Greater Springfield Missions
St. Mark's Church reaches out to the community with our many Outreach Ministry Team support systems. One that is offered every Sunday is Church Without Walls. This program is a church service provided to the homeless outside Springfield City Hall in which pastors from multiple denominations in the area take turns officiating. Afterwards, those present get in a line to receive a yummy, bagged lunch prepared by parishioners. We participate in Loaves and Fishes, which is a program that feeds meals to the homeless on a rotating basis at a church in Springfield. Our team helps to prepare and serve the food. The Big Blue Drop-In Center is a place for people to go if they need to rest on a comfy chair or couch, have a snack or cup of coffee, or just plain get inside out of the elements. Also, we have ongoing collections, seasonal resources, and single events such as: Open Pantry, Feline Friends, Big Blue Van Ministry (Winter), Undie Sunday, Convoy of Hope, Mum Sales for ACTS, CROP Walk, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and the Advent Warming Tree.
East Longmeadow Nursing Homes
There are a group of parishioners from our Benedictus Music Ministry who travel to nursing homes several times a month for Eucharist and prayers and sing to God. It is so moving to see the residents reciting the Lord’s Prayer or singing hymns they remember, even if they suffer from dementia. During the winter season, the choir and whoever else wants to join sing Christmas Carols up and down the halls. The elderly residents of these homes seem to look forward to St. Mark's visits.
We have sponsored our own mission trips to such diverse places as Appalachia and Rosebud Reservation, as well as being the lead church in multiple missions to the Dominican Republic. We have had members participate in the diocesan mission trip to the Mampong Babies Home in Ghana. Each has enriched our sense of being one with all God’s people.
The Outreach Ministry Team is trying its best to reach out to those in need and let them know we are all God's children.