The Week ahead…
|23rd||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
|15:00||Christingles, being made at the vicarage: all welcome!|
|25th||Tue||09:30||Family Communion for Christmas Day|
|30th||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP)|
|Please note, there is no 9:30am service today|
Please Pray for…
In need of prayer: Bryan, Mary and Ted, Kit, Andrea, Michael, Peggy, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Rita
Recently Deceased: Bill, Derrick
Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:
|27||Lyndhurst Deanery, the Deanery Synod|
|28||New Forest South Street Pastors|
|29||Peter, our Area Dean|
|30||Our local dentists and GP surgeries|
Christmas at St Mark’s
We hope you’re as excited about Christmas as we are – and with the season fast approaching, you may want to make a note of special services and events to celebrate the season.
Monday 24th December
- 5pm – Crib and Christingle Service
- 11:30pm – Midnight Communion
Tuesday 25th December
- 9:30am – Christmas Family Communion
Please note, that although the 8am service will take place as normal, there will be no 9:30am service on Sunday 30th December.
Children’s Society Collection
St Mark’s Church has forwarded to the Children’s Society, a cheque for the sum of £273.04, being the box collections for the year to October 2018, when all the boxes were brought to the Service for the Children’s Society. Maureen would like to thank everyone for their contributions and continuing support for this very worthwhile charity: also to thank all for bringing their boxes in time for the Service, and a special thanks to Shirley and Sue for giving up an afternoon to count and check all of the £273.04, mostly in coins.
At the back of church is a collective Christmas card for members of St Mark’s to sign. All donations in support of Water Aid.
Calling Christingle Constructors
The humble Christingle; an orange with cloves, red ribbon, sweets and a candle – which symbolises the world, Christ’s blood, God’s creation and Jesus himself. Christingle means ‘Christ Light’ – and will help the children at our Crib service on the 24th December to celebrate Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World”.
However, we need to make them! Rachel Noël will be glad to accept any and all volunteers to the task at the vicarage – from 3pm on Sunday 23rd December.
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
Can you spare some time occasionally or regularly to help out with keeping our church clean. Please have a chat with Eve or Teresa.
A Good Advent
The Christian publisher, SPCK, have produced some little ‘A Good Advent‘ leaflets, by Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally. We’ve ordered 40 or so, and there may still be some available at the back of church to any who want one.
There’s also an inspiring app to go along with this publication, ideal for anyone wishing to celebrate the Advent season. This can be downloaded from the Apple or Android app stores: just search for ‘A Good Advent’.
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?
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.