Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 10am Family Service with Holy Communion and Carols
On the 10th November at 6.30pm there will be a short vigil for Remembrance Sunday and 100th anniversary of the end of the first world world war. The vigil will feature poetry, music and memories of relatives who lived through the war.
The silhouette is in memory of Bill Harris whose name is on the memorial board in the chapel at St Mark’s. The names of those who died are read out at the main Sunday service at 10am on 11th November.
Last year St Mark’s braved the cold and the dark and the fearsome trick or treaters and handed out sweets from the church gate to ghouls and witches and monsters. This year we are back from about 5.30-7.30pm with a fearsome selection of All Hallows Eve sweets and goodies. Come and find us and show off your costumes!
Churches in the Richmond Borough offer lots of activities for older people and our vicar Revd Karen was at the Full of Life Fair at Twickenham Stadium on the 26th October to promote that work. It was very busy as information was shared, jam was given and the there was an opportunity to have a hand massage from Tina at Embracing Age. St Mark’s church has a coffee morning on Wednesdays in the small hall from around 10.30am, a Grandparent’s Group and a Memory Cafe. Contact us for more details.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the ending of the 1st world war. To mark this we are having a short vigil service from 6.30pm to around 7.30pm on the 10th November with readings and poetry.
On Sunday we will be holding our usual Sunday service at 10am where the names of those who died in the parish in the two world wars are read out and there will be a two minute silence at 11am.
On the afternoon of the 11th November our Messy Church will be on a theme of remembering those we love. There will be craft activities for children and the a story, some songs and of course lots of cake. All welcome from 2.30-4pm
Photo by John Beniston and used under creative commons licence.
Our Harvest Festival is on the 7th October. We are collecting money for Forage Aid which gives support to UK farmers who are unable to feed their livestock due to this year’s extreme weather. We were hoping to collect dry foods and toiletries on behalf of SPEAR in Twickenham which supports single homeless people in the area but they are not accepting harvest gifts this year as they do not have space. We will be donating to the local food bank in Richmond. This is there current shopping list.
UHT milk (1 litre)
Long life fruit juice
Mashed potato (packet)
Tinned fruit/puddings (400gms)
The service starts at 10am but donations for the foodbank can be left at the back of church and we will collect them during the week. Please check sell by dates!
The church will be closed from the 1st August for around 10 days as the floor is sanded down and revarnished. The pews have been cut down and can be moved on their own skateboards. We need to order more chairs and new pew cushions but we will wait to see what colour the floor is before we make our final decision.
Our local carpenter David Olsen of St Marks Rd Teddington did a brilliant job and we are delighted with our new moveable pews.
Today a group of locals got together to add some colour to the borders around the all weather court behind the church. Lots of people turned out to clear out the weeds, dig holes, plant plants and water them in. There was tea and cake for the adults and sandwiches for the children. With many thanks to the Teddington Society, Hampton Court, Nick, Dave, Andy and the cadets from the Met and all those who wielded pickaxes to break the soil which is rock hard at the moment. Herb boxes were being built as I left and there is a plan to go back to do more planting and planning for spring sowing in Septemberish.