St. Mark’s mission field includes care provided at the parish level, in the community and through regional and national partners. Through these projects we are involved in helping the homeless, people with addictions and mental illness, and troubled teens in our local community – to name a few.
Visiting the Home Bound
Clergy together with Lay Visitors are involved in visiting shut-ins, and conducting services at three of our local nursing homes.
Facilities for Community Programming
Our Church basement is used extensively by community groups and organizations, including a number of AA and Al-Anon groups.
The most recent project, initiated by the Midland and area community, is the Georgian Bay Refugee Support Team. St. Mark’s is actively participating in this initiative to sponsor a family of four Syrian refugees, who may arrive as soon as January 2016.
In Our Community
St. Mark’s, Midland supports the 365 day “Guest House” (Out of the Cold). Our parish members volunteer on a continuous basis once a week.
The Next Door
St. Mark’s, Midland contributes financial and material donations to “The Next Door” a transitional home for teens, which was started by two of our parishioners. Teens from this home have also participated in our worship services.
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre
One member has joined “The Native Friendship Centre“. We are currently in the process of looking to obtain grant money to assist the Centre’s work among the local First Nations population. In the spirit of Reconciliation there are bonds to be formed with the aboriginal population, perhaps through a liaison with the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre.
Affiliate Outreach Projects
St. Mark’s participates in Outreach activities related to both Lutheran and Anglican Churches. For example, we collected all the components required to put together 50 Personal Care Kits for Canadian Lutheran World Relief to be shipped to people wherever needed. Another example was a financial donation St. Mark’s made to provide safe drinking water to Pikangikum, a First Nations community in Northern Ontario.