St. Mark's Episcopal Church - LeRoy, NY
Opening doors, minds, hands, and hearts with Christ's love

Welcome to
St. Mark's Episcopal Church!

We are glad you found us and are interested in learning more about our community.  Visitors, newcomers, inquirers, and members of other faiths are always welcome to take part in Sunday services, educational opportunities for children and adults, and a variety of outreach and social activities.  Wherever you are on your spiritual journey - doubting, full-of-faith, or in between - you are welcome at St. Mark's.

PLEASE NOTE: New Hours for the Church Office are Tuesday through Thursday 7:00 am to 12:00 noon

St. Mark's is open for in-person services

We wear masks when young children are in attendance (because they can't be vaccinated).  

Our Church

Services of Holy Eucharist are at 10:30 am.  The Rev. Canon Colleen O'Connor is our priest, with Diocesan priests and our Deacon Susan Firestine often presiding.  This winter and spring, while Colleen is on medical leave, we welcome The Rev. Joseph Kozlowski, The Rev. Chris O'Connor, and The Rev. Nancy Guenther.  It's a blessing to have them celebrate the Eucharist with us and to hear a variety of preaching styles! 

Music is by organist Dennis Mellander with other special guest musicians participating

Service schedule

We are entering the summer season -- the season of Flash Mobs around the Genesee Deanery!  Here's an excellent chance to visit the Episcopal Churches in our area with members of other Episcopal Churches.  There's sure to be a crowd.  The schedule is: June 26 at Holy Apostles Church, 88 Main St., Perry at 10:00 am; July 17 at St. James Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia at 10:00 am; July 31 at Christ Church, 26 South Main St., Albion at 11:00 am; August 7 at St. Luke's Church, 30 Favor St., Attica at 9:00 am and August 21 at St. Paul's Church, 6188 Main Rd., Stafford at 9:00 am.  Watch for St. Mark's and St. Paul's (Holley) soon!

The Carillon

Many people around LeRoy have noticed that the carillon at St. Mark's is not playing music as usual at 11:00 am, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm.  This has to do with a problem in the equipment that also controls the sound system within the church.  We are in the process of finding a technician to work on this particular equipment and one that will be closer than the company located in the Midwest that has serviced this in the past. 

Protecting God's creation

Keep ink cartridges out of landfills!  About 350 million used cartridges end up in landfills each year. Instead, bring them to St. Mark's!  There's a collection box outside the door on Church St. as well as a larger bin inside the side door (office hours are M-Th 7:00 am to noon; Sundays 9:00-11:45).  Sorry--we can't take toner cartridges.  The cartridges are sent in each month for recycling and re-use.


 

"Stitch-In" for the children of Ukraine - a success!

We held a "Stitch-In" on March 12 and had 15 people participate in person to raise money ($1435 in total) for UNICEF's Protect Children in Ukraine fund. An additional 15 people stitched at home, and 11 people just donated.

Are you interested in stitching?  We're planning to restart our Needlework Group, which is open to all and to all kinds of stitching!

This primitive cross-stitch folk design of “Forest Foxes” is by Ukrainian stitcher Kateryna (stitchyprincess on Etsy; stitchy_princess_black on Instagram) who lives in Kyiv.

Details: Why stitching? Embroidery and needlework are a large part of Ukrainian cultural heritage.  Supporting a Ukrainian cross-stitcher through the purchase of her pattern also supports a local inhabitant, who has posted through her Instagram account that she has used her additional sales to buy food and medical supplies for her family and her neighbors. 

 

EVENING PRAYER

If you would like a time of prayer and meditation at the end of each day, please look at the following options from Forward Day by Day: https://www.forwardmovement.org/Pages/Item/15054/Our-Podcasts.aspx

 

ADULT STUDY AND DISCUSSION / COMMUNITY FOR UNDERSTANDING

Plans are in the works for another discussion open to anyone interested. 

We've hosted both in-person and online studies and discussions, and we look forward to starting again.  Please watch for details.

 

 

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Stained Glass - The windows are under repair!

St. Mark's is embarking on an exciting new project to protect and preserve the beautiful windows in the church.  Work has taken place this spring and summer.  The church has received a grant from Sacred Sites and also raised funds from generous donors to complete the work of repairing deteriorating storm windows and door columns.  Donate to this project through PayPal

The Daily News published this article about the ongoing work.

And here's a wonderful article detailing the $10,000 Sacred Sites grant being awarded to St. Mark's from the New York Landmarks Conservancy:The Batavian - St. Mark's Church in LeRoy

Thank you for your support!

 

 

SUMMER LUNCH for children & teens 2022                  

St. Mark's is finishing some upgrades to the church's kitchen in preparation for summer 2022, when we plan to offer free lunches to children and teens, served as "grab and go" bagged meals at the side door on Church St.  We were fortunate to receive a Blood Foundation grant that allowed us to make these improvements in the kitchen. 

A little history: In 2020, we served 2,408 lunches over 8 weeks with the help of 38 volunteers and 25 donors.  In 2021, the school offered free meals during the summer, and several volunteers from St. Mark's Summer Lunch served as volunteers.  This will be the 13th summer that St. Mark's provides summer meals.

 

An Experiment for the Sake of the Gospel

Our dioceses (The Episcopal Dioceses of Western New York & Northwest Pennsylvania) are on a journey to discover how collaborating can help us transform our congregations and communities through the power of Jesus Christ. In our churches, everyone is welcome, without exception.   (St. Mark's hosted Bishop Sean Rowe on Sunday, October 20 at the 10:30 am service.)