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Our Episcopal Identity

What does it mean that Saint Mark’s is an Episcopal Church?

We are a local congregation of  The Episcopal Church, a diverse family of Christians committed to Jesus Christ and a powerful Gospel message of faith, hope, and love.  We are a part of the Anglican Communion, an international fellowship of churches sharing a rich tradition of worship, common prayer, ministry, and service.

Around the world and in every culture, Anglicans gather in community to:

  • worship God with all our heart, mind, soul and body

  • read and interpret the Bible for our own time and place

  • celebrate and receive grace from the Sacraments, especially Baptism and Holy Eucharist

  • engage joyfully and purposefully in mission and ministry, locally and globally

Closer to home we are a part of the Diocese of Los Angeles, led by our bishops and linking congregations across  Southern California.  We also strive to build bridges as we work with friends in other churches and different faiths.

As an Episcopal Church, Saint Mark’s is committed to values and beliefs that help us:

  • live as stewards and cultivators of God’s gifts within and around us

  • enjoy meaningful relationships that unite us in our diversity

  • raise children and youth, strengthen families, and care for our elderly

  • practice spirituality for the ‘real world’

  • welcome all people with Christ-like hospitality

  • grow in love of God and service to all God’s children

Worship times

7:45 am
Our 7:45 a.m. worship is a said service of Holy Eucharist and is generally quieter, with a smaller congregation. Prayers for healing are offered at the altar rail immediately after communion for those who desire prayers for themselves or a loved one. Coffee hour follows in the church office.
9:00 am
At 9:00 a.m., we have a shorter service tailored to families with children. Our worship is very lively and interactive, with a modified Liturgy of the Word including prayers, readings, and a brief sermon; on the 3rd Sunday of the month, we have Holy Eucharist. Child and adult volunteers serve as ushers, as well as leading the reading and prayers. Music is an important part of the service with hymns accompanied by guitar, banjo, and autoharp. After the service, snacks are provided, and children often play on one of the playgrounds while parents supervise and visit with one another.
10:30 am
Our 10:30 a.m. worship is a joyous choral service of Holy Eucharist, with people of all ages participating. Music is led by Saint Mark’s Choir and organ; during summer months, when the choir is on vacation, we continue to sing hymns, with soloists and instrumentalists offering offertory and communion anthems. Our youth Choristers sing on the second Sunday of the month, and on the third Sunday each month we use music from the gospel tradition. Occasionally, our music is enhanced by our young adult musicians, various percussionists, and other instrumentalists. Prayers for healing are offered in the back of the church during communion for those who desire prayers for themselves or a loved one. A hearty coffee hour in the Community Hall after the service provides an opportunity for getting to know each other.


Healing Prayer Ministers

Aging, Health and Wellbeing

At the 10:30 a.m. service, trained lay ministers are available to offer prayers during communion with those who have special concerns or thanksgivings, or who are in need of healing in their lives or the lives of those they love. At the 7:45 a.m. service, the clergy offer prayers at the altar rail after communion.

The Rev. Betsy Hooper-Rosebrook

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1014 E. Altadena Dr
Altadena, CA 91001-2041
United States


Local episcopal partners

Organized groups

Adult faith formation
Young adult group
Neighborhood associations
Men's group
Lay pastoral care (e.g. Stephen Ministry, Community of Hope)
Journey to Adulthood (J2A)
Girl Scouts
Eucharistic Ministers/Visitors
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Daughters of the King
College student group
Boy Scouts
Bible study
Youth group

Other community groups

Altadena Church's Together Serving
Frend's In Deed
Door of Hope
Bad Weather Shelter