An update for the Second Sunday Of Lent

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)


  • 9-9:30am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • From 10am – Zoom Study group on Pennington Church general zoom link


  • 9-9:30am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 1.30-4pm – Strictly Come Crafting. 2nd & 4th Tuesday at the Community Hall. Contacts Dorothy Davies 01590 676163 or Shirley Saunders 01590 677628
  • 2.30-3.45pm – Friendship Teas 1st Tuesday in month at the Community Hall. Contacts Shirley Saunders  01590 677628 or Pat Wright 01590 678416


  • 9-9:30am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 10:15-10:30am – Morning Prayer at St Mark’s Church (4th Wednesday only)
  • 10:30-11:30am – Coffee at St Mark’s Church (4th Wednesday only)


  • 9-9:30am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 12-1pm – Advice Outreach, from NFDC and Citizens Advice
  • 1-2pm – Fareshare Larder – St Mark’s Community Hall Car Park


  • 9-9:30am – Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link


  • 9-9:30am Parish prayers at St Thomas Church

Cost of living crisis: support from Lymington Library

Due to receiving the Household Support Grant from the Department for Work and Pensions, Hampshire Libraries are hosting various events to help people with the cost of living crisis.

  • On Monday 26 February, 10:30am-12noon, representatives from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau will be having a drop-in session to offer advice on various topics, such as bills, benefits, grants, council tax, and more.
  • On Tuesday 27 February, 10am-1pm, a representative from Southern Water is having a drop-in session to help people with their water bills.
  • On Thursday 29 February, 10:30am-2pm, a Blue Lamp Trust Cyber Bobby Scheme representative will be giving a talk on cyber security and then having a drop-in session.
  • Also on Thursday 29 February, 11am-12:30pm, a representative from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, will be giving a talk on fire safety and then having a drop-in session.

CTLP: Lent Courses

St Thomas’ will study the book by ‘Women of Holy Week’ on Sunday afternoons at 3pm in the church hall. This series of monologues comes with readings, notes and questions. The same series may be followed on a different day at another church.

Easter Music: Stainer, The Crucifixion

Coming up on Saturday 30th March from 4pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton (BH25 6QL), a beautiful, Easter-themed concert with congregation participation. Performances from the Lymington Choral Society and Nova Foresta Classical Players and lead by musical director Phil Daish-Handy, an important work remembering the most significant and historic occasion of all time!

Tickets £10 available online
and on the door (subject to availability), by cash only

Spring Fayre

The church Spring Fayre will be taking place at the Community Hall on 13th April from 10am to 12pm. If you are able to help please let Eve or Teresa know. We would be grateful to receive donations of cakes, plants, raffle and tombola prizes.

St Mark’s Draw Club

April is the start of the new St Mark’s Draw Club year. If you are able to help deliver application forms around Pennington please let Teresa know. Forms for the draw are also now available at the back of church or on the church website. Please return forms in time for the first draw of the new year which will take place on the 4th Wednesday of April.

Pennington Community Hub

The Fareshare Larder continues it’s successful work on Thursday in the Community Hall. But, for the moment we are not meeting afterwards from 2-4pm for refreshments. We are looking into alternative ideas for continuing this outreach work to strengthen the work in our community

Due to receiving the Household Support Grant from the Department for Work and Pensions, Hampshire Libraries are hosting various events to help people with the cost-of-living crisis. On Saturday 10 February, 10am-12noon, local charity, Step Up Safe Space, will be offering free, donated uniforms for Priestlands, Our Lady and St. Joseph, and Lymington primary. They will also have some generic uniform items and children’s clothing available and will be accepting donations of good, wearable-condition items.

The following are links to a post on the library’s Social Media page (Facebook) and to a post by Step Up Safe Space (Facebook)

Coffee morning and Draw Club

Do join us in the St Marks room on Wednesday 28th, where we’ll also be holding our monthly draw club! Back to Belmore Lodge for the first Wednesday in March.

Future Entertainment in the Community Hall

The Hall will be holding a Culture in Common production of ‘Old Herbaceous’ on 3rd March at 2:30pm, a humorous story/solo play about a man with a passion for plants. Please note, all tickets for this event have now sold out.

Notification of Appointment: Priest in Charge

Unfortunately the appointment of Michael Burson-Thomas to St Mark’s has had to be postponed; as soon as the new date can be confirmed, we’ll advise you here. Our apologies for this delay, but for as and when this will take place, if you are able to help with refreshments for the evening, do please speak with Eve Jolly – or email ‘‘ for more details.

Hampshire Home Library Service

did you know that Hampshire Libraries have a home library service? If you can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities, the library can come to you. They arrange to deliver your library items to your home on a regular basis, for free. Find out more at Lymington Library, or by visiting https://tinyurl.com32ecujkx

Monday Study Group on Zoom

The study group continues after a December break in January from the 19th – and will be studying the “Rose Guide to the Epistles.  An excellent reference book series, we hope you will join us as we start the new year together!

Ecochurch Recycling

Milk Bottle tops: we are now collecting these as Stewarts Garden Centre are turning these into garden furniture!

Medicine blister packs: we are also no longer able to collect these packs at the moment. If you know of  anywhere these can be recycled please let Eve know.

ground coffee/coffee bean packets: a notice at the back of church shows which bags are now being collected. Please support our effort to reduce waste.

Parish and Giving Update

St Mark’s PCC would welcome your help as we journey forward, with any volunteers who may be able to help in the aspects of our church life. Such as joining teams for parish visiting, events and refreshments or helping with our study groups; we are also wanting to fill a health and safety role – and would welcome any interested individuals to help in this position.

Financially, we are facing challenges as a church as many of our congregation and community likewise see. We are in the unfortunate position of seeing a large increase in our utility costs. With a rise of over 400%, we will be potentially seeing an increase exceeding £8,000 per year over church and hall. Although we appreciate the financial position of our congregation varies, if you are able to support us further now this would be most welcome. Many of our congregation donate through the Parish Giving Scheme; if you do not currently do so, we ask if you would consider starting – this is a great way for us to manage our finances. Alternatively, our weekly envelope scheme is available as an option too; details for both schemes are available from our treasurer and church warden, Teresa.

You may also want to give through alternative methods too, which won’t cost you to do so. For example, supporting us through services such as Amazon Smile or Easy Fundraising is a great way to use services you may already be using: with a percentage of the price you pay coming back to St Mark’s.

Our PCC would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts for how we may save money, or indeed increase finaces into the church. Do speak to any of your PCC members, or email ‘’ with your thoughts – we’d love to hear from you.

Our thanks to all for your support; our church is not a building, it’s the people within it who meet in a common love of Christ – and it’s together that we can move forward.

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 members of St Mark’s and St Thomas congregations, this now runs Monday through Friday.

Daily prayer is also taking place in St Thomas church from 9am on Saturdays

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

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

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

YouTube and Facebook

All our services can be found on our YouTube channel here. We also post details about or services and events 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: 944 5816 8956 Passcode: 1839
  • Parish Prayer Zoom Link:
  • From a landline phone: 0203 481 5240 Meeting ID: 895 2990 2640 Passcode: 2020


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