St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Mission Statement = As Christ transforms us, through worship and outreach, we transform our world Newport, VT
St. Mark's Episcopal Church

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44 2nd St
Newport, VT 5855.0



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Who We Are

Core Values

We value friendliness and hospitality… and we see ourselves as more than just a welcoming group, organization, or place. We are a sacred, diverse community of believers gathered around God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. If we are members of anything, we are members of the Body of Christ in the world…We are not a club.

We are a church without walls…While our home base is a small campus on Second Street in Newport, Vermont where we strive to welcome all who venture through our doors, we also dream of becoming more and more a church without walls. We are called not only to share God’s gifts—including God’s Table—with those who come to us but also to celebrate God’s grace and goodness in ever-widening circles as we reach out in service and share our hope and belief in the "already/not yet" of God's Kingdom…We are not a building.

We embrace God in all people…We believe no matter where we go God is already there; already at work in our lives and in our neighbors’ lives (from Second Street to Uganda), and that God completes this work not from above, but from beside through human hands and hearts: Ours. We serve joyfully and humbly in God’s mission in the world…We do not presume to bring God to others.

It is bigger than us…Saint Mark’s is a local expression of The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; we participate in the mission of the Church—namely, to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ—as we live and love and learn “in the kingdom, for The Kingdom”…We are not alone.

We are changing…Saint Mark’s is not stuck in the past, but rather a living community that in this changed and changing world seeks ever to be renewed through the scripture and traditions of our Christian faith while serving the spiritual needs of those around us in the here and now. We take Scripture seriously, have an abiding love for The Book of Common Prayer—and listen carefully for where else God is still speaking to us today. We seek to cultivate a climate of worship that enables all people to say “Yes!” to the astounding love of God…We are not a relic.

We challenge one another with openness…We recognize our ultimate unity in Christ even as we hold different beliefs. We seek not to deny difference, but celebrate unity in diversity as essential to our belief in and strengthening of the complex, sometimes seemingly contradictory Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31). We believe unity in diversity is a powerful witness to the hurting world around us…We do not always agree with one another.

We are risk-takers…We believe what we pray: that we do not come to God’s Table “for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal” (Eucharistic Prayer C, BCP, p.372). We support each other in discerning our own spiritual calling and ministry, value the inherent priesthood of all in our Baptismal Covenant, and confidently strive to fulfill our individual and corporate callings…We are not passive.

God is not finished with us yet…We walk together on a life-long pilgrimage of transforming ourselves to become more and more Christ-like. We do this through thought and deed, prayer and laughter, singing and silence—and by sharing stories, bread, faith and all that God has so graciously given us…We are not perfect.

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Our Services

What are services like?
Worship “We are not a club…” means we are trying to follow the example of Jesus who hosted an OPEN TABLE, defying the social norms and rigid caste system of his day to eat with people from all walks of life. Whatever your religious tradition, or if you have no previous experience with organized religion, you are welcome to worship at St. Mark’s. Most especially, that means our Holy Communion is open to everyone and not reserved only for the ‘right people’ who believe ‘the right things.’ “We are not alone…” means we are rooted to a specific tradition and that is The Episcopal Church. Our worship and music is rooted in The Book of Common Prayer and the Hymnal 1982 of The Episcopal Church (TEC). But we use them as a scaffold upon which to build worship that feels more contemporary and less formal than some of our past traditions. “We are not a relic…” means that just because our ancestors said it or did it, we have to do it too. Culture and societies change as do science and the arts, and so how we worship must change also. We haven’t thrown out the baby with the bathwater at St. Mark’s! Instead, we are experimenting with how to stay faithful to the essential form of worship we inherited while doing it in a way that feels authentic for our moment in history, and is more hospitable to greater diversity than previous generations practiced. What you can expect on Sunday Morning at 9:30 AM

What is the community like?
First and foremost, you can expect hospitality that welcomes you to come as you are (however you want to dress and with whatever your beliefs or doubts) and participate at your own level of comfort (sing or not, pray or not, contribute or not, take communion or not…). The worship usually begins with announcements and a welcoming of the children who are then invited to process out to Sunday School in the Parish House next door. Then the worship is a serious of prayers and readings syncopated by the singing of a few hymns, along with a sermon in the middle of it (usually runs ten and fifteen minutes). Two or three readings are from the Bible (Hebrew and Christian New Testament), and one reading is contemporary poetry or prose. Communion comes at the end just before everyone is invited to continue the worship next door with a sumptuous coffee hour – lots of food and warm conversation. Except for special days in the year (Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving perhaps), the worship is an hour or less and while not child-centered, the environment it kid-friendly! We welcome children wiggles and giggles and all.

Leadership View all

R. Cameron Miller
Priest in Partnership

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