The Week ahead…
|20th||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
|23rd||Wed||10:15||Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room (church)|
|19:30||Pilgrim Course – The Vicarage|
|27th||Sun||08:00||Holy Communion (Said, BCP) with refreshments following|
Please Pray for…
In need of prayer: Bryan, Mary and Ted, Kit, Andrea, Michael, Jill, Rachel G and family, Janet
Recently Deceased: Roland Stott
At their years mind: Frederick Sparks
Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:
|22||Those who work in commerce|
|23||Those who care for the elderly|
|24||International Day of Education|
|25||Those who care for children|
|27||International Day of Commemoration in Memory|
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!
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 on the 30th January, 6th February, 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 – with the second session on the 16th January and continuing on the 23rd January, 30th January, 6th February and 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.
Looking for volunteers
As you know, financially we have a gap between the generous giving each month and our expenditure. Shirley has recently resigned from her position as Church Cleaner. We have made the difficult decision that currently we are not in a position to be able to afford to pay someone to clean our church. We are therefore asking if you would be willing to be involved in helping us to keep our church clean, either regularly or occasionally. If you may be able to help in any way, please have a chat with Eve or Teresa (07541 842025). All help gratefully received.
Morning Praise is moving
At our recent PCC we’ve agreed to change the rhythm from January, so that morning praise is on a different Sunday in the month to evensong. From January, Morning Praise moves to the fourth Sunday of the month.
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.
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.
Welcoming a donation
The Mayor and some of the Lymington and Pennington town councillors are coming to St Mark’s Church at 2:30pm on Monday 21st January. They will be presenting us with a generous contribution towards upcoming work to improve disabled access to toilet facilities in our Community Hall.
Everyone is welcome to join us to receive this generous donation.