Mission & Ministries

One way of looking at the difference between ministry and missions involves the questions of "where" and "to whom". Ministry takes place within the body of Christ, missions happens outside the walls of the church. For instance, if your Men's Ministry group goes to put a new roof on the house of a shut-in who is a member of your church - that's ministry. If however, the next weekend your group goes right next door to her and puts a roof on the house of a non-believer - and tells that person that you're doing it in Christ's name - that's missions. Both are important. Our men need to find out what their spiritual gifts are and find their place of service within the life of their church. Men also need to be on mission with God, telling the good news of Christ as they go.

The Mission of St. Marks outreach is to share the Love of Christ by helping people in need in our surrounding community of Gaston County NC. St Marks’ ministers participate in the following outreach missions assisting hundreds of people every year who are in need; Crisis Assistance Ministries (CAM), Habitat for Humanity, Backpack Weekend Food Program, Blessing Bags, Counseling, Prayer Shawls, Salvation Army, Family Promise, Meals on Wheels, Heritage Oaks, 2nd Helping Pantry, School Supplies, Comfort Kids and more.  

The Ministries of our parish help us to welcome the stranger, worship with thanksgiving and praise, sharing fellowship and stories, learn the Word of God, and ultimately become the Body of Christ in our community.

St. Mark’s is involved in many programs, and they can all use more help. Please consider donating time to one of the programs below.

What Are Your Spiritual Gifts

We all have been given gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve God and to serve others. Sometimes those gifts lead you to sing in the choir. For others, their gifts call them to teach Sunday School or Bible Studies. St. Mark's is known within our community as a church that does more with fewer people. At St. Mark's we live out the Gospel every day in many ways.

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This subcommittee is tasked with welcoming all visitors and guests to St. Mark’s Church. We will seek out new faces in the pews and make sure they feel welcome. New guests will find brochures, bulletin boards, etc. with information to answer all...

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Not Sure Where to Serve?

Our clergy, staff, and vestry can assist you in learning more about the many opportunities to serve. Please contact the office for more information.

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We provide nursery care for children 3 and younger during the primary worship service on Sunday.

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Parish Life

The St. Mark’s Parish Life Ministry coordinates activities throughout the year to help promote fellowship among our members, new and old, and strengthen the bonds of our parish family. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to come...

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Pastoral Care

WHAT ARE PASTORAL MINISTRIES? At St. Mark's Church, pastoral care is a team ministry of clergy and laypeople working together. This shared ministry allows us to offer greater support and care for our congregation. Our Pastoral Care team...

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Prayer Shawls

For centuries, people have enjoyed the warmth and comfort of being wrapped in a soft, cozy shawl. Prayer shawls offer that benefit and more.

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Salvation Army Meals

Salvation Army free soup kitchens and meal programs. Salvation Army soup kitchens and meal programs help feed the hungry as well as the low income.

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Sanctuary Counseling

Heather Griffin formed Sanctuary Counseling Services to provide counseling sessions to those who might otherwise not have the funds to pay for a therapist. This service grew out of conversations several years ago when Heather was looking for a...

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