St. Mark's Episcopal Church is located in the quiet suburban town of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. We are in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. Our population is around 16,000. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 88.7% White, 4.7% Black or African American, 0.1% American Indian and Alaska Native, 4.4% Asian, 0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 3.9% Hispanic/Latino individuals who currently live in town.
East Longmeadow is five miles southeast of downtown Springfield (the third largest city in Massachusetts), 25 miles north of Hartford, 88 miles southwest of Boston, and 142 miles northeast of New York City.
We are in the fertile Connecticut River Valley where farms are still a contributing sector to our economy. There are multiple farm stands, farmer’s markets, and farm share opportunities in the area.
East Longmeadow has three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school and has a well-regarded SPED program. We also have a partnership with the Willie Ross School for the Deaf which has students in three of the town schools.
East Longmeadow is part of the “Education Corridor” which extends from Amherst, Massachusetts to Hartford, Connecticut – home to over 29 universities and colleges. Neighboring Springfield is home to Baystate Medical Center, Mercy Hospital and a Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Baystate is a US News & World Report ranked hospital and medical services complex, ranked as # 3, in Massachusetts, after Boston’s Mass General and Brigham and Women’s systems.
The town boasts the mile-and-a-half Redstone Rail Trail which is heavily utilized by folks near and far. Recently added to the trail is an ice cream parlor in a converted rail station!
East Longmeadow hosts an annual carnival for the Fourth of July week, culminating in the Fourth of July Parade. It is said to be the largest in the Northeast. East Longmeadow High School also serves as host to an annual Fourth of July fireworks display, traditionally held on July 3.
The town has a vibrant Senior Center that attracts several church members for its activities and fitness center. The center also houses the town’s food pantry, open to any in need regardless of age. St. Mark’s occasionally directs food collections to this pantry.
Explore Western Mass
The Basketball Hall of Fame, a Six Flags amusement park, the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds (farm team for the St. Louis Blues), The Eastern States Exposition (fondly called The Big E) state fair, hiking along the New England Scenic Trail and the Holyoke Range, and The Springfield Museums - home to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum and the Seymour Planetarium.
We are not solely a congregation of East Longmeadow residents. We have members who reside in Springfield, Hampden, Wilbraham, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Agawam, Chicopee, Westfield, and as far as Monson, Palmer, Wales and Ware, even Suffield, Enfield, Broad Brook, and Somers, CT.