Weekly Update – 29th January 2012

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.

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.

POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK 28 January to 5 February. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking Barriers’ ‘Our world is filled with barriers between people. They are created by unfair benefits rules and inadequate wages, by the stigma attached to being poor or homeless, and by the growing gap between the richest and poorest people in our society. Churches and community projects can break these barriers. They can challenge prejudice, enable excluded people to live full lives, and build a fairer world.’ Today and next Sunday will engage with this theme. See also: Homelessness Service at the Cathedral TODAY at 3pm and Breaking Barriers in our unequal society – open meeting at St Wilfrid’s Centre (524 Queen’s Road) this Tuesday at 7.00 pm.

SHELVING Plans are being drawn up to remake the bookshelves on the chapel side of the Narthex so that they can be used as an extension to the library. If this raises questions or concerns, please have a word with the Vicar or Churchwardens.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy and Geoffrey Harbord on the birth of Eleanor Margaret Katharine on Sunday 15 January, weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs and 9 oz.

BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION If you are interested in finding out more about either of these Christian rites, please come along on Sunday 19 February at 11.30 am or 7.30 pm. Alternatively, have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

PASSION SUNDAY The choir will be singing Faure’s Requiem this year as part of the Passion Sunday Evening service, as well as some other pieces. If you wish to be part of the choir for this please come along on a Thursday at 7.00pm. All welcome.

CHURCH CLEANING Following a review of arrangements, we are able to offer an employment opportunity of up to 12 hours per week at a rate of £7.60 per hour, preferably to person/s associated with St Mark’s or familiar with church life. Job sharing welcome. Further work may be available. For additional details, please contact Michael Hunt (285 1473; mhunt.springcottage@virgin.net), or Anne Padget, in the church office.

EILEEN STIRLING died on Tuesday, peacefully in the Northern General Hospital. A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St Mark’s on Tuesday 7 February at 1.30 pm. We give thanks for her full and fruitful life, offering our condolences to Charles, Julia and Alex.

LENT COURSE this year is entitled ‘Practising Hopefulness’. This will follow on from last year’s successful course ‘The Practice of Paradise’. However, attendance last year is not a pre-requisite! Groups will start in the week beginning 27 February for 5 weeks. Further details will follow shortly. Please see the lists at the back of church and sign up to a group.

 

 

 

PLEDGES 2012 – UPDATE from the Treasurer. 88 responses have now been received promising additional giving of £6,552 (including recovered tax) towards the required target of £9,500 for 2012. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  However, further pledges are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church. Our cost budget has not increased over last year’s level but we need additional giving because our existing given income has been significantly reduced due to lost givers and reduced circumstances of others. Consequently, if you have yet to respond, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. If needed, spare forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder

URGENT APPEAL FOR NEW GIVERS The above notice highlights our urgent need for increased regular income. Consequently, if you are a regular member/attendee of the church and not in any of our formal giving schemes (i.e. monthly standing order or weekly white envelopes) please consider completing a pledge form in order to start and return it to Judith Pitchforth, Assistant Treasurer, as soon as possible. Also, if you are a tax payer, please give by Gift Aid (by completing the declaration on the Pledge Form) so that we can claim from HMRC, at no extra cost to you, an additional 25p on every £1 you give. Pledge Packs (including Pledge Forms) are available at the back of church for those who would like to start. Thank you in anticipation. David Ryder, Treasurer

MORE CRÈCHE HELPERS WANTED! Crèche is growing and we’d love to recruit some more helpers. Please see Philippa Legon or Sue for more info.

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.

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!

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. Details and forms at the back of church.

CAFE CULTURE @ HARLAND CAFE, John Street, Sharrow. This is a series of monthly cafe-style events with discussion on politics, culture, philosophy, arts and science. Open to everyone. Starts on Friday 10 February, 7pm – 8.30pm, with Paul Blomfield MP on “What makes a GOOD Society?” www.harlandcafe.co.uk/ 2011/12/cafe-culture

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

 

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