Programs for Adults

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 patrickgray@xplornet.ca 905-885-6648.

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 pot lick supper contributed by those who attend.  See the Lion’s Roar for the next date.

Morning Prayer and Coffee

We say the office of Morning Prayer 2-3 times per week at 9:30 am. This is a said service consisting of psalms and one reading. Prayer for the Church, the World, and our own needs is also offered in a free-form style. Following the service, we have coffee either in the rectory or in a local establishment.  See The Lion’s Roar for each week’s dates.

Five Minutes Monthly

Offered once a month following the 10:30 am Sunday Eucharist. A five minute presentation on an aspect of the liturgy is followed by discussion lasting about twenty minutes. Feel free to join us as you are able. There’s usually a photo-copied handout. There are no materials to purchase.  Watch for the next date in The Lion’s Roar.

Centering Prayer Group

Centering Prayer is a simple approach to the ancient practice of Christian contemplation. Here we enter our “inner room,” consenting to interior transformation by letting go of external concerns. This is symbolized by closing our eyes and, with the help of a sacred word of your choosing, our consent to God’s presence and action within us. We meet Thursdays 3:00 pm for 40 minutes in the mezzanine.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a simple way to pray the scriptures. Ancient in origin, Lectio is practised silently in a series of steps by which we gain insight into scripture and its meaning for us. A way to cultivate friendship with Christ, Lectio is an excellent complement to Centering Prayer.  We meet Mondays at 10:30 am in the mezzanine. Lasts about 45 minutes.

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