DeaconsThese are women and men elected by the congregation whose responsibility consists of leading the church in Christian love and concern. This ministry includes hospital visits, homebound visits, end of life care, encouragement through cards and flowers, and at times, delivering meals prepared by members of the congregation.
The Memorial Garden is designed to be a place of rest, quiet contemplation, meditation and prayer.
Located behind the sanctuary and adjacent to the fellowship hall it includes a paved walkway, benches and native plants. The ashes of deceased members and friends of St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church may be spread in the garden. A minimum gift of $350 covers the cost of the plaque and the upkeep of the garden.
Brochures about the Memorial Garden, including a form to order a commemorative plaque, are available in the church office or you can download the brochure here.
Pancake BreakfastPancake Breakfast is the third Saturday of the month, September to April, 8:00-10:00AM in the fellowship hall. The meal is prepared and served by members of the church in partnership with the Cub Pack 40 and Scout Troop 40. The cost is $4 per person and is all you can eat pancakes.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is a weeklong celebration each summer for children centered around a Biblical theme. To find out more about this summer’s VBS program, click here.
Church DinnersChurch Dinners are hosted throughout the year. The menu and entertainment change depending on the season, but you can be sure delicious flavor and laughter are always part of the day.
Eggstravaganza is an annual event during the Easter season complete with hotdogs, games, face-painting, and an egg hunt by age groups.
Church PicnicChurch Picnic is an annual event each spring. We provide the hamburgers and hotdogs; you provide the sides and desserts. It’s an afternoon of food, friends and fun! Date TBA
Rays Games bring back the nostalgia of school field trips with the added bonus of cheering for the home team!
Fall Festival is an annual event each October complete with hotdogs, carnival games, wacky costumes, and candy treats.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Birthdays & Anniversaries are celebrated on the third Sunday of each month during the fellowship hour following both worship services. The celebration is complete with an assortment of cakes!
Our mission is to join with parents to help children develop a faith in Jesus Christ that lasts a lifetime. On Sundays we offer a children’s sermon during the 9:00AM contemporary service, followed by a child friendly Sunday School class in Classroom 1, September through May.
Our commitment is to welcome, engage, and nurture all youth and their families in hopes that they become disciples of Christ who serve the Lord. You can expect to experience a time of fun, real friends, and engaging discussions. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30PM in Classroom 2, September through May.
Note: A simple meal is provided at 6PM for those who like to eat before the study begins at 6:30PM.
Adult Bible Study
Looking for a place to grow in discipleship and enjoy fellowship with one another? Then join us on Sundays at 10:10AM, Tuesdays at 1:30PM or Wednesdays at 6:30PM in classroom 4, September through May.
Note for Wednesday class: A simple meal is provided at 6PM for those who like to eat before the study begins at 6:30PM.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – Continues “He Chose the Nails” by Max Lucado at 10:10am in classroom 3 led by Elder Deneen Kerrigan.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY – Continues on Tuesdays in classroom 3 at 1:30pm.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP – Pastor Jack Alwood continues to lead the adult study, “He Chose the Nails” on Wednesdays, at 6:30pm.
Note for Wednesday evening class: A simple meal is served at 6PM for those that would like to eat before the Bible Study at 6:30PM.
Presbyterian WomenPresbyterian Women (PW) offers women in the church meaningful ways to live out their faith in the midst of a caring community of women. For more than 200 years PW groups have played a major role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the promise of God’s kingdom.
Our PW groups meet on the second Tuesdays of the month at 10AM, September through May. We gather for prayer and Bible study, while also supporting the mission efforts of the church in our community and the world beyond.
St. Mark’s is blessed to have two beautiful libraries in our Family Life Center. Our Adult Library contains an extensive collection of religious titles as well as non-fiction, fiction, paperbacks and some large print titles. We also have a Children’s Library with a variety of titles accessible on child-sized shelves.
On Mondays and Tuesdays we distribute a limited number of food bags containing basic food items of peanut butter, milk, canned goods, cereal, pasta, and crackers. The Food Pantry opens at 10AM and closes once supplies run out. At this time, we have to limit use of the pantry to one bag per family per month.
Gulf Highlands ElementaryIn coordination with the school social worker, St. Mark’s provides food boxes to families in need on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in addition to school supplies and gifts for children at Christmas.
Prayer Shawl Knitters
We meet Wednesdays at 1:00PM, September through May, to knit prayer shawls, lap robes, and snuggles. The stitches in these articles are knit in groups of threes to represent the Trinity. Each item is blessed by the knitter and given to those who need a special hug and prayer.
Missionary SupportEach year, we support a missionary working in an international context to share the love and hope of Jesus. This year our support went to Bethesda Ministries in Leogane, Haiti who provide a school for children as well as a number of work programs to support those left handicapped following the earthquake devastation in 2010.
This is a church sponsored thrift shop open to the community and is opened on the 1st and 3rd week of each month, Thursday, 10AM – 2PM, Friday, 12Noon – 4PM & Saturday, 8AM – 2PM. All proceeds are used to support the ministry of the church.
Founded in 1875, today Thornwell is an independent, non-profit ministry in covenant relationship with the Synod of the South Atlantic of the Presbyterian Church (USA) serving children and families throughout the three-state region—South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.