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.

 

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.

 

Handy Hands Ministry

The Handy Hands Ministry at St. Mark’s consists of volunteers from our congregation that provide simple household repairs for others in the congregation who cannot otherwise perform the tasks themselves. However, this ministry is not for emergency requests. All individuals who attend St. Mark’s may request services from the Handy Hands Ministry. The types of services provided are determined by the skill set of our volunteers and the complexity of the requests received. Anyone may request service from Handy Hands, especially people who may not have the necessary skills or physical ability for type of repairs needed. Frequently we receive requests from seniors, singles, persons with physical limitations, home-bound individuals, and those recovering from surgery or illness who may need a small task performed in their home.

To request service from the Handy Hands Ministry, please complete this form. Printed forms are also available from the church narthex, and the church office. Once the form is filled out, drop it in the Handy Hands mailbox in the church office and someone will contact you regarding your request.

Handy Hands Volunteers Needed: If you are handy and have a particular skill set that you wish to share email handyhands@umcstmarks.org with your name and phone number so the Handy Hands Coordinator can contact you.

 

Prayer Ministry Team

This group 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. Additionally, they provide Monthly Prayer Cards listing prayer concerns that are shared with the congregation the first week of the month.  You may pick one a card from the narthex table on Sunday, or from the Prayer Room. Or use this link and print the monthly prayer card.

 

Prayer Chain Group

This group of people receives 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 .

 

Lectio Divina Prayer Group

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.

 

Prayer Room

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).

 

Ties That Bind Ministry

Ties That Bind is our prayer quilt ministry. We promote prayer through the use of handmade, lap sized quilts which are blessed by members of our congregation and others as they tie knots in the threads while saying prayers for someone in need of prayer. The prayer quilts are a gift of love, prayer, and our belief in God and his power to comfort, strengthen and heal. Ties that Bind is different than St. Mark’s other quilting and prayer shawl ministries and is an addition to the unique ways we can bless those in need of our prayers through our Congregational Care Ministries. We meet the first and third Mondays each month to sew. Donations of cotton fabric and monetary gifts are greatly appreciated.