The Third Sunday before Lent

The Week ahead…

Date Time Event
Sun 9th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion
  11:00 Baptism
Mon 10th 09:00 Church volunteer cleaning team
  14:30 Meditation Group, Lady Chapel
Wed 12th 10:15 Coffee Morning, St Mark’s Room
  11:30 Holy Communion
Sun 16th 08:00 Holy Communion
  09:30 Family Communion
  18:00 Evensong

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, Sarah

Years Mind: Rebekkah Marsh, Brenda Burley, Elizabeth Brunyee

Recently Deceased: Mary Maloney

Neighbourhood Prayers

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

9 Those who fear the winter months
10 Leaders of our nation
11 Women and Girls in Science
12 Birch Court
13 World Radio Day
14 Bishop David
15 Beavers

Pennington Easter Yarn

We’re making Easter eggs, brightly coloured flowers and crosses to decorate Pennington for Easter – or continue making poppies to extend our Remembrance display for 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, send an email to – or click here.

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!

Lymington Repair Café

Coming up on Saturday 15th February from 9:30am to 12:30pm, the popular repair café is back! They have increased the number of electrical repairers to five, have sewing machines and darning threads, an IT helpdesk and will be offering some basic threaded jewellry repairs. Figgures Cycles will be there, offering free safety checks, and  also have a variety of tyres, tubes, brake pads and so forth. Lymington Clothes Swap will be in the hall at the same time: you can join in by bringing your clean clothes for swapping and taking away something you can wear and love.

Entrance by donation, to cover the hall hire and publicity. Tea, coffee and cake will be on sale.

Meditation Group

..will meet on Monday 10th at 2:30pm in the Lady Chapel where all are welcome.  We will be welcoming the longer days by following a theme of Spring.

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 – you can find us via the address below. 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? Our own Rachel Noël did so – and has raised £250 towards our efforts at St Mark’s!

Perhaps you might like to consider us as your own birthday comes around: every little effort helps together towards all we do.

Water Aid thank you!

Thank you to all who signed the church Christmas card in support of Water Aid. We have sent with this card a donation of £50.45.

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.

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.

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 (we think lemon juice and sugar is best – keep it simple!) – and other refreshments on hand too. Can you help on the afternoon? Please speak with either Eve or Erica in church!

Rachel’s at Westminster Abbey

Once a year, our priest, Rachel, is Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey. This week is her week, so from Monday to Saturday this week she will be living in the Duty Chaplain’s flat at the Abbey. This role involves leading prayers on the hour during the day, and being there to pray with visitors to this sacred space. On Friday 14th, she will be leading the lunchtime Eucharist at 12:30pm. If there’s anything you’d like her to pray for, for you, whilst she’s there, please let Rachel know.

Could you be a parish visitor?

St John’s in Hythe are organising some training days for Parish Visitors. You all are most welcome To join us on February 27th, March 25th and April 22nd from 2.30-4.30. 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 

An Invitation…

…to Christians working in science, medicine or technology: St Mary’s Longfleet would really value hearing your voice. You’re invited to complete a short survey, likely to take no more than five minutes, in order for the wider church to be able to draw upon your wisdom as we all seek to engage well with issues of technology?

This national work has grown out of the local ‘Faith, Technology and Tomorrow‘ project which they ran in St Mary’s Church, Longfleet in Poole and the survey is available via that church website here.

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