Fincastle / Botetourt County, Virginia

Bible Studies

Adult Class

Adult Class

A class from 9:15-10:15 welcomes all adults, parishioners and visitors alike. The class meets in the Ministry Center, located on the lower campus, at the corner of Herndon and Roanoke Streets, adjacent to the Youth Center. Beginning with coffee and light refreshment, the group conducts informal lessons chosen and designed by the attendees, varying from Bible study to book study to open discussions.

Come occasionally, come regularly, just listen, or actively participate, as you feel comfortable doing. Members of the class who feel so Called take turns teaching lessons or units. Those who do not feel Called to facilitate or teach may participate without fear of pressure. Regular members of the class report that the opportunity for open discussion in an uncritical, informal setting provides them with the greatest opportunity to grow spiritually.

Bible Study and Book Study
St. Mark's offers occasional opportunities in addition to the regular Sunday class to delve more deeply into Bible study and exploration of our Christian faith through in-depth reading and discussion of spiritual topics and theological writing. Please check The Good News Letter and Pews News for a schedule of special studies.

Children's Ministries

Children's Ministries

General Information for Sundays
Nursery: 9:15 to 12:15 Sunday
Children's Homily at 10:30 a.m. then Youth Chapel

Nursery
St. Mark's offers a staffed nursery for children six weeks old to three years old during the 10:30 service. Volunteers from the parish take turns staffing the nursery, which is located in the multipurpose wing of the main Church building. We welcome new volunteers!

Youth Chapel
We welcome children to participate in our Youth Chapel program starting at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, talk to Emily Talbot-Guillote (call the church office if you need her number).

Youth Chapel teachers work in pairs on a rotating schedule. We welcome new members to the staff!

Children's Sunday School
At this time, there is no Children's Sunday School. See the above info about Youth Chapel. If you would like to get involved or learn more about our Children's Ministries then please call or email Willis.

Requirements for Volunteers in the Children's Programs
All Sunday School teachers, Children's Chapel teachers, youth workers, and nursery attendants must take a one-class training in Safeguarding God's Children. This Episcopal Church-required training (for all who work with children) provides instruction in potential dangers for children and how to prevent them. Our diocesan-certified trainer, Emily Talbot-Guillote, holds several classes a year to certify parishioners who serve in any of our programs for children and youth. All staff must take a refresher course every five years.

Any parishioner may attend these classes; it is not necessary to volunteer in any of our programs in order to participate in the training. Parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others who interact with children will find the training to be very informative.

SERVICE SCHEDULE

8:00 AM: Holy Communion, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Communion, Rite II

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