THIS SUNDAY - 27th November

Morning Service

In ChurchFacebook & Youtube

Title: Service of the Word
Speaker: Catharina Olsson Gisleskog
Reading: Matthew 24:36-44 - First Sunday of Advent

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Children’s groups will be running as usual on Sunday. Parents can drop their children off at the Vicarage Hall from 10.15am and pick them up at 12pm. 

SUMMIT | 6.30pm | Old Vicarage

Summit will meet as usual.
More details about Youth 


Home Groups
Throughout the week
Joining a home group is a brilliant chance to meet and pray with others, build relationships, support one another, exchange views and explore God's word together. Take a look at the groups and sign up here or contact the office. 
Standing in the Gap (Prayer meeting)
Saturdays | 7 - 8am | Online

On Zoom, join us online here.
[Meeting ID: 223 851 1807 | Passcode: inthegap]
Open Church
Tuesday | 10am - 12pm | Church

Come along for a chat, fellowship or private prayer. Refreshments will be served. 
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Dammy via
Parent & Toddlers
Wednesdays / 1.15-2.45pm / Vicarage Hall

Fun space for children to play and for parents/guardians to connect. No need to book, just drop up. Wednesdays in term time. 
The Gathering

Join the Junction Small Group for an intimate time with God and the Bible in the Old Vicarage on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm, on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the month.
All welcome.
Dementia Cafe

14th and 28th December |1pm to 3pm | Church
Peace and Hope

3rd December, 10:30am, Vicarage Hall
Ladies Group

Meet at the Old Vicarage from 10am – 12 noon each Wednesday.

Last Wednesday of the month men are very welcome to join.

We are currently studying the book of Joseph.

Tea/coffee, biscuits and cakes are served.

Every Wednesday | 5.30-6.30pm | Church

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News and Important Information
Medway Open Lecture Series 2022/23
A collaboration between Kent, Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church universities. 
Lectures open to the public, as well as staff and students.
These will generally be one lecture on the last Wednesday of the month from 6-7pm, delivered in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre.
The first four lectures have been confirmed and you can book a free ticket here:
John Bloor's Funeral
Please pray for the God of compassion to be close to Sally Bloor, family and friends, as they prepare for John’s funeral on the afternoon of Friday 25th November.
The funeral will take place on Friday 25 November at 3.30pm at the Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane. 
A service of Thanksgiving and Celebration of John’s life will follow at St Mark’s at 4.30pm.
Should you wish to send flowers in memory of John :
John Weir, 130-132 High Street, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8AR
Donate to the Family Trust.  This charity was chosen because John’s passion was working with young people and he volunteered for many years for The Family Trust, going into schools and producing assemblies as well as helping out at Kings Squad, a lunchtime club.   A donation to support the work of The Family Trust and help to inspire the next generation to explore Christianity can be made in the following ways:
·        Visit The Family Trust website at and click on the donate button
·        Post a cheque to The Family Trust, 4 Buckland Road, Maidstone, ME16 0SL
·        Set up a bank transfer to The Family Trust, Sort code: 40-52-40, 
Account number: 00018624, Reference: In Memory of John Bloor.

Sunday 27 November:  10.30am  1st Sunday of Advent, Service of the Word
Sunday 27 November:   6.30pm   Gospel Night
Saturday 3 December:   2.30pm   Messy Church, Community Christmas Party
Sunday 4 December:    10.30am   2nd Sunday of Advent, All Age Service
Sunday 11 December:  10.30am   3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday 11 December:   3.00pm    Empty Chair Service
Saturday 17 December: 3.00pm   Gospel Carols: Jesus’ Birthday Party
Sunday 18 December:   10.30am  4th Sunday of Advent, Service of Holy Communion
Saturday 24 December: 11.00pm  St Mary’s Island, Service of Holy Communion
Sunday 25 December:   10.30am  Christmas Day Service
Saturday 31 December: 11.00pm  Gospel Night, Praise Night

You, and your whole family, are warmly invited to join us at any of our Christmas Services.

We would like to let you all know that Margaret Howlett died on Wednesday 23 November.  Please keep her family in your prayers.


Worldwide –
  • The G20 in Bali, for wise use of power and authority in important issues for the world.
  • The Java earthquake, Indonesia where over 100 have died and hundreds injured as well as vast numbers displaced: May needs be met, medical interventions made, shelters be provided, and kind ministrations made with generosity.  
  • COP27, that commitment to the Loss & Damage Fund for those countries most in need of financial support is fulfilled.  
  • The peoples of Ukraine that they are upheld in their faith and that they are encouraged.  
  • Pakistan still coping and recovering from severe flooding and disease.  
The UK –
  • for hope in times of financial constraint and, for many, grave difficulties
  • for young people to have good role models, healthy aspirations, and positive things to aim;
  • for the youth groups. churches and charities working & supporting young people.
God’s Church –
  • For the different groups that meet across St Mark’s and SMIC, leaders, helpers and members; and for next Sunday’s service, the 1st Sunday of Advent.
  • The building up of community links by churches, responding to many changing community needs.  
  • For David Wilkins in starting his new job with the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, in his new living arrangements and as he familiarises himself with local amenities/transport etc. Green Christian is a community of ordinary Christians from all backgrounds and traditions … ‘Inspired by our faith, we work to care for Creation through prayer, living simply, public witness, campaigning and mutual encouragement’
If you would like to be added to the Prayer & Praise email list to receive weekly praise reports and prayer requests from our church family please contact Kath Burtrand: 
David Norton has asked that people collect stamps from any letters they receive.  If you could keep them until you have a few and then give them to David, he will pass these to the Leprosy Mission.

Tuesdays between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm

We are all aware of the rising energy costs and we would like to offer a place where people can come to be warm.
We are looking for people who are willing  to volunteer on Tuesday mornings to man the church. This will  enable us to open to offer a Warm Space for people to come where we will serve tea, coffee and or cup of soup.   If you are available any time between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesdays and would be willing to help on a rota basis please get in touch with the church office.
Other churches in Gillingham are opening on other days in the week, and once we have volunteers we will be included on a flyer which will show details of all available Warm Spaces.
Do you own any good quality warm clothing, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets etc that you no longer need.  Please donate these to Street Angles to help those who need these to keep them warm.

Foodbank. If you would like to donate to Foodbank, here is the link to the autumn shopping list of things that are needed for those who are in need.


Next Sunday

4th December 10.30am, Church

Title: All Age Service
Speaker: All Age Team


Thank you for the week
Thank you for those who planed and participated in Peace and Hope and the Tearfund Big Quiz Night.
St Mark’s Church
Canterbury Street, Gillingham, ME7 5TP
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Office: The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Road, Gillingham, ME7 5JA

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