A Service of Thanksgiving for our Hospital and Health Care

On a warm autumn afternoon in October, Christians and members of local Christian churches including St Marks Church, Pennington and St Thomas and All Saints, Lymington met at Lymington New Forest Hospital for a special service of thanksgiving for our hospital and health care. The service was led by the hospital chaplain Linda Lee, musical support by the excellent St Thomas' worship band - with our very own Rachel Noel preaching the sermon! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES07J9xkRL8
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Giving: a sermon from 7th October 2018

What does the story of Jesus feeding the five-thousand have to do with the 1908 Parish Magazine, a pamphlet from the late 1950's and the disliked strawberry or coffee cream flavoured chocolate? Do you give from what you have ...or from what you have left? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27oz1IViXc
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Feeding the Church

“many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat”. That snippet from Mark chapter 6 sounds like a typical day at the office where I work. Indeed, it's an image my wife complains of through her job too - and it's depressing how many lunches I spend at my desk with a sandwich as I type, or hastily grabbed so I can get back to that work space again. Looking around at St Mark's, I think it can often seem that way here as well; my earlier notions that the Church of England was an easy job far from the truth. With clergy and members of the church preparing for school assemblie...
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The money-worry excuse against giving

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I love a good coffee. Indeed, bad as it is to admit, but I need a good coffee: a few years ago, I attempted to give up caffeine for Lent and failed within the first week. At work, tea and coffee is laid on for us by the company - but although it'll do in a pinch, instant coffee just isn't the same. Of course, everyone has a preference: out of the three popular high street brands, I'd rate Nero at the bottom (I find their coffee a little bitter), Starbucks in second and Costa up top (even though it can be a bit mellow). However, there are some good independent coffee shops in Southampton, wh...
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