The week ahead
|3rd||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
|09:30||Family Communion with Children’s Church|
|18:00||Evensong with Act of Healing|
|6th||Wed||10:15||Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)|
|11:30||Ash Wednesday Service|
|13:45||Pilgrim Course – Daytime session 5, St Mark’s Church|
|19:00||Ash Wednesday Service|
|19:30||Pilgrim Course – evening session 6, St Mark’s Church|
|7th||Thu||10:00||Churchyard working party|
|10th||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
|09:30||Iona Communion with Children’s Church|
Please Pray for…
In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G
At their years mind: Frank Barron, Milly Barron, Richard Press, Wendy Simpson, Cheryl Burbidge
Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:
|5||Those with Heart problems|
|7||Churchyard Working Group|
|8||International Women’s Day|
|9||Those who work with young people|
|10||Belmore Lodge Care Home|
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!
In January we started 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 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 session to occur on the 6th March.
Ash Wednesday is on March 6th this year, where we start Lent together with a sung Eucharist service. As part of this, we ask that anyone who may have a palm cross from Palm Sunday last year bring this back to church, to go towards the ashes for this service!
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.
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!
What goes on at Communion?
Come along on Sunday 17th March, at our 9:30am communion service to find out more. Instead of a sermon on this Sunday, we’ll be talking through the elements of the service, as we go along, to help us understand more about what’s actually taking place. If you’ve got any questions, you’d particularly like us to cover in this service, please let Rachel or Anne know. This will be a full communion service, we’d love to see you there.
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.
We also need: Cakes, Bric-a-Brac, prizes for Tombola, Hamper, 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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with your details.
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 convinient.
St Mark’s are 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!
Moving on from bronze!
If Gordon’s words from Sunday 10th morning service resonate with you (the sermon is available to watch on our Facebook page and through our website), 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.
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 £14 per person – find out more via Yvonne Olsen, ‘WTTB@StLukesChurchSway.org.uk’.