Notices for the fourth Sunday before Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
10th Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Celtic Communion with children’s church & guest speaker
13th Wed 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)
11:30 Holy Communion
13:45 Pilgrim Course – St Mark’s Church
17th Sun 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Family Communion with Children’s Church
18:00 Evensong

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, Jean
At their years mind: Rebekkah Marsh, Brenda Burley, Elizabeth Brunyee

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

11 International Day of Women in Science
12 Birch Court
13 The unemployed
14 Bishop David
15 Beavers
16 Lower Woodside
17 Solent Reach Mews

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 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 – our final evening session is on the 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.

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.

If Gordon’s words resonate with you, we’re inviting anyone that’s interested in taking this 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.

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.

Cleaning Team

Meeting every other week, our church cleaning team work around the building to shine what needs to gleam and dust the nooks and crannies free of cobwebs! Want to help make us proud of our shared space for worship? The next session is coming up on the 18th February from 2pm to 4pm – all volunteers welcome, where we hope to prove the old adage “many hands make for light work” true!

Looking Forward at St Mark’s

Join us on 24th March for a special event, where together we look forward with St Mark’s. Starting with breakfast at the slightly earlier time of 9am, we’ll be working together to tell the story of our church, celebrate our strengths and encourage each other in shaping the way forward for our parish and community. We’ll be welcoming Jo Desmond, who will help lead our conversations that day.

Welcome to all, please do come along to add your voice – even if this isn’t your usual morning service!