Notices for the second Sunday before Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 16th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion
  18:00 Evensong
Tue 18th 15:30 Messy Church, Community Hall
Wed 19th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room
  11:30 Holy Communion
Sun 23rd 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Morning Praise
  16:45 CTLP Lent Course, St Thomas Hall

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: Paul Dale, Thomas Adlem, Beryl Croutear, Tony Wood

Recently Deceased: Mary Maloney, 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:

16 Lower Woodside
17 Solent Reach Mews
18 Political leaders
19 Messy Church
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 International Mother Language Day
22 Forward Drive

Pancake Party!

Fun for every one of every age, come and join us at the St Mark’s Community Hall on Tuesday 25th February from 3:30pm! Pancakes – with all your favourite toppings and other refreshments on hand too. Can you help on the afternoon? Please speak with either Eve or Erika in church!

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 ‘’.

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 ‘’ – 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 February 27th, 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

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

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!

Calling all gardeners!

A plea from the events committee to those with green fingers and thumbs for plants, bulbs and all things garden-alia, for the stall at the Spring Fair and Egg hunt, on Saturday 21st March 2020! Please speak to Maureen for further details.

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!

A thank you from Anne…

Anne writes:

I would like to thank you all for your support, prayers, cards and encouragement as I take up my new role at St Andrew’s, Tiptoe.  I was delighted to see so many of you at my licensing service, despite the weather conditions, and I’m grateful for the prayers and messages of all who couldn’t come.  Your support means so much to me.”

If you weren’t able to make Anne’s licencing service, this was recorded and can be viewed here:

Palm Crosses for Ash Wednesday?

Lent is creeping up on us and therefore it’s time to start collecting palm crosses for the ashes on Ash Wednesday! We will be collecting them during Sunday services over the next few weeks, and grateful if you can return your own from last year.

Funeral for Mary Johnson

It is with sadness that we report Mary Johnson, a regular at St Mark’s for many years, passed away on Wednesday morning. Her funeral service will be taking place at St Mark’s on Wednesday 4th March at 2pm: all are welcome.

Help! Friendship Lunch

We think Friendship Lunch is a great place for local people, often on their own, to meet up and chat. But we need an extra volunteer to help prepare and serve the meals. Could you help us please? It would mean giving up one Thursday every two months, that’s all!
Ring Linden on 01590 675079 if you would like to join our team.

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