Notices for the fifth Sunday of Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
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
Wed 10th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)
11:30 Holy Communion
Sun 14th 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Family Communion for Palm Sunday

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, Evelyn

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

8 Lodge Road
9 Our Strictly come Crafting group
10 Wednesday coffee morning group
11 Lower Pennington Lane
12 Good neighbourhood visitors
13 Little Dene Copse
14 Oak Tree Mews

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!

St Mark’s Spring Fair

Our grateful thanks go to Diamonds for their generous donation of the lovely flowers distributed in church on Mothering Sunday. Many thanks also to all those who helped, made cakes, gave donations of gifts and money and to all those who came to our Spring Fair making it a such a great success. The amount raised for church funds was £703.10.

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!

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!

Making a donation through your online shopping?

We’ve just been paid by #easyfundraisng! A HUGE THANK YOU to all our amazing supporters!! Don’t forget to keep using easyfundraising whenever you shop online – there’s over 3,600 shops and sites and it’s FREE money for us – at no cost to yourself in the process!

If you haven’t signed up yet, visit: http://efraising.org/VtP2gveDQ5 and search for St Mark’s PCC.

A fan of Amazon?  Don’t forget, you can also give through https://smile.amazon.co.uk – search for the charity ‘The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Mark, Pennington’ to help us through your normal online shop!

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.

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.

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

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.

Meditation Group

There will be no Meditation group meeting this month but we will continue as normal in May.