In Baptism, we are fully initiated into the life of the Christian community. We promise to God to be totally committed to God with our soul, mind and heart. In Baptism we seek to be in relationship with our creator and respond to God’s love towards us by serving others.
During Baptism, we all promise to support one another to live into our Baptismal covenant as individuals and as loving members of a community of faith.
In the Episcopal Church, Baptism involves the sprinkling of, or submersion in, sanctified water and can take place at any time during a person’s life.
We have a class for parents and godparents, and for adults who are being prepared for Baptism.
We celebrate Baptism several times a year. For more information about the next classes and times for Baptism please contact the office.
Confirmation is a mature public profession of faith to God and the community. It is taking the responsibility to live into the faith we were baptized into.
Confirmation requires education about the Christian faith. The Rite of Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows take place with the Laying on of Hands by the Bishop.
Confirmation helps our youth to discern how their faith informs their identity. If you believe your youth is ready for Confirmation please contact the Parish Administrator.
Adults, who wish to be Received into the church, or formally reaffirm their Baptismal vows, attend New Member’s classes and participate in the Confirmation ceremony when the Diocese sets the date.
Anyone who has been baptized into any Christian faith may be Received into the Episcopal Church and the St. Mark’s community.
A wedding is a festive occasion in the life of the faith community. In the public affirmation of vows exchanged the gathered community promises to uphold the newlyweds in prayer as they begin their journey together.
We want to help you in your preparation and to support you in this important faith commitment, both now at the time of your wedding, and into your marriage.
The Canons, or rules, of the Episcopal Church require that one member of a couple be a baptized Christian. Every couple wishing to be married in the Episcopal Church must take part in premarital counseling. Those who have been married previously, and whose marriages have ended in divorce, may be remarried by permission of the Bishop of Washington.
To inquire about a Wedding at St. Mark’s, please contact the office.
Phone: (301) 622-5860
Email: St. Mark’s Main Office
Reconciliation, or Confession, is part of our Episcopal tradition and available to those who desire it. Although there is a general Confession as part of our regular Sunday Holy Eucharist services, there are times when what we have done weighs so much on us that private Reconciliation becomes necessary to ease the burdens we carry. Call the main office to arrange to meet with Fr. Bonney. (See contact information above).
St. Mark’s believes in the power of anointing and laying on of hands for the healing of mind, body, and soul. Healing is offered at our weekly Wednesday services at Riderwood Chapel at 10AM. Also each Sunday at the 8am service the prayer team is available for prayers. During the 10:30am service there is further opportunity for healing at the altar call. Every third Sunday the gathered community extends our hands to pray over our children for God’s protection over them.
If you are sick, hospitalized, or about to go into surgery, please inform the church so that a Lay Eucharistic Minister can visit with you and administer the sacrament of healing.
The Sacrament of Healing, or unction, exists to restore a person to physical, emotional, and spiritual wholeness. We ask God to release you from anything that prevents you from being whole. We pray for healing and wholeness, and trust that God’s grace will provide healing for whatever ails you.
For more information, please contact the office. (See contact information above).
Christ’s death and resurrection is always a reminder that our mortal bodies will meet death, whether we are young or old; healthy or not so healthy. When a loved one does pass, please inform the church so that we can begin proper arrangements to celebrate the life of your loved one.
However, this is also a time for the community to gather with the loved ones of those who are no longer physically with us and lift them up in prayer and support.
St. Mark’s has a historic Cemetery that is governed by the Cemetery Trust (page under construction).
Please inform the office immediately in case of a death and the clergy will contact the family.