Crib Service, 2016

On a chilly Christmas Eve afternoon, St Marks welcomed more children than I can count for our annual crib service.  This was my first such service - I've never attended one, in my youth or adulthood: but what fun it was, albeit somewhat chaotic.  Merry Christmas, everyone; we'll be back again at 11:30pm for Midnight Mass - and back again at 9:30am Christmas Day!

Lymington Freemasons host lunch for St Marks Church Parishioners

On Thursday 15th December the Freemasons of Lymington provided a 3 course Christmas Lunch at their Hall in Lymington High Street for over 50 parishioners of St Marks Church Pennington. St Mark’s run a “Friendship Lunch” at the Church Hall in Pennington regularly on the first Thursday of the month for parishioners of Pennington to meet each other socially over lunch. Symon and Janet Wood, Managers of the Masonic Hall are from Pennington and proposed their services at the venue of the Masonic Hall for a greater number of people to enjoy the December Christmas Lunch than the limited number the Ch...

St Marks Christmas Fayre 2016

Christmas Fayre 2016 - Santas sack
At 10 am on the morning of Saturday 10th December, St Marks came together within the church centre to host our popular, annual Christmas Fayre.  With many a stall ranging from bric-a-brac to tombola, a raffle to plant sales, and kids games to cakes - we'd covered all bases I think!  Thanks must go to Erika and Joy - who ensured all were well fed and watered through the two-hour morning event: and thanks of course to Santa - who gave up his morning at his busiest time of the year to be with us too!

Remembrance Sunday Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington

On the 13th November, under clear blue skies, the residents of Pennington and Lymington came together at St Thomas Church for a service of remembrance. Lead by the reverend Peter Salisbury, a very moving service came to a close by the war memorial.  As many looked on, wreaths were laid to the memory of our honoured dead: those who dedicated their lives to the freedoms we enjoy today, through the many conflicts our nation has sadly been part of since the start of the twentieth century.

An update on the restoration tasks for the paintings at St Marks

Cleaning the paintwork before touching up is a painstaking process.
A few months ago, we started to ask for the help of local businesses and residents in donating towards the restoration of the paintings that fill the walls around the sanctuary and above the altar. Work has now begun and having taken a closer look at what needs to be done, we're especially glad that hopefully by Christmas we'll have a beautifully restored east wall, with work underway on the north and south to come!

Harvest Festival 2016

A work of art in bread! Not for eating, I'm not sure the varnish will do you good...
There are a few church services through the year that all know - be they Christian or not.  Christmas and Easter of course, but the service to celebrate the bounties of the Earth - Harvest Festival  - is a tradition across schools and churches up and down the land. 2016 for St Marks was no different - with a later service to allow our congregation to move straight on to a lunch at our church centre, we rounded off our harvest celebrations in good company and under crisp, blue skies.