Angels flown…

We hope you enjoyed finding angels on trees, bushes and a trough around Teddington yesterday. Now to get on with the sheep for the Crib Service!

Christmas Angels

The angels are ready to fly onto hedges and walls around the parish to bring a message of love and hope this Christmas. Look out for them and tweet a photo at @StMarksTW11 if you spot one and take it home.

Carols for Christmas

This Sunday 8th December Teddington Chamber Choir are holding their annual carol service at St Mark’s Church at 7pm. Bach to Baby are back with their Christmas special at 3pm on Saturday 14th December and our atmospheric Candlelit Carols is Sunday 23rd December at 6.30pm.

Candlelit Carols

Dance

Last weekend St Mark’s hosted a dance course where 35 dancers from around the world came to Teddington to learn circle dances from ‘The Creation’ by Nanni Kloke. Judy King taught the dances and Revd Karen worked with the dancers to connect their stories with the story they were dancing. We then danced part of the cycle at St Paul’s Cathedral and then the whole cycle at the chapel of Kings College London.

It was a remarkable experience. If you want to learn more about circle dance and go on one of Judy’s courses contact Judy at www.judyking.co.uk

To find out more about dance as contemplative prayer contact Revd Karen revkarenwellman@btinternet.com

 

Busy Weekend of 9-10th November

This weekend we have lots on. Card making with Sheddington on Saturday in the hall from 10-1pm. On Sunday it is our service to remember those who have been affected by war around the world at 10am then it is Family craft with cake in the afternoon. All welcome!

All Saints and All Souls

Yesterday we celebrated All Souls Day by lighting candles for those we love and see no more. The stone represented eternity and the seeds new life. In our service at 10am we remembered the complex life of John Henry Newman. These are his words:

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.

Amen