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THIS SUNDAY
13th Dec | 10.30am 


Traditional Carol Service

Join us online as we celebrate Christmas and God’s  gift to us of his Son Jesus Christ with a service of scripture readings plus carols old and new.

For the time being church services will be live streamed on our Facebook page. The church will not be open to the congregation. 

Full details on our website
Bible Stream: Jesus As Messiah
13th Dec | 6.30pm | Online

A mix of in-depth teaching of the Bible with the accessibility of being able to questions and make comments. Bogi Kozma will be joining us from Budapest, bringing us a view of Jesus in the Old Testament from a Jewish perspective
See the website for full details.

THIS WEEK

Weekly Groups | Online 
Including: Craft Club, Findining Faith, Self Help Tuesdays and more with our community pastor, Karen Turnbull.
See Karen's Page for details 
Standing in the Gap (Prayer meeting)
Saturdays | 7 - 8am | Online
On Zoom every Saturday, join us online here.
[Meeting ID: 223 851 1807 | Passcode: inthegap]
Church Open for Private Prayer
Tuesdays | 10 - 11am | Church
Thursdays | 1 - 2pm | Church
During lockdown the church will be open for private prayer. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & NEWS

  • The church office will be closed 23rd Dec - 4th Jan and staff will not be available. If you have an emergency please call the office on 01634 570 489 and leave a message. 
  • Our Comfort & Joy Christmas Festival will be broadcast online this year. As a way of getting more of you involved, we're asking for short family video recording of 5-7seconds with a Christmas message such as "Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from the ...family".
    If you wish to make a video please send it to Hannah at 
    digitallead@stmarksgillingham.org no later than the end of today. 
  • Advent has started, if you haven't already had a look, here are some great advent reflection resources: The Church of England have the Comfort and Joy calendar which can be used in the home by families to think about faith activities at home on special dates. Or sign up  to receive daily family activities that take you through the Christmas story with Muddy Church's Jesse Tree ADVENT-ure.
  • This year the Winter Night Shelter is looking to work with the Hope into Action model of Supported Housing and is looking for volunteers to decorate and furnish a house to make it into a home. We have supported the Winter Night Shelter, both financially and practically, for a number of years and many guests have benefitted from the support and have moved onto more permanent accommodation and into jobs. We are focusing now on those who have more complex issues and need a little bit more support to turn their lives around. If you would like to be involved with this please contact Saju, sajudoj@yahoo.com
Prayer Requests:
  • The bereaved – For Ken Colyer whose wife Beryl passed away on 20th November – they were both past members of St Mark’s; Katy Skinner’s step mum Clare passed away Sunday morning.  She had been moved to a hospice and passed away peaceful after a long illness. Katy’s Dad had been able to visit her which gave him some peace and Katy gives thanks for our prayers.  For Russ, Vikki and Henri & wider family, mourning little Connie; for Mick Aldington whose dad passed away recently, Jan and the family; and the family and friends of dear Keith Sheepwash and David Howlett.
     
  • Graham Davis writes … ‘Following a routine annual blood test in early October, I was found to have prostate cancer.  Subsequent tests and scans have revealed that mercifully it hasn’t spread and the prognosis is good.  I shall be starting hormone therapy followed by radio therapy in the near future.  I would value your support in prayer through this time, thank you.’
     
  • Neville Piper had his knee replacement op 4 weeks ago but still has a lot of pain, a Bakers cyst behind the knee with extreme bruising & swelling. This prevents him from doing his physio exercise.  Also, his intolerance to opiates and reaction to other pain relief is adding to his discomforts.  Tina is waiting for the return of her driving licence after heart problems so they are having to find other means of getting to appointments. 
     
  • Tim and Amanda Friday’s friend Liz who had a bad fall, seriously injuring her neck & back - for an instant recovery so that she can enjoy Christmas with her husband & daughters; Val Flick’s mum Joyce recovering after a fall; The Whittaker family – Terry is improving, Charlie and going back to work but Jo has now been confirmed as having Covid-19 and rather poorly and Connor is showing considerable symptoms and awaiting test result; Malc Marlowe who had been recovering well from his surgery & biopsy but was readmitted to hospital;  David Bairnsfather awaiting results of treatment and tests; for Sue Jenner, for Natasha Mcready, for Pauline’s daughter in law Liz whose scan results were encouraging; and Tracey Couch MP; for their families and loved ones supporting them; and all those needing the Lord’s healing touch and comforts.
Please pray for these and for all those you know needing the Lord’s healing touch and comforts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Music Man Christmas Concert 
13th Dec | 3pm | Online
The online Christmas Concert will be premiered live on Facebook and YouTube, featuring a number of the St Mark's congregation! 
Doorstep Carols
16th Dec | 6pm | Your Doorstep

Invite your neighbours to all come out onto their doorsteps and join in the carol service lead by Radio Kent. 
Tune in online or 
96.7 FM, 97.6 FM, 104.2 FM)
Carol sheet and Invitation for neighbours
Comfort & Joy Christmas Festival
20th Dec | 5pm | Online

St Mark's annual, long awaited Christmas Festival! An evening of carols, drama, community choir and a message that takes you to the heart of the Christmas story. 
See full list of the December Services 
NEXT SUNDAY MORNING
20th Dec | 10.30am


 
NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON
20th Dec | 5pm


 
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Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5TP
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