An update for the weekend of Remembrance

In Building Services

Due to the national lockdown to help control the spread of Coronavirus, unfortunately worship services will not be able to take place. We will continue to stream our 10am online specific service, but sadly our 9am in building service – as well as the 8am and 11am services that neighbouring St Thomas’ church host – will not be able to take place for the foreseeable future. It is the intention of the government to review this new national lockdown in early December, and we will ensure to update through our website and social media channels as we learn more.

These new restrictions do allow for funerals which can be attended by a maximum of 30 people – although it is advised that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance, which does not include in this number any church staff assisting with leading such a service. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

Weddings and baptisms will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

St Mark’s will therefore be closed, only being open for the uses of:

  • Funerals
  • To broadcast acts of worship

Coming up…

  • Sunday 8th November, 10:00am – Remembrance online service – on youtube and Facebook, followed by coffee on zoom.
  • Monday 9th November, 10:30am – Our weekly discussion group on Zoom
  • Wednesday 11th 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 11th November, 6:00pm – 7:30pm – Our weekly discussion group on Zoom
  • Sunday 15th November, 10:00am – Second Sunday before Advent online service.

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 9th and Wednesday 11th 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 vicar@penningtonchurch.uk 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 takepart@penningtonchurch.uk, 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 takepart@penningtonchurch.uk

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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