St. Mark's is blessed to be able to conduct our main worship services at the Historic Union Church, located at 1004 11th Street in Port Royal, SC.
Services during the months of June, July and August are at 10:00 a.m. A nursery for infants and children through age 3 will be available at The Center. Our regular schedule of services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. will resume on Sunday, September 10.
St. Mark's provides service bulletins so that all can follow the readings and prayers taken from the Bible, The Book of Common Prayer, and other approved liturgies of The Episcopal Church.
Please click here for this Sunday's service bulletin.
VOLUNTEER!! Would you like to join your St. Mark's family members who are ushers, Gospel bearers, acolytes (all ages), lay readers, lay Eucharistic ministers, and sacristans? Training is minimal and newcomers are especially encouraged to sign up. We need you! Please contact the office.
The latest schedule for lay liturgical ministers is here
The master list of servers is here
The Handbook for Liturgical Ministries is here
St. Mark's is fortunate to have both adult and youth acolytes. In general, acolytes are involved in most all of the movement phases of the service, including the initial lighting of the candles, the processional, the Gospel procession, the offertory, the preparation of the altar for Holy Eucharist, post-communion clearing of the altar, and, finally, the recessional and extinguishing of the candles.
The Gospel Bearer is responsible for processing the Gospel book in at the commencement of the worship service and out at the conclusion, as well as processing and holding the Gospel book during the Gospel reading.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice of consecrated wine during the Eucharist. This is a ministry licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese. Guidelines for Licensed Ministries can be found here.
Lay Readers read the appointed lessons, the Psalm, and the Prayers of the People.
Music & Choir
Hymns during services are from both The Hymnal 1982 and its addendum Wonder Love and Praise.
St. Mark's Ensemble, under the leadership of Music Director Diane Mullis-Waddell, offers the opportunity for anyone who likes to sing to join the group around the piano during the offertory at the 11:00 a.m. service.
Sacristans (aka Altar Guild) are charged with care of the sacristy, the church, the sacred vessels, and the vestments. The sacristan performs the altar set-up and furniture movement, as needed, to transform Union Church from a museum to an Episcopal worship space. There is a single sacristan assigned for each service.
Ushers are responsible for greeting, providing bulletins (as well as activity packets for children), processing the communion bread and wine to the altar, collecting the offering, directing congregants to communion, counting and recording attendance, and counting and securing the offertory after the service.