Christmas Services

Sunday 23rd December 6.30pm
Candlelit Carol Service

Christmas Eve 5pm Crib Service

Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 10am Family Service with Holy Communion and Carols

 

Vigil for Remembrance Day

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.

Halloween

At Halloween hardy volunteers from St Mark’s handed out sweets, candied eyeballs and snakes to children trick or treating in St Marks Road Teddington. All the treats were gone by 7pm so we need to make sure we have more next year!

Halloween Sweets

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!

Halloween sweets from 5.30pm outside church

Full of Life Fair

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.

 

Remembrance Day Services

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

Remembrance Services 10-11th November

Photo by John Beniston and used under creative commons licence.

Harvest Festival 7th October

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
Sugar
Mashed potato (packet)
Rice
Tinned fruit/puddings (400gms)
Tinned meat
Coffee
Jam/marmalade
Breakfast Cereals

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!

www.forageaid.org.uk

www.spearlondon.org

 

Restoration work

Many thanks to Terry and all the crew from Metro flooring who did a phenomenal job in the very high temperatures of the English summer. The floor looks great. There is a working party this Saturday the 11th August at 10.30am to move the furniture and get rid of the dust.

Church Reordering

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.

 

Community Gardening

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.