An update for First Sunday after Trinity

Continuing service pattern in June

As pandemic restrictions are relaxing in the UK, here at St Mark’s we’re likewise welcoming you back into our building for worship. We’re still working out what works best for an in-building service, taking into account the restrictions that are still in play; and we’re also looking into what times for services works best too, for those coming to St Mark’s.

Continuing into June, we will be hosting on every Sunday an 8am BCP Communion service. Taking on board feedback about difficulties for some of our congregation in arriving for a service at 9am, we have been trialling the 9am service being moved to 10am instead – with this alternating between an informal Morning Praise service or a Contemporary Communion service.

As we look forward to the possibilities and potentials of services within St Mark’s once more, we welcome your feedback and comments as to how these changes may work for you. Please do feel free to get in touch via ‘‘ to share your thoughts.

Regular activities

During current restrictions, the following activities are taking place each week. All are welcome to join us:


  • 8am – BCM Communion Service
  • 10am – Contemporary Service (Communion service on the first and third Sunday of the month, informal morning praise on the second and fourth Sunday of the month)
  • ~10:45am – Zoom Coffee on Pennington Church general zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with Sarah and Jane – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 10:30am-12 – Zoom Study group on Pennington Church general zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with Sarah and Jane – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 11am-12 – TakeTime Meditation Group on Zoom – Parish Prayer zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with Sarah and Jane – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 10:15-11am – Zoom Coffee on Pennington Church general zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with Sarah and Jane – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 1-2:30pm – Fareshare Larder – St Mark’s Community Hall Car Park


  • 9-9:20am – Morning Prayer on Zoom with Sarah and Jane – Parish Prayer zoom link


  • 9-10 Parish prayers on zoom, followed by coffee – Parish Prayer zoom link

Online Connection Information

Zoom Details

  • Pennington Church General Zoom link:
  • From a landline phone: 0203 481 5240 Meeting ID: 971 631 0618 Passcode: 1839
  • Parish Prayer Zoom Link:
  • From a landline phone: 0203 481 5240 Meeting ID: 895 2990 2640 Passcode: 2020


Flowers in church

You’ve probably noticed that in the last few weeks, we’ve brought flowers back into church. If you would like to be part of the team that arranges flowers – all are welcome to be part of this group, whether you’ve been involved before or not. Please get in touch directly with Christine Kellow Webb – 01590-670413

Generous June

Across the Diocese of Winchester, the month of June is designated Generous June. There is a daily podcast that we’ll be sharing on our facebook page and linked through our website each day, where we’ll join with others across the diocese delving into Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, and reflecting on biblical truths of giving and generosity. (You may recognise the voice for 3rd June!) There are paper copies of this monthly reflection booklet too, if online doesn’t’ work for you, please let us know if you’d like one, or pick one up from the back of church.

Seekers Group: Christian faith and Confirmation

Rob and Mair Ellis are organising to host a small group over 6 weeks on a Sunday morning after church. The plan is to start this Sunday, 6th June with a session from 11:15am until 12:15pm in their garden in Pennington (only 10 minutes walk from the church across the common).

The first session will be getting to know a bit about each other and discovering if it is for you; coffee, tea and croissants or cake will be provided!

Following this, the course will then start on Sunday the 27th June and continue for the following 4 Sundays in July. Come and join us directly is you can – but if you are unable to join in person we can link you in via Zoom.

We hope this could work for you and would welcome any queries: please feel free to get in touch – pop an email through to for more information.

Rotas! Can you help?

It’s really important to us, that when you arrive at St Mark’s Church, that you are made to feel welcome. We have a great team of people that greet people as they arrive, and in this covid season, ensure that we have also captured test and trace info too. We also have a fabulous team of people that take part in services, by sharing in the readings. We’d love to find someone that would be willing to coordinate these teams, working out who will be doing the greeting and the readings each week, and helping people to know what to do. Could this be you? Please have a chat with Teresa or Rachel if you could support the work of our church community in this way?

Developing our online-focused service

We want to continue our online church, as a fresh expression of church. We’d really like your help with this. In particular, we’d like to draw together a team who are passionate about our online church, and who want to continue worshipping together online. Would you like to join us as we explore these ideas forward?

If you’d like to be involved in this in any way, please do email us at and let us know how you’d like to be involved!

Donate to St Mark’s with Amazon shopping?

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Mark, Pennington as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. Amazon will donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:

  1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
  2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programmes & Features
  3. Select The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Mark, Pennington as your charity
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Save the date: churchyard tidy

From 10am on Saturday 19th June, please bring garden tools with you, if you have them, to help us to clear up and care for our churchyard. We will be filling in holes / levelling over bumps in old graves, strimming and clearing some of the overgrowth from old graves near the war memorial. All are welcome, bring your friends and neighbours too, to help us care for this shared, peaceful space.

The Joy of Prayer

Four stand-alone Zoom workshops for anyone who’d like to broaden their experience of prayer, coming up from Winchester Diocese

Tuesday 15th June 8-9pm Prayer Walking
A chance to think about the places and spaces we inhabit, and to intercede creatively for those we live amongst.

Tuesday 13th July 8-9pm Dare to Share
Come and listen, and be listened to (in small groups), as we reflect on our relationship with God and our experience of prayer.

Led – on Zoom – by the Revd Sally Dakin, Spirituality Adviser

Rule of Life Mini Retreats

  • Monday 7th June 2021 2-4:30pm
  • Wednesday 16th June 2021 10am-12.30pm

How might a Rule (or Rhythm of Life hep us to grow and be more fruitful in our relationships with God, with each other, and with the communities we’re part of?

Retreat format:

  • Introduction and Prayer (online)
  • Time Alone (offline)
  • Plenary and Prayer (online)

The sessions will be held on Zoom, led by the Spirituality Adviser, Sally Dakin.

Book here.

COVID Morning Prayer

With St Thomas in Lymington, we continue to ‘pray for our nation, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer’ this week at 9am on Zoom. Led by Jane Nicholson from St Mark’s and Sarah Salisbury from St Thomas, this now runs Monday through Friday. Please do join them either by computer or phone:

  • Meeting ID: 895 2990 2640 Passcode: 2020
  • Dial in from a landline phone: 0131 460 1196

Rachel’s art for sale!

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If you’d like to purchase art that our priest Rachel has created and showed in our our worship recently, please check out our new Red Bubble shop. Profits from sales of these items all go to support the ministry of Pennington Church.

YouTube and Facebook

All our services can be found on our YouTube channel here. We also stream our services on our Facebook page too, here.

Lords Prayer

We invite you to video yourself on your phone or computer reading the Lords’ Prayer. Please then email your recording to

We’re now showing the Lord’s Prayer in our services with each line read by a different person and we’d love to include as many of our congregation in this as we can. Please be brave, and join in the fun. (Trust me, it was strange for me to get used to leading the service in front of a camera or a phone too.) Others in the congregation will be so delighted to see you taking part, as we are each encouraged by seeing those that we know and love.

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