About St. Mark'sSt. Mark’s is a welcoming community devoted to healing lives with God’s grace, making heaven real on earth. This mission is pursued through active seeking, building and celebrating. Learn about the church, its worship services, and staff below. Get In Touch
Beliefs & Values
St. Mark’s is different from a lot of other churches in three important ways:
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Even though it is rooted in the Methodist tradition, St. Mark’s is a community of people who are in many different places on their spiritual journey. Everyone is surrounded by loving support and is encouraged to ask foundational questions. There is a wide range of beliefs, but unity comes from a commitment to making God’s love and grace real and bringing God’s justice to reality.
All Means All
St. Mark’s is a radically inclusive community. People of different ages, races, genders, sexual identities and social/cultural backgrounds are celebrated and affirmed as equal participants in the church family.
Beyond words into action
The commitment to social justice moves beyond words into action. Along with direct action in support of people who are poor or without a home, St. Mark’s is a “player” in the political life of both Sacramento City and County. St. Mark’s believes that the Beloved Community, taught by Dr. Martin Luther King must be made real by proactive faith and action.
“The nation is sick; trouble is in the land, confusion all around… But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working… Something is happening in our world… the cry is always the same: ‘We want to be free.'”
– Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is St. Mark’s UMC?
St. Mark’s is located near the intersection of Watt and El Camino Avenues in the Arden-Arcade area, behind the Country Club Plaza. 2391 St Marks Way, Sacramento, CA 95864
Is communion open to everyone?
Yes. Absolutely everyone is welcome regardless of church membership or affiliation. The sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Are there Bible study classes and other educational opportunities for adults?
Many opportunities abound at St. Mark’s for Bible study, education, and spiritual growth. Classes are held and study groups meet not only on Sundays but throughout the week, on and off the church campus.
What do United Methodists believe?
The United Methodist church includes people with a wide variety of different beliefs. Everyone is invited to support one another along their spiritual journey.
How can I join St. Mark’s?
Keep coming back. Join a small group or a ministry team. Speak with the pastor. Consider signing up for the membership classes that are offered for anyone who wishes to transfer their membership from another church and for those who have never joined a church community in the past.
What is the style and time of the worship service?
St. Mark’s UMC worship service is at 10 am on Sundays. It features a blended style of musical offerings, there is no specified dress code (suggested attire: wear what is most comfortable), and children attend the worship service for the first 20 minutes before being dismissed to Sunday School. Read more here.
Is St. Mark’s a place for children?
Yes! Childcare is available for infants and children under the age of 2 on Sunday mornings and other select times. During worship, children ages 2 years old through 6th grade are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a Bible story or lesson and then are escorted to Sunday School. For children who prefer to remain in the sanctuary for worship, red activity books filled with crayons, coloring pages, word games and other fun stuff are available upon request from an usher.
How does St. Mark’s engage youth and young people?
Special activities are coordinated to stimulate spiritual growth and development for youth and young adults. Sunday School, group outings, potlucks, youth group Sunday evening functions and many other activities are provided under the leadership of the Youth and Young Adults Ministries Director and under the moniker of YOU Ministries.