Wednesday, February 19, 2014

St. Mark's First Official Winter

We just returned to St. Mark's Chapel to find a picture perfect Winter coat of snow, that was to nice not to add to our pictorial history of our new Chapel…so here's a quick snapshot.

Our plans are still scheduled to complete those details needed to get the basement banquet hall ready with new kitchen appliances and flooring for your events. They will be delivered and installed this week. Yay!
But looking at the picture above, I thought about all the wonderful events or weddings that could be held next Winter…..just think of the snow as a backdrop, some twinkling white lights, crisp white linens, silver accents, or go with the bright Holiday Reds and Greens….all just perfect for those planning something special next winter….

With that in mind, I thought I should post some details of the Rates for St. Mark's Chapel for those who have wondered if they could make this their Destination Location.

 Business Hours
         By appointment for you or Event Planner 7 days a week, except Holidays
         Rental Hours     7:30 am to 10 pm Sun - Thurs 
         Rental Hours     7:30 am to 12 am Friday & Saturday   

         Mon - Thurs 4 Hours or less $400 more than 4 hours $600
         Friday, Saturday, Sunday 4 hours or less $800
         4 hours or more $1500


The use of neighboring School building, Upstairs 2000+ sq foot Apt.
3 Bedrooms, One full bath with antique Claw Foot tub and separate powder room.
Large open space Living Room and Kitchen for your use. 

Friday to Saturday 1:00pm includes 3 bedroom Apt  sleeps 6 $3200
Saturday to Sunday 1:00pm with Apt $ 3200
Friday to Monday 10 am with Apt $4000

 St. Mark's is available and easily assessable for viewing by making an appointment with our local Manager Stephanie Gilbert, who also manages Prairie Chic and can be contacted there as well.
Feel free to contact us with questions and check in often as we will be posting more pictures soon.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Destination..... Kansas

Let me introduce the new Chapter of  St. Mark's Chapel and Event Center, located in Herington, Kansas.
This former United Methodist Church was established in this rural Kansas community in the late 1890's.
Like so many other rural areas around the country, this gorgeous building was facing the sad reality that its congregation was diminishing and aging fast. They would have to close their doors and sell off the Church, School and Parsonage.
Would another congregation find use in it? Would a developer see potential? Would neglect and lack of interest cause this staple of Faith and Family end up in ruins?
As avid Web cruisers or husband and I came across pictures of this elegant structure when it was listed for sale.
Something special called us, even through the computer screen.....we knew we had to make a trip to see for ourselves why this church was calling us all the way from Texas to Kansas......
We arrived and felt the special and unique opportunity this majestic building held within its brick structure.
As our hearts echoed and our eyes feed on the beauty of the antique stained  glass windows. We walked the building, the flickering alter lights were a beckon of happiness that called my husband even closer to inspect and relish in the possibilities this church still had to offer those who could find themselves sharing in its beauty.
As an Artist, I found myself drawn to the craftsmanship of the brilliant stained glass windows that adorned the entire building and the main Chapel, but my husband stood wide eyed as he focused on the larger Rose window over the Pipe Organ.

We stood shoulder to shoulder and knew we had to keep this Church needed to be shared with others.... taking this adventure one step at a time.  Here were are...ready to share its Beauty for those planning to Marry, have family reunions, special reunions or other events that would find our Chapel to be ideal for their special occasion.
It's now St. Mark's Chapel and Event Center of Herington, Kansas.
The people of Herington are excited to have it's glorious church kept alive with the prospects of new visitors sharing it's Blessings. Many locals are available to help out of town attendees, but those who schedule their own events are welcomed to rent the Church and Banquet Hall with their own Event Planner or Caterer.
Pictures will be added soon as we develop our web site, but we're on Pinterest posting the renovation taken so far.
Or visit our sister site
And ask Stephanie for more details.
The Chapel is available for those interested in scheduling upcoming events or feel free to contact us for more info on rates and availability.
Basement was the former Church banquet area and is large enough for small receptions with a full kitchen for your caterers.
School building is being remodeled to accommodate several bedrooms and open living space for those out of town guests who prefer to share one large space during their event.
So those of you who always wanted to have a special ceremony in a Historical Chapel without the fear that your membership is needed ....this is where St. Mark's makes those moments possible, have your "Destination" Wedding with us.
We provide the location, you provide the guests.