Our memory café starts on the 21st November at 11am and runs until 12.30pm. We are well known for our tea and cake at St Mark’s Church and this café is designed to be a welcoming place for those with memory problems. We would also love to welcome anyone who wants to come for a chat. Training in dementia awareness has been provided to our volunteers and we are working with local charity Embracing Age. Our plan is to run the café on the third Tuesday of the month in the morning. Neighbouring church St Peter and St Paul are running a café on the first Tuesday in the afternoon.
This month we thought about being prepared and we adapted Jesus’ story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids in the story of the wise and foolish teenagers because we know that teenagers are not always well prepared and fall asleep really easily. Glittery stars were made because the story was set at night time and we made glittery torches to light the way. In the story that Jesus told the bridegroom is delayed. It doesn’t say that he wasn’t delayed by a volcano so it was an opportunity to make lava flow and to think a little about how unexpected things can get in the way. We had some real bits of volcano in the form of granite and lava and pumice stone from real live geologists. Then there was cake!
In December we will be thinking about Christmas and getting involved in Christmas craft. December 10th at 2.30pm.
We are in the middle of Remembrance season. On the 31st October we handed out sweets to trick or treaters on St Marks Road. We will need more lights next year but we had a great time seeing all the costumes.
We had an All Saints Service on the 1st November and we will be weaving the themes of All Saints and All Souls into our Sunday Service on the 5th November at 10am.
On Sunday 12th November we have a Remembrance Service at 10am and then Messy Church at 2.30-4pm.
The church is always open between 9-5pm on a weekday and from 9ish to 4ish on the weekend and you are very welcome to come in and be still or light a candle in memory of a loved one.
It’s back! Pet Blessing came to this part of Teddington for the first time last year. We were aiming for St Francis’ Day on the 4th October but with Messy Church decided to go for 15th October at 3pm. Last year we welcomed Marley, Pikachu, Robbie, Archie and Blue to name but a few. This year we would love to meet dogs, cats, small furries and any animal that you share your life with. We are going to celebrate the relationship between people and their pets with songs and blessing and cake.
Our Messy Church is coming back this autumn at the earlier time of 2.30-4pm. We will be in church where we will have craft, stories and songs. We finish with tea and cake.
Our first meeting is on the 8th October where our theme will be harvest and autumn. Some of the crafts will be very messy and suitable for the very young as well as the young in spirit.
This year our Harvest Festival is on the 1st October at 10am. We are collecting for SPEAR in Twickenham. They would like toiletries and tinned food.
Ever wish you hadn’t thrown that vintage gem away and now it is back in fashion? St Mark’s is hosting a Vintage Clothes sale on Saturday 9th September from 10.30-12.30pm. Tea, coffee and cakes and a chance to buy clothing from the 1950s to 1980s.
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