St. Mark's Anglican Church
Halifax NS

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Who we are

At St. Mark's, community involvement is one of our defining characteristics. Another being our welcoming outlook toward newcomers. We like to do things together, and although we don't have the many groups that were active in the mid-1950's, parishioners enjoy each other's company in worship and social activities.

Raising funds to promote the work of the church has always been necessary and the early church had some ingenious ways of doing this: pew rentals and "Cent-A-Meal" were two of these. Today, we rely on contributions from our members and the Pancake Suppers, Bake Sales, Beans to Go and musical endeavours like the Jubilate Choir in December. These activities aid in sustaining the mission and ministry of St. Mark's in the North End.

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Church Address

St. Mark's Anglican Church
5522 Russell St
Halifax, NS B3K 1X2
Canada
Phone: 902-454-0207
Fax: 902-404-3212
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Church Pastor

Rev. Vivien Hannon
Rev. Vivien Hannon
Priest-in-Charge
5522 Russell St
Halifax, NS B3K 1X2
Canada
Phone: 902-454-0207
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Matthew 17:20

...If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

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Rev. Vivien is Priest in Charge at St. Mark's. She came to St. Mark's in September 2012 while completing her studies towards a Master of Divinity degree from Atlantic School of Theology, and was ordained as Priest in December 2013. She served as Priest Assistant at St. Mark's before becoming Priest in Charge after the retirement of the former Rector.

She has worked as geologist, and later as academic computing services specialist in a university environment. Previously educated in her home province of Quebec and at Queen's University, she moved to Nova Scotia in the 1970s, and lived for several years in Halifax's North End, just a few blocks from St. Mark's. She feels very happy and blessed to be among the St. Mark's community.   Edit
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5522 Russell St
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Summer Services (July to August)

Summer worship schedule - 10:00 a.m. Sundays - Holy Eucharist (sung) - ALL WELCOME

Our regular worship schedule will resume on September 10, 2017 -- See details below

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Regular Services (Early September to June)

The Sunday Services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am are the main gatherings of St. Mark’s for Prayer, Praise, Communion and Fellowship.

Handicapped accessible from the sidewalk entrance on Russell St., and from the Russell St. parking lot behind the church .

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8:30 a.m. Said Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist

Wednesday Service:

10:00 a.m. Said Eucharist.
During Advent and Lent, Bible Study following service.

Service at Northwood Manor the 2nd Friday of each month at 10:20 a.m.

Service at The Berkeley on Gladstone Street the second Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m.

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St. Mark's has supported many refugees from 1993 to 2014.

Our food bank operates out of St. Mark's community hall, on Tuesday of each week.

We provide food and service at St. George's soup kitchen several times each year.

Each Christmas we provide boxes with turkey, vegetables and canned goods, enough to last about two weeks, to over 110 families.   Edit

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History of St. Mark's Anglican Church Halifax NS

While the parish of St.Mark's has been a presence in Halifax since 1866, the present church building dates from 1921, the original structure being destroyed in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. With the new church in place, pew rentals were abolished. By 1942, the rector, Rev.W.W. Clarkson, set up a "Cent a Meal" program which saw the $12,000 mortgage paid off within 8 years, at which point the building could be consecrated which it was in 1950. Although it suffered major damage in the explosion of the Bedford Magazine in 1945, it was repaired within a year.

The church was the centre of life for its parishioners as can be seen by the organizations which were featured in the Consecration booklet put out for the 84th Anniversary. Early church activities included church parades by the military, accompanied by a goat, as well as garden parties, Sunday School picnics and "the most outstanding was the Tennis Club" which operated all year. In the early '50s, there were 19 groups active in St. Mark's, including two choirs, an adult Sunday School, a separate Bible Study group, a young people's association, many womens organizations and various children's groups.

Several of these groups are still active (see "groups") and while numbers in the 21st-century are not as large as in the early days, the spirit which made St. Mark's a vital force then is still alive in the present congregation as can be seen by their involvement in the community.

For a more complete history of St. Mark's, visit us and see the memorials and literature available to the public during office hours or by appointment (902-454-0207).

The Rose Window

Round windows go back about 2000 years to the Roman oculus or "eye" placed in the wall of a building for admitting light and air. A Rose or wheel window is characterized by concrete tracery separating the panes of stained glass. Round Gothic windows are beautiful both inside, where we can wonder at the color and the biblical stories which they depict, and outside where the stone work resembles an open flower, especially a rose.

St. Mark's rose window above the east (main) door was installed in the church from a bequest in the will of George Gabriel in 1983. The window colours are vivid - yellow, blue, green, red and white. The predominant theme of the yellow sheaves of wheat and the white grapes remind us of the bread and the wine of the Holy Communion, physical reminders of the body and blood of Christ. Unlike the old Gothic windows, St. Mark's rose window does not have the exterior stone support bars or "tracery." Instead its support bars are of beautifully carved wood. On a sunny Sunday morning, the vibrant colours of our Rose Window echo those of nature.   Edit


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The power of Christian prayer I want to know Thee
Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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