We want to meet you where you are. That means not only in your faith journey but where you are literally. Many folks have trouble entering the building that is referred to as "church". Maybe it's because of a bad experience, maybe you've never been inside before, maybe you walked away and haven't looked back, maybe you think church people are a bunch of hypocrites. At St Mark's we feel that "church" is more than a building. Church should be what we do, not where we go. It's about the people. ALL of God's people, not just some of God's people. And everything should done with love.
St Mark's will be hosting a "street church" starting Sunday August 30, 2015 at noon in Overington Park 4600 Leiper St, Frankford. There will be a short service, food for your mind, your body and your spirit. Someone will be available for individual prayer and for conversation. Stop by and see if perhaps this is what "church" was meant to be.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a
rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.
We welcome you if you can sing like an angel or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because your P.O. made you account for your Sunday.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome street walkers, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you!
We are doing God's work: St Mark's is the church of Frankford; we have made the conscious decision to work in this neighborhood, staying where we are, doing the work that God has called us to do.
75 folks attend worship every week
150 folks are involved in our Saturday meal
10 folks attend yoga/20 folks attend karate
30 folks drop by the office for office hours
400 folks come for food, either bagged or for home prepared, hot and homestyle meals
100 folks are connected to us through the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Philadelphia Speakers Group
120 folks regularly attend the 1, 2 or 3 NA (Narcotics Anonymous) programs
23 folks better know as our Roman Catholic partners rebel against their earthly authorities here in Philadelphia
15 or 20 cars park in our parking lot
780 folks cut through our property, and 5,790 walk by our buildings, and:
18,500 folks ride by on the train. Our church is not an island; we are in relationship with other churches; there are about 150 churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, with which we are connected - we do not operate in a vacuum. We are also in relationship with all other Christian churches at some level; there are something like 60 churches in this part of the city. Whether it is simply recognizing that we all believe in one God, or recognize that "there is one Faith, one Lord, one Baptism; one God and Father of all." [Book of Common Prayer]
Now meeting Tuesday evenings 5:45 - 9:30 PM
Meets Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 1:00 - 3:00 PM
We are trying to use the inertia that is the result of multiple homicides near our church buildings to create what might be called a zone of peace. Our hope is that the tragic murders of several of our young people will not be in vain and that we can actually make our neighborhood safer. This will be war which we believe we should fight with the shock and awe of the full measure of resources from residents and homeowners, through houses of worship, local businesses, and all available non-governmental and governmental agencies. IN ORDER TO WIN WE MUST WORK TOGETHER
So who are we? We are a community of Christians who are not ashamed of the Christian faith. We teach the faith as passed down through the Apostles from the Lord Jesus Christ who reigns over this broken and sinful world.
We have in common this wonderful sense that we are intimately embracing God through our worship. It is abundantly clear to all of us that God is immediately present in our community.
At St. Mark's Church, Frankford, we believe that we are joining in the Grand Procession of Saints as depicted in our stained glass windows. A great cloud of witnesses surrounds us, as we lay aside the incredible burdens that we must carry and the sin that permeates our lives, and run with perseverance the race that has been set before us.
We live out our faith in a number of ways. We worship and share stories with each other through Christian education, we feed the hungry, we engage the poor, we live together. We teach, preach, and pray balance. There must be balance or we tend to fall over. The balance in our lives is found in three forms: worship, service, and discipleship, in no particular order. You will find more about this on subsequent pages on this web site, or visit our church.
Father of all mankind, we pray that to this church all thy children may be welcome. Here may the little ones love to come and young men and maidens be strengthened for the battle of life. Here may the strong renew their strength and win in their lives a noble consecration. Hither may the aged turn their footsteps to find rest in God and light at Eventide.
Here may be tempted find succor; the sorrowing find comfort and the bereaved learn that over their beloved, death has no more dominion. Here may they who fear find courage and they who doubt have their faith, trust, and hope restored.
Here may sinners be awakened to a sense of their folly and guilt and to timely repentance. Here may the oppressed and estranged be assured of the mercy that triumphs over sin, and obtain help to go on their way rejoicing, through Jesus Christ our Lord
Gift of Adeline Elizabeth Harding
Dedicated to her church school class