What type of church is St. Mark’s?
We are United Methodists, the second largest Protestant denomination in America. We affirm the beliefs common to all Christian denominations, such as a belief in one God who manifests in three persons – commonly referred to as God the Father, Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We have a particular emphasis on the grace of God which permeates our lives, even when we aren’t aware of it, and draws us into relationship with God. United Methodists believe our faith must be demonstrated by how we live our lives. Our goal is to love God with all we are and love others.
When are your worship services?
Our traditional service, featuring traditional hymns, begins at 10 am on Sundays and lasts about an hour.
Our contemporary service, The River, featuring music videos from Christian rock artists, begins at 11:15 am on Sundays and lasts about 45 minutes.
We serve communion, which is open to all, on the first Sunday of each month during the 10:00 service. On Communion Sundays we all worship together, so there is no River service that week.
What should I wear?
Whatever is comfortable! We welcome jeans, ties, shorts, dresses, t-shirts, tuxedos…you get the idea! When the Chiefs or Royals are playing, you’ll probably see a lot of team shirts! Come as you are!
Where are you located?
We are in northeastern Independence just south of 24 Highway and east of 291 Highway on Jennings Road, just north of Randall Elementary school.
What are the worship services like?
Our style is relaxed and comfortable. We won’t single you out or make you feel uncomfortable. We’ll sing some songs, we’ll pray, we’ll hear a reading from the Bible and the pastor’s teaching on that reading, we’ll take an offering, and we’ll celebrate what’s going on in our community. When you enter the worship space, you’ll receive a handout that tells the order things will be done during worship, including which songs we’ll sing and where you’ll find the song in the hymnals. All lyrics to the songs will be shown on the screen during the songs, as well as all spoken responses the congregation will make. You will be invited to stand as you are willing at various points in the service, but most of the time the congregation is seated. The offering time is an opportunity for our members and regular attenders to respond to God’s generosity in our lives. As our guest, you are not expected to contribute during this time.
What about my kids?
Children are always welcome in our worship services. We have busy bags available with crayons, coloring sheets, and worksheets. Our children’s Sunday School, KidVenture, is available for children aged 5-12 during the 10:00 am service. A nursery is available for children birth to 4 during the 10 am service as well.