Our faith is based on the word of God that we find in the Bible – but we grow so much more through shared understanding.
Here you can find out more about how St Mark’s unpack Christian teachings, through the sermons and special services that are a key part of our worship.
Betrayal to Leadership: a sermon from 19th January 2020
Humanity makes mistakes. We can deny our wrong doings but most of the time our mistakes are known and weRead more.
Come and See: a sermon from 19th January 2020
If you haven't heard a child say "come and see - look at what I've discovered!" - perhaps you'll recallRead more.
Anne Elliott’s last service: a sermon from 5th January 2020
As we remember the baptism of Christ and the new beginnings that can come through being born anew through baptism,Read more.
Showing and revealing: a sermon from 5th January 2020
Do we always notice what's going on in the Christmas story? Gold is precious and lasts - symbolic of somethingRead more.
The Christmas Chocolate Orange: a sermon from 25th December 2019
What is the best Christmas sweet? Rachel's vote goes to the chocolate orange - at this time of year, theRead more.
Christmas – not just for the children: a sermon from 24th December 2019
Is Christmas just for the children? It's fair to say that children are a focus for the season - butRead more.
Crib and Christingle: a service from 24th December 2019
One for the children - and young at heart - our Crib and Christingle service on the 24th December startedRead more.
Morning Praise: a service from 22nd December 2019
Our service for the fouth Sunday of Advent, as we focus on Mary - mother of Christ and the promiseRead more.
Six Woes: a sermon from 15th December 2019
Our minds are looking towards the big day – when we celebrate Christ’s arrival, at his birth in Bethlehem. WhatRead more.
John’s message of Repentance: a sermon from 15th December 2019
Today we remember John the Baptist. The cousin of Jesus, he was convinced Jesus was the true messiah - toRead more.
Turning around: a sermon from 8th December 2019
John the Baptist is an unusual character; we might find an encounter with him a little off putting at firstRead more.
Advent Carol Service: a service from 1st December 2019
As Advent begins, we celebrate the anticipation of Christmas Day through Advent with a special service of hymns, readings andRead more.
Humble King: a sermon from 24th November 2019
“Lo, he comes with clouds descending” - a fantastic hymn for this day from Charles Wesley, but as you listenRead more.
75% Failure: a sermon from 17th November 2019
If you were starting a business that only produced one out of four viable products at the end of aRead more.
Signs and Portents: a sermon from 17th November 2019
Are we willing to let go of our ideas of what 'looking good' looks like? Are we willing to shedRead more.
Patience in healing: a sermon from 3rd November 2019
Mary and Martha, Lazarus' two sisters had let Jesus know that their brother, Jesus friend, was ill. It was daysRead more.
Remembrance Sunday: a service by the memorial from 10th November 2019
As 11am approaches, a short service by the war memorial takes place at St Mark's. We honour the dead, ofRead more.
Striving for peace: a sermon from 10th November 2019
Faced with all the evil in the world, and all that is going wrong, do we just feel powerless? WhatRead more.
Short in Stature: a sermon from 3rd November 2019
Described as a chief, rich, tax collector, he was as a result an outcast to his own people - seenRead more.
Light of the World – All Souls: a sermon from 27th October 2019
"I am the light of the world" said Jesus - referring to our lives here on earth, and our livesRead more.
Ten lepers: a sermon from 13th October 2019
The story of the ten lepers who were healed: but only one came back to say thanks. Do we desireRead more.
Making Movies – Bible Sunday: a sermon from 27th October 2019
Have you ever read a book and really loved it? Have you then dreaded the news that a film isRead more.
Blind to a spiritual truth: a sermon from 6th October 2019
Blind from birth; never to see a sunrise, a smile. He was a life waiting to be born: today, heRead more.
The Advantage of the Spirit: a sermon from 20th October 2019
It’s a strange, even bizarre idea that Jesus shares: that by his leaving his followers will actually be to theirRead more.
Rachel’s story – Discovery, Discrimination, Discernment
Rachel Noel, affectionately known by the local press as the Pink Vicar. Rachel had a particularly formational journey through curacy,Read more.
Neurodiversity: a sermon from 20th October 2019
World mental health day occurred on October 10th and is an opportunity for us to recognise the importance of ourRead more.
Breaking barriers for equality: a sermon from 29th September 2019
Some 795 million people - one in nine of all people on the planet - do not have enough foodRead more.
The Fairtrade difference: a talk from 6th October 2019
For our Harvest Festival service, Maureen Harris, a member of neighbouring St Thomas' Church in Lymingon and active in Traidcraft,Read more.
Damaging our world: a sermon from 29th September 2019
God's gifts to us and the flourishing of God's creation are clear. The world is God's perfect gift to us;Read more.
Ability Sunday – Uniquely abled, precious to God: a sermon from 22nd September 2019
God knows us, loves us and cares for us. Indeed, Jesus primary commandment; love one another - for we areRead more.
Hungry people for living bread: a sermon from 15th September 2019
Everyone is hungry - we're all looking for bread; however, the problem isn't that we're hungry - the problem isRead more.
The worthy lost sheep: a sermon from 15th September 2019
The lost sheep; we're all familiar with the story - but do you believe it? Do you doubt with aRead more.
Small print before plunging in: a sermon from 8th September 2019
Have you said "yes" before reading the small print first? There's a cost, to discipleship - and Jesus warns usRead more.
Accepting God’s Healing: a sermon from 1st September 2019
What are we doing when we pray for healing? Rachel shares something of her own experience of an encounter withRead more.
Eating Together: a sermon from 1st September 2019
The kingdom of God, the perfect society, is often pictured as a banquet. It is a meal for everyone, notRead more.
‘I Bow Down’: performed before intercessions on 25th August 2019
'I Bow Down': performed before intercessions on 25th August 2019 - words and Music Cindy Rethmeier, performed by Jane andRead more.
Healing the Land: a sermon from 25th August 2019
The miracles of this planet are simply mind boggling. So much life, so much diversity: created by a loving GodRead more.
Giving in Grace: a sermon from 18th August 2019
God asks us to give; but how often do we think of excuses or reasons why perhaps we cannot? IfRead more.
‘Sing of the Lord’s goodness’ performed during Communion on 18th August 2019
'Sing of the Lord’s goodness' performed during Communion on 18th August 2019 - words and Music (c) 1981 Ernest Sands,Read more.
Limited by our expectations: a sermon from 18th August 2019
Red Sky at Night, shepherds delight; red sky at morning, sailors a warning. How good are you at predicting things?Read more.
Treasures of heaven: a sermon from 11th August 2019
Predictions for the end of the world are running at roughly one a year: the next is on track forRead more.
‘God Bless the Child’ performed during Communion on 11th August 2019
'God Bless the Child' performed during Communion on 11th August 2019 - words and Music Billie Holiday and Arthur HerzogRead more.
Tristesse (Etude Op. 10 No. 3) performed to close Evensong on 4th August 2019
Chopin, performed by Peter GreenhalghRead more.
‘Song Of India’ performed during Evensong on 4th August 2019
Rimsky-Korsakov, performed by Peter GreenhalghRead more.
Clear communication: a sermon from 4th August 2019
There's a need for clear communication when we need help - be that in sickness or adversity. We and thoseRead more.
Considering prayer: a sermon from 21st July 2019
Considering prayer: make it a personal conversation, seeing God as father. After all, a father figure is someone to trust;Read more.
Extraordinarily ordinary: a sermon from 21st July 2019
So, we’re half way through Ordinary time, the half a year that follows the excitement of Easter and Pentecost. ThereRead more.
Distracted Martha: a sermon from 21st July 2019
Three times Martha mentions herself in her complaint to Jesus; she was concerned about what was happening to her -Read more.
“Do Not Be Afraid” performed during Communion on 14th July 2019
Words and music, Gerald MarklandRead more.
Our Good Samaritan: a sermon from 14th July 2019
When we approach Jesus, are we looking for the loophole, for the trick, for an excuse: or are we reallyRead more.
Children’s Society: a sermon from 23rd June 2019
What are your first memories of your childhood? Did you feel safe; have fun; feel loved? For many children today,Read more.
Bach – Arioso performed during Evensong from 16th June 2019
With Peter Greenhalgh on piano and Frances Attwood on violin, performed to close our Evensong service on Trinity Sunday.Read more.
Night vs Day: reshaped by God a sermon from 16th June 2019
Why should we settle for recreating ourselves with one more possession, hope, ambition? All the time, Jesus is dying toRead more.
Trinity Sunday: Filled with the Spirit a sermon from 16th June 2019
Did you ever have an expanding suitcase? Where the clothes could go higher and higher, the lid come over andRead more.
Pentecost: alight with the Spirit a sermon from 9th June 2019
The man they had been following had been crucified. This must have felt like the end - but then JesusRead more.
#SayOneForMe: prayer in the community from 5th June 2019
On a Wednesday evening between Ascension and Pentecost, members of St Mark's and St Thomas' churches came together in Pennington,Read more.
#SayOneForMe: Talking about prayer from 5th June 2019
On Wednesday evening, members of St Mark's and St Thomas' churches came together in Pennington, to ask those going aboutRead more.
Graceful in flight: a sermon from 2nd June 2019
What do we see at the end of the day as we look in the mirror? What does our lifeRead more.
Delivery from Lions: a sermon from 19th May 2019
what would you do if the government declared that prayer was illegal? Daniel didn’t compromise: his routine didn’t alter: theRead more.
Love one another: a sermon from 19th May 2019
Jesus knew all too well he had little time on this earth; as with any last words, he shared withRead more.
Being sheep: a sermon from 12th May 2019
What happens for you when you read the bible? There may be some parts you enjoy more than others butRead more.
Humble King: music on 18th April 2019
Jane Nicholson with our director of music Leigh Jerwood perform a cover of Brenton Brown's worship song, 'Humble King' duringRead more.
Jesus wept: waiting on Jesus
Jesus shares all our fears, concerns, grief, and longings for physical healing, he feels these more deeply than we canRead more.
Baptism and Confirmation: A service from 28th April 2019
David, the Bishop of Basingstoke lead a confirmation service at St Mark’s Church, Pennington on Sunday 28th April at 3pm.Read more.
Easter Day: a sermon from 21st April 2019
From our Evensong service on Easter Sunday and it's great news! Christ is risen and we have the promise ofRead more.
Jesus: love in the face of fear
It's Good Friday. Today, we remember Jesus, and his journey to the cross. Pádraig Ó Tuama writes: “For me, GoodRead more.
Emotions of the Easter story – letting go to gain more?
Jesus talks to his followers frankly about his death. About how his time is not forever with them, but soonRead more.
A power of prayer in the face of adversity
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayers strengthened him to accept God’s will the cup He wanted to be takenRead more.
Jesusmania: a sermon from 14th April 2019
Pie Jesu: music performed during communion from 7th April 2019
Leigh Jerwood and Rebecca Rickaby perform Pie Jesu by Fauré, whilst members of the congregation come forward for communion.Read more.
Cleaning and Conservation of paintings in the the Chancel
In late 2016 through to early 2017, St Mark's engaged the services of local conservator, Peter Martindale - to helpRead more.