Notices for the Second Sunday of Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 17th 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:30 Family Communion with illustrative Eucharist
18:00 Evensong
Tue 19th 15:30 Messy Church
Wed 20th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room
11:30 Holy Communion
Sun 24th 08:00 Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following
09:00 Looking Forward with St Mark’s

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G, Wendy
At their years mind: Brian Baker

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

18 Our care homes
19 Messy Church
20 International Day of Happiness
21 Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 World Water Day, Water Aid
23 Teresa, our Churchwarden and Treasurer
24 Maple Court

 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!

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.

Kneelers

Further to conversations this year and a PCC meeting, we will be keeping all the kneelers that are currently in the pews. We have a store of other kneelers that are no longer used. If you would like to have one or more of these to have at home, please speak to Teresa or Rachel. Any remaining ones on the 30th March will be offered for donation at the spring fair. (Please don’t take home any from the pews, as these are regularly used.)

Can you help towards the Spring Fair?

Please think of us when dividing or moving your plants at this time of year. We need plants to sell at our plant stall at the Spring Fair, on 30th March. If you can help with plants, please speak to Cynthia Chambers in church.

We also need: Cakes, Bric-a-Brac, prizes for Tombola and Draw, help on putting up and taking down stalls, help running stalls, help with serving refreshments, but mostly friends and family of the congregation to come and join in! If you can help, please speak to Eve or Maureen in church – or email ‘enquiries@penningtonchurch.uk’ with your details.

Old Testament …in a nut shell!

The Old Testament is massive, often hard to understand and difficult to navigate. However, it doesn’t have to be; relax and enjoy the journey as an experienced guide encourages you to see God’s Word through the ‘Big Picture’. A fun and memorable session is coming up at St Luke’s Church in Sway on Saturday 23rd from 9:15am to 4:30pm for £5 per person (bring your own sandwiches!) – find out more via Yvonne Olsen, ‘WTTB@StLukesChurchSway.org.uk’.

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 from 10:00am to 12 noon on Saturday 6 April. Refreshments and all equipment will be provided: we hope to see you there!

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.

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 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 relies on the goodwill of donations to do all we do – but did you know you can donate by doing nothing more than you already do with online shopping?
 
Don’t forget to keep using Easy Fundraising whenever you shop online – there’s over 3,600 shops and sites and it’s free money for us! If you haven’t signed up yet, visit: http://efraising.org/VtP2gveDQ5 and search for St Mark’s PCC.

responding to violence and knife crime – Street Pastors

Dear Father, We pray for the families of those who have been victims of violent crime – and especially for the parents. We acknowledge their deep pain and grief. We ask you to bring comfort to every person grieving their loss. Father we ask that You will stir up the hearts of Your people to care enough to take action. Stir up people in local government, in the voluntary sector, in the church to care, to pray and to take action. Father, as we pour out our hearts to You, we acknowledge that this issue is much too big for us. We do not know what to do. But our eyes are on You Father, for we believe that You are the One who is mighty to deliver, mighty to bring healing to our hearts, to our communities and to our cities. We pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen