What to Expect
Welcome to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, we’re happy that you are considering a visit to St. Mark’s, we hope to see you soon!
Coming on the campus of a new church can be filled with excitement and anticipation, but can also cause some butterflies-in-the-stomach moments. Will I be welcome? What will worship be like? Will this be a place of joy, hope and healing? Will there be ways I can be involved? Will I know God’s presence here? We can’t promise to easily answer all those questions, but we can tell you that we try to live out of our mission statement of “changing the world through Christ, by caring for all people.” We hope that you experience this care, and that your world is changed a bit by being at St. Mark’s. Connecting people to God and to one another is very important to us.
Everyone is welcome at St. Mark’s. We pray that by connecting with St. Mark’s you know God’s love better!
Campus Layout: You may want to take a minute and visit our church campus page. You’ll find a diagram that identifies our campus buildings and parking areas.
Parking: You can enter the St. Mark’s campus from either La Canada or Magee, and we have a north, south and west parking lot… all of which are connected to one another. The north lot (along Magee Road) is the closest to the Sanctuary, where worship is held. The south lot (from the La Canada entrance) is nearest to the church office and the Fellowship Hall. Both the north and south lots have accessible parking for persons with disabilities.
Dress: We invite you to dress as you are comfortable, and you’ll see a variety of styles at St. Mark’s – suits and dresses, jeans and shorts, heels and sneakers!
Our Church Family: Our congregation is truly a mix of ages, ethnicities, physical abilities, educational backgrounds, political beliefs, sexual orientations, physical abilities, economic levels, and more! No one should feel that there isn’t a place for them at St. Mark’s. While we don’t all agree on every subject, we choose to nurture all that we have in common. We’re happy to work together to serve Christ in the world!
New in Worship: We won’t ask you to stand up and introduce yourself! Be sure to visit the Information kiosk in the courtyard and pick up a first-time-visitor gift. Also, there are Welcome to St. Mark’s brochures available as you leave worship, so you can simply help yourself. Registration pads are passed down each pew, at the beginning of each service, everyone is invited to sign in. We hope you’ll include your name, because it helps us get acquainted.
Childcare: Complimentary nursery care is available during each service, but children are also welcome in worship. On all but the first Sunday of each month, our worship includes a time with the children (and frequently involves puppets). In addition, we have an infant hospitality room for parents and young worshippers who may be in need of feeding, changing or comforting. Feel free to slip through that door at any time and listen to the sermon in a private setting.
Exploring Membership: If you wish to learn more about what it means to be a “member” at St. Mark’s, any of our pastoral or program staff will be happy to visit with you any time about the commitment and community of membership. Exploring Membership classes are offered three times a year for anyone who has an interest in becoming a member.