Notices for Candlemas

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
3rd Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Family Communion with Children’s Church
18:00 Evensong with Act of Healing
6th Wed 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)
11:30 Holy Communion
13:45 Pilgrim Course – St Mark’s Church
19:30 Pilgrim Course – The Vicarage
7th Thu 10:00 Churchyard Working Party
12:30 Friendship Lunch
10th Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Celtic Communion with children’s church & guest speaker

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin
At their years mind: Martin Jones, Pamela Thomas, Richard Smith, Alf Sparks, Richard Denham
Recently Deceased: Roland Stott

Neighbourhood Prayers

Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:

4 World Cancer Day
5 Ravenscourt Road
6 Wednesday coffee morning group
7 Friendship Lunch
8 Bowling Green
9 Those who fear the winter months
10 Leaders of our nation

Upcoming Confirmation service from Bishop David

St Mark’s are looking forward to welcoming the Rt Revd David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke, who will be leading a confirmation service on Sunday 28th April at 3pm. Interested in finding out more about baptism or confirmation? Do please speak with any of our worship leaders, and feel welcome to come along to either of our daytime or evening Pilgrim courses!

Pilgrim Course

In January we are starting the Pilgrim Course. All are welcome to join us as we explore together the Christian faith, whether you are completely new to this or have been part of church for a long time. We are running the course at two different times of day – one in the afternoons, to be finished in time for school pick up, and one in the evenings. Join us whenever is most convenient for you.

Daytime sessions will be led by our associate priest, Anne Elliott (07533 552540) and held in the St Mark’s room within church, from 1:45pm to 2:45pm continuing on the 6th February, 13th February, 27th February, 6th March and 13th March.

Evening sessions will led by our priest in charge, Rachel Noël (01590 462022) and held in the vicarage (29 Ramley Road) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – continuing on the 6th February and 27th February.

It starts at the very beginning

  • Pilgrim assumes very little understanding or knowledge of the Christian faith.

It focuses on Jesus Christ

  • Pilgrim aims to equip people to follow Jesus Christ as disciples in the whole of their lives.

It flows from the Scriptures

  • The primary focus of each session is a group of people engaging with the Bible together.

It draws deeply from the Christian tradition

  • In the Early Church, the Christian faith was taught by the transmission of key texts which summed up the heart of the Christian message. Pilgrim restores this approach for the twenty-first century.

It honours the Anglican way and its many streams

  • Pilgrim has been developed as a specifically Anglican resource which aims to cater for every tradition in the Church of England.

Morning Praise has moved!

At our recent PCC we’ve agreed to change the rhythm from January, so that morning praise is on a different Sunday in the month to evensong. From January, Morning Praise moves to the fourth Sunday of the month.

Roland Stott’s Funeral

The funeral service is to take place at Test Valley Crematorium, Romsey on Monday 4th February at 11:30am.   A Service of Thanksgiving  will be held at St. Mark’s Church, Pennington with the ashes interment taking place in the Churchyard, later in the year – possibly in the Spring.

Open The Book

the expert’s advice on how to do it! The Art of Storytelling with Bob Hartman, at Bursledon on Saturday 9th March; see poster in church porch for more details.

Moving on from bronze!

Come along and hear more from Gordon Randall, our Diocesan Stewardship Advisor, on how together we can achieve our Silver EcoChurch award. Having attained the Bronze level, changes in our lifestyles at home and in our community will take us to Silver, as we care for God’s creation and our environment around us. Come and be inspired! 9:30am service, Sunday 10th February. Save the date!

Smile – you’re on CCTV!

St Mark’s now has CCTV installed, over key areas of the church grounds, as a deterrent to the sadly increasing levels of vandalism we’ve received.

Thank you!

St Mark's, presented with a donation towards the Community Hall

St Mark’s, presented with a donation towards the Community Hall

We asked for volunteers to come to St Mark’s recently and welcome a generous donation towards disabled facilities at our Community Hall. We’re very grateful to Lymington and Pennington Town Council for their support of £10,000!