St Mark's Episcopal Church

337 Ridge Road, Barrington Hills, IL 60010    847-381-0596
Sunday Services at 8 and 10:15 AM                  FAX: 847-381-3564
Changing Lives through Christ, Providing Food for the Journey

Family Service & Pageant
December 21, 10:15am

Christmas Services Schedule listed below

Sunday Schedule:

Holy Eucharist

9:00am Adult Forum

9:45am Sunday School

Holy  Eucharist

* * 3rd Sundays * *

    Holy Eucharist

9:00 Adult Forum

   Family Service

11:00 Lunch

11:40 Parish Plays Inter-generational Activities

Office Hours

- Friday: 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Witnesses to the Light

God's light shone out in Jesus, who in turn gives light to each of us. How are we taking that light into the world? 

Listening to each other's experiences will call us to an intentionality of life that is 'ministry'.

Sarah Quiroga shines the light of God to help others via several church ministries and along the way notices that God moves in mysterious ways, but He sometimes uses a minivan.

Susan Gibbons talks about how being hit by a bus brought her environmental work into greater focus.

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Spiritual Pantry image copyright 2012 Gail T. Collier. Used by permission.

The Week Ahead

Sunday, November 16

Advent 4

8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Adult Forum
9:00am Nursery Care Begins
10:15am Holy Eucharist – Family Service & Pageant

11:20am Olde English Themed Coffee Hour


Tuesday ,
December 23

Office open 9:15-2:00 – last time this year - Reopens January 5


Wednesday, December 24

Christmas Eve

3:00pm - The Family Service

5:30pm – Classic Festival Eucharist

9:00pm – Celtic Service


December 25

Christmas Day

10:15 am – Feast of the Nativity of our Lord


Sunday, December 28

Christmas 1

8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:00am Adult Forum
9:00am Nursery Care Begins
NO -Sunday School - Christmas Break

10:15am Holy Eucharist

Welcome to St. Mark’s!

Father David Gibbons, Rector




We are a congregation who come from 28 different communities in the area because we find the worship and the companionship worth the drive.  We welcome all people who are, like us, interested in learning to be effective followers of Jesus Christ. 


We gather to worship using materials from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer,  Enriching Our Worship (approved additions to the Book of Common Prayer) and, on occasion, from Iona Abbey and the Anglican Church.  We are not a ‘white-gloves-and-three-piece-suit’ kind of folk when we gather, “office casual” probably best describes the way we dress for worship.


Though we come from different communities and have a wide variety of backgrounds we enjoy each other’s company both at the Sunday morning “Coffee Break” (11:25am) and in intentional education classes September through June at 9am.


Come, be our guest, you are welcome among us, tell us your story.

Special Holiday Services

Christmas Eve

3:00pm – The Family Service.   Welcoming to children of all ages – 6 months to 106 – with appropriate carols and the children help set up the Nativity scene as the story is told.  Holy Communion is open to all regardless of age.

 Musically, Hollace Emrich Glover will be our guest vocalist. “Holly” will present a special arrangement of the beloved anthem, “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” by John Rutter.  A guest trumpeter will join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ.  A special practice session will offered before the service to prepare the children to participate in the Christmas service.


5:30pm - A Classic Festival Christmas Service.  Familiar worship, brass & hand bells, beloved Christmas Carols lead us to Holy Communion.  In the 30 minutes before the service begins the musicians and readers will lead us through scripture to this holy remembrance of the arrival of God among us.

Musically, this liturgy brings together many of the music ministry’s excellent choral and instrumental musicians.  The parish choir will be joined by members of the parish hand bell choir and instrumentalists both from the parish and the surrounding community.  Festival Brass will accompany the majestic carols of the season and Ted Gysan will accompany the choir from our magnificent pipe organ. A service of the Spoken Word and Music that recounts the coming of the Christ child will begin 30 minutes before the main liturgy.


9:00pm - A Celtic-style Christmas Service.  Candlelight, quiet and intimate this service is shaped to inspire silent awe of the miracle of the incarnation. Holy Communion is celebrated and shared.  Oboe and chimes will help set the mood.

Musically, we welcome Ned Loughridge as he opens the service singing Once in Royal David’s City, accompanied by organ, hand bells and English Horn. Other special music includes Lullaby by John Ness Beck and Comfort Ye from the Messiah.  Kristen Leidy will be featured as guest instrumentalist – oboe and English Horn – throughout the quiet, contemplative liturgy.  A special arrangement of Silent Night will conclude the service featuring soloist, congregation, bells and Oboe.

Christmas Day

10:15am The Feast of the Nativity is celebrated with special music, carols and Holy Communion.

St. Mark's has a weekly e-mail newsletter called "The Epistle" which contains information about events and activities as well as a reflection and theological reflection.  Use the box below to begin receiving The Epistle.

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