family of loving people bound by faith in Christ. We seek to deepen our relationship with God, strengthen our faith community, support each other, and serve our neighbors. We do this by celebrating our faith through meaningful liturgy and prayer, sharing our stories and traditions, and participating in ministries of fellowship, compassion and justice.
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” — 2 Corinthians 5:17 [NRSV]
Growing in Faith:
The Landscape of Community
50 Minute Forum
Justice for the Poor… and affordable housing in Palo Alto
Sunday, June 2
Love God. Serve People. Change the World.
Our Lenten Sojourners series raised our awareness of poverty and its intersection with faith and works. In May we hosted Hotel de Zink and got a closer look at the reality of poverty for our guests who cannot find affordable housing. On June 2, please join our Outreach-inspired forum and learn about housing challenges facing low-income individuals in Palo Alto. Kate Dreher and Rev. Salying will introduce the topic and then two representatives of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto. The scheduled closing of this property will affect the lives of over 375 residents, a major housing challenge that residents and other community members are working to manage. Our discussion will ponder low-income housing for our neighbors in light of our Christian faith
Join us for our
Annual Potluck Parish Picnic
Sunday, June 9, 11:30 am, Hoover Park
Our fun-filled picnic will be happening June 9th immediately after the 10am service! This parish-wide event will be full of fellowship, food, and fun and will feature the opportunity to practice your aim at our very special dunk tank. St. Mark’s Youth Group will also be having a car wash! Please dress comfortably and keep an eye out for the giant signup sheet in the Narthex! Drinks and grilled food will be provided!
Save the date!
Sunday, June 9, 11:30 to 3:30
Sign up now! Go to bloodcenter.stanford.edu and click on the red schedule an appointment button; then search by sponsor code 1318 (or zip code 94306) and click on St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Bloodmobile. Or call Stanford Blood Center at 888-723-783
Current & Upcoming Newcomer Events!
Please read on below about our current and upcoming events for newcomers or new members. For more information on any of these events, please see our New to St. Mark’s page, or contact the church office. We hope to see you at one of these events!
Clergy Led Inquirer’s Classes
Twice a year we offer a course for those interested in learning more about the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church, and St. Mark’s. Our spring classes have completed and we will have another course offered in the fall.
Each spring and fall, visitors and new members of Saint Mark’s are invited to an informal gathering at a parishioner’s home. These events give people an opportunity to meet other people new to Saint Mark’s as well as an opportunity to meet established members and clergy.
New Member Welcome Sunday
Two Sundays a year are set aside for welcoming new members to Saint Mark’s. During both the 8:00 and 10:00 services, those who have become members are recognized by name and with prayer. Our next Welcome Sunday is June 2