New Worship Guidelines

New Worship Guidelines

Parish Notice
May 27, 2021

Mask Mandate Lifted for those who are Fully Vaccinated

Dear Friends,

On May 18, Bishop Doyle issued new guidelines for congregations in the Diocese of Texas. We appreciate your patience and understanding for following the guidelines as determined by our Bishop and parish. We are pleased to offer the following changes in this Phase of the Pandemic.

Bishop Doyle writes: “Clergy have the authority to make decisions for liturgy. We recommend you continue to make decisions in conversation with your people.”

We recommend the following for the people of St. Mark’s Church:

1.  Fully vaccinated1 people will no longer be required to wear masks at services and events, indoors or outdoors. 

2.  Unvaccinated people will be asked, for their own safety and to protect the health and safety of others, to wear masks and maintain social distancing from others in the congregation at all times.

3. We ask that everyone recognize that the wearing of a mask does not necessarily mean someone is unvaccinated. The wearing of a face covering continues to be appropriate for anyone who desires it for reasons of personal comfort and safety. Please be respectful of anyone’s choice to wear a mask or face covering or continue to socially distance.

4.  If persons are able to participate in worship not wearing a mask, they do not need to wear a mask to sing.

5.  We will continue to serve communion only by intinction with bread and wine. You may choose to receive communion by bread only.

6. Church activities where all persons are vaccinated can resume without the use of masks or physical distancing, especially in small groups of 50 or less.

7. These recommendations are to be understood as applying to all church buildings and functions, including, but not limited to, weekday visits to the church office.

These changes will go into effect on Sunday, May 30, 2021. If have you any questions, please contact the church office or one of the clergy of St. Mark’s Church.

Note:  New office hours – Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30, Friday 8:30-12:30.  The church office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Mark T. Crawford
Interim Rector

1 “Fully vaccinated” is understood as meaning two weeks out from the last dose of your vaccine.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is June 21-25 from 1-4 pm.

Ah, VBSVacation Bible School where Vivacious Bodies of Students gather to sing, play, and grow in Jesus, and of course to enjoy a Varied Bounty of Snacks. Very Big Smiles are found at VBS, too! Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs.

Registration is open for ages pk4-5th grade. The cost is $10 per student.

June 21-25 from 1-4 pm
Ages: PK4-5th grade
Cost is $10/child
Register at: https://vbspro.events/p/events/stmarksbeaumont

Come aboard!

Healing Service

Healing Service

Healing Service returning on Tuesdays at Noon

Open to the Public

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church announces the return of the weekday healing service beginning Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at noon. If you or someone you know would like to receive prayer and anointing for healing, please know that this service is available to you. Additionally, this is an ideal worship opportunity for anyone looking for a quiet space in the midst of a busy week to experience renewal through Word and Sacrament. This service is open to the public. You do not have to be a member of St. Mark’s to attend.

St. Mark’s continues to follow the guidelines for worship as set forth by our Bishop Andy Doyle. Effective May 30, 2021, we invite fully vaccinated visitors to enter the building and participate in worship without a mask.

Pentecost/Bishop’s Visit/Splash Day

Pentecost/Bishop’s Visit/Splash Day

May 23, 2021 is the Feast of Pentecost (also called Whitsunday), affectionately known by Christians as the “birthday of the Church.” On this day, Christians remember the bestowal of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and Saint Peter’s stirring sermon that resulted in the baptism of “about three thousand persons” (Acts 2:41). This first mass conversion seeded the Church, of which we are members and beneficiaries.

This year on Pentecost, St. Mark’s is pleased and proud to welcome our regional bishop, the Right Reverend Jeff Fisher, as preacher and presider at the 10AM service. Bishops make regular visitations to each parish of the diocese. Bishop Fisher will confirm and reaffirm members of our current Inquirer’s-Confirmation Class, and we hope that all the baptized will, to the extent they are able, be on hand to mark this great occasion.

And did someone mention food, fun, and squirt guns? Yes! Join us for Splash Day immediately following the 10AM service for a luau themed lunch, water games for kids of all ages, and a large slip and slide pool combo for the “big kids.” So remember to pack your swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen (along with your Book of Common Prayer) and turn out for all this year’s Pentecost festivities at St. Mark’s!

Attend in person, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949abad2aa5f94-spring

Attend virtually, https://www.facebook.com/stmarksbeaumont/live

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

St. Mark’s invites parish, community to Choral Evensong on May 2

Join us at St. Mark’s on Sunday, May 2 at 6 p.m., as we offer Choral Evensong for Eastertide featuring the outstanding choir of St. Mark’s with the assistance of guest soprano Sarah Davis (https://www.sarahjoannedavis.com/) and St. Mark’s organist and choirmaster, Mr. Jordan Williams.

Music selections include Herbert Sumsion’s Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in A major, the African-American Spiritual “My Lord, What a Morning,” John Rutter’s “For the Beauty of the Earth,” Gerald Near’s “Christ Hath a Garden,” Handel’s “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” from The Messiah, and Charles Wood’s “O Thou the Central Orb.”

Evensong is the name given to the Prayer Book service of Evening Prayer when primarily sung by the choir. It originated with Thomas Cranmer in the first Book of Common Prayer (1549) and draws from the monastic “divine hours” of vigils, lauds, and prime. Evensong is offered daily in most Anglican cathedrals throughout the world and is treasured for its beauty and reverence. It is a distinctive contribution of Anglicanism to the worshiping tradition of the Christian Church.

Despite the fact that the choir carries most of the service, it is not a concert. It is, properly, worship – a service of reflection – of leaving oneself open that God may speak through Holy Scripture, prayer, and music. Congregational hymns and responses are sung as part of this service. Make plans today to experience for yourself this rich expression of prayer in song, either in person or online.

Attend in person, https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949abad2aa5f94-spring

Attend virtually, https://www.facebook.com/stmarksbeaumont/live

Updated Worship Guidlines

Updated Worship Guidlines

Dear Friends in Christ,

Bishop Andy Doyle has issued new protocol guidelines for worship and assemblies for Phase II during the Pandemic.  Here is a summary of the guidelines that will apply to our common life at St. Mark’s Church.

Requirements applying until the end of Phase III:
*Masks will be worn indoors even for those who are vaccinated.
*Please continue to RSVP at the website for all services.
*If you are in a risk category, we recommend that you do not come to church.
*If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to church.

Phase II Protocols:
*Attendance will be governed by the physical distancing rule of 6-10ft. This does not apply to family groups.
*Attendance at live worship will follow the 25% capacity rule.  (The Nave at St. Mark’s Church can easily accommodate 100).
*Your congregation may begin to sing with masks and physical distancing of at least 6ft. We recommend masks for all choir members.
*Prayer Books and Hymnals can be used. Pew cushions return. We will continue to make printed copies of special services and the 10:00 AM Sunday morning service.
*Shared communion cup for drinking is not appropriate.  We can return to intinction. (Intinction is the practice when each person dips the wafer into the wine).  You may also choose to receive the bread only. Masks should be worn by all during the distribution of communion.

Holy Week and Easter Services:
Please see our schedule for special services.
We will offer both 8 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite I and 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist – Rite II on Easter Sunday. The 8 AM service is returning as part of our regular Sunday morning schedule. 

The Rev. Mark T. Crawford
Interim Rector