Our various ministries have gotten creative in ways to connect with you from a distance!
Children & Families
St. Mark’s Midlo Families Facebook page is updated each day with resources, videos and other ways to interact during social distancing, with a focus on a different ministry each day. Each week, we are also having a Scavenger Hunt, Bible Story & Volunteer Focus. Please like and follow us there at facebook.com/groups/stmarksmidlofamilies.
Join us in putting a Pen to the Pandemic by signing up to have a St. Mark’s pen pal! You will be paired up with another St. Mark’s attendee. There’s no age limit! We would love to have inter-generational pen pals, but you can decide if you’d rather have one of a closer age instead. Sign up via the Breeze form link below. Let’s mail some messages of friendship to one another! Sign Up For Pen To The Pandemic here!
Photo Recreation Contest (Please submit photos by May 10!)
St. Mark’s, join us for a fun photo recreation contest! Many of you have seen people online who have recreated photos from yesteryear (with often hilarious results) and that is our challenge to you! Find an old photo, recreate it in the present-day, and send both photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to the private St. Mark’s Midlo Families Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/stmarksmidlofamilies. The winning family will receive a special prize! A special thanks goes out to the Godwin family for sending us these awesome example photos!
No Vacation Bible School in June
Due to the current uncertainty regarding public gatherings, St. Mark’s Vacation Bible School will not occur in its usual form this year. Please stay tuned as we are working on an alternative plan to connect with the families of our church and community this summer. Thank you for your patience and grace during this time!
Adult small groups & Sunday School classes continue to stay connected!
- Almost all of our adult small groups/classes are meeting together on Zoom and are continuing to stay connected as they grow with each other and in Jesus. If you would like to join one of these groups, visit stmarksmidlo.com/connect/adults to choose a small group & time that works for you.
- Pastor Fran is facilitating a Zoom Bible Study using the book by Joshua McNall, entitled Long Story Short, to accompany this sermon series. This class is offered at 2 different times each week – Tuesdays at 1 pm and 7 pm through June 9.
- The book for this class can be ordered as a hard copy, kindle, e-reader, or pdf. Here is the link to order it: https://store.seedbed.com/collections/digital-and-print-books/products/long-story-short
- Seedbed is giving us a 40% discount when you type in STMARKS under Discount Code. This makes the cost $11.37 for paperback or $8.97 for PDF or e-reader.
Students (Grades 6-12)
Weekly Zoom Meetings & Games
All 4 of our small groups are meeting using Zoom and Youth Group is meeting each Sunday at 2 pm. We also are playing a weekly virtual game on Tuesdays at 4 pm (with prizes!) Contact Stacy to get engaged if you aren’t already and look out for email communication from her.
Virtual Lock-In on June 6
We’re having a virtual lock-in for grades 6-12 on June 6 from 7 pm to 7 am! Here is the registration form. If you have two students who will participate, you will have to fill out the form twice. Each participant will receive a special delivery on June 3. This delivery will include supplies for 19 different challenges and activities. It will also include snacks and breakfast. The total cost per participant is $100, but we’re going to cover 50% of it. We’re going all out and we hope you’ll join us!
What Can I Do To Help?
Food Bank Donations
St. Mark’s continues to support the Holy Comforter food bank in Richmond. We collect food outside the CLC doors from 12-4 every Sunday afternoon, and the food is delivered to Holy Comforter each week. The needs are great, and the donations are much appreciated. Their current request is for pasta & pasta sauce and canned vegetables & fruit, but all packaged, unopened food is welcome.
Evergreen Elementary Food Needs
Evergreen Elementary has reached out to St. Mark’s asking for help for their many “at risk” students. During normal times, the school supplies two meals/day to many students and sends home weekend backpacks of food and emergency food supplies to many of their families. In the midst of this crisis, many of the families are facing unemployment and struggling, and Evergreen is getting requests to help with food.
Evergreen is asking for gift cards to be used for food AND gas (Walmart, Kroger, Wegmans, Food Lion, etc.) that the school can supply to families in need. If you are able to help, the cards can be purchased in person or online and mailed to Evergreen Elementary at 1701 Evergreen East Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23114. You may also send cards electronically (with the exception of Food Lion). Those can be sent to Evergreen’s Assistant Principal, Diane Siegel at Diane_Siegel@ccpsnet.net. Evergreen counselors and their social worker will send the cards directly to the families in need. Thank you to all that have already sent gift cards and Evergreen is so appreciative of the support from the St. Mark’s community.
Homemade Face Masks
St. Mark’s is continuing to assist medical professionals and patients by supplying homemade masks. There is a need for both adults’ and children’s masks. If you would like to help with this effort, there is a suggested pattern below.
Join RVA Masks 4 Health Facebook page for tips.