Throughout the summer, St. Mark’s holds two services on Sunday mornings.
Quiet Spoken Traditional Service of Holy Communion
in the Chapel, at the front of the church along the north wall followed by coffee and conversation in the Parlor.
Intergenerational Celebration of Holy Communion with Hymns
at the lakefront (July, August) – for location click here – followed by juice and snacks. (Rain Location: St. Mark’s Church)
. . . but on one Sunday in August, we will have an extra special event. . .
August 16 at 10 a.m.
with Back-to-School Blessings, a Picnic and Games
On Sunday, August 16, the 4 Episcopal Churches of Evanston will gather at Burnham Shores (Hamilton Street and the lakefront) to worship at 10 a.m. This worship service will include a blessing of students and their backpacks and school supplies (be sure to bring them!) and will be followed by a picnic with carnival games for all children.
Everyone is welcome. Please bring a chair or blanket so that you can sit comfortably.
9:15 a.m. Pick-up Choir Rehearsal: for any and all who would like to sing the anthem and practice some of the hymns we’ll be singing in worship
10:00 a.m. Worship Begins
- The Rev. Charles de Kay, Rector, St. Matthew’s, Preacher
- The Rev. Debra K. Bullock, Rector, St. Mark’s, Presider
Open Plate Collection: The open plate offering (anything not designated as a pledge payment for one of the four churches) that day will go to COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) to help them reach their goal of $15,000 to reach at least 600 District 65 students in need and provide them with the supplies necessary to feel fully prepared to start school in the fall. Approximately 36 percent of District 65’s students qualify for free lunch. Monies raised will be used by COPE to purchase bulk school supplies. COPE is working in partnership with District 65 who will coordinate volunteers to assemble and distribute supplies so all funds raised can be dedicated to the cost of supplies. For more information about COPE, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-905-6332. You can also donate online at this link (be sure to type “School Supply Funds” in the Other Fund(s) box).
School Supply Drive: We will also be collecting school supplies (backpacks, binders, black/blue/red pens, calculators, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue/glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, loose-leaf paper (wide-ruled and college-ruled), no. 2 pencils, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, USB flash drives, washable markers and water bottles) for Lawrence Hall Youth Services. Lawrence Hall will provide these supplies to their growing population of children with experiences of abuse or neglect, poverty, homelessness, addiction, delinquency and special education needs. Lawrence Hall is located in Chicago and is an official agency of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
We hope you will join us for this great event and that you will contribute to COPE (with a monetary donation) and/or Lawrence Hall Youth Services (with a donation of new school supplies). See you at the lakefront!