Notices for the First Sunday of Christmas

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
30th Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP)
Please note, there is no 9:30am service today
2nd Wed 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)
11:30 Holy Communion
3rd Thu 10:00 Churchyard Working Party
12:30 Friendship Lunch
6th Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Family Communion
18:00 Evensong with Act of Healing

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Bryan, Mary and Ted, Kit, Andrea, Michael, Peggy, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Rita
At their years mind: David Tybinkowski
Recently Deceased: Bill, Derrick

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

31 Our local pubs
1 Traidcraft
2 Pitmore Lane
3 Churchyard Working Group
4 Howards Mead
5 Chequers Close
6 Those who clean our church

Thank you

After 32 years, Shirley Saunders is finishing as our Community Hall Manager. We are making a collection to say a huge thank you to Shirley and John for their tremendous work looking after our hall for many years. There will be a donations box at the back of St Mark’s Church, or please pass your donation to Teresa, our Treasurer.

Follow the Star

We have some small illustrated booklets called ‘Follow the Star’ which give some daily thoughts on the meaning of Christmas running from Christmas Eve though the 12 days of Christmas to Epiphany on 6 January. Do take a booklet from the back of church and enjoy reading in the quieter moments following the festivities.

Looking for volunteers

As you know, financially we have a gap between the generous giving each month and our expenditure. Shirley has recently resigned from her position as Church Cleaner. We have made the difficult decision that currently we are not in a position to be able to afford to pay someone to clean our church.

We are therefore asking if you would be willing to be involved in helping us to keep our church clean, either regularly or occasionally.

If you may be able to help in any way, please have a chat with Eve or Teresa (07541 842025). All help gratefully received.

Going for Gold?

As you may be aware, St Mark’s were proud to recently be awarded a Bronze Eco Church award from the A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales, who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. We know that with the support of our congregation, we can do a lot better than bronze and in the new year will be looking to see how we can do just that. However, just as earning bronze wasn’t thanks to just one person, we know that to earn better it will take all of us working together.

Do you want to be a key part in our efforts?  We’ll be putting together an ecology working group in the new year – perhaps you may want to join us?