Refuge is a dynamic and Christ-Centered worship community at St. Mark’s UMC. Each Sunday we gather for worship in a casual atmosphere with a deep spiritual focus. We celebrate God’s grace and love and seek to change our lives and the world around us.
- Refuge is a different community. The focus at Refuge is on our faith journey and God’s call on our lives and the world. You won’t hear about “five keys to success” but what you will experience is God’s Spirit.
- Refuge is a Christ-centered community. Every week at Refuge we celebrate the Eucharist (commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper). As Jesus asked his followers 2,000 years ago to remember Him, we seek still to remember Jesus and keep Him at the center of our lives.
- Refuge is a Scriptural community. Every worship service centers on the reading and teaching of Scripture. Our worship series emphasize deep looks at how Scripture can help guide our lives and challenge us to live the lives God has placed within us.
- Refuge is a Thinking community. Part of our Methodist heritage is the belief that we are called to use our reason in matters of faith. We are not a dogmatic community, rather we believe in the faithful living out of the love at the center of God.
What to Expect at a Refuge Service
Engaging Music – One of the first questions people often ask of a worship community is “What type of music do you play?” If you tried to classify Refuge it might be Indie-Contemporary in that we play some well-known Christian Contemporary songs as well as some lesser known music. We also, however, have great variety in our music – we play everything from old hymns to adapted secular music to worship. In short, you might not be able to guess what songs you will hear, but they will be dynamic and engaging.
Relevant Teaching – A major focus of Refuge is presenting God’s word in a relevant way. We believe that God’s message of love, mercy, justice and compassion is sorely needed in the world today. We want to stand up for people and for the things of God.
Active Community – Refuge is part of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, a community that is engaged doing the work of Christ all over Baytown and beyond. Several times a year we gather as a community to do good and work with those who need God’s mercy. We are engaged in schools, food ministries and much more. If you want to make a difference, St. Mark’s is a great place to do that.