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THIS SUNDAY
6th Dec | 10.30am


Christingle
All Age Service

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

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

  • 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 Thursday 10th December.
  • 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 Russ, Vikki and Henri & wider family, mourning little Connie; for Mick Aldington, Jan and the family as they travel for his dad’s funeral this week; and the family and friends of dear Keith Sheepwash and also David Howlett; and for all who are mourning loss.
  • For those in need:  Tim and Amanda Friday’s friend Liz who fell down a loft ladder, seriously injuring her neck and back - for an instant recovery so that she can enjoy Christmas with her husband & daughters; Val Flick’s mum Joyce who is now home from hospital and recovering after a fall; Terry and Charlie Whittaker who have Covid-19, that they are strengthened in their recoveries; Malc Marlowe who had been recovering well from his surgery & biopsy but was readmitted to hospital.  Please pray for Malc and Angela  to know God’s Peace and Comfort; Neville Piper that he recovers well from his recent knee op; David Bairnsfather awaiting results of treatment and tests; Lynne Martin’s sister-in-law Sarah who has an urgent appointment for a heart stent to be fitted; for Katie’s step-mum Clare whose health needs are complex and very great at this time; 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

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.
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 

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
13th Dec | 10.30am


Traditional Carol Service 

Join us as we begin to celebrate Christmas and God’s  gift to us of his Son Jesus Christ on Sunday 13th December at 10.30am for a Service of Scripture Readings plus Carols Old and New.
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Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5TP
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