We currently offer three ongoing adult classes at 9:45 and one at 11:15. You can find more details on our Classes and Registration page.
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Adult Spiritual Growth opportunities are designed to inspire and deepen your faith journey. Whether you are just beginning your journey, or wish to expand your current knowledge of the Bible, you’ll find a variety of opportunities to grow your faith. St. Mark’s offers many short-term classes throughout the year. (Short-term classes generally last for four, six or eight weeks.) Some are offered on Sunday mornings, others during the week. Some are daytime classes, others meet in the evening. Learn more about the current list of classes.
The St. Mark’s Animal Ministry Team is made up of enthusiastic animal lovers who are dedicated to activities that support and preserve the human/animal connection. While many of their activities center around pets, their caring concern extends to wildlife issues, as well. The team’s activities and events include an annual Pet Memorial Service (in the spring) and a Blessing of the Animals Service (in the fall). The team encourages the congregation to consider including something for hungry pets when bringing other items for the local food bank. Educational items are periodically placed in the church’s newsletter. Donations of funds and/or service are made by the team to local shelters and rescue groups when resources are available. The Animal Ministry Team accepts financial contributions, particularly a as a way of remembering someone’s pet and/or acknowledging a loss.
Church and Society
United Methodists and St. Mark’s continue in a long tradition of social justice. Starting with Genesis, God commanded humanity to care for creation. In the Old Testament prophets there is reproach for the poor care Israel was providing the underprivileged and unequal distribution of wealth. As Christians we have the example of Jesus who ate with and advocated for the marginalized in society.
Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, was committed to improving the conditions for poor people, slaves and prisoners. This continues through the United Methodist Social Principles, the official stance of the United Methodist Church on social issues. In addition, through resolutions enacted by the legislative body of the church, concrete actions are provided to bring the Social Principles to fruition.
At St. Mark’s the Church and Society Committee works to educate the congregation about the Social Principles as well as implement them locally. The committee works closely with the Missions Committee, because improving the conditions for the marginalized requires both short term acts of mercy as well as long term advocacy for social justice.
The Family Ministries Committee provides members and friends of St. Mark’s with enjoyable events and activities throughout the year which bring families together and encourage entertainment and fellowship for adult and children. See the sidebar on the right for a listing of the current year’s scheduled activities.
Handy Hands Ministry
The Handy Hands Ministry was started in September, 2015. It consists of volunteers from our congregation providing simple household repairs for others in the congregation. All individuals who attend St. Mark’s may volunteer or request service to be part of this ministry. The types of services provided are determined by the skills of the volunteers and the complexity of the problems. Those who don’t have the necessary skills or physical ability for specific tasks can request help, i.e. senior citizens, singles, persons with physical limitations, homebound individuals, those recovering from surgery/illness, etc. However, this ministry is not for emergency requests.
Although HeartWorks meets as a group once a month at the church, participants can also contribute their time and efforts from home. HeartWorks members sew duffle bags for children taken into protective custody. Colorful fabric bags, complete with a pocket and a small stuffed animal, are a much more compassionate receptacle for a child’s quickly-packed belongings than the trash bags that were previously used to transport their items. Even people who don’t sew can participate by cutting out fabric and preparing the “kits” to be sewn.
The Mark-a-ritas are a group of women who believe it’s important to have girlfriends at church, too! They organized themselves to provide a fellowship opportunity for women in “that mid-life stage.” Their children (if they had any) are no longer young, and yet most of the women are still working and not available for the weekday activities of retirees’ groups. However, there are no specific age requirements, and new participants are always welcome! The Mark-a-ritas meet monthly and take turns planning the activities. Whether an event is strictly social or includes a study or service project, you can count on the fact that plenty of conversation and laughter will be included.
A men’s group that meets on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month for breakfast and fellowship at 7:30 a.m. at Coco’s (7250 N. Oracle Road). Breakfast is served from the menu and the meetings are over by 9:00 a.m.
Open Doors is a group dedicated to the support of those with family members who have special needs. We strive to ensure that St. Mark’s is a safe and inviting place for people of all physical, mental and emotional abilities and disabilities. Our motto is to “Catch Compassion,” and we seek to empower people to become more intentional and educated about interacting with people with disabilities.
This group of retirees gets together once a month for lunch, dining at a variety of restaurants in the Tucson area throughout the year. Both couples and individuals are welcome to attend. Watch the Sunday bulletin announcements or the Messenger for monthly locations and the deadline date for reservations.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Volunteers knit or crochet shawls for those in hospitals, care facilities, etc. Shawls are also presented at the time of baptism. The group typically meets at the church on the last Saturday of the month. Shawls may be created from home, once the individual has received appropriate instructions.
A subsidiary group of United Methodist Women, the St. Mark’s Quilters meet on Thursday mornings to plan patterns, cut fabric and quilt, as well as to enjoy conversation while they work. Some quilts are created by custom order; others are available for purchase. All funds earned by the St. Mark’s Quilters are used for missions that support women and children.