Notices for Remembrance Sunday

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 10th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Remembrance Service
  10:55 Act of Remembrance, War Memorial
Mon 11th 10:30 Schools Remembrance Service
  10:55 Act of Remembrance, War Memorial
  13:30 Church cleaning team
  14:30 Meditation Group
Wed 13th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room
  11:30 Holy Communion
Sun 17th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion with Children’s Church

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Mary and Ted, Kit, Michael, Jill and Brian, Rachel G, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G, Alex, Paul, Maggie, Barrie, Ilse, Alexander, Bryan, Erica
Years Mind: Tommy Walker

Neighbourhood Prayers

Share together with us in prayer for the streets and those who live and work in and around Pennington throughout the week:

3 Southlands
4 Middle Road
5 Lisle Close
6 Coffee morning group
7 Churchyard Working Group
8 All who grieve
9 Clausen Way

BCM Taster Sessions

On Monday 2nd December from 7 to 8:30pm at Wolvesey or Thursday 5th December 2 to 3:30pm at Old Alresford Place, why not find out more about the Bishop’s Commission for Mission?  Why did 88 people put themselves through a BCM programme over the last year to become licenced at the Lay Ministries Service in October?  What is it all about?  And might it be for you too? If you have a heart for God’s mission, but feel you could do with more confidence to grow and develop in your chosen ministry area, then a BCM programme is for you. Before the diocese spring programmes start in January, they are offering two taster sessions where you can come and find out more and ask any questions you would like.  Attending a taster session does not commit you to taking a BCM, it is just an opportunity to explore.  Everyone is very welcome. More information about the spring programmes can be found on the diocesean website – please speak to Paul or Rachel if you would like to attend one of the taster sessions.

Rachel on retreat…

Our priest Rachel was supposed to be in silent retreat last week – but it’s nice of her to break the silence to share in the creativity some time with God and few distractions can bring.


Thank you to everyone for your amazing efforts with recycling, we’re doing really well and this is much appreciated by those who benefit from your collections.

Please do read the notices with the bins which give information on where the materials go, and what can and cannot be recycled – remember: if one non-recyclable item is found in a bag, the whole bag is binned.

Do you car share?

We’ve all heard about car sharing, and no doubt a number of you share lifts to come to church.   If this includes you, could you let Anne know please, as this information will give us more points towards our Ecochurch silver award, which we are working for at present.

Christmas Fair – can you help?

Continuing on the successes of previous years, Pennington Community Events are organising the 2019 Pennington Christmas Fair Event. It will be taking place on Friday 6th December, 6-8:30pm around Pennington Square and Priestlands Road – with favourites including Santa and his sleigh, live reindeer, fun fair rides, live music from local groups and lots of fun for the whole community. Supported by St Mark’s, Pennington Community Events are seeking to build on the successes of previous years, as an event organised by the community for the community. We have already done a lot to get this event organised. We are looking for support to ensure efforts go even further.

Can you help on the night?  A meeting for volunteers is coming up on the 19th November from 7pm at the Musketeer and all are welcome; alternatively, if you want to donate towards the work Pennington Community Events does, you can do so here –

Sing-a-long from the world wars

The Downton Brass Band will be playing a wide selection of songs from World War 1 and 2 at St Michael’s Church, High Street, Lyndhurst on Saturday 9th November 2019 at 4pm.  This is a ‘sing-a-long’ event which should prove a great afternoon for all – including local dementia groups and supporting families in the parish.

Tickets are £8 with 1 carer and children free.

Meditation Group

The Meditation group will be meeting on Monday 9th December in the Lady Chapel at 2:30pm. Mary Johnson will be leading this.  All are welcome.

Shoebox Appeal

Fifty shoeboxes have been sent on their journey to needy children for Christmas; most will go to Uganda and Cambodia. Shirley would like to thank those who filled boxes, donated items or gave money to help – and of course, a thank you for helping with the filled boxes in time for them to be sent away!

Remembrance Display

Do take a look at a display around the font for Remembrance – with a view to not only remembering those who have lost their lives in conflicts (including civilians and animals) but a reminder of the state of peace globally and some facts and statistics about the consequences of war, underlining why we all need to try and work towards peace and stability across the world.

Notes for your December diary…

Straight Bananas play St Mark’s

Our director of music, Leigh Jerwood, also manages an acapella group: ‘Straight Bananas’. Singing a variety of eclectic music including music hall, comedy, classical, folk and pop including of course some Christmas music – join us at St Mark’s on Saturday 7th December at 1:30pm.

St Nicholas Singers

…bring Another Christmas Cracker, their annual festive concert.  Coming up on Sunday 8th December at 4pm in St Johns Church, Boldre. Tickets £12 and available from Pilley Community Shop, Maxwell Hamilton or through Rosie Adams – please call 01590 677068 for details. To be hosted with mulled wine and mince pies:  All proceeds go to local charities.

Carol Singing

On Wednesday 18th December, join us  for carol singing at local care homes. Starting at Thornfields at 2:15pm and moving on to Belmore Lodge for 3pm. All voices welcome!

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