St. Mark is a vibrant community of faith, that brings together generations of believers to celebrate and serve Jesus. Our rich history – which spans 125 years – allows us to meet the needs of our community, members and visitors. Worship arts, are embraced and incorporated into all we do. The result is a dynamic church that lifts the spirit and brings to life the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to experience St. Mark in person. You will be and feel welcomed and loved by our members. More importantly, you will be blessed by the presence of God.
Please click around to learn more about our church, read through the Frequently Asked Questions below, and listen to the welcome video from our Senior Pastor, Rev. P. Devon Brown.
What to Expect at St. Mark UMC
Q: What is worship service like?
A: St. Mark offers a traditional worship service at 8:00 a.m. and a more contemporary service at 10:00 a.m. (except the first Sunday of every month where both services are traditional). At St. Mark, we are proud to offer 11 choirs that contribute to worship with a wide array of contemporary and traditional songs. On any given Sunday, worship may also be enhanced by our Liturgical Dancers, Martial Arts Ministry, or any number of other special themes.
Whether you choose to worship with us at 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m., you will find the services at St. Mark to be uplifting and inspirational. Sunday worship services bring together families and friends from all across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Following worship service, join us the McFarland Parlor for a time of fellowship. light refreshments and good conversation.
Q: What time and how long are your services
A: Worship services are at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Services typically last about an hour and a half.
Q: Where will my children go during service?
A: We welcome all children to attend our worship services! Children can also attend Sunday school, held during the 10 a.m. service for ages Pre-K through high school. There is a nursery located on the second floor, where infants and toddlers are well cared for during the 10:00 a.m. service.
Q: Do I have to dress up for church?
A: You are welcome to wear attire that is comfortable and respectful, be it formal or casual.
Q: Do visitors have to say anything? How are they recognized?
A: Visitors are asked during service to stand and are given a visitor’s card to complete. Later in the service, the pastor officially recognizes and welcomes them to St. Mark. It’s okay if you choose not to stand and be recognized.
Q: I’m not Methodist – can I take part in Communion at your church?
A: You need not be a member of St. Mark or of the United Methodist Church to receive Communion – all are welcome at Christ’s table. Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at both services.
Q: How can I meet your minister?
A: After the service, the pastors greet members and friends as they leave the sanctuary. Feel free to shake their hands and tell them that you’re a visitor. If you would like to contact or be contacted by a pastor during the week, please indicate that on the visitor’s card.
Q: If I start attending St. Mark, do I need to become a member?
A: We’d love to have you become a member, but you are always welcome as a friend whether or not you join our church.
Q: How do I join St. Mark?
A: You may join the church during one of the worship services by responding to the invitation for Christian Discipleship or you may contact the church office and let us know that you want to become a member. Membership Exploration classes are offered every other month on the fourth Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. After you attend an Exploration class, you are welcome to take the membership vows during a subsequent worship service.
Q: Where will I park when I come to St. Mark?
A: We have a parking lot on Saint Lawrence Ave. on the north end of the building. Street parking is also available. When parking on the street, please be mindful of our neighbors’ driveways and allow sufficient room for them to drive in and out of their property.