An update for the Seventh 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 16th and 30th May being a contemporary communion, and the 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.

Funeral and Thanksgiving for Olive Richmond

Olive Richmond’s funeral will take place at Test Valley Crematorium on Thursday 20th May at 4pm. There are a few spaces available for church friends to attend too. If you would like to attend the service, please let Rachel know ( 01590 462022). Family flowers only.

We will be having a Thanksgiving Service for Olive at St Mark’s Church on Wednesday 26th May, at 2pm, followed by Interment of Ashes in St Mark’s Churchyard. All are invited to attend this service, to support the family and to celebrate Olive’s life.

Donations in memory of Olive, are requested for the work of St Mark’s Church, Pennington. If you choose to make a donation, you can also leave a comment for Olive’s family with your donation, from the link below.

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


Save the date: churchyard tidy

Further details to follow, but on Saturday 19th June we’ll be having a community churchyard clear up day. We’d love to have you and any of your friends to join us as together we care for God’s creation, looking after our churchyard.

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 – and we’re incredibly grateful for the donations you’ve kindly made to help us to complete this goal!

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

Rule of Life Mini Retreats

  • 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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