Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sunday morning formation for children and youth combines music and creative exploration with Biblical literacy and age-appropriate engagement with big questions and major themes of the Christian faith. Half the formation hour is spent in class with a teacher, reading scripture, playing games, and pondering questions together. The other half is spent with our children’s music director, Barbara Freischlad, under whose guidance young people learn score reading and improvisation, with regular opportunities to share their musical gifts and enthusiasm with the congregation in worship.

Classes and Music Schedule (September – May)

Infants and Young Children

Nursery: 9:00 – 12:15 PM

Preschool to 5th Grade

Musical Play: 9:15 – 9:45 AM

Christian Formation: 9:45 – 10:15 AM

Middle School and High School 

Christian Formation: 9:15 – 9:45 AM

Musical Play: 9:45 – 10:15 AM

Children in Worship 

Children of all ages are welcome in worship!  We know that babies and young children make noise—it’s all part of the joyful sound we offer to God. There is an art and activity table for people of all ages at the back of the Sanctuary to occupy energetic minds and hands. There is also a quiet room just off the Sanctuary for nursing parents. Our nursery is also open during the service.

St. Mark’s welcomes children and families’ contributions to worship as well! The Children’s Moment gives our youngest members their own time with Pastor Bart, and our ushers are happy to coach children and youth in helping greet visitors and collect the offering. If you or your family are interested in getting involved in the service, please reach out to Bailey Pickens.

Youth and Family Ministry

Our youth ministry offers a variety of events and experiences for both middle and high school youth, including fellowship, service, intergenerational activities, and spirituality. For more information, contact our Director of Faith Formation, Bailey Pickens.