Weekly Update – 4th December 2011

VOLUNTARIES Today’s voluntaries are English works based on Advent hymns, separated by 400 years.
CHRISTMAS EVE ‘NATIVITY’ PLAY If you would like to be involved, please sign up – acting, costumes, props, directing, producing, hospitality, publicity. Rehearsals: Sun 4 Dec at 11.30 am, Wed 7 Dec at 6.00 pm, and Fri 15 Dec at 6.00 pm.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS for all households in Broomhill are packed up by street and are ready for delivery. Can you help? If so, please take a bundle away with you today. Thank you!

BUDGET 2012 has been set at £220,650, a slightly lower figure than in 2011. Owing to reduced income this year, however, we will still need to raise an additional £9,500 in 2012 to balance the books.

PLEDGES 2012 Packs have now been sent out to those who already give regularly to St Mark’s as well as for those who would like to start. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE Please complete one!

CHRISTINGLE will take place on Sunday 11 December at 4.30 pm. Please pick up a Children’s Society collection ‘candle’ today and bring it back to the service. Thank you!

UK CHARITIES The Home Donations Committee meets on 12 December to allocate grants from St Marks. Please get in touch with any suggestions. Miranda Myers 0114 2680043 or asmmyers5@gmail.com.

BREAST CANCER CARE CAROL   SERVICE THIS WEDNESDAY at 7.30 pm, at Sheffield Cathedral.  A lovely evening of   singing from local young choirs, readings and carols, in candlelight.    Tickets available from 0114 2636480.


ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

PV PANELS UPDATE All permissions have now been granted and work on installing the panels will begin this week. Homeco Energy is confident the work can be completed by the cut off date of 12 December and we therefore need to collect pledged monies as soon as possible. David Ryder is away so please address all pledge queries to our Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth (tel: 0114 2307685).

DIGESTING BORG The final two of these stand-alone seminars – a follow up to the recent CRC conference – will take place TONIGHT and on 11 December at 5.00pm. All welcome.

LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS We now have a collection box for used low energy light bulbs at the back of church. These should not be disposed of with regular household waste, so please use this if there is no collection point in your area.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS can be a nice seasonal bonus and some of us are fortunate in not relying on these for our heating bills. You can now give yours to those in need. Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign to encourage individuals to make donations to help vulnerable people affected by the cold winter. See details and make donation – www.localgiving.com/saga.

MARK’S MESSENGER The Bumper 2 month Seasonal Issue to take you through to the New Year is now available and still only 60p – bargain! Collect it from your pigeonholes today or buy one on the card stall.





HUMAN RIGHTS DAY THIS SATURDAY. The Sheffield Amnesty International Group will mark this day with a vigil outside the Town Hall from 1.00 to 2.00 pm Your support is needed. At 8.00 pm in the Broomhall Centre, there will be a event with live music from the amazing band, The Free Radicals. Tickets £8/£4 may be ordered from Robin Story.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served at around 1.00 pm. Tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office. Also, if you are able to help in some way or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

OCCUPYSHEFFIELD CAMP This is NOT leisure camping! Please come and find out what it IS about. Visitors are very welcome. If you want more info, or to meet there please contact me: 2664366 / 07952577363/ m.whitebrook@cooptel.net or on their website; occupysheffield.org

Maureen Whitebrook.

CAROLS IN FARGATE As usual, CHRISTIAN AID will be singing carols in Fargate at the end of Norfolk Row THIS SATURDAY. This is a jolly occasion and an important witness by the combined churches in Sheffield to what we think is important at Christmas. The St. Mark’s slot is 2.30-3.30p.m. So, calling all MUSICIANS and all who like singing, wrap up warm and come along a few minutes before 2.30. Please sign the list at the back of church, and bring your friends. Don’t forget CHRISTMAS CARDS are on sale here today. Since the Fairtrade shop has now closed, this is on behalf of Oxfam, to support their work.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00 -5.00pm. A special warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall. Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.

OCCASIONALLY someone comes to St Mark’s asking for money. Please be confident that there is a discretional fund in place. In the first instance, please refer the person to a member of the clergy or Jane Padget (Vulnerable Adults Officer), rather than giving money. This will help us to develop a more consistent and supportive response. Thank you.

SHARING HOSPITALITY OVER ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS If you can help with refreshments over the festive period it would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the flip chart as soon as possible. Many thanks.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or call Tricia Watts on 07931562442 / 2634591 or consulting the information in church.

HARLEQUIN BRASS AND THE STERNDALE SINGERS are joining forces to raise funds for the Sheffield charity HARC (Homeless and Rootless at Christmas) in a Family Christmas Concert at 4pm THIS SATURDAY. Tickets, on the door, cost £8.00; Concessions £6.00; Students £3.00; under 16s free and include mince pies and Christmas Punch.




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