An update for the seventh Sunday after Trinity

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)


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 10:30am-12 – Zoom Study group on Pennington Church general zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 11am-12 – TakeTime Meditation Group on Zoom – Parish Prayer zoom link


  • 9-9:20am Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link
  • 10:15-10:30 – Morning Prayer at St Mark’s Church
  • 10:30-11am – Coffee at St Mark’s Church


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


  • 9-9:20am – Morning Prayer on Zoom with St Thomas and St Mark’s – Parish Prayer zoom link


  • 9-10 Parish prayers at St Thomas Church, followed by coffee

St Mark’s Covid Survey

Recently, we asked you for your thoughts about the practices we introduced following our ability to return to in-building services following Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions being relaxed. Thank you for all who took the time to complete this survey: it’s clear from your responses that we are individually in different places regarding the measures we had introduced to help protect against the risks of Covid. Your PCC has taken your feedback and taken the decisions to:

  • Prior to communion, a verger will ask you to use hand sanitiser before inviting you to take communion; however, allow those proceeding to communion to queue rather than to go up individually.
  • As you approach the rail to take communion, if you would prefer to kneel at the rail instead of standing to receive communion, you are quite welcome to do so. Numbers at the altar for communion will not be restricted.
  • We will be reintroducing the offering plate / bags within the service, bringing the gifts of the congregation to the altar before communion.
  • For our 10am services, we will continue with members of the congregation exchanging the Peace in a socially distanced manner.
  • For our 10am services, we will continue with the service starting from the front of church, rather than with an opening procession.
  • The choir would continue to be unrobed.

Rachel is moving to a new parish

Bishop Debbie has announced that Revd Rachel Noel, currently Priest in Charge of Pennington, has been offered and has accepted the post of Priest in Charge of St James Church, Pokesdown, Bournemouth. This appointment is subject to a range of statutory checks and clearances before it can be made formal. Rachel’s licensing service in Pokesdown will be on Sunday 2nd October at 4pm.

Sadly this means that Rachel will be leaving St Mark’s Church, Pennington. Her last Sunday with us will be Sunday 21st August. On that date we will have one service only, at 3pm, followed by tea & cake in the churchyard.

If you can help with refreshments for Rachel’s farewell afternoon tea, or wish to donate to a leaving gift to thank her for her support of St Mark’s over the past few years, do please get in touch with Paul Young or Rebecca Rickaby in church – or email ‘‘ to offer your support!

Meditation Group goes on it’s summer holidays

The Take Time Meditation Group will be taking a break for August and the next meditation will be on 6th September 2022 at 11am on Zoom. All are welcome to join us.

Pennington summer fair

Set a reminder for your calendars, for Saturday 27th August from 10am to midday – the date of our next summer fair! Stalls: Tombola, Raffle, Bricabrac, Books, Plants, Cakes. Donations for stalls will be gratefully received. If you are able to help in any way – helping on a stall, offering refreshments or something else – do please get in touch: ‘‘ or speak with Rebecca Rickaby in church.

Dinosaurs out and about in Pennington

FREE children’s craft activities based around St Barbe’s Dinosaurs summer exhibition. Suitable for all ages.

Drop-in anytime from 10.30 to 12.30 on Wednesday 3 and Wednesday 17 August to enjoy the fun!

The Holiday Activity and Food Programme

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery are running a Summer programme called the Holiday Activity and Food programme. They provide activities four days a week for four hours each day, which includes a hot meal, enriching activities (arts and craft) and some fun and games.

The programme targets families with children on Benefit Related Free School Meals, Refugees and children that may be vulnerable of have SEND needs.

They also run family sessions two days each week and two session for 11-16 years olds.

Find out more: email

Picnic and Serenade for Ukraine

Sat 30th July, St John’s Church Boldre

  • Picnic area in churchyard open from 6pm (in church if wet)
  • Performance at 7pm

A special fundraising event in aid of Love Ukraine, a family settlement scheme in the New Forest. Free entry with a raffle and refreshments, accepting donations to support this scheme, the evening includes songs for everyone to sing!

Enquiries, please call 07760 358126

Monday study group

Our Monday study group will be taking a break for August apart from meeting for a social get together on the 15th August.

Our studies will reconvene on Monday 5th September 2022 on Zoom at 10.30am. If you would like to join the group, do please contact Jane ( and she will be happy to give you more information on our studies.

The Birds of Lymington and surrounding areas

Learn about some of the many birds in our area and churchyard. Talk with slides given by a freelance Ornithologist and licensed bird ringer. St Mark’s Church Saturday September 17th from 3pm. Entrance £5, with refreshments available and a raffle too!

The Screwtape Letters

  • Tuesday 13th September, 7:30pm at Ashley Baptist Church, New Milton
  • Wednesday 14th September – Friday 16th September, 7:30pm at St Saviour’s Church, Brockenhurst

The Screwtape Letters is an award-winning satirical comedy that is now touring the UK for it’s 8th year. Nigel Forde’s “sparkling script” and David Robinson’s “impressive Screwtape” (The Stage) bring to life Lewis’ classic book – which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

The story is set in Professor Screwtape’s study in the timeless dominion of Hell. The play follows Screwtape’s attempts to train his junior devils, including his protégé Wormwood, in the fine art of temptation. It remains faithful to the original text, characters and themes created by Lewis and holds three Edinburgh Fringe ‘Sell-Out Show’ awards.

Tickets £12 for adults, £6 for children; for more information and to reserve tickets, call 01590 624584 – or email ‘‘.

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

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


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