The church is open as usual if anyone wants to come in and find a place to be still or light a candle.
In the face of tragedy we pray for all those affected; for those who are injured, for those who died, for those profoundly shocked by the speed with which a fun night out became a place of horror.
We give thanks for all those in the emergency services and pray for them as they go to work today.
Lord in the face of such terrible attacks let us continue to search for peace.
‘Look for the helpers, you will always find people who are helping’ Fred Rogers
We have lots of music for you to enjoy.
Jazzabyebabies www.jazzabyebabies.com are with us once a month on Monday mornings in the summer. The first concert is on the 22nd May and you can buy tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/may-monday-teddington-st-marks-tickets-34573686828
Bach to Babies are back on Saturday the 27th May with not just great music, great coffee and great fun but 15% off tickets
Details are here https://www.bachtobaby.com/teddington-special
And finally Collis Choral Singers are back for their summer concert on the 18th June with Songs from the Stage. You can find them on facebook here https://www.facebook.com/collischoral/
We are delighted that Jazzabyebabies are coming to St Mark’s Church on Monday 22nd of May at 10am.
Details are here www.jazzabyebabies.com
Easter seems a long time ago but tonight we are spending some time away from the rush and bustle of the world outside. God’s goodness in creation is all around us but how often do we stop and look, listen, taste, feel or smell that the world is good?
So tonight from 6.30-7pm we will meditate on the goodness of creation with chocolate. All welcome!
At dawn we lit a fire, the Easter candle and celebrated that Christ is risen with a joyful noise and party poppers. However you celebrate Easter may it be blessed and joyful!
Dawn Service at St Mark’s
We love it when Bach to Babies come to us. Classical music, coffee and space to listen, dance and love music. Details are here if you have not been before – https://www.bachtobaby.com/teddington-special/
There are loads of lovely photos on their website but here is one I took of the very first concert.
On Palm Sunday we will be reading the Passion Gospel at 10am with a usual mix of traditional hymns and holy communion. At 4.30pm we are getting ready for Easter with Messy Church and with a special guest of one of the ponies from Park Lane Stables. Then at 6.30pm we have our last lent Stillness on Sunday where we have been exploring themes of stillness and getting closer to God using mindfulness and contemplative prayer.
On Maundy Thursday we have a Service of Holy Communion at 8pm with an optional vigil until 10.30pm
On Good Friday we are joining the ecumenical service on the green outside Teddington Memorial Hospital at 10.30am. At 2pm we will mark the last hour of the cross with a reflective service at 2pm.
On Easter Day we have an early start with a 6.30am Dawn Service. This is not really dawn, that would very early but it will be a Service of the Light as we light our Easter Candle from the Easter fire and then share breakfast together.
Later on that morning we come to our Easter Day Celebration at our 10am Service with Holy Communion, Hymns and Easter Eggs.
You are very welcome to join us if you are visiting the area or if you have been here for ever and wondered what goes on in a church over Easter.
Celebrate Easter at St Mark’s Church
It isn’t too late to go and get your mother a bunch of flowers, some chocolate and maybe a nice bottle of wine! At St Mark’s we are marking Mothering Sunday at the 10am service where children can make posies for their mums and we will remember those people who have mothered us in our lives. Everyone is welcome and we are delighted that the 7th Teddington Scouts will be with us.
St Mark’s Church is always open during the day as a quite place to light a candle or just sit and reflect. This prayer is by John Birch.