In recent years we have blessed chalk at church, and taken it home to create an Epiphany blessing at door.
Our small groups will return from 11th January, meeting Mondays from 10:30-12:00 and Wednesdays – the time changes to 6:30-8:00pm.
Arwen Mary Folkes shared this idea online. “Gentle January’: Gentle with ourselves, gentle with each other, gentle with the to-do lists and plans, and gentle with our creation. Gentle tones of voice to accompany gentle footsteps and gentle thoughts, all of which can be gently brought into our pauses and prayers. ‘Gentle January’ sounds quite inviting to me, better than a grey or dry January. Who’s in?”
Little did I know, when I wrote you two weeks ago, that we would now be entering Tier 4 in the New Forest. You will no doubt already be aware of many of the Tier 4 restrictions and the strong stay at home messaging.
Jesus was born into mess, confusion, and uncomfortable surroundings, so that we might know something of the truth that God is love. My prayer is that this Christmas, amongst the twinkling lights, we each might get a glimpse of light, of hope, of love. And to remember that the best gift we can give another this season is the gift of love.
Find out more about the current plans for church services and other activities at Pennington Church. As ever this season, these plans are all subject to latest government guidance, and may change at short notice if guidance or local restrictions change.
Thank you for your continued support for St Mark’s Church, Pennington, during this unexpected season. I wanted to write to keep you up to date with what’s been happening, and to let you know the current situation.
Notices for Sunday 14th June, as we’re midway through June and into ordinary time!
An update from St Mark’s for Trinity Sunday; find out more about how St Mark’s are working in these unusual times of lockdown!
The Diocese of Winchester hosted a 24 hour wave of Prayer – the Upper Room, from 9am on Saturday 30th May to 9am Sunday 31st May – Pentecost.