The Queen Emma Outreach Guild
The Queen Emma Outreach Guild coordinates and plans the outreach ministries of St. Mark's. Named for one of our patron saints, Queen Emma, the Guild seeks to continue the Queen's advocacy and concern for all people. The Guild support a variety of projects, some of which are listed below, and any member of St. Mark's may participate in these outreach projects.
HOMELESS & HUNGER OUTREACH
Every week St. Mark's collects non-perishable food and hygeine products for the homeless and the hungry. We have partnered withFamily Promise and Church of the Crossroads to provide evening meals for the homeless. We are currently discerning how to begin a feeding ministry.
We regularly donate food and other needed items to Hale Kipa's program for homeless youth in Waikiki, a growing and persistent challenge for our neighborhood and local families.
St. Mark's has an active preschool and daycare program which runs Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. In order to nurture early literacy, parishioners have the opportunity to read children's story books to the preschoolers, as long as they are willing to complete the diocesan Safeguarding Our Children class. Story books are provided by the church, and donors are always needed to cover the costs of purchasing books.
Every April St. Mark's participates in the Honolulu AIDS Walk. See our volunteers by clicking here. We also observe World AIDS Day on the first weekend of December.
St. Mark's was one of the first churches of the Episcopal Diocese to welcome LGBT persons. We are proud of our long history of inclusion. Recently our Vestry unanimously affirmed marriage equality legislation for the State of Hawai'i, and the Episcopal Diocese allows St. Mark's to marry and bless loving, committed gay couples. We also offer our space to Dignity, the Roman Catholic LGBT ministry, on Sunday evenings.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM
We provide financial support to the Palestinian Episcopalians of the Holy Land and their various outreach projects helping all the children of Abraham. St. Mark's also sponsored a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in order to experience first hand the challenges of the Middle East conflict, as well as witness the Episcopal Church's peacemaking witness.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
We have regular offerings for the work of our church's official outreach agency.
ST. FRANCIS ANIMAL BLESSING
Every October we have a pet blessing for our community, and we collect linens for local animal shelters.
The Aloha Ministry of St. Mark's cares for senior citizens and their families in our parish and the greater community. Part of the interfaith initiative of Project Dana, parishioners volunteer to help seniors with various projects such as grocery shopping, transportation to doctor's appointments, or just lending an understanding ear.
KUPUNA O ST. MARK'S
Kupuna o St. Mark's is a lively seniors fellowship which gathers for a program and food. It is a time in which members gather to talk story, have fun, and give each other support. Past gatherings have included outings to the Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and the Manoa Heritage Center. We also invite speakers to come and share their area of expertise with the group. Past talks have included a lectures on Islam, Medicare fraud, and the Holy Land. All seniors and their friends are welcome to attend.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
A number of our parishioners are talented knitters, and as a result, they have begun to knit prayer shawls for parishioners who are in need of healing for extended periods of time. The shawls are blessed at our masses, and then delivered to those in need by other parishioners.
We purchase gifts for the children of local families.