Notices for the third Sunday before Lent

The Week ahead…

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

* Please note there is a misprint in the February edition of our parish magazine: there is no Messy Church on Tuesday 19th February.

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet, Tony, Caroline, Kevin,
At their years mind: Paul Dale, Thomas Adlem, Beryl Croutear, Ivy Hayward

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 Political leaders
19 Messy Church
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 Efford Way
22 Forward Drive
23 Pennington WI
24 Bays Road

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 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 next evening session is on the 27th February, with the final sesssion now to occur on the 6th March.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Happy Birthday Traidcraft!

Fairtrade Fortnight is starting on Saturday 2nd March from 10am until midday at St Thomas’ Church Hall – to celebrate Traidcraft’s 40th Birthday!

Join in to answer the question is “Cocoa Fair?” – with a focus on west African Cocoa producers.

With a Fairtrade Cake Competition* (open to all ages) that’s  judged by WI members, they’ve also their Vistas Café, a Fairtrade Tombola! And of course a Traidcraft Stall selling lots of ethically produced goods.

*Competition Entry forms are available from St Thomas’ Lymington Office ( or by telephoning 01590 674458