St. Mark’s children and youth, on the fourth Sunday each month, make 200 bag dinners to be distributed by the Salvation Army Grate Patrol. Read more about the Grate Patrol.
Teen Service Trips
We provide rotating service trip opportunities for high school youth and are the only parish in the Diocese of Washington to provide a service trip opportunity to middle school youth. Each trip participant undergoes a comprehensive training on our Christian call to service, how we serve responsibly, and how our work away can extend to our lives back home. For more information on these trips, contact Caroline McReynolds-Adams, director of youth ministries at St. Mark’s.
Two-year rotation: This program alternates between a trip to West Virginia with For Love Of Children’s Outdoor Education Center to learn about environmental stewardship and a week in D.C. to learn about outreach initiatives in our own neighborhood.
Three-year rotation: The teens have rural, urban, and international experiences in Southern Appalachia with Appalachian Service Project, New York City with Youth Service Opportunities Project, and Nicaragua with Fabretto Children’s Foundation. These three unique experiences help broaden our worldview, expose us to lives that look radically different from our own, and inspire our youth to approach their place in the world with a passion for positive change rooted in empathy.