We have a vibrant Youth and Family Ministries program that creates a creative space and supportive community in which children and their parents can grow spiritually. With specific emphasis on outreach, education, worship, and the arts, St. Mark’s youth are integrated into every aspect of our communal life.

Check out the Youth E-News for more information about these and other upcoming events!

Sunday, March 3

9am Children’s Chapel
10am Sunday School
5pm Children’s Chapel

Email the Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Caleb Nelson Amaker, for more information.


About Youth and Family Ministries


All children are welcome at any of our Sunday services: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 5 p.m.

We offer special worship opportunities for children during the 9 a.m. and 5pm services:

On the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of every month, children ages 3-9 are invited to join us during the 9 a.m. service for a special time of worship just for them. We gather in the Nave at 9 a.m. and are dismissed up to the dance studio together shortly after the service begins. We also offer Children’s Chapel at 5 pm on the first Sunday of every month.

Every 2nd Sunday of the month is Family Eucharist Sunday during the 9 a.m. service. Youth serve as acolytes, greeters, readers, and lay servers. Clergy offer a special Children’s Reflection.

Sunday School

10 a.m., Every Sunday from September to May, located in the undercroft.

2018-2019 Sunday School Registration Form

Infants and Toddlers are welcome at all Church events and activities, but they can also find toys, books, and nurturing from our team of professional childcare providers in the Nursery. Open from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Sunday.

Nursery Manager: Deborah Cunningham

Rooted in the Montessori approach to education, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Sunday School program believes that all young children have a spiritual life, that God is present to them in their deepest being, and they are capable of developing both a conscious and intimate relationship with God.  We provide vocabulary, Bible lessons, and connections to liturgy to enable them to become more aware of their relationship with God and to express it.

Children meet in specially prepared rooms that contain attractively displayed handmade materials that are designed to invite children to deepen their relationship with God at their own pace. The program is biblically based and follows the rhythms of the church year. Classes are structured to offer a time of prayer and song, a time for the presentation of a lesson and a time for individual work by the child.  The work of the child is their prayer and is the most important part of the class.

3-6-year-olds: Catechesis I- I Am Known and Loved
Grades 1-3: Catechesis II- What Can I Contribute?
Grades 4-5: Catechesis III- What is My Place in God’s Plan?
Catechesis Coordinators: Kris Humphries and Terri Trissell

Our Middle and High School Sunday School program builds on the formative question emphasized in Catechesis– I am known and loved, so how will I act in the world? These active and creative classes encourage our youth to take a more hands-on approach to individual reflection, community building, and outreach.

Grades 6-8: Middle School youth build friendships and strengthen community in our lively, creative Sunday School class.
Teachers: Jane Sherman, Kathryn Powers, Mary Thuell

Grades 9-12: High School youth grow into their own in this formative, intentional Sunday School Class.
Teachers: Caleb Nelson Amaker, Todd McClain

From June to August, we take a break from our tradition Sunday School curricula to offer fun, creative, and upbeat activities during the 10 am hour.

Events and Activities

Youth Event Permission Form

Conduct Covenant Form


Parish Picnic (September 10)
Christmas Pageant (December 24)
Family Fellowship Ice Skating (January 7)
Mardi Gras Dance (February 9)
Family Ski Trip (February 16-19)
Walking After Jesus (March 31)
Easter Egg Hunt (Easter Sunday, April 1)
Claggett Parish Retreat (June 9-10)

Family Fellowship Coffee Hour: Once a month during the 10:45am-11:15am Coffee Hour, families with children of all ages gather after Sunday School for a time of fellowship in Baxter Hall with snacks and coffee for parents and a fun craft for the kids.

Fall Lock In: September 22-23, 2018
Spring Lock In: April 27-28, 2019
Summer Service Trip: D.C., July 14-17 (Previous years- West Virginia, 2018; Washington, D.C., 2017)
Outreach: Monthly Salvation Army sandwich making, Capitol Hill Group Ministry Family Nights, etc.

Fall Retreat: September 29-30, 2018
Spring Retreat: May 4-5, 2019
Summer Service Trip: Philadelphia, June 16-22 (Previous years- Tennessee, 2018 Nicaragua, 2017; New York City, 2016)
Outreach: Monthly Salvation Army sandwich making, Capitol Hill Group Ministry Family Nights, etc.

Parents Support Groups: We offer monthly gatherings for parents to enjoy a potluck supper and conversations about the triumphs, challenges, and lessons learned in family life.
For more information, contact Caleb Nelson Amaker.