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Youth Ministry
St. Mark’s has an active and growing youth group.  This great group is involved in church activities, fellowship and community outreach.  In worship they serve as acolytes, readers, and they also help provide great music during the services.  In the community they hold food drives for Helping Hands, they go to Greatwood Retirement Home to help with worship services, and they volunteer to help with different organizations such as The Special Olympics.  The youth of St. Mark’s grow together through Christian Formation, fellowship, Bible study, and helping others.
 
Christian Formation Grades 6-12
Christian Formation classes for youth in grades 6-12 will resume on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM in classroom E on the second floor of the St. Mark’s Education Building. The spring term will run fifteen weeks through Sunday, May 17.  The curriculum for the class will continue to be Real and Relevant.  This program is lectionary based and makes use of movie clips to foster discussion. Jamie Martin-Currie, education missioner at the Diocese of Texas, recommended this program. Real and Relevant not only provides basic scripture readings, but applications and skills that the students can apply to their daily lives. This curriculum is designed to stimulate thought and motivates the class to truly think about the lessons and the guidance given in scripture.  If you have any questions about this class, please contact Chris Abbott.  A schedule of the classes for the year ahead is available on the St. Mark’s website. Parents are welcome to attend.  The door is always open to everyone. 
Kids' Kingdom (Grades 1-5)
Kids’ Kingdom Christian Formation is for youth in grades 1-5. Classes meet each Sunday 9:00 AM in classroom G on the second floor of the St. Mark’s Education Building starting on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Our study this spring will start with Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus and the temptations of Jesus.  The goal each week is to provide the students with the scripture and a lesson that has application to their daily lives. The accompanying activities are designed to be interesting, stimulating and something that will help the children remember and internalize the Bible story.  Activities this spring will include making sachet packets, paper plate angels, paper doves, honey and locusts bug snacks and temptation fans.  Again we will be using the rotation format with one adult as the lead teacher and another adult as an assistant each week.  This spring we are very fortunate to have Mary Anne Simicek, Shan Harris, Stacy Krajinovic and Amy Wacker as teachers and Rhonda Yamauchi, Helen Tanner and Ruthie Hurta as assistants.  Without the gift of their time the Kids’ Kingdom program could not exist.  We are indeed grateful for their participation.
            Please contact Chris Abbott with any questions about the Kids’ Kingdom program. A calendar for classes is available on the St. Mark’s website.  Parents are welcome to join the class at any time.  The door is always open.
Godly Play for Children (Ages 3- Kindergarden)
Godly Play teaches the children the sacred stories of our Christian faith through the art of story-telling and visual engagement.  The children are invited into these sacred stories through the effective Godly Play resources and materials.  The authors of the curriculum say, “Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. Ages 3-Kindergarten.  Sunday at 9:30am for ages 3-Kindergarden.
Nursery
The St. Mark's Nursery  provides a safe and fun environment for infants and toddlers through two years of age. Nursery staff members are trained in SafeGuarding God's Children, the comprehensive Episcopal Safety Course. The nursery workers are responsible for caring for the children during Sunday worship hours and other events at the church.  There are always two nursery workers in the room with the children at all times.  St. Mark's has two separate rooms for babies and toddlers. You can relax and enjoy your time in the worship center and Christian Formation as your little one(s) are well cared for in our nursery. 
Summer Camp at Camp Allen
Camp Allen’s summer camp is one of the largest summer camp programs in the Episcopal Church. Each summer, over 1900 campers from across Texas come to refocus, relax, and have a blast. 

Application for Youth Scholarship
Camp Allen Summer Camp Registration
Camp Allen Summer Camp Scholarship Application