393 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
phone: 630-858-1020

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Youth Choir Sign Up

The St. Mark’s Youth Choir is comprised of Boys & Girls (Ages 7-18: Boys of unchanged voice). The Voices for Life curriculum, affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) provides an exceptional educational opportunity to each chorister covering music theory, solfège/sight-reading, basic vocal technique, and music and church history. This training program is one of the few of its kind in our community and introduces young singers to a world of great church music sung in liturgical context.

General Singing and Rehearsal Schedule
Weekly Wednesday Rehearsals: 4:00-4:45 pm (1st-3rd); 4:45-6:00 pm (4th-High School)
Select Sunday services: usually 1-2 a month
Occasional collaborations with the Adult Choir

How to join
Complete a registration form found here: LINK
OR
Schedule an informal audition with Daniel Segner, Director of Music at 630-858-1020 ext. 225 or by email musicdirector@stmarksglenellyn.org

Extraordinary musical skill or musical background is not a prerequisite to participate in this program; an ability to match pitch, follow directions, and a willingness to work together in a team setting are desired attributes of a successful candidate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need prior musical experience?
All children regardless of musical background are encouraged to participate, though prior musical experience is helpful.

 What is the musical curriculum?
This program follows the general outline of the Voices for Life curriculum as set forth by the Royal School of Church Music. This curriculum emphasizes general musicianship which includes music theory, aural skills, general instruction in sight-reading, basic vocal technique, group teamwork and discipline, and the ongoing work of refining their individual voices as soloists and ensemble singers.

What other guiding principles are the children taught?
Instruction occurs in the broad, accepting, and nurturing environment of the Episcopal Church, which is committed to respecting the dignity of all people.

Do you have to be a member of the Episcopal Church to participate?
No. Children ages 8-16, regardless of faith background, are encouraged to participate. Music if for everyone.

Who will teach my child?
All rehearsals and singing sessions are led by the Director of Music with help from volunteer music staff.

What is the time commitment?
Music education is a serious commitment. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 pm depending on your child’s age.  Choristers sing at a Sunday morning choral service about once a month. A high level of attendance is vital and prioritized.

Will my child be safe?
St. Mark’s Church regards the care and safety of your child very seriously. St. Mark’s adheres to the policies and procedures set by the Episcopal Church’s Safeguarding God’s People program. For more information about this policy, please refer to this website: https://www.episcopalchicago.org/at-work-in-the-church/keeping-god-s-people-safe

How much does it cost?
Through the generosity of our congregation, Friends of Music, and grants, our entire Chorister program is free to any who join.


Member Directory Photography Make-Up Session Sign Up

We need YOU to make our directory complete! To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our congregation, we welcome you to be a part of our upcoming new directory.

A new directory:
• Preserves this special time in the life our church
• Becomes a lasting record of our current membership • Helps us connect faces with names

We are partnering with Lifetouch for this important project. Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to our church. Every family photographed receives a complimentary directory and an 8×10 portrait. You can sign up for photography online here, look for our signup table at upcoming services in the Narthex, or contact our Communications Coordinator Samantha Campen here.

PHOTOGRAPHY DATES and HOURS:

Tuesday September 25 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For your convenience, all photography and portrait viewing will take place at our church with NO sitting fee. You will have a variety of poses taken and one pose will be selected for the directory. In addition to your complimentary 8×10, you will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits on the day of your portrait session. Your photography session will take about an hour, during which time you will check-in, be photographed and view your portraits.

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to be professionally photographed. We are looking forward to seeing you in our directory!


Rev. George Smith’s July 1 Sunday Sermon: Leave Your Trench Behind

“The following sermon contains political subject matter and other topics that are may be considered by some to be inappropriate for the pulpit.  Listener attention is encouraged.

The Apostle Paul was jailed seven times and behead in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero.  He did not receive this treatment because he was milk-toast in his views, writings and statements.  For similar reasons, Jesus’ disciple Peter was crucified upside down by Nero’s henchmen.  Of course, Jesus himself was condemned as a criminal and crucified for his anti-establishment sermons, actions and lifestyle.

From its beginning, the Christian community has not been a private club for self-improvement and individual gain. It is a social movement through the power of the living God that transforms humans, a movement that proclaims and practices radical inclusion, justice and fairness in the face of great opposition, persecution and cost.  This is because the movement inevitably and purposefully encounters the dynamics of the society in which is exists.  Another word for the dynamics of a society is politics.  The narrow understanding of politics is what happens in Springfield or Washington, D.C.  But the more accurate and real-life definition is that politics is the realm of complex relations among people living in a society.  Therefore, by its very nature, the church is political and engaged in politics whether acknowledged or not.  Now let me make an important clarification between things political and partisan.” To read the sermon in full, please click here.


Columbarium Expansion Project

The St. Mark’s Columbarium is an outdoor burial and garden space located on the north side of the church building.  The Columbarium provides spaces or “niches” in a wall and sites in the ground for the cremated remains of deceased parish members and their families. It is an accessible peaceful setting for remembrance, prayer and meditation. The Columbarium was constructed in 1998 with 80 niches in the wall portion and 64 spaces in the adjacent ground terrace. Twenty years later, only five niches in the wall remain unsold. With the Columbarium wall nearing capacity, this summer we will undertake an expansion of the wall, adding two “wing” sections, each with 60 spaces for a total of 120 additional niches. Members and friends of St. Mark’s have the opportunity to purchase niches at a pre-construction discount this summer. The discounted price is $1,500 per wall niche and $750 per in-ground space. After construction is completed in September, prices will be $2,000 per wall niche and $1,000 per in-ground plot.

Purchasers of Columbarium spaces receive a license for each niche or plot purchased.  A bronze plaque bearing the name and birth and death years of the deceased is attached to the face of the niche or to a bronze tableau on the outside chapel wall above the in-ground plots.

The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin “columba” meaning the dwelling place of a dove, which for Christians is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In ancient Rome, the early Christians referred to their burial niches in the catacombs as colombaria, noting the resemblance to the nesting boxes provided for doves. Later the word came to mean an area of consecrated church ground used for the burial of cremated remains.

If you would like to purchase a niche or plot, please contact Dellana Mote, office manager at frontdesk@stmarksglenellyn.org.


Music Associate position available

The Music Program at St. Mark’s consists of Adult and Youth choirs which provide sung music for a variety of services held in the parish during the liturgical year. As we are a part of the Anglican Communion, much of the choral music offered is drawn from the rich tradition which comes to us through the Church of England. A wide variety of other styles of music are used as well, from early monastic chant and Renaissance composers to contemporary American works and spirituals. If you are interested in joining us, please read the job description here.


St. Mark’s listed as one of “100 Awesome Churches in the US”

Congratulations St. Mark’s! And thank you to everyone that helps make us who we are. Our doors are always open and everyone is always welcome, without condition. From the article:

“What makes a church awesome? Here are my criteria:

1️⃣ spiritually-enriching community
2️⃣ vibrant worship
3️⃣ social justice warriors
4️⃣ fully LGBTQ-inclusive
5️⃣ actively invite people into Christian identity/belonging

I crowd sourced suggestions on social media this weekend. Immediately, nominations started pouring in from across the country. 33 states to be exact.”