Weekly Update – 1st April 2012

VOLUNTARIES Jehan Alain died in combat at the age of 29.  His Litanies is prefaced with the words: ‘When, in its distress, the Christian soul can find no more words to implore the mercy of God, it repeats without ceasing the same fierce-faithed prayer. Reason reaches its limits and only belief can chase its flight’.

CONGRATULATIONS to Reid Humble who has been recommended to train for ordained ministry within the Church of England.  He will commence this Autumn.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Mark’s on Sunday 20 May at 5.00 pm.  This represents an important development in Shan’s ministry so please make every effort to be there.  Thank you.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST is to be updated.  If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church.  If you are unsure whether you are currently on the List, please consult the schedule of names at the back.

LOCUM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Martin Lightowler has agreed to direct on Sunday mornings from 15 April until the end of July and possibly beyond.  Look out for him in the choir on Palm Sunday!

CHURCH CLEANING is now being undertaken by Tim Moore and John Whitmill.  Let’s support them!

MENTAL HEALTH COURSE is being run by the Diocese of Sheffield. For more details please see the flyers at the back.

MAUNDY THURSDAY VIGIL If you would like to be part of the Maundy Thursday Vigil of Silent Prayer following the 8.00 pm service, please add your name to the list on the chapel door.  Thank you.

GOOD FRIDAY ALL AGE CRAFTS This year we are inviting all ages to join together to create and reflect.  Easter Garden and various crafts, followed by All Age Worship.  9.30-11.30.

CHURCH ELECTIONS for  Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councillors will take place at the Annual Parochial Meetings.  Nomination forms for the former and a nominations register for the latter can be found on the notice board in  the entrance lobby.  Who would you like to serve as a Churchwarden or represent you on the PCC?  Are you willing to serve?

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL MEETINGS will be held on Wednesday 25 April.  There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm.  We will be reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next as well as electing two Churchwardens and up to 18 members of the Parochial Church Council. This is an open meeting.  Please sign up at the back if you are able to contribute some food.

ELECTORAL ROLL, the church’s membership list, is being updated. If you are not on the Roll, please complete a form which is available at the back of Church and place it in the box provided. The Roll will be closed on 10 April until after the Annual Church Meetings. Peter Ryder, Electoral Roll Officer.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.  It promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day.  Details at the back of church.

 


SUNDAY LUNCH We are looking for more people to prepare our Sunday lunches. This does NOT mean that you would have to stay for lunch.  Interested?  Please speak to Alan Yearsley –  alan_yearsley@hotmail.com or 07958 079048. There will be no lunch for at least the next two Sundays after today – we hope to re-launch it soon after Easter.

MARK’S MESSENGER: If you are proposing to contribute to the May edition, please consult with David Price and submit copy by 16 April or earlier if possible (davidprice2@googlemail.com).

ST MARK’S WEEKEND There is now someone at the back of church every Sunday to take bookings as well as further payments for those who have already booked.  Details and application forms are available.  This is definitely an event for ALL the church community!  Remember to bring your Payment Card every time you make a payment.  Thanks.

MIDWEEK WELCOMERS If you would be willing to welcome visitors to St Mark’s and can spare 2 hours per fortnight please have a word with Anne.

THE WELCOME PLACE in Broomhall is hoping to do some cooking of simple, wholesome meals for people to make and take home.  If you could help occasionally please have a word with Sue.  We are still knitting and sewing – please come and join in!

FAIRNESS COMMISSION Sheffield City Council has set up a Fairness Commission to tackle inequality across the city. You can take part in its work at  https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy–performance/fairness-commission.html

PHOTOGRAPHY REQUEST Can anyone lend me a gizmo for converting 35mm slides into JPG digital images?  Michael Miller; tel 258 3678; email mgm@alexgdn.fsnet.co.uk

 

TROUBLEMAKERS’ WALK: Following the Auction of Promises, this walk will be held at 3.00 pm on Sunday 22 April and 3.00 pm on Sunday 6 May starting at Paradise Square. The charge is £5.00.  If you are interested but did not bid for it at the auction, please contact David Price (davidprice2@googlemail.com)

CONTEMPLATIVE LEARNING IN COMMUNITY ‘Understanding the Gospel in the biographical narratives of Jesus’ will be the subject of fortnightly discussions taking place with the Multi-faith Chaplaincy and Library Burngreave Ashram on Friday evenings at the Quaker Meeting House.  Please see poster in the foyer for details.

A NEW ‘HOMELESS’ HOSTEL Kevin Bradley of St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queen’s Road has launched an appeal for a new 50 bed hostel for the homeless. To support this worthy cause, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Kershaw is arranging a sponsored 250 mile cycle ride across Scotland in May. Please donate by going to www.justgiving.com/andykershaw01

GET INVOLVED with the work of Parliament.  A free workshop for voluntary groups on how to engage with Parliament’s work and processes for the benefit of your community.  20 April 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane. To book a place and for further information, please contact 020 7219 1650 or parliamentaryoutreach@parliament.uk

2012 PLEDGES We are still about £2,000 short of our target for increased given income in 2012.  Consequently, if you have yet to respond or are not in our pledged giving scheme and would like to join, please return a pledge form as soon as possible to either David Ryder or Judith Pitchforth.  Spare forms are at the back of church.

HOME SWEET HOME? Come along to this new discussion course to explore the changes to Sheffield and our communities.  Please see details on the poster in the foyer.

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