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.

Alex Russell’s final service with St Marks

The 11am service on Sunday 28 August was the last service taken by Rev’d Alex Russell at St Mark’s Pennington before she left to take up a new post at Worplesdon in the Guildford Diocese. The service was a Celtic Eucharist and all the hymns had been chosen by Alex: all barring a comedic version of 'Immortal, Invisible', which asked the question why would Alex want to leave us at St Marks? - as a service it was therefore amusing, serious, stirring and overall emotional. The church was packed with parishioners coming to say a fond farewell to Alex, thanking her for all of her hard work ove...

‘Holidays at Home’ 2016

Highcliffe Castle
On the 3rd August 2016, we welcomed friends from Pennington along to our inaugural 'Holidays at Home' event.  Meeting at the church for 2pm, We left by minibus to Highcliffe Castle - where we enjoyed tea, cakes, sunshine and good conversation! On the 4th, we welcomed our friends to the 'Forest Princess' - where we'd made our Church Centre over to contain all the best that a cruise ship could offer.  With guest speakers, good food and activities ranging from games to arts and crafts, we rounded off our inaugural 'Holiday at Home' event in style!

St Marks Church Fete 2016

Children enjoying the dancing
The Summer Fete came around on the 2nd July and there are a variety of stalls and games to join in: many sharpened up those skills for ‘splat the rat’, ‘tin can alley’, ‘hook the duck’, ‘hoopla’, ‘darts game’, ‘treasure hunt’, and the ‘human fruit machine’: all with entertainment from the New Forest Academy of Dance. And after all that exertion, a delicious cream tea can be bought from the WI!

St Marks Patronal Festival Weekend: Songs of Praise

The choir perform an anthem
To round off our Patronal Festival weekend, we closed the celebrations on Sunday with a Songs of Praise service.  Featuring music, poems and prose that were chosen by our congregation and hymns that our Director of Music, Dr Leigh Jerwood, was brave enough to allow to be chosen on the day! Our choir, too, rose to the challenge in their usual convincing way! Our thanks to all who contributed towards the weekend – as with anything we do, it's the people who make it happen!