Notices for the First Sunday of Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 1st 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion
  16:45 “Yes to Life” Lent Course, St Thomas
  18:30 Evensong, with Act of Healing
Wed 4th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room
  11:30 Holy Communion
  19:00 “Broken” Lent group, St Mark’s room
Thu 5th 10:00 Churchyard volunteer working party
  12:30 Friendship Lunch
  14:15 “Behold the Man” Lent Course, URC
Sun 8th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion
  16:45 “Yes to Life” Lent Course, St Thomas

Please Pray for…

In need of prayer: Kit, Michael, Jill and Brian, Rachel G, Tony, Caroline, Kevin, G, Alex, Paul, Maggie, Barrie, Ilse, Alexander, Bryan, Sarah

Years Mind: Keith Burley, Frank Barron , Richard Press, Wendy Simpson, Cheryl Burbidge, Madeline Osey

Recently Deceased: Gill Mucklow, Mary Johnson

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

1 St David, patron saint of Wales
2 Women’s World Day of Prayer
3 World Wildlife Day
4 Brookland Close
5 Those with heart problems
6 Holmsley Close
7 Churchyard Working Group

Lent Courses

St Thomas, Lymington

On Sunday afternoons through Lent – from 23rd February to the 29th March – in the St Thomas Hall from 4:45pm to 6pm. Saying ‘Yes’ to life; an opportunity to consider and respond to God’s call, to life a life that is caring and restorative. for more details and to book a place on this Lent course, please call the St Thomas’ parish office on 01590 676194 – or email ‘office@lymingtonchurch.org’.

United Reform Church, Lymington

Behold the Man”; a Lent Course at Lymington United Reformed Church. A course of five sessions from 2:15 to 3:45pm starting Thursday 27th February and continuing each Thursday until the 26th March. If you are wish to enquire further or confirm your interest, please contact Mary Ann Jardine on ‘maryann.plovers@gmail.com’ – or call 07748762666.

Could you be a parish visitor?

St John’s in Hythe are organising some training days for Parish Visitors. You are most welcome to join in on March 25th and April 22nd from 2:30-4:30pm. This will be an interactive course with discussion and role play, with time between training days for reflection, discussion and discernment.  Drinks will be provided and there will be no charge, all are welcome. If you are interested please contact St John’s office 02380 844336

Spring cleaning?

Turning out cupboards and drawers? Any thing you find that would be useful for Bric-a-Brac, Tombola or Prize Draw items for the Spring Fair and Easter Egg Hunt 21st March, would be most welcome. Alternatively for those with green fingers and thumbs for plants, bulbs – which we can sell at the same event? Please speak to Maureen for further details – especially if you can help host a stall.

Tearfund Lent Campaign

Rubbish; a problem the world suffers – but hitting people living in poverty the hardest. Two billion people in the world’s poorest countries are living and working amongst piles of waste – that’s one in four of us. Drinking polluted water; breathing toxic air; battling sickness. Duing Lent, will you join us in a 40 day plastic pledge? We have a plastic pollution problem here in the UK too, with an estimated 4,000 items of plastic rubbish thrown away by each person in the UK each year. Can you commit to limiting your use of single-use plastics through Lent? More details available in church, along with details of how you can donate to Tearfund.

Pennington Easter Yarn

We’re making Easter eggs, brightly coloured flowers and crosses to decorate Pennington for Easter 2020! Use any pattern and yarn that you like, or pick up some starter patterns at one of our collection points. Patterns are available from: St Mark’s Church; One Stop; Pennington Pharmacy; Musketeer; The Wheel Inn; Visual Vibes; Oakhaven Hospice Craft Shop If you have any questions, please contact Rachel on 01590 462022, or send an email to vicar@penningtonchurch.uk.

If you can ensure your completed items are delivered to church or one of the village collection points by the 15th March, we can ensure a splash of Easter colour can warm even the coldest spring day!

Upcoming funeral services

It is with sadness that we report Gill Mucklow and Mary Johnson, regulars at St Mark’s for many years, have recently passed away. Gill’s funeral is taking place at Bournemouth Crematorium on Tuesday 3rd March at 11:30am: Mary’s funeral service will be taking place at St Mark’s on Wednesday 4th March at 2pm – all are welcome.

St Mark’s Draw Club – February Winners

Our February draw club saw numbers 484, 199 and 431 being called; are you a winner?

Sharing via social media?

As you may know, St Mark’s has an active Facebook community, where we share details of what we’re up to in Pennington, along with a wide range of posts, videos and pictures – search Facebook for us by ‘StMarksChurchPennington’. Did you know that Facebook offers you the ability to share a birthday fundraiser – inviting your own friends and followers on Facebook to donate to a chosen cause? Perhaps you might like to consider us as your own birthday comes around!

Brrrr…

As many may have noticed, we had a problem with the heating in church a couple of weeks ago; fortunately repaired, but at a cost of over £400. Your donations and giving towards the work we do and the upkeep of our church buildings is always appreciated and if you’re able to help further towards this unexpected expense, we’d be incredibly grateful!

#LiveLent?

With Lent now upon us, the Church of England have daily reflections available through a handy mobile app! Search for LiveLent via your phone app store – and look out for printed material in church too.

Giving Update…

Through 2019, St Mark’s did a lot.  To name but a few, we…

  • Hosted over 150 services
  • helped with the planning and running of a Christmas and Summer village event
  • Supported local children through Messy Church afternoons and meals
  • hosted eleven Friendship lunches
  • produced twelve monthly magazines to act as a voice for the community
  • welcomed creative crafters each month at our craft group
  • lead weekly school assemblies
  • extended a reach to hundreds of people outside of our traditional community, through sharing our sermons on social media.

St Mark’s is entirely funded through grants, donations, regular giving made by our congregation and visitors and it’s thanks to your support that we can achieve all we do. However, although through grants, donations, regular giving, sales of goods (such as Traidcraft, and our magazine) we raised £73,111, the costs for maintenance of our church buildings and grounds, heating, utility bills, insurance, salaries, fees and general administration cost £84,293.

We hope to continue to spread a Christian message through our community and appreciate your support – it’s only through your gifts that we can make a difference.

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