An update for the weekend of Christ the King

Coming up…

  • Sunday 22nd November, 10:00am – Christ the King online service – on youtube and Facebook, followed by coffee on zoom.
  • Monday 23rd November, 10:30am – Our weekly discussion group on Zoom
  • Wednesday 25th November, 10:15-11:15am – Coffee Morning on zoom. Phone in or join us on the internet, all are welcome – you’ll need to make your own coffee.
  • Wednesday 25th November, 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Our weekly discussion group on Zoom
  • Sunday 29th November, 10:00am – First Sunday of Advent

Advent and Christmas services update

Given the current national situation with lockdown, it’s not possible to guarantee what services will be happening, when in the building. However, we thought you might like to know what we’re planning over Christmas, if lockdown does lift on 2nd December! (Until then, we will have just the 10am service online on Sunday mornings.)

  • Sunday 6th December
    9am – In building and streamed communion service
    10am – Online only service
  • Sunday 13th December
    9am – In building and streamed communion service
    10am – Online only service
  • Sunday 20th December
    9am – In building and streamed carol service
    10am – Online only service
  • Tuesday 22nd December
    6pm – Online Interactive Fun Carols service
  • Thursday 24th December – Christmas Eve
    10-11am – collect a Christingle in a bag kit from St Mark’s Church porch
    4pm – Online only Crib and Christingle service
    6pm – In building and streamed communion service (replacing what previously would have been the midnight service.)
  • Friday 25th December – Christmas Day
    8am – Advent Calendar day 25, Christmas Pyjamas morning reflection
    9am – In building and streamed communion service
    10am – Online only service
  • Sunday 27th December
    10am – Online only service

Quiet Morning Online

On Saturday 12th December, from 10-12:30 we will be having an Advent Quiet Morning online on zoom. Kevin Smith, ordinand in training and Rev Rachel Noel will be leading the morning. There will prayer together at the start and end, reflection and ideas, and then quiet space for creativity and individual reflection. All are welcome to join us. Please email to let us know if you want to join us, so we can send you the logon details.

Pennington Stands Together – Community Advent Calendar 2020

This year, to mark Advent, we are creating a community advent calendar on our hedge. School, pre-school and nursery groups are each decorating a board, and various members of the wider community are reading stories. We will be sharing a video online each day from December 1-24th on youtube and facebook. It would be great if you could watch them, press the like button on them and share them with friends, to help us to celebrate the fabulous community of Pennington.

To prepare for Advent at home, you might like to think about making an advent wreath or candle to use at home. We’ve created a video with some ideas to get you started… we’d love to see photos of any that you make at home. Email to

Covid November Lockdown Prayer

The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling for a month of prayer in response to the second lockdown. We are asked to ‘pray for our nation every Thursday, for its leaders, its health and essential services and all those who suffer.’

Sarah from St Thomas Church and Jane from St Mark’s will therefore be leading a short time of prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9am on zoom, and would love for you to join in.  Full details are below and you can join by computer or phone.

Zoom meeting details:

“Being With” Course

Mondays 10:30-12:00 or Wednesdays 6-7:30

We are piloting the new “Being With” Course. This is an opportunity for those wishing to explore the Christian faith for the first time, those wishing to be baptised or Confirmed this year and those wanting to explore Christianity within the particular inclusive theology that we share. It’s a ten-week course, that will take place on zoom online, continuing on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th November. As we join the HeartEdge network, and are one of the few churches across the country that have been invited to pilot this course, we’d love you to join the conversation. Please email to book a place.

Making it a Pennington Christmas!

We’re working on plans for a yarnbomb on the hedge again this Christmas. We’ll share more details very soon, but we’re asking for anyone to knit or crochet 12″ squares in festive colours. These can be plain or patterned, the choice is yours. We hope to make a yarn christmas tree to light up Pennington and cheer us all up this coming Christmas season. Do encourage anyone you know to get involved, we will be sharing posters soon around the village, and will have collection bags in many of our usual locations.

Join the Sunday service via Zoom

If there are people you know in our congregation who do not have access to the internet and would like to phone in and listen to our services, please share this information with them to join the Pennington Church zoom during the service and listen to the audio. To phone in, please dial 0203 695 0088.

  • You will hear: “Welcome to Zoom, enter your meeting id followed by hash”
  • The meeting id you need to enter is: 971 631 0618 #
  • You will then hear it say “Enter your participant id followed by hash, otherwise just press hash”
  • Please just press the # key. then you will be asked for the passcode, please enter 1839 followed by hash (#).

You will then be part of a conference call, and you will be able to listen to the service, and then talk to others afterwards.

Sunday Services – are you in our virtual congregation?

With lockdown meaning we can now only present our 10am online specific service – on our YouTube channel here and our Facebook page too – we’d more than ever love to see your photos of you at home getting ready for the service. Plus, as we stream from the Lady Chapel, we’re hoping to see more of you in our virtual congregation as well so please do share a photo of yourself for us to add to our wall by email to, it’s such an encouragement for us.  After the service, you’re welcome to join us in zoom for coffee (you will have to brew your own!)

Rachel’s art for sale!

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.

Hampshire County Council Hub

If you would like to help with the community at large, the new Hampshire County Council Hub to support the community through the crisis has now been established. If you are able to offer support and would like to be involved, please contact them on 0333 370 4000. Your call will then be triaged and you will be passed to whichever organisation or local contact would be most appropriate.

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