Notices for the fourth Sunday of Advent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 22nd 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Morning Praise
  17:00 Carol Service
Mon 23rd 15:00 Christingle Making at the Vicarage
Tue 24th 17:00 Crib and Christingle
  23:30 Midnight Communion
Wed 25th 09:30 Christmas Communion
Sun 29th 08:00 Holy Communion

Please Pray for…

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

Years Mind: David Hume Hall, Thomas Cornwell

Recently Deceased: Ted 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:

22 Ridgeway Lane
23 Saint Mark’s Road
24 Manorfield
25 Those who are alone at Christmas
26 Alison Court
27 All who Worship in our church
28 Freegrove Care Home

No service…

Please note that there is no 9:30am or 6pm service on Sunday 29th December, only an 8am Holy Communion service will be taking place. St Thomas’ are hosting a family communion service from 9:15am on this day.

Christmas Services at St Mark’s

Carol Service

22nd – From 5pm, join St Mark’s for a carol service, looking forward to Christmas, only three days away!

Crib and Christingle Service

24th – One for the kids (please bring a responsible adult!) – from 5pm, celebrating the upcoming birth of Christ.

Midnight Communion

24th – With Christmas day only a short time away, join us at 11:30pm for Midnight Communion: seeing in the new Christmas day.

Family Communion on Christmas Day

25th – It’s Christmas morning! Celebrate the birth of our Saviour with friends at St Mark’s from 9:30am.

Anne’s last day

The paperwork is now complete, and we can confirm that Rev’d Anne Elliott’s last service in St Mark’s Church Pennington will be Sunday 12th January at 9:30am.

Later that day, we will have a farewell afternoon tea in St Mark’s Community Hall from 3pm – all are welcome. The licensing service for Anne’s new role will take place on Sunday 9th February at 4pm, to be held at All Saints Church, Hordle.

Please support and encourage Anne as she prepares to finish her ministry in this place, and to offer her skills, passions and strengths to the community at Tiptoe. We are so grateful for all the work that she has done, and delighted that a nearby community will be able to benefit from her ministry too.

Living the difference

…With Mark Greene on Saturday 18th January. Taking place at Lymington Baptist Church with a morning session from 9:30am to 12:30pm and an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm. In the morning covering the subject of Faith at work – beyond evangelism and ethics: at work, how can we live the difference that Jesus makes? Or in the afternoon, Whole life discipleship – living out the Great Commission: guilt free.

All welcome to one – or both – sessions (cost £7 per session including light refreshments). Further details, along with details on how to purchase tickets, available here:.


The Pennington Christingle Factory is coming back for 2019, with all volunteers welcome at the vicarage from 3pm on Monday 23rd December. No previous experience necessary!

Water Aid

A large Christmas card will be at the back of church to sign – wishing each other a happy Christmas and to collect donations towards Water Aid.

Pilgrim in 2020

We’re continuing our day time Pilgrim sessions in the new year! Join us from 11am on the 20th January, 3rd and 24th February, 9th and 23rd March and 6th April – as we unpack the Beatitudes!

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all who either attended or helped with our recent events – be that helping Pennington Community Events with their Christmas fair in the village on Friday, us with our stalls in the school hall, or even for just turning up to enjoy the evening, despite the threat of rain! Further thanks to volunteers, those who donated towards the raffle, all who attended – and especially our director of music Leigh and her vocally talented friends who entertained us on Saturday with their ‘Straight Bananas’ concert!

St Mark’s can only do what we do because of you; thank you for being a part of our journey.

In memory of the Holocaust

On the 25th January We invite you to join us from 3pm at Pennington Church for an event of songs, reflections and poems to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, including the Straight Bananas acapella group and local students as we Stand Together as a community.

Christian Unity

As part of the week of Christian Unity, all the churches in Lymington and Pennington will be meeting at 10:30am on Sunday 26th January in St Thomas Church, Lymington for a Christians Together service (note, there will be no 9:30am service at St Mark’s this day).

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