Notices for Mothering Sunday: the fourth Sunday of Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 31st 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
  09:30 Mothering Sunday Service
  18:00 Evening Praise
Tue 2nd 11:30 Thanksgiving and funeral of Roland Stott
  19:00 EcoChurch Meeting, St Mark’s Room (church)
Wed 3rd 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)
  11:30 Holy Communion
Thu 4th 09:30 Pennington Infant School Easter Service
  10:00 Churchyard working party
  12:30 Friendship Lunch
Fri 5th 13:30 Pennington Junior School Easter Service
Sat 6th 10:00 Community Litter Pick
Sun 7th 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
  09:30 Family Communion with Children’s Church
  18:00 Evensong with Act of Healing

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G, Wendy, Alex, Paul

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

1 Lymington hospital
2 World Autism Awareness Day
3 Aid agencies
4 Friendship lunch cooks
5 Haglane Copse
6 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
7 World Health Day

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!

Roland’s Thanksgiving

Roland Stott, a familiar face to many at St Mark’s – especially as part of our Evensong services – will be celebrated in a service of thanksgiving on Tuesday April 2nd, at 11:30am.  All are welcome to this service, to celebrate and remember his life.

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:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/StMarksHallWindows

…or alternatively, please speak to Teresa Nivison for further details.

If you want to book the hall for your event, check out

https://www.stmarks-pennington.org.uk/the-st-marks-community-hall/

Join the Events Committee?

Our events committee work hard to bring new and exciting events to St Mark’s – to help community awareness of what we do, to raise funds for our church and to offer something new to residents of Pennington and Lymington. Would you like to join and help us to make a difference?  Please speak to Eve Jolly if you want to find our more!

 Moving on from bronze!

We’re inviting anyone that’s interested in taking our Bronze eco-award further to join the meeting on 2nd April, 7pm in the St Mark’s Room – to think more about EcoChurch, and how we can develop this in our church & community.

New Forest Spring Clean

Come and be part of this Great British Spring Clean, as we work around our community! Starting at St Mark’s church and running from 10:00am to 12 noon on Saturday 6th April. Refreshments and equipment will be provided: hope to see you there!

Breathing in – Breathing out

On Saturday, 6th April at St Francis Church in Milford-on-sea, join in on a quiet study day, balancing a life of intentional contemplation with compassionate action. Led by Pastor David Cole, this promises to be a very helpful Lent exercise: we all need to take time to simply ‘be’ in the Divine presence, but we also need to connect with the world in which we live, to be the Good News to those we know and meet.

On this day, within times of stillness and quiet, you will learn some practical application on breathing in (contemplation) and breathing out (compassionate action).

The workshop day will run from 10am to 4pm in the Maryland Room, St Francis’ Church and include times of teaching, time for questions, and times of guided and unguided practical application.

There will also be refreshment and lunch breaks, with a chance to walk to the sea – God’s mighty waters. There is no fee, but you are invited to contribute to costs if you wish: tea & coffee provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

Please register your intention to attend by email to Anthony at a.kirke@talktalk.net, or phone 01590 645521.

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