I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink.
We are called to care for our neighbors in need due to our faith in Jesus Christ. We also seek to follow the example of our patron saint, Queen Emma. She was a tireless advocate for those in need. St. Mark's supports a variety of projects, some of which are listed below, and any member of St. Mark's may participate in these outreach ministries. Projects are funded through three main sources - the parish budget, donations from parishioners, and grants from the Ifuku Foundation of the Rainbow Drive-In.
CARING FOR THE HOMELESS & HUNGRY
Every week St. Mark's collects non-perishable food and hygiene products for the homeless and hungry. We have partnered with Family Promise and Church of the Crossroads to provide evening meals for the homeless, and we collect clothing for the service clinic at St. Mary's Episcopal Church on King Street.
ST. FRANCIS PET BLESSING
Every October we have a pet blessing, and we collect linens and shoe boxes for local animal shelters. It is a popular event for our neighborhood, and the Hawaiian Humane Society regularly sends representatives.
YOUTH AT RISK
We donate food and other items to Hale Kipa's program for homeless youth in Waikiki, a growing challenge for our neighborhood.
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 in Honolulu to reach out to those affected by HIV and AIDS.
St. Mark's was one of the first churches of the Episcopal Diocese, as well as Honolulu, 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 and other Episcopal churches to marry and bless loving, committed gay couples.
PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND: THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF JERUSALEM
We provide financial support to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, supporting Christians in the holy Land. St. Mark's has also sponsored pilgrimages to the Holy Land in order to facilitate understanding of the challenges of the Middle East conflict, as well as witness the Episcopal Church's peacemaking work.
EPISCOPAL RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT
We have regular offerings for the work of our church's official outreach agency. Money has been collected for typhoon relief in the Philippines, tsunami relief in Japan, and earthquake relief in Haiti and New Zealand.
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 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, the Historic Mission Houses, and the Manoa Heritage Center. Past talks have included lectures on Islam, Medicare fraud, Marian Artwork, 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 they have begun to knit prayer shawls for those 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.
During Advent we purchase gifts for the children of local families, and we also coordinate a Christmas basket drive for low income seniors. Every Epiphany we collect slippers, socks and underwear for homeless youth.
St. Mark's collects magazines for local inmates on a regular basis. The magazines help with adult literacy in our local prisons.