Worship and Faith Formation from Home
April 2021: A Message from Canon Jennifer
Dear families,

Alleluia, Christ is risen! Happy Easter to you – parents, children, and all whom you call family! We rejoice at all the signs of new life around us – the sunny weather, flowers blooming, and a steady rise in vaccinations. I pray you are able to soak in some warmth in the coming days and rediscover what it means to play. This summer we hope to be able to gather outdoors, enjoy each other’s company, and catch up in person. We’ll send more info when we have clarity on how that might happen safely.

Even as our spirits lift, I want to acknowledge the fatigue and burdens parents have carried over the last year as you quickly readjusted work and family life to accommodate shifting school plans and guide your children through this time of uncertainty. It may take some time for families to feel like they are living a new and sustainable “normal.” Please know that the clergy, Ms. Gilmore, and all your ministry leaders are here for you as you transition to what comes next.

Sunday morning faith formation concludes on Sunday, May 23, the Feast of Pentecost. We are especially grateful for our teachers Alicia Goodwin, Sonjia Gavin, and Kristen Kelly. They have gathered your children each week with creative spirits and loving energy; please join me in giving thanks to them! Faith formation for children, youth, and families will strike different rhythms across the summer, but we are also wanting to seek your input as we conceive the vision for Children’s and Family Ministry as we move forward. Please see the note below from Dean Thomason for more about that and join the conversation.

Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!

Peace and virtual hugs to each of you,
Canon Rev. Jennifer King Daughtery
Canon for Congregational Life
Reimagining Formation Ministry in the Post-Pandemic World

Saint Mark’s Vestry has retained a nationally-recognized consultant, Jamie Martin-Currie of Houston, Texas, to guide a process of reflecting and dreaming together as we forge a vision for our formation ministries in this new era. Every person in the cathedral community will be invited to participate and provide input. Details about those opportunities will be communicated in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Dean Thomason, sthomason@saintmarks.org
Children's Formation
Godly Play
Saints and
Bread and Wine
9 A.M. SUNDAY: Godly Play
(pre-K—2nd grade)
with Alicia
Meeting ID: 424 345 9316
Passcode: 1GiJf3

Now that we are in the Easter season, we are exploring many of the ways that Jesus’ friends experienced his presence, guidance, and love even after his death and resurrection. And God’s spirit comes upon us in a new way on Pentecost, May 23! Godly Play will be on summer break beginning May 30 and resuming September 12.
10 A.M. SUNDAY: Saints and Sacraments (3rd-5th grade)
with Sonjia and Kristen

In the coming weeks, we will learn about the Eucharist, ordination, and writing our own story as part of the community of saints! The 3rd-5th grade Sunday School class will be on summer break beginning May 30 and resuming September 12.

Contact Kristen or Sonjia for details.
Youth Formation
Next YOUTH Gathering

Spring Youth Vespers on the Labyrinth
Sunday, May 2, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Screening/check-in from 7:15-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required. Register here.

Come to the CATHEDRAL for an outdoor Vespers service at sunset. We will have some time to chat with each other, help out on the cathedral grounds to remind ourselves that we love the place, and end our time with a Vespers service as the sun goes down.
Youth Movie Night
Sunday, May 16, 7 – 9 p.m.
Tune into Zoom (link here) to watch 2040 together.

Care about climate change? We need to watch this movie together! How old will you be in 2040? What will this world look like for you then? Let's watch this entertaining and engaging documentary together and talk about it. We are God's hands in this world. How will we respond with hope to the climate crisis? Check out this YouTube trailer for 2040.
Youth Pop-Up Prayer in Lent
Thank you to all who prayed with us! Thank you to all the youth and adults who led our minute of prayer each day in Lent. 344 total prayers were made by viewers during this Lenten discipline. 

To view our Lenten prayers, visit the St. Mark's Youth YouTube Pop-Up Prayer playlist found here. Special thanks to Andrea Gradinaru for her enthusiasm and commitment to this Lenten offering.

Questions? Contact Rebekah Gilmore at rgilmore@saintmarks.org
Choir School Updates
Rehearsal Links

Jr. Choristers  
Tuesdays 4:00-4:30ish
Meeting ID: 824 9934 6782

Sr. Choristers 
Wednesdays 4:00-4:45PM
Meeting ID: 237 757 3429

Wednesdays 7:00-7:45PM
Meeting ID: 878 8567 6650
Choir School Schedule for Spring 2021

We are so grateful to have had over a year now of online Choir School time with choristers. Nothing is as good as singing together in our marvelous cathedral but we have retained a great sense of community during the cathedral closure and managed to challenge ourselves along the way. 
Out of an abundance of caution, Jr. and Sr. Chorister rehearsals will remain entirely virtual for the rest of this season. The Schola's Wednesday evening rehearsals will remain virtual as well, but we will be inviting the Schola to offer the final Evensong service of the season on June 6th, on their own, as we mark the graduation of three of our singers.
Here is the schedule for the remaining weeks of this season. Again, all rehearsals will be over Zoom.
April 20/21 - Regular weekly rehearsals resume through May
May 29/30 - Last regular rehearsals for the season
June 2 - Schola Zoom rehearsal 7-7:45 p.m.
June 6 - Schola in-person Evensong service 4:30 p.m., with 2:30 p.m. call time
Questions? Email the Choir School at choirschool@saintmarks.org
Ages: rising 3rd grade – 8th grade
Camp Dates: July 11-14, 2021
Sunday, July 11, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Camp kickoff (masked/distanced at the cathedral)
Monday, July 12 - Wednesday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. daily: Camp via Zoom
Wednesday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.: Final Zoom Choral Evensong 
Tuition: No tuition fees will be charged for camp 2021.
Ages: rising 9th-12th grade and younger newly changed-voice tenors/basses
Camp Dates: August 2 - 6, 2021; 7 - 8:30 p.m. daily (*this camp may be a hybrid in-person/Zoom if state and cathedral guidelines allow. Stay Tuned!)
Tuition: No tuition fees will be charged for camp 2021.
Questions? Email the Choir School at choirschool@saintmarks.org
Remember to keep an eye on our weekly Sundays & Beyond email, the Online Community page of the cathedral website, and the Facebook Group. Each week there are new offerings and ways to stay connected at Saint Mark's.