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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.
 
Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
Calling all youth, grades 7 and up! Big plans are happening for this fall! We will meet twice monthly (most months), once at church and once at someone's home. There will be lots of fun, and all gatherings will include food. We plan to grow through BIble study and discussion, to take on a service project or two, and to get to know each other better. Your friends are always welcome to join us too! So, be ready on these Sundays from 4 to 6pm to connect with others, learn, discuss, eat, and play!

NOTE – Every gathering will include FOOD! Always bring an appetite. 
Children's Chapel
2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 10:30 am 

Jesus reached out to the children and so will we!  On the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month we have children’s chapel at the 10:30am service.  Children’s Chapel is designed for children approximately 4 to 8 years old so those children hear the Scriptures at their level.  At the beginning of the service, the children and chapel leaders will process from the parish hall to a designated space where the children will hear a children’s sermon, sing songs, say a children’s creed, and pray their own prayers of the people.  Children’s Chapel is held during the first part of the 10:30am service and the children eventually join the rest of the congregation in the sanctuary (big church) in time for Communion.  Jesus says the kingdom of God belongs to the children.  So, if you are interested, please join us in this ministry of Christ’s kingdom!
Christian Formation Grades 6-12
Christian Formation classes for youth in grades 6-12 will resume on Sunday, September 10th at 9:30 in classroom E on the second floor of the St. Mark’s education building.  The curricula for the class is titled Teen Text.  This curricula was selected with the guidance of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at the Virginia Theological Seminary.  Teen Text is a lectionary based program that helps youth connect scripture with their lives.  In addition to the scripture lesson, the program includes occasional movie clips, classical and contemporary art, music, and poetry which connect our culture with scripture and everyday lives. 
Kids' Kingdom (Grades 1-5)
All children in grades 1-5 are encouraged to attend Kids’ Kingdom classes in classroom G in the education building at 9:30.  This fall the Kids’ Kingdom group will start by studying the Old Testament stories of Gideon and Samson.  The study of these stories will include constructing an origami frog to “Fully Rely on God”, making bandanas, a readers’ theater titled, Samson Man, building a temple with blocks and watching a video titled Samson and Delilah. Later in the fall, the study will include the birth of John the Baptist and the birth of Jesus. During that unit the children will bake, complete a Bible challenge game, a readers’ theater titled Breaking News, paint glass votive candle holders and create a “Special Me” picture.   All of those fun activities are designed to reinforce the lesson and message presented in the Bible story with applications for the students in their daily lives. Kids’ Kingdom follows a rotation model with Christine Ronning, Sara Hawkes,  Amy Wacker and Mary Ellen Simicek all serving as teachers, Shan Harris assisting and Chris Abbott organizing the lessons and overseeing the class.
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