Throughout the year, St.Mark's observes the Church Calendar in various ways. Please join us as we celebrate each season of our liturgical life together. In addition to regular and special worship services, we have Christian Education opportunities for children and adults for each of these seasons. Our weekly announcements and ROAR newsletter contain up-to-date information.
The Church Year begins in Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas, when we reflect on Christ's first and and second coming. We usually have a small group Bible study with a different theme each year to mark this special season of waiting and preparation. "O come, O come, Emmanuel!"
We offer a family-friendly service of carols and Communion on Christmas Eve in the early evening. "O come, all ye faithful!"
Lent is a forty-day period leading up to Holy Week and Easter, a time of somber reflection and renewal as the days lengthen and we prepare to mark the most important days of the Christian calendar. During Lent, we gather with our friends from St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Wilmington for a joint Bible study.
Join us as we mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, days of special devotion as we remember Jesus' suffering and death. On Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the Last Supper and Jesus washing the disciples' feet. On Good Friday, we reflect on His death upon the Cross for our salvation. Both services are held jointly by St. Mark's and St. Elizabeth's in Wilmington.
On Easter Sunday, we celebrate with joy Jesus' glorious victory over the grave and the promise of the Resurrection for our own lives. Join us for Easter morning worship, followed by a festive coffee hour and an egg hunt for children. "Christ the Lord is risen today, alleluia!"
On the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Church and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Join us for Sunday worship and don't forget to wear red! "Come, Holy Spirit!"
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we have a special service of "Ingathering" to thank God for the many blessings of the past year and to take up a collection to support the local food pantry. "Come, ye thankful people, come!"