The Week ahead…
|Fri 19th||10:00||Service for Good Friday, (URC in Lymington)|
|14:00||Stations of the Cross Reflective Service|
|Sun 21st||06:15||Dawn Easter Fire Holy Communion (Said, BCP)|
|09:30||Family Communion with Children’s Church|
|Wed 24th||10:15||Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)|
|Thu 25th||13:30||Care Home Communions|
|18:00||St Mark’s APCM, St Mark’s Church|
|Sun 28th||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
|09:30||Family Communion with Children’s Church|
|15:00||Confirmation Service with the Bishop of Basingstoke|
Please Pray for…
In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G, Wendy, Alex, Paul, Evelyn
Years Mind: Rob Sprack, Walter Rusbridge
Recently departed: Lindsey Drake
Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:
|22||International Mother Earth Day|
|23||St George, patron saint of England|
|24||World Malaria Day|
|25||St Mark, patron saint of prisoners|
|26||International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance|
|28||World Day for Safety and Health at work|
New ways to give to St Mark’s?
How many of us carry cash? Not as many today as has been the case in previous years – where card and mobile contactless payments can be so convenient. St Mark’s is happy to announce that we can now accept payments for Traidcraft and donations to the work we do via debit and credit card, as well as mobile contactless methods. If you want to find our more, speak to our treasurer Teresa for further details!
Easter Services at St Mark’s
As we enter the Easter weekend, St Mark’s will be hosting a number of special services and supporting churches across Lymington and Pennington too. Please join us on Friday 19th at 10am where we are all welcome to join Rachel at the URC in Lymington, for their Good Friday service. At 2pm on Friday, St Mark’s will be hosting a service for the Stations of the Cross – and then celebrating Christ’s resurrection with our Easter Fire service on Easter Sunday from 6:15am (with breakfast for the early risers who join us!) and our Family Communion service for Easter Day at 9:30am.
Help our Hall!
Our new windows are bare, and we need your help to raise the money for blinds. St Mark’s Community Hall is a friendly, welcoming, calm environment, for use by the community. Help us to make this space even better, with blinds at the windows: you can donate through our Just Giving campaign at:
…or alternatively, please speak to Teresa Nivison for further details. If you want to book the hall for your event, check out:
The Bishop of Basingstoke will be leading a confirmation service at St Mark’s Church, Pennington on Sunday 28th April at 3pm. Please come along to support our candidates Bev and Alex as they are confirmed, and Lauren as she is baptised together with candidates from Lymington and Milford. This is a joyous milestone in their journey of faith, we look forward to gathering together and celebrating with friends and family. This is also our patronal festival, and you are warmly invited to stay on for afternoon tea after the service.
Sing Sway Concert
Sing Sway will be performing “Handels Messiah, Parts 2 and 3” on Saturday May 11th from 7:30pm at St Luke’s in sway.
Tickets are available from St Luke’s church office (mornings) or Sway Deli (Tuesday to Sunday) at £10 per person – to include refreshments under the ticket price.
Thanksgiving Service for Derrick Dashwood
We will be having a Thanksgiving service in church for Derrick Dashwood at 2:30pm on Thursday 9th May, followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome to come and join us at this service as we celebrate his life and all he meant to us at St Mark’s.
Basics Bank thanks everyone for all their donated goods but at present as they have a sufficient supply of baked beans and soup they would be grateful to receive instead tins of vegetables, rice pudding and custard.
Are you after a kneeler?
We’re spring cleaning and if you would like one of our old kneelers to have at home, you are very welcome to have any of those we are removing from church. We will be keeping them around until Easter, but any that are left after that will be removed.
There will be no Meditation group meeting this month but we will continue as normal in May.
2019 APCM Meeting
This year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 6pm, at St. Mark’s Church, Pennington. Please join us for refreshments, followed by the meeting itself – and find out more about how 2018 affected us – and what’s in store for 2019!
We now have some spring/summer catalogues available on the stall at the back of church. You will see that Traidcraft have reduced the number of lines being stocked and, sadly, at the moment some of our favourites have been discontinued or are work in progress. However please have a look through the catalogues and see if there are any items you would like ordered. Every little helps!
St Nicholas Spring Concert
The St Nicholas Singers bring you a selection of “Music from Stage and Screen”. Saturday 27th April, St Johns Church, Boldre at 12:30pm. Tickets £12 including light refreshments, from Pilley Community Shop, Maxwell Hamilton or Rosie Adams on 01590 677068. All proceeds to local charities.
Nightstop closing it’s doors?
One of our supported charities, Nightstop, is sadly having to cease operations after council funding was withdrawn from their efforts. The Ringwood-based organisation has now announced its closure after more than 16 years’ operation – during which it has helped hundreds of vulnerable people, including extra support to turn their lives around. The donations that St Mark’s have collected for Nightstop will be donated instead to “The Crossings” – a charity expanding from Hythe and into the forest. The Crossings offer a drop-in centre, supporting the homeless with food and warmth, somewhere to use the internet and offering services such as hairdressing, chiropracter and chiropody. With a new centre opening in New Milton, we’re proud to be able to help this group continue to support the hidden homeless in our rural communities. More information can be found on their website: http://www.thecrossings.org.uk