An update for St Mark’s Patronal Festival Weekend

Covid 19

Following the Government’s decision to lift coronavirus restrictions amid decreasing infection rates, we no longer require those entering the building to attend services to wear a face covering in our services.

However, we still strongly encourage our congregation to wear face coverings whilst in the building (unless exempt) to drive down transmission of coronavirus and to keep each other as safe as possible.

As the daily statistics have disappeared from our news, please let us continue to stay safe and take care of our vulnerable neighbours as they navigate this season.

The following activities are taking place each week. All are welcome to join us:

Sundays

  • 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)

Mondays

  • 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

Tuesdays

  • 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

Wednesdays

  • 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

Thursdays

  • 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

Fridays

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

Saturdays

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

St Mark’s Draw Club

The first draw of the new year takes place on 27th April. If you haven’t yet joined please download a form from the website (click here) or forms can be found at the back of church. All profits from the draw support the work of the church.

Invitation to 29th April 10am service

In recent years, some in the wider church have seen Rachel as an anomaly as a priest, due to her diagnoses, and have questioned the validity of her ordination. As part of a journey of reconciliation and restoration, Bishop Debbie will be leading a special service at St Mark’s Church, Pennington on Friday 29th April at 10am. This will include an affirmation of ordination for Rachel, where she will restate her ordination promises. This will also coincide with Rachel returning to work after several months off work due to covid, and so this service will also include a blessing of the ministry team here in Pennington.

You are warmly invited to join us for this special service Friday 29th April, 10am, St Mark’s Church, Pennington.

Tea?

Following the service on 29th April 2022, we would like to be able to offer tea, coffee and cake. If you are able to assist with serving on the day and providing the Cake part, please let Jane know on 01590 462060 or via email vicar_pa@penningtonchurch.uk.

The forecast is looking good so we hope to be able to mingle outside the church after the service. Please pray for good weather!

Monday study group

After a break for the Easter Bank Holiday, we resume our Lectio Davina Study on the Psalms on 25th April. When we reconvene we will be looking at Psalm 30.

The 2nd May is also a Bank Holiday so we will take a break then too.On 9th May we will be looking at Psalm 148.

All are welcome to join us on the Zoom link and we are keeping our study between 10.30am and 11.30am as this is most suitable with the current group and keeps us on track.

Lymington Open Gardens 2022

Something for your calendar for later in the year: Sunday 29 May 2 pm – 6 pm

Lymington Open Gardens is a popular event in the Lymington social calendar. It returns this year on Sunday 29 May from 2-6pm, and features fifteen gardens, including four new ones.  The event is organised by the Friends of St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery,  with all profits helping the museum care for and display its unique collection, mount exciting art exhibitions and further the museum’s extensive outreach programme – putting the community at the heart of everything we do.

The gardens vary in size from small, urban, courtyards to more expansive lawned gardens, featuring long established gardens as well as those newly planted.  On the High Street there is one of Lymington’s original town gardens while, nearby, another offers an oasis of calm.  Some gardens have been specifically designed, one as a sensory garden, another featuring gravel to counter a high water table. Other gardens feature raised beds and themed fairy gardens for the grandchildren, vegetable plots, experiments in advanced composting techniques, chickens, as well as ponds, pergolas and patios in varying styles.  In one garden you can see what may be the oldest plane tree in England, whilst another features a magnificent Scarlet Oak. Whether you are a plants-person or are interested in garden design and layout, or you just enjoy the beauty of the garden, you are bound to find a garden to suit your tastes. And the garden owners will be on hand to answer your questions.

Admission to the gardens is by programme, costing £7.50 per adult. These will be available throughout May from the St Barbe Museum shop in New Street and from 2.00pm on 29 May at any one of the participating gardens. The programme includes a map to help you plan your afternoon.  Teas with home-made cakes will be available at the United Reformed Church on the High Street and the Old School Cafe at the museum will also be open for teas, coffees, light lunches and cake.  There will be several plants stalls, including outside the museum. While many gardens are within walking distance of each other, a bicycle might enable you to visit all fifteen. Parking details are also given on the programme. Nearly all gardens are accessible by wheelchair, at least in part.

website: https://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/whats-on/events/community-events/

Strictly come crafting

…continues on Tuesday 26th April from 1.30 – 4pm in the Community Hall. Come along to meet friends, chat and make cards, knit, crochet, sew, or repair. With refreshments.

Queens Platinum Jubilee

Pennington and Lymington come together for an open air Jubilee thanksgiving service for at 11am on the 5th June.

Download the flyer and share this event wide!

Coffee meetings

Join our online coffee available on Wednesday morning from 10:15am – we are a small group taking an opportunity for us to be together in fellowship and conversation outside of the service times. All are welcome to join the meeting on Zoom and the link is below.

We are so aware of our need to connect with each other as the world opens up again and we would love to hear from you with your thoughts and suggestions for establishing this connection again. Please let us know if you have any thoughts to assist us in this.

Get involved; would you like to contribute with readings or intercessions?

Key parts of a church services are in sharing the wisdom within our Bibles and through prayer, giving thanks and sharing our fears and concerns with our loving God.

If you would like to contribute to the work we do in the form of the readings or leading in prayer, do please get in touch – we’d love to include you in our services. You don’t have to be able to be in the building for reading either; we can include you pre-recorded too!

Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Daily 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.

Coming together, we offer daily prayer for the situation in Ukraine.

Please do join them either by computer or phone:

  • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
  • Meeting ID: 895 2990 2640 Passcode: 2020
  • Dial in from a landline phone: 0131 460 1196

St Mark’s Flower Decoration

If you would like to give flowers to commemorate an anniversary or other special day, or remember a relative or friend, please enter your name on the poster at the back of church against the date you would like your flowers to decorate the church and/or contact:- Lin Haley on 01590 677904

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.

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/PenningtonChurch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StMarksChurchPennington

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