Programs at St. Mary's


Retreats for individuals and groups. Retreats may be developed and led by St. Mary’s clergy and staff for reflection during the church year. In addition, space can be made available for small groups longing for quiet time in the midst of an urban environment.

Spiritual companioning workshops. In a supportive environment, participants learn how to practice a ministry of presence wherever you are. This pre-requisite for volunteering at St. Mary’s helps individuals become aware of the need for healthy boundaries as they give of themselves in service to others. Available in half-day and full-day workshops.

Summer programs for children and youth.

Vacation Bible School - June 24-28 and then again July 8-12.

Hero Central!                           June 24-28, 2019, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

To Mars and Beyond!              July 8-12, 2019, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Get ready for a fun-filled week at St. Mary's Episcopal Church as children ages 4 through 5th grade experience Christ's love while participating in worship, games, music, crafts, science, drama and service activities. Registration forms are available on-line (see downloadable form at bottom of this page) or at the church office.  Pay as you are able. Youth who are 6th grade and older may sign up to volunteer. For more information contact the church office.

Arts programs (including writers workshops, staged readings and improvisation).These experiences will provide an opportunity for young leaders to practice building community and will include a training in ministry of presence as well as opportunities for service at St. Mary’s and in the wider community. Organized by our neighbors from Apex Theater Studio.



Food Pantry. Our food pantry ministry provides space for an active and loving presence, touching individuals and families who, for whatever reason, find themselves without enough food to eat. Click here to learn more.

Christmas Ministry.  Each year St. Mary’s volunteers, in partnership with local churches and other groups, organize a special program where families in need may shop and volunteer, and children may experience the joys and wonder of Christmas.  This has come to be a high point of the year for our volunteers and those who participate.  For information on volunteering or being a recipient family, contact clergy or staff.

Residential ministry. St. Mary’s is launching a new program for ministers in residence. These individuals will live in community on our campus, participate in the worship and service life of St. Mary’s and engage in outreach serving in other urban settings. Participants may include:

  • Lay persons discerning a call to ordained or lay urban ministry;
  • Seminarians taking a gap year in their studies or at the conclusion of study;
  • Clinical Pastoral Education students; or
  • Clergy discerning or called to urban ministry. 

Those interested should contact our senior pastor, the Rev. Canon Beth Tjoflat.

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