Getting here

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2499 N. Helen Street, North St. Paul, MN  55109
phone: 651-777-7451

From the East:
Hwy 36 west towards North St. Paul. 
Slight right onto the Margaret Street exit.
Straight at stop sign on 12th Avenue.

From the North:
Interstate 694 to Hwy 120 (Century Ave).
Turn south on Hwy 120 (Century Ave).
Turn west (right) on Hwy 36.
Slight right onto the Margaret Street exit.
Straight at stop sign on 12th Avenue.

From the West:
Hwy 36 east towards North St. Paul.
Turn north (left) onto McKnight Road.
Turn east (right) onto 11th Avenue.

From the South:
Interstate 694 to Hwy 36. Turn west (right)
on Hwy 36 towards North St. Paul.
Slight right onto the Margaret Street exit.
Straight at stop sign on 12th Avenue.

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What to expect when you first visit to St. Mark’s

When you go somewhere for the first time, it’s nice to know what to expect. How to dress. Where to find the bathrooms!  Whether visiting a new church is something you are very comfortable with, or something that makes you a little nervous, we want you to feel comfortable so you can experience the great music and friendly people of St. Mark's and most importantly, connect with God's message.

Choosing a worship service
How long are the services?
Do I have to dress up?
Where do I park? Is handicapped accessible parking available?
How do I find my way around?
Where are the restrooms?
Is the service appropriate for children?
Is childcare available for younger children?
Holy Communion
Offering

Choosing a worship service
On Sundays, we gather at 8:45 and 10:15 am. On Wednesdays, 6:00 pm. At each service, we always read and teach from the Bible, receive Holy Communion, pray together and sing praise to God. The 8:45 service invites us to connect with God in more traditional ways using hymns with rich texts and beautiful tunes on the organ. We confess together the Apostles' Creed and pray in familiar patterns. The 10:15 service is contemporary with a variety of music with guitars, drums and piano. We utilize a projection system and sing songs that are contemporary arrangements of familiar hymns. The 6:00 pm Wednesday night service is 30 minutes, and during the school year is family focused and begins the education hour for all ages. Try all three and find the worship style that is natural and comfortable for you.

How long are the services?
Sunday morning services are an hour in length. The Wednesday evening service is 30 minutes.

Do I have to dress up?
No - come as you are! We have people who are dressed in a suit and tie worshiping beside people wearing jeans and a t-shirt. We want you to feel comfortable as you worship. We believe worship is not as much about what we are wearing on the outside as much as it is about the state of our hearts on the inside.

Where do I park? Is there handicapped parking available?
We have two parking lots. The one on the West side of the building (across from North High School) is the closest to the Sanctuary where Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening worship services are held. If you need handicapped parking, there are several spaces in the lot, as well as on 12h Avenue. If someone in your party needs further assistance getting into the building, pull up and ask a greeter at the door for help. Handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the lower level of the main building. Please ask for directions at the Welcome Center.

How do I find my way around?
Whether you are looking for the kid’s activites (JAM), the nursery, or a cup of coffee before the service starts, just ask a greeter or head to the Welcome Center desk located in the narthex at the back of the sanctuary. 


Where are the restrooms?
The restrooms closest to the Sanctuary are in Rees Hall. As you walk out of the Sanctuary head through the double-doors to the right of the Welcome Center. Take the first left into Rees Hall. Walk past the kitchen toward the exit doors. The restrooms are on the left. Handicapped accessible restrooms are located in the lower level of the main building. Please ask for directions at the Welcome Center.

Is the service appropriate for children?
Yes. You may certainly keep your children with you during worship. However, we offer a FUN place for them to experience God's love with other kids! Take advantage of our safe and secure children's JAM (Jesus and Me) service designed for kids from 3 yrs old to grade 5. We recommend you arrive about 10-15 minutes before the service so you won't feel rushed. 

Is childcare available for younger children?
The nursery is available every Sunday morning and Wednesday nights during worshop. The nursery is located in Rees Hall, Room 105. This is a clean, safe and loving environment for infants through toddlers. Restrooms with changing tables are also available in Rees Hall. Adult supervision is on hand at all times.

Holy Communion
At St. Mark’s, Holy Communion is served at every service and all who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome to receive it. Children who have been instructed in receiving communion are also welcome at the Lord’s table. Children not ready for communion are invited to come forward for a blessing. Typically, Communion is received by a method called intinction. Hold the wafer until you are offered the wine. Dip the wafer into the wine. If you prefer not to dip your wafer, simply pass it over the cup. Return to your pew on the opposite side from which you exited. Occasionally, Communion is served around the altar at the 8:45 am service. As you are dismissed from your pew, please take an empty glass for wine or a pre-filled glass of grape juice. Come forward to the altar area and fill in around the sides. After communion, your empty glass will be collected. Return to your pew on the opposite side from which you exited.

Offering
When the offering time comes, please know that as a visitor, you are under no obligation to give. Giving is an act of worship for those who are active participants and call St. Mark’s their home faith community. During this time, a “welcome pad” will be passed. You are invited to sign it so that those worshiping around you can greet you by name. On the other hand, we will respect your desire to remain anonymous if that’s more comfortable for you. If you leave information such as name and address, someone will contact you with a greeting and an invitation to take part in programming and come back to worship.

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