Weekly Update – 15th January 2012

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance. Please contact Anne in the office.

IAN MAHER will be ordained Deacon this June before commencing a curacy at the Cathedral. This is an excellent opportunity for Ian and one that should complement his chaplaincy work at Sheffield Hallam University.

LENT COURSE This year there will be a Lent Course entitled ‘Practicing Hopefulness’. This will follow on from last year’s successful course ‘The Practice of Paradise’, but you do not have to have attended last year. Groups will start in the week beginning 27 February for 5 weeks. Further details will follow shortly.

WEEK OF PRAYER for Christian Unity falls between 18 and 25 January. There will be a special CTBB BRING AND SHARE LUNCH next Sunday at St Mark’s followed by a brief ecumenical service at 2.00 pm. It would be excellent to have a range of tasty morsels on offer, and people have been really generous in the past. So if you feel able, please sign up at the back of church. Many thanks.

THANK YOU from Renate and Ian Smith for remembering them in your prayers during their time in Uganda.  This support was a source of encouragement and comfort.  Ian is returning to Kampala until Easter while Renate is staying behind to await the arrival of their first grandchild!

PV PANELS are now in place, after much forward planning, hard work and committed giving. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, whether financially or in any other way.

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 and are available at the back of church for those who would like to start. So far we have received 56 pledges, representing an increase in giving of £2,372 – a good start, but well short of the target figure of £9,500! If you have not yet returned your pledge response, please do so as soon as possible. If you currently do not pledge please do consider it so that we can keep supporting the ministry of this church in the community. If you now pay income tax or have ceased paying income tax please inform Judith Pitchforth so that she can make an accurate claim from HMRC – 25p in every pound can be claimed through gift aid so it makes a real difference to our income. Thank you.

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE There are lots of ways in which we can become more involved at St Mark’s, whether we have only recently started coming or have been a part of the church community for some time. Please complete a yellow Stewardship Response and place it in the box at the back church. Thank you!

FLOWER ROTA Please let me know if you would like to continue donating money for a particular Sunday or, if you are new to St. Mark’s, if you would like to give money for a particular Sunday maybe in memory of someone. If there is anyone who would like to join us in arranging flowers on a rota basis please let me know. Many thanks. Mary-Jane Ryder

mjryder.ivypark@btinternet.com or Tel 2303242 or catch me on a Sunday – I sing in the choir.

 

 

 

SHEFFIELD JESUS CENTRE is opening on Friday 24 February, 2.00 -3.30 pm. It is based at 93 Broomspring Lane. There will be an opportunity to find out about their aims and work in the community and take a tour of the building. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and you can turn up on the day. All welcome.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism. As always, it promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day. Please note, due to international commitments, the date has now been changed to Saturday 19 May. There are details and forms at the back of church. All welcome.

THE HEART’S TIME – A BOOK FOR LENT The next library session, on Thursday 26 January, 6.00-9.00 pm at St Mark’s, is ideally timed to support your new year’s resolution about reading, or your search for a fresh and thought-provoking Lent book for 2012. Janet Morley will give a talk and lead discussion about poetry and our spiritual journey, and will sell copies of her new SPCK book, ‘The Heart’s Time: a poem a day for Lent and Easter’. Light refreshments are served, and a chance to browse the library. All welcome.

TURN CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO WOODLAND! For January 2012 there will be Christmas card recycling bins in over 300 M&S stores. M&S will plant one tree with the Woodland Trust for every 1,000 Christmas cards brought into store – with the aim of saving over 10 million cards from the rubbish bin this year, equating to 10,000 new native trees! Do take yours along – and tell a friend!

POVERTY AND HOMELESSNESS WEEK 2012: You are invited to two events organised by Church Action on Poverty and others: The Homelessness Service at 3pm on Sunday 29 January at Sheffield’s Anglican Cathedral (Preacher: Father Shaun Smith); a meeting on ‘Breaking Barriers’ in our unequal society – 7.00pm on Tuesday 31 January at St. Wilfrid’s Centre 524 Queen’s Road. Enquiries to David Price.

 
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!

AUCTION OF PROMISES To ensure that everyone who wishes to go on the Parish Weekend can do so, we are holding a special fund-raising event after the Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday, 21 February.  Please take a leaflet away. Promises in by the end of January please.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of 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. Please refer the person to a member of the clergy or Jane Padget rather than giving money. This will help us to develop a consistent and supportive response.

MORE CRÈCHE HELPERS WANTED! We are delighted that our crèche is expanding and we’d love to recruit some more helpers. Please see Philippa Legon or Sue for more info.

 

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