Family Ministry


Sunday School and Nursery Care

Children and youth are significant members of this community. They thrive in an environment of love and acceptance, and we want to help them to know Christ and to make Him known. As servants of God we humbly accept the responsibility for nurturing the faith of children while honoring their individual and collective gifts.


Our volunteers teach Sunday School classes for toddlers through high school students using a written curriculum, complemented by lots of fun games and arts & craft projects. For 2014-15, we are using Seasons of the Spirit, a multiage curriculum that follows the liturgical calendar. Most weeks, we are discussing the same scriptures and lessons that parents will be hearing in church that week, which allows for interesting family discussions outside of church.

We divide our church school into several learning groups: pre-school/lower elementary (to grade 2); upper elementary (grades 3-6); middle school (grades 7-8); and high school. Siblings who qualify for different classes can attend the same class upon request. Parents are also welcome to attend or volunteer as aides—or even teach a class yourself!No experience is necessary, and you will receive lots of support from other experienced volunteers.

We also offer nursery care, usually provided by a parish teenager with adult supervision. We request that you register your child for our church school program so you can understand our goals and expectations, and so we have contact information. However, we welcome all children to our classes, even if you are just visiting or want to try out a class before making a commitment. Just talk to an usher upon arriving at church and he/she will point you in the right direction.
For more information, contact Judy Hilton jakhilton@aol.com or Rev. Suzanne: RevSuzanneWade@gmail.com

Youth Group

St. Mark’s Youth Groups perform service projects that help people inside and outside the St. Mark’s community, while also having fun in each other’s company. Examples of projects include running the children’s craft area at the Chocolate Festival and hosting the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Money raised at the pancake supper in 2014 was donated to the St.Patric School and Church in Haiti. Occasionally, members of the youth group also prepare all the food and serve dinner at St. Paul’s Table at Eliot Presbyterian Church in Lowell. They also participate in parish-wide cleanup days, which involve projects such as raking leaves in the fall and planting flowers in the spring. For more information,contact Chrissy Hemingway chrissyhemingway@comcast.net


Confirmation

St. Mark’s offers a year-long confirmation preparation program every other year, beginning in September. The program, which is open to both adults and youth age 14 and up, includes monthly classes, regular participation in worship, attendance at a diocesan pre-confirmation retreat, service projects, and the preparation of a statement of faith. After preparation, confirmands participate with their families and sponsors in a Diocesan-wide confirmation service.

For information about upcoming confirmation preparation classes, contact Rev. Suzanne at revsuzannewade@gmail.com or 508-472-9656.



Westford Preschool

Westford Preschool (WPS) is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian institution serving children from two years, nine months through Pre-K from Westford and surrounding towns. The preschool is operated under the authority of St. Mark’s and the board of directors of the preschool is responsible to the Rector and Vestry. For more information,visit the Westford Preschool’s website: http://www.wpsk.org.


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