Congregational Care Ministries

Through the Holy Spirit, we are gifted and empowered with spiritual gifts, skills and talents to be used in “the building up of the Body” — in other words, to take care of each other. Through our caring, we express the love of Christ. St. Mark’s shares Christ’s love through ministries of prayer; hospitality; spiritual, emotional and practical support; nurture; enrichment; and education.

 

Prayer Ministry Team

The Prayer Ministry Team provides for congregational prayer life in a variety of ways. This is a group of individuals focused on strengthening the individual and corporate prayer life of our church by providing education, resources and new opportunities for prayer. It is their desire to hold up all the ministries at St. Mark’s, as well as the larger church and the surrounding community.

Monthly Prayer Cards are prepared with a list of prayer concerns and shared with the congregation the first week of the month. You may pick one up from the narthex table on Sunday.

Prayer Chain is a group of people who receive prayer requests via email and are willing to pray at a moment’s notice for an urgent need. Anyone may submit a prayer request at prayerchain@umcstmarks.org .

Our Prayer Room is located in Room 21 on campus and open during regular office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. 4:30 p. m., as well as Sunday mornings. Please use this area for prayer, reflection and meditation. There are a number of places to leave your prayer requests (both public and private).

Lectio Divina is a traditional Benedictine practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s Word. Several groups meet on our campus weekly for meditative prayer. Please contact the office (297-2062) for more information.

 

Counselor-in-Residence

The Counselor-in-Residence program offers counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. These services are available to both the St. Mark’s and the Tucson community. The St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Counselor-in-Residence program recognizes the right of all people to feel supported and connected to a community. Healing occurs within those fibers of connection to self and others. The counseling program is dedicated to providing resources and therapeutic support for both the St. Mark’s and the Tucson community. For more information about our Counselor-in-Residence read our brochure.

 

Grief Support

Experiencing a loss can sometimes make you feel as though you have lost your place in the “circle” of life. You may feel isolated, angry, deeply saddened, depressed, or even numb. You may find few people to safely share your intimate grief journey. This weekly grief support group can provide a healing circle of care and compassion and offer a safe, supportive place for your feelings, your stories, and your healing.

Healing in grief is not done alone. Each of us has a unique experience of grief while at the same time, a universal connection with others in grief. Giving voice to your unique experience, finding avenues of self-care and validation, while nurturing your connection with others, leads to a healing that can create new meaning in your life.

The Grief Support Group meets once a week. Place contact Lane Harmon, MC, LPC at 520-297-6228 if you are interested in attending.