An update for the Second Sunday of Advent

Covid 19 Omicron Variant Update

In the light of the Omicron variant now present in the UK along with masks now being mandatory in shops and on public transport, we ask that all visitors should please wear a mask when attending services and events in the Church buildings. In line with Government guidance, please do consider taking a free NHS Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before your visit too.

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)
  • ~10:45am – Zoom Coffee on Pennington Church general zoom link

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

West Gallery & Straight Banana Christmas Concert

Sunday 12th December at 2pm, St Mark’s Church
West Gallery singers & band take you back to the 18th century with traditional village Christmas carols & readings delivered in authentic 18th century costume. Followed by Straight Banana entertaining with Christmas songs whacky props, costumes and delivering songs you thought you knew!

Tickets £5 each, available in church and online through our website here.

Lymington Street Carols

Christians Together Lymington and Pennington will be singing carols in the high street on Saturday 4th December at 10:30am, led by the Salvation Army band. All welcome, do come along and share this hope of Christmas in our town.

Treemendous Celebration

3,000 lights and 100 trees lighting up Pennington by Christmas Eve – and we need your help to make it happen! Decorate a hand crafted wooden tree or display a light for the community, ready for the 10th December.

A volunteer in the village is busy cutting out over 100 wooden 2D Christmas Trees (each 1.2m high) which will be secured to the church hedge – from the 10th December, and the forest of trees will continue to grow as more are return.

The Trees will be available to collect from Friday 3rd December – in the front garden of the Vicarage, Ramley Road, Pennington, SO41 8HF.

We ask for a £5 donation towards your tree-mendous canvas – your donation going towards this and future community events managed by St Mark’s Church, Pennington.

We’ve more information about this event here.

Churchyard Tidy

We are having another Churchyard Working Party on 11th December 2021 from 10am to 12 noon. All are welcome and we will be providing coffee, tea and mince pies for all those who come along to help.

Please bring suitable attire and gardening tools. We look forward to seeing you.

Belmore Lodge Carol Service

On 15th December at 2pm we will be singing carols for the residents at Belmore Lodge. All are welcome so please come along to join in the singing. As we will be singing outside the home please dress accordingly.

Rachel’s Story

As many of you know, our priest, Rachel, is open about the challenges she has faced in the past with mental health. Metro newspaper recently interviewed Rachel, to help open up curiosity and conversation about this important area, that is still subject to so much shame and stigma. The article can be read here.

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.

Monday study group

After a slight postponement, the Pilgrim Course on the Eucharist is starting this Monday 29th November 2021.

We will have a break for Christmas and complete this 6 week course in January 2022.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.If you would like to join us, please email takepart@penningtonchurch.uk and we will be happy to welcome 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. 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

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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