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Outreach Ministry

St. Mark’s Church has a long tradition of charitable giving and community involvement. In the earliest days of the city, St. Mark’s established a hospital, college and nursing school. Today, we help relieve hunger and homelessness in our neighborhood through the financial and volunteer support of several downtown agencies.

St. Mark’s serves a hot breakfast to our downtown neighbors every Sunday morning in our parish hall through our Breakfast Cafe program. We also organize and host special days for women and men, foot care clinics and other activities that address the needs of our neighbors, some of whom are homeless, some of whom are in shelters and/or rehab centers.

St. Mark's works toward systemic change by supporting agencies and organizations which help people develop the skills they need to lift themselves out of poverty and to advocate for change in policies and attitudes that keep people marginalized.

As a congregation, we are active in the Dismantling Racism Ministry, strongly support LGBTQQIA+ issues, and promote understanding of social issues within the Parish and the broader Grand Rapids community.

St. Mark’s supports the following agencies and organizations with financial and volunteer support:

  • Arbor Circle

  • Access/Hunger Walk

  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children)

  • Degage Ministries

  • Dwelling Place 

  • East Leonard Elementary School 

  • Explore and Soar Reading Club for children

  • God's Kitchen

  • Great Start Diaper Drive

  • Heartside Ministry

  • Kids Food Baskets

  • Safe Haven

  • Westminster Food Pantry


If you are interested in volunteering in one or more of the programs we support, please contact Mother Sue York or the parish office.

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