Frequently Asked Questions
Simple answers for common questions
Where is St. Mark’s?
St. Mark’s is located near the intersection of Watt and El Camino Avenues in the Arden-Arcade area, behind the Country Club Plaza. For a detailed map visit the location page.
What are the styles and times of worship services?
St. Mark’s has two worship services on most Sunday mornings, each with a different worship style. The 9:30am service is traditional; the 11:00am service is contemporary. Learn more about worship services under the worship tab on the home page.
How do people dress on Sundays at St. Mark’s?
From casual to dressy. Suggested attire: whatever is most comfortable. Some arrive for worship in their Sunday best. Others in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops. Either way or somewhere in between, everyone fits in.
Is Communion open to everyone?
Yes. Absolutely everyone is welcome regardless of church membership or affiliation. The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
What do United Methodists believe?
The United Methodist church includes people with a wide variety of different beliefs. Everyone is invited to support one another along their spiritual journey. Visit the “beliefs” page for more information.
How can I join St. Mark’s?
Keep coming back. Join a small group or a ministry team. Speak with the pastor. Consider signing up for the membership classes that are offered for anyone who wishes to transfer their membership from another church and for those who have never joined a church community in the past.
Is St. Mark’s a place for children?
Very much so! Childcare is provided for infants and children under the age of two on Sunday mornings and other select times. During worship, children ages 2 years old through 6th grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a Bible story or lesson and then are escorted to Sunday School. For children who prefer to remain in the sanctuary for worship, red activity books filled with crayons, coloring pages, word games and other fun stuff are available upon request from an usher.
How does St. Mark’s engage youth and young people?
Special activities are coordinated to stimulate spiritual growth and development for youth and young adults. Sunday School, group outings, potlucks, youth group Sunday evening functions and many other activities are provided under the leadership of the Youth and Young Adults Ministries Director and under the moniker of YOU Ministries.
Are there Bible study classes and other educational opportunities for adults?
Many opportunities abound at St. Mark’s for Bible study, education, and spiritual growth. Classes are held and study groups meet not only on Sundays but throughout the week, on and off the church campus.