MARKtime St. Mark’s Church, Gillingham with St. Mary’s Island Church To please God. Teach his word. Serve others and Connect people with Jesus Lent 2 10.30am: All Age Service Theme: ‘The Lord’s Prayer 2 – Your Kingdom Come’ 1.00pm-2.30pm: A time of prayer and sharing of the secondary conclusions concerning St. Barnabas Church and the strategic mission of the North Gillingham Churches (St Mark’s, St Mary’s Island, St Mary Magdalene, St Luke’s, St Augustine’s and St Barnabas) after this morning’s service in St Mark’s Church Hall. This will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch. 6.30pm: Holy Communion Theme: ‘Hearing God 2 – in Prayer’ We welcome Kirsty Mauritz who is speaking to us this evening. Other Services: 11.00am Holy Communion, St. Mary’s Island Monday–Friday during term time 9.15am– 12.15pm, Playgroup, Vicarage Hall – Children need to be registered first WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK: Mon 2nd March: 10.00am–12.00noon Coffee Shop, in Church 7.30pm Landmark, ages 13-18 years, Old Vicarage Weds 4th March: 9.00am Holy Communion in Church 9.30am Ladies Group, Old Vicarage 1.15pm-2.45pm Parents & Toddlers Group, Vicarage Hall 7.00pm-9.00pm Faith & Light, Vicarage Hall Thurs 5th March: 1.00pm-3.00pm Foodbank, in Church 7.15pm supper, 8.00pm start Recovery Course, 16 weeks, Old Vicarage. , Fri 6th March: 6.15pm Kidz Klub, ages 7-11, Old Vicarage Sat 7th March: 10.00am-12.00noon Foodbank and Coffee Shop in Church 10.00pm -1.00pm Café, Cake & Craft – come and support Lynne Martin’s fundraising for the Student & Internationals ministry, in Church. Small Groups meet in various locations at different times throughout the week – please speak to Gary or Chris Atkins if you would like to be involved. Next week - Sunday 8th March: - Lent 3 10.30am Holy Communion 6.30pm Service of the Word Mission Focus for March: Tearfund St. Mark’s Group for March: Parents & Toddlers Group 1st March 2015 Other Services: 11.00am St. Mary’s Island – Morning Worship 3.00pm Charing House 5.00pm St. Mark’s House DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Lent Sunday Services @ 6.30pm 8th Mar: ‘Hearing God in the Church’ 15th Mar: ‘Hearing God in the Bible’ 22nd Mar: ‘Hearing God for Guidance’ Tues 10th March: 7.45pm for 8.00pm start Prayer Market, Old Vicarage. Come and join Terry and others as we pray for all that’s going on in our Church Community. Sat 14th March: 10.00am-12.00noon Faith & Light Juniors, Vicarage Hall Mon 16th March: 7.45pm PCC Meeting, Old Vicarage Sat 21st March: 4.00pm-5.00pm SPLAT! Small Groups, Vicarage Hall 7.30pm Quiz night @ St Luke’s Church Hall. £5.00 per head, teams of 3-4 or more, tables are for 8, but 9 could be squeezed in! Ploughman’s supper included. A team from St Mark’s would be great! Please contact Paul Merrett, St Luke’s Church <[email protected]> so they have numbers for catering purposes. Sun 22nd March: Tearfund Sunday – includes cheese and bread lunch after the service, bring some money to donate the amount you’d pay for lunch. It’s not too late to start saving to help the people of Kigezi! Friday 27th March 10.00am-12noon Lydia prayer meeting, Old Vicarage (next meeting Friday 10th April) Mon 11th May: 7.45pm ‘What is the World coming to? Prayer could make the difference’ @ St. John the Baptist, Meopham. All are welcome to come and hear news of mission initatives around the world, to get engaged and to pray; you will be stimulated! FAMILY NEWS to everyone who gave time and money to get the Vicarage ready for the Muthalaly family. Sat 28th March: 4.00pm Licensing & Installation of Rev Saju Muthalaly as Priest in Charge. Family friendly service, followed by refreshments in Church, everyone welcome. New contact numbers for Gillingham Youth for Christ! (GYFC) Office/admin 07754957313 & Youth Worker on 07570871967, POINTS FOR PRAISE AND PRAYER ‘If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.’ 1 Corinthians 12:26 Lord, thank you for making Your Church a community where everyone matters to you and therefore should matter to us. Help us to show Your loving compassion on all those who are suffering and rejoice with all those amongst us who are being blessed. Amen. Continue to pray for Saju and Katy Muthalaly, Richard and Kathryn and their families in this period of change. Pray for the next SPLAT! Small Groups meeting on Sat 21st March and the future SPLAT! events… Continue to ask the Lord to help the leaders plan, resource and grow into ‘Jesus’ centred communities overflowing in love, kindness and compassion for each other and the wider community. Margaret Weston gives praise for, “the wonderful work of tearfund and for the privilege of being involved with this fantastic organisation.” Please remember in prayer her speaking engagements in the UK on the 8th, 13th and here at St. Mark’s on the 22nd March and “that the work of Tearfund will go from strength to strength and continue to glorify God.” Pray for the new Recovery Course starting on Thurs 5th March… Ask for protection, encouragement and wisdom for the leaders plus a God given picture for how He wants the group to grow and develop. Praise for Parents & Toddlers Group (This month’s St. Mark’s Group) and all the future activities lined up to meet the needs of the children, parents/carers in the lead up to Easter… Pray for protection, encouragement and blessings for all involved. Pray for Katy Barnwell, one of our Mission Partners, who will be in Nairobi between March 8th & the 12th participating in a conference of leaders of several national Bible translation organisations on how they develop “best practices” for Bible translation programs… Praise that the dedication service for the three newly published full bibles in the Izii, Ezaa & Ikwo languages did take place on 31st Jan. Katy writes, “It was a great occasion and the Bibles are now being distributed and enthusiastically received in each of these three areas.” Continue to pray for GYFC to have a proper office to work from, so that YFCOnes volunteers can help the group next year to expand and meet the needs of our community. Please pray for God’s provision and encouragement! Praise God that a church building in Bangladesh, erected with help from Barnabas Fund, has given the poor and needy rural congregation a precious place of worship and improved many relationships. Before, the village’s 85 Christians would meet for worship in front of each other’s houses, while in the rainy season they could not meet at all. The congregation feel that the building has brought them greater unity. It has also improved relations with other villagers, because the church premises are used for community activities such as pre-school classes and vaccination programmes. Pray for Paul & Robyn Harris and family on the sad news that Robyn’s mother, Marguerite, passed away on Weds 18th Feb… for Pauline Jackson & family, following her Mum’s funeral last Friday… for John Saunders & his family… for Philip Roberts & family following Margaret’s funeral last Tuesday… for Ian Graves… for Cathy Hall… for Tina Piper… for Denise Ellmore … for Sam Harrison… for Vince Allen… and for others we know that are either grieving or need God’s grace and healing at this time. Pray for our Mission Partner for the month of March: Tearfund…The Missionary Home and Away Board is available for up-to-date information on our Mission Partners, who we support in prayer and financially… Please pray for our St. Mark’s Group for March: The Parents & Toddlers Group too, thank you. _____________________________________________________________________________________ 5 Day Mon 2nd Tues 3rd Weds 4th Thurs 5th Fri 6th Sat 7th Psalm 80 50 35 34 41 25 Bible readings for March 2015 1st Reading Jeremiah 7.21-end Jeremiah 8.1-15 Jeremiah 8.18-9.11 Jeremiah 9.12-24 Jeremiah 10.1-16 Jeremiah 10.17-24 2nd Reading John 6.41-51 John 6.52-59 John 6.60-end John 7.1-13 John 7.14-24 John 7.25-36 Except for the first Sunday of the month during term time, groups for children and young teenagers meet at the Old Vicarage each Sunday morning. All our youth & children’s workers are DBS checked for your child’s protection and safety. If you have young children please feel free to take your children to the Creche area at the back of church, near the sound desk (ask if you can’t see it). Children are important to us at St. Mark’s and we want them to be happy please feel free to let them play quietly in the Creche. We just ask that you stay with them and leave the area tidy!
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