Lay Ministries

At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church it is a blessing to have so many active and growing Parish Ministries to grow in our faith through service, education and fellowship. We grow in our faith and experience our Lord through our neighbor. Whether it is through our youth ministries, through our choir and music ministries, through our outreach ministries, through our pew or altar guild, or through adult educational programs, our Church provides us with a variety of means to grow closer to Him. We hope you and yours will find ways in which you can be involved within the parish and grow in your love and service to Him and the community.

Altar Guild | Pew Guild | Flower Ministry | Adult Choir | Acolytes | Lay Eucharistic Minister | Lector and Intercessor | Usher | Order of the Daughters of the King | St. Mark’s Chapter of The Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild assists with all St. Mark’s baptisms, weddings, funerals, memorial services, the school’s Wednesday Eucharist, and all other special events. The parishioners of the altar guild provide sacred time to care for the holy items that support the practice of the sacraments of the church. Sacraments are special ministries given to the church to convey the grace of Jesus Christ to all God’s children. Through the sacraments, God sanctifies common elements of creation to bless human life and to renew the church to seek the peaceful kingdom of God.

The Altar Guild provides service on Wednesdays, Sundays, and High Holy Days, such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Members are scheduled to assist in the sacristy, the area in the back of the church where preparations for the service are made.

Please consider joining this essential ministry. If interested, please contact the Altar Guild Chairperson, Audrey Choy, at 754-220-6820.

Pew Guild

The purpose of the Pew Guild is to strengthen the pew racks for Sunday services, cleaning the area, replenishing pew cards, arranging hymnals and prayer books. This requires about 1 hour once a week. The Pew Guild is a dedicated group who are able to rotate weeks, so as to keep their turn at once every 4 to 6 weeks.

We always appreciate new volunteers. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact The Pew Guild Facilitator, Karen Richardson, at 954-563-3155.

Flower Ministry

This gives St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School members an opportunity to provide the altar flowers in memory of a loved one, to honor a person or a ministry with a monetary gift with acknowledgement in the bulletin. For more information, please contact Mother Eliza Ragsdale at

Adult Choir

ADULT CHOIR meets in the Choir Room upstairs in the church each Wednesday from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm. Fun, fellowship and singing is to be had by all. The choir sings each Sunday at the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist and at special seasonal services. The choir welcomes new voices all year long! To join or for more information, please contact Father Ron Hayde at


Youth at St. Mark’s are invited to serve as acolytes. After being trained by Mother Liza, Assistant to The Rector, acolytes serve in various roles during Sunday morning worship, and at other services as requested.

If you are interested in serving as an acolyte, please contact Mother Liza at

Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM)

The LEMs serve as Sub-Deacons and Chalice Bearers during our Holy Eucharist services. The Sub-Deacon reads the second lesson that is usually an epistle (letter) from St. Paul, St. James, St. John, St. Peter and the Books of Acts.

If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Mother Liza at

Lector and Intercessor

The Lector reads the first lesson from the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and at the 8 am service also leads the psalm responsively. The Intercessor reads to the congregation from the Prayers of the People.

If you are interested in serving as a Lector and Intercessor, please contact Mother Liza at


Ladies, gentleman, and families are invited to serve as Ushers. Ushers offer hospitality by welcoming members, visitors, and guests. Ushers provide everyone with an Order of Service Bulletin. Ushers provide whatever assistance is needed during the service, collect and present alms and offerings, invite two people per family to present the elements to the Celebrant, assist the Clergy, and invite worshippers to the altar rail for Holy Communion. Two Ushers along with the Vestry Greeter count the offering during the service.

If you are Interested in serving as an Usher, please contact Mother Liza at

The Order of the Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Today our membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches.

The Order of the Daughters of the King® was founded in 1885 by Margaret J. Franklin at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in New York City. Members of the Order undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Chapter of The Order of the Daughters of The King began when the souls of seven women were sparked to turn their lives to God. What a joy to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence in these women whose enthusiasm surged and have become anchored in bonds of sisterhood.

The Daughters of the King are called to pray for concerns in our parish and for all of St. Mark’s clergy. If you have a prayer request, please place it in the DOK prayer box, located on the east wall of the South Chapel. Please put a beginning and ending date on the card.

Are You Called to be a Daughter of the King? Or, would you like to learn more about our chapter? If so, please contact DOK President, Sandy Hoyle, at 954-693-4901.

St. Mark’s Chapter of The Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Southeast Florida is part of the church-wide organization of Episcopal Church Women, a ministry of and for women, through which they are called and empowered by grace to serve our Lord in prayer, action, study and fellowship.

As women members of the Episcopal Church, all women in every congregation in the diocese are members of ECW and are invited to be active participants in the organization’s ministries.

ECW branches share these common aspects of their life together:

Prayer — In a variety of languages and cultural expressions

Action — serving Christ through a variety of ministries in the parish, the community and the world

Study — to grow more deeply in faith and in the love of Christ

Fellowship — to live as a community of Christian women

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mark’s chapter of The ECW, please contact St. Mark’s ECW President, Debbie Ferguson at 954-822-1094.

St. Mark’s Book Club
Once a month our women gather to read a variety of fiction, nonfiction, contemporary and spiritual books, enjoy lunch with a lively discussion. Contact Mother Eliza Ragsdale at for more information.

Please contact Mother Eliza Ragsdale at if you are interested in getting involved in any of these ministries.

Hospitality: Duane Clark, John McCormick, Tom Sukowicz
Outreach: Denese Edsall and Carol Zeber
Episcopal Church Women: Debbie Ferguson and Val Belban
Lionheart Boutique (ECW): Tara Henley, Chair
Children’s Sunday School: Susan Breckenridge
Usher: Tom Clark and John Shwed