An update for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Service pattern in May

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.

Through May, 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 will be trialling the 9am service being moved to 10am instead – with the services on the 2nd, 16th and 30th May being a contemporary communion, and the 9th and 23rd being a more informal service of morning praise.

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



We need to share the sad news that Olive Richmond has died, aged 94. We will let you know details of her funeral in due course. Our thoughts and prayers are with her sons Jonathan, Alan and Andy.

The 2021 APCM

A reminder that we have some spaces for new members on the PCC: we have three vacancies this year. New PCC members will be welcomed as part of our APCM meeting, coming up on the 9th May – and if you feel a calling to help direct the course of St Mark’s in the years to come, do please speak with Rebecca Rickaby ( if you’d like to be put forward for a position.

St Mark’s 2021 birthday present?

Last year, with the help of generous donations, St Mark’s was able to start live streaming services with the help of a dedicated camera in the building. As pandemic lockdowns through 2020 meant limited numbers in church for important life event services such as funerals, the equipment generously paid for from your donations also meant those who couldn’t be in the building for a funeral could also be a part via a live stream.

This year, we hope to grow in terms of how we stream live – currently, the generous loan of laptops, cabling and mics is allowing us to stream as we do: but a dedicated computer and properly installed cabling in the body of our church will help us to improve how we stream events and services here.

If you would like to help us to improve how we stream live from St Mark’s and would like to make a donation, we would welcome any contribution you can offer.

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 18th May 8-9pm Colours and Doodles
In this session we’ll experiment twit the use of colour in reflection and prayer – and we’ll try Bible-doodling.

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

Interesting Intercessions

  • Friday 14th May 10-12:30pm

An online workshop for those who already lead ‘the prayers of the people’ or who’d like to learn to lead intercessions in church – relevant for both online and offline worship.

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

Rule of Life Mini Retreats

  • Tuesday 4th May 2021 2-4.30pm
  • Thursday 13th May 2021 7.30-9.30pm
  • Friday 28th May 2021 10am-12.30pm
  • 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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