At St. Mark’s we reach out beyond the confines of our parish doors! We are passionate about social justice and as a congregation, we participate in several programs. If you would like to learn more and explore these outreach opportunities, please use the Contact page.
The first growing season for the “Garden of Eatin” was in 2009. Our garden fosters the development of community identity and spirit in our neighborhood. People from the neighborhood and St. Marks can plant a 4’ X 10’ raised bed for a nominal fee.
St. Mark’s is one of seven OASIS congregations in the Episcopal Diocese Missouri. In 2001, St. Mark’s undertook a time of study, prayer and discernment about what it means to offer intentional welcome to LGBTQ people and their families and friends. We encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people to fully participate in our life, worship and governance and all aspects of our ministries. For more information on OASIS Missouri go to http://theoasismissouri.weebly.com . St. Mark’s is often a presence at PrideFest and also a “Proud Parish Partner of Integrity, USA”. For more information go to their website at www.integrityusa.org.
For several years, St. Mark’s has contributed to Feed My People’s Meal-A-Month program which helps St. Louis County families in need. Each month, members pick up a shopping list and bag to fill with food and personal care items. We collect the bags at church and transport them to Feed My People.
Episcopal City Mission (ECM)
The ECM’s mission is to provide support, hope and healing to children in detention. St. Mark’s sponsors twice yearly visits to the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center to celebrate residents’ birthdays. These fun-filled celebrations serve as an affirming social time for the children. We support the work of ECM chaplains whose presence let’s the youth know someone cares about them.
Kasey Paige Assisted Living
St. Mark’s sponsors twice yearly visits to Kasey Paige, an assisted living facility in St. Louis located on near-by Jamieson Road. We provide food, decorations, and music for parties at Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day. We enjoy singing, playing games, having snacks and distributing small gifts like toiletries and stationery to the residents.