Children/Youth

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, Blessing Bags for the homeless, and they volunteer to help with different organizations such as The Beacon and CUSE.  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, September 12, 2021 at 9:15 AM meeting outside the parish hall. Meeting outside will help satisfy the concerns of students, parents, teachers and assistants. 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. 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. Topics covered this fall will include dealing with anger, cliques, fear, leadership, authority, persecution of Christians and giving.  Special thanks are extended to Isobel Gotschall, Frank D’Antuono and Charlie Yates for their assistance to satisfy Safeguarding God’s Children. If you have any questions about this class, please contact Chris Abbott.  A schedule of the classes for the year ahead is available here. 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. Lessons will be available starting on Sunday, September 12, 2021 on YouTube. Our study this fall will start with a study of Joseph. 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 fall will include writing their names in hieroglyphics, making “dirt pudding”, dying technicolor pillow cases, making stepping stones for Joseph’s timeline, playing Jeopardy, producing a reader’s theater drama of the Battle of Jericho and mapping the tribes of Israel.  Families that have signed up will receive supply bags with the necessary materials to complete the activities. Please contact Chris Abbott with any questions about the Kids’ Kingdom program.  A calendar for classes is available here.  


 
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.  Starting Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9:00am for ages 3-Kindergarden. A calendar for classes is available here.




 
Nursery
Please note that we will NOT have childcare during the summer. 
Children are always welcome in our worship services.

 
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