As we continue to try to navigate the pandemic, below you’ll find all current practices, policies and procedures that St. Mark’s is following:
Worship: Worship continues to be offered in an online only format via the St. Mark’s UMC YouTube channel. An email goes out on Sunday mornings at 9:45 with the link or you can visit the website to join worship. Worship is pre-recorded and available “on demand”. If you want to add to the digital Milestone Notebook, the link is here: https://forms.gle/cQSvs1UH79bRX96Y6
Giving: We recommend giving online, either by recurring gift or one time. If that does not work for you, you can also mail a check to us at PO Box 30419 Houston TX 77249.
Sunday School and Small groups: All our adult Sunday School classes are meeting virtually. Your class leader will have the information. If you are not currently involved in Sunday School and would like to be, contact one of the pastors to get connected to a class.
In-person outdoor gatherings: We’ve begun allowing small, outdoor, appropriately distanced gatherings, primarily for the purpose of serving our neighbors. If you are planning to participate in an in person event, or would like to have one for a group you are part of, please read the policy below in full, then complete the request form and send the waivers to your group for completion once your event is approved.
Service/Community Care: We continue with all our community partnerships, albeit in altered formats. We encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter and follow us on social media for regular opportunities to support the HIM Food Pantry, FAM Houston, Step Healthy Day, Wesley Community Center and the literacy program at Martinez Elementary. Our congregational Care Team also continues to respond to needs that arise within our congregation.
Weddings and Funerals: These are done at the discretion of the pastor, with all safety protocols in place. Masks are required, and indoor services at the church are permitted for only 10 or fewer guests. Outdoor services are recommended.
Daily Prayer: We continue to offer daily prayer each morning and evening at 8AM and 8PM. These short (less than 15 minute) prayer services are a great time to connect with God and each other and can help bookend these strange days with hope and peace. Visit the worship page of the website to join the Zoom calls.