GREETINGS FROM THE RECTOR
The Ministry of the Church does not begin with Ordination but with Baptism. At St. Mark’s all of our baptized members are encouraged to use their God given spiritual gifts and talents for the building up of this branch of Christ’s Church.
In this information you will find an introduction to the diverse opportunities for ministry, fellowship, and leadership at St. Mark’s. Please seek out those areas that you are attracted to, and add your richness to our Parish life. We welcome your participation and your leadership in our organizations, activities and groups. We welcome your participation in helping to make St. Mark’s even better. Don’t just wait to be asked but offer your various gifts for the Lord’s work. Jesus is in need of witnesses.
We are an exciting and growing Parish family who will be blessed by your participation in our common life and worship.
The Very Rev. Richard E. Simpson
Rector of St. Mark’s
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR SENIOR WARDEN
St. Mark’s Church offers a wide array of organizations with many fellowship and ministry opportunities. Whether you are seeking to enhance your Christian education, join together with others to serve the Lord and our community, or some quiet time for reflection in an awe-inspiring setting—you will find it here at St. Mark’s. We encourage and welcome your active participation in our Church.
Each person at St. Mark’s brings his or her own collection of threads, colors and textures. Together, we weave a fabric of faith, made stronger and more beautiful by its very diversity.
Come, join us—your presence will enrich the beautiful tapestry of life at St. Mark’s.
PAST AND PRESENT
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was organized in 1847 under the sponsorship of St. John's Church of Oakdale, a parish formed in 1769 and one of the oldest in Suffolk County. St. Mark's, in turn, sponsored:
· Christ Church, Babylon
· St. Peter's, Bay Shore
· Emmanuel, Great River
· The Church of the Messiah, Central Islip
· Christ Church, Brentwood.
The present Church building, of Norwegian Stave design, and the Rectory were completed in 1880. In 1890 the church was enlarged and the parish house built. In 1989 the church was damaged by an arson fire and has been lovingly restored. The stained glass windows, including many by Tiffany, are world famous. In 2007 All Souls’ Chapel and Columbarium was Consecrated and put into active use.
Time, Talent, Treasure
Please give of your time, talent and treasure to support our beloved St. Mark’s Church. Request a pledge card and a copy of the Parish Information Form.
CONTACT: Vicky Bartolomeo, Office Administrator (631) 581-4950
Our commitment to the community is reflected in a number of ways. First, a great many leaders of our Parish are vitally active in community institutions and organizations. Secondly, we offer our buildings to be used by community groups such as:
East Islip Anglers Islip Arts Council Lessons and Workshops
Sons of Norway Marine Environmental Training
Girl Scouts of America Women’s Coalition
4H Blood Drive
Men’s AA Women’s AA
L.I. Episcopal Ministries “Bite of Broadway”
Boy Scout Troop #151 Cub Scout Pack #151
FAA US Census Test Center
Rotary Youth Exchange
LONG ISLAND EPISCOPAL CURSILLO
Cursillo, a worldwide movement of the Christian Church strives to Christianize environments through Christian communities in action.
Cursillo is a Spanish word meaning "short course". The three-day Cursillo weekend provides a living experience: meeting Christ, fellow Christians, and experiencing how they live. It is a joyous workshop where everyone learns by experiencing a living Christian community. You are invited to the Great South Bay Ultreya the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm in All Souls’ Chapel.
CONTACT: Nancy Gilbert