Tuesday, Tea, and Theology
Tuesday, Tea, and Theology is the name of St Mark’s Book Club. Yes, we do meet on Tuesdays (once a month from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and there is tea!). The Theology part is in the choice of books we read, using “theology” in a broad sense: our books cover a wide range of titles we expect to be of interest to people like us within a church community. Our meetings are lively, invigorating, often hilarious. We have only one rule: everyone is listened to, and respected. We have animated conversations, not arguments. Contact Patrick Gray email@example.com 905-885-6648.
The Labyrinth of Chartres at St. Mark’s
The labyrinth is located on the church grounds to the east of the parish hall. Take the walkway to the south past the French doors and patio and you will find it in the form of a circle cut into the grass with its entrance close to the hall building. The Christian adaptation of the labyrinth focuses on the resurrection of Jesus as the centre of the pilgrimage which is also the pilgrim’s redemption. In modern times, the walk can be an individual meditation or a group liturgy with music and dance
Currently the Chancel Guild is divided into 5 groups, with 2 members per group, and follows a monthly schedule. Preparation for the upcoming Sunday is completed on a Friday or Saturday, at a time chosen by the group on duty, and again prior to the mid-week service. Meetings are held approximately 2-3 times a year, usually before a major festival when additional planning and preparation is required. By long-standing custom, appointment as a Chancel Guild member is made by the Rector of the Parish, who will make the appointment with care and consideration of the work to be done. Should you have an interest in participating in the work of St. Mark’s Chancel Guild please speak with the Rector or the Chair of the Chancel Guild.
St. Mark’ Third Century (1822 – 2022)
A group of parishioners led by Canon Graham Cotter has formed and met to begin plans and projects centering around our bi-centennial in 2022. Various ideas have already been received but others are most welcome. Ideas encompass the church buildings but also St Mark’s legacy in the community. Discussions are on-going. Membership remains open to anyone in the parish.
Monthly Eucharist and Potluck
One Wednesday a month at 5:00 pm, we gather informally in the chancel pews (choir areas) to celebrate a feast day of the Church with a sung Eucharist. There’s a variety of music with a short homily. We gather to enjoy one another’s company and strengthen our relationships. We follow up with a potluck supper contributed by those who attend. See the Cat’s Meow or our Calendar below for the next date.
Early Risers is a loose group of parishioners who usually attend 8:00 Said Eucharist on Sundays. They contribute to St Mark’s community life by catering for events such as visiting choirs, Parish lunches, funerals and other receptions. Funds raised are donated back to St Mark’s general operating funds or in 2017 used to support the purchase of new tables, chairs and tablecloths for the Parish Hall. All are welcome to participate in this group!
Wednesday Morning Quilters
St Mark’s Quilters are a long standing tradition at St Mark’s. We turn out beautiful hand stitched quilts for our annual Hollyberry Bazaar. We work from 9:00 to 12:00 year round. If you are interested in learning more about quilting or joining us, please come along on Wednesdays.
New members are always welcome to come Scout with us! Youth may start any time in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Venturers any time of the year where space is available. For more information about Port Hope Scouting click here. 1st Port Hope Beavers meet Mondays from 6:15 to 7:15 pm; 1st Port Hope Cubs meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm; and 1st Port Hope Scouts meet Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00pm in the main Parish Hall..
Junior Choir is more than singing on Sundays in the combined Choir at St Mark’s. The Junior Choir is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music and use their Voice for Life training. The Choir does visits to local nursing homes and contributes to church events such as by making cookies for Christmas at St Mark’s. Annual educational trips have included Montreal and Toronto. In the past, trips have included Worcester and Herford Cathedrals in the UK, Quebec City and Washington DC.
Music and Art Summer Camp
Initiated in 2016 and repeated in 2017 with the addition ofmusic (Vocal & hand bells), this program for neighbourhoold children(aged 7-13) has met with considerable success. It is hoped to turn our focus to a “Drop-in Art House” between 3:00 and 5:00 pm one afternoon per week in the future. Projects are assigned and taught using well-known artists and artistic styles, as a jumping-off point. Volunteer teachers are sought
A Christian Education program for kids, 5-13, Godly Play uses the principles of Montessori education. It invites children into a world of wonder about God and their own experience of living and growing. Each Godly Play lesson includes a story told with the help of simple props. Kids then have an opportunity to reflect on the story through open-ended “wondering questions.” They delve further into their reflection artistically, or through writing or reading. Children do not sit at desks, and there are no books or worksheets to bring home. Materials used are hands-on and made on a smaller scale. Finally, we gather to share a simple snack, called the Feast. This program is not presently in place; it will take additional personnel to make it a reality.
Outreach and Social Justice
The Committee functions as a point of reference for service and social justice proposals that come to the parish. The group is guided by social needs and concerns in the community and activities of the Social Justice Advocacy Committee of the Diocese. The Committee also operates to support and evaluate the annual outreach appeals that the Church undertakes throughout the year, with special projects during Lent and Christmas.
Benevolent Society Fund
It is an unfortunate reality that in every community there are those who need assistance in meeting their basic needs either on an occasional basis or often on a regular basis. Founded in 1862, the Fund is administered by the Ecumenical Ministerial Association of Port Hope. Assistance is given in the form of food vouchers in two kinds, one for adults and families and the other as an added amount for a family with an infant. These vouchers are honoured at Davis Independent Grocers, Metro, and Giant Tiger. St. Mark’s has an annual appeal to financially support the Benevolent Society.
St. Mark’s registers a team of walkers to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year every February to support the Green Wood Coalition, an organization that uses a community model of caring to walk alongside people who are hungry, homeless and hurting in Port Hope.
Mindful of Our Lord’s commandment, members of St Mark’s Church have a long history of involvement in Outreach projects, both collectively and as individuals. Our primary project is FaithWorks, the Annual Appeal of the Diocese of Toronto that raises funds for the delivery of direct, practical assistance to those in need or at risk. Year after year, St Mark’s is recognized as a lead parish in the campaign. Our parish retains 15% of undesignated contributions which are donated to local charities.
Every week we collect non-perishable food donations for Fare Share, the local food bank, in this basket in the narthex. A smaller basket, containing one or two of the items, representative of these, is presented at the altar at the 10.30 a.m. service each Sunday. We pray that we will continue to keep the basket filled. Information about Northumberland Fare Share can be found here.
Green Wood Coalition has been working with people who live in poverty in Port Hope since 2006, and St Mark’s has been active with their Dinner Program for several years. Green Wood is a community-based, grassroots organization with a Vision of Hope and a Mission to provide a shoulder to shoulder support to enable people to reach their potential. We invite you to read more about Green Wood Coalition here.
Social Justice Education Series
The Committee organizes an annual Social Justice Education Series in co-operation with the Northumberland East Adult Christian Education Committee. Past topics have included Defining Social Justice in the 21stCentury; Truth and Reconciliation; Welcoming the Stranger (our Syrian refugee experience) and upcoming in 2018, No Room at the Inn: Homelessness and Hope in Northumberland County.
The participating churches were the Anglican churches of St. John’s, St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s Perrytown together with Port Hope United Church and New Hope United Church (formerly Welcome, Garden Hill and Canton). The family (mother, father and 3 sons) has made remarkable progress in one short year to begin to make Canada their own. Volunteers contributed in many ways to facilitate settlement, particularly in the early months, and their success reflects the contribution of those who donated funds and material goods and the sustained support of AURA. The journey with the family has been one of Faith, Christian, and Muslim, Hope and Love.
February 13th – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
March 15 – Community Care Senior Diners Lunch
May 6 – Loaf and Ladle Lunch & Silent Auction
June 24 – Strawberry Social
July 15– Parish BBQ
August – Attic Treasures & Basement Bargains – alternate years
September 30– Parish Welcome Back Brunch
September 29th – ACO House Tour – involvement to be determined
October 18 – Community Care Senior Diners Lunch
November 3 – Hollyberry Tea, Luncheon & Bazaar
November 24 – Christmas at St. Mark’s Artists & Artisans Sale
December 2 and 3 – Crèche Exhibit & Tea
December 16 – Parish Christmas Lunch