|DIGGING DEEP is the project that Water Aid are currently running in Malawi to bring clean water to 134,000 people who haven’t got any. All donations received before the 18 September will be matched by the UK Government, thereby enabling twice as many people to gain access to safe water and toilets. There will be a (dry) bucket at the back of church for a few weeks, so please dig deep(!) Don’t forget to Gift Aid it if you can. For further information, visit www.thebigdig.org
JENNY RYDER, recently back from New Zealand, has been appointed as our next Worker with Students and Young Adults, commencing 1 September. We offer her our congratulations as we look forward to supporting her in this important role.
BROOMHALL STORIES The Launch event for this will be in Sunday 30th September, 7 – 8.30pm. There will be a 30 minutes film about Broomhall, made by the people of Broomhall and an opportunity to discuss memories and hear more about the project. Please see the poster in the foyer for more details or contact Chris Richardson on 07762 149059.
SAVE (Sheffield Agencies for the Vulnerable and Excluded) is looking for a new chair. Interested? Please contact Ruth Grayson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STORAGE? Does anyone have space to store 2 two-seater leather sofas for a period of time, anywhere that is clean and dry. It may be up to 12 months. Any help would be gratefully received. Please contact Donna Yeates on 07730 516273.
|GARDENING For many years, Kay Hudson has been responsible for the church grounds. During that time she has developed them creatively and beautifully. Alas, Kay has decided it is time to stand down and will do so at the end of September. In due course, we will wish to express our appreciation; presently, however, we need to know whether there are members of the congregation who would be willing to take responsibility either individually or as part of a team for a section of the grounds (eg memorial garden, flower bed by the lounge, border along Broomfield Road). Interested parties, please have a word with Ian, Gary or Michael. Thank you.
HARVEST FESTIVAL will be celebrated on Sunday 7 October when the International Committee will once again be selling homemade jams, chutneys and preserves you have made or donated. Last year, marmalade as well as strawberry and raspberry jam were in particularly high demand. Please start preserving as soon as you can. Thank you. Shan.
JAM JARS Related to the above, in preparation for jam making, please could you return any clean jam jars with lids to Shan or Briony. Thank you.
ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 3 weeks to go! If you haven’t chosen your workshops please do so TODAY as we need to progress final details this week. Response forms can be filled in online or on sheets at the back of church.
FINAL PAYMENTS for the weekend are also now due thank you!
|MARRIAGE BLESSING After getting married in Scotland last month, Jelly Morgans and Stephen Canning are inviting everyone to their marriage blessing at Night Service on Sunday 9th September at 8.00pm. Please bring cake to share afterwards. All welcome! Jelly will also be preaching that morning at the 10.00am service.
CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless (Nottingham), will join us on Saturday 17 November, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social responsibility and justice. This is an open meeting.
OPEN CHURCH To enable us to keep St Mark’s open each Saturday, we are looking for volunteers who would be willing to take a turn in opening the church around 9.00 am and then returning to lock up around 5.00 pm. If you might be interested, please have a word with Anne or one of the clergy.
HOSPITALITY NEEDED! Hosts are needed for a group visiting Sheffield from our link Diocese in Hattingen-Witten Germany, from 6 – 12 October (bed, breakfast & evening meal). German speaking not a requirement. Please contact Pat Bancroft (234 4966).
DAVID JARDINE A Thanksgiving Service for David will take place on Saturday 8 September at 11.0am in St Luke’s, Lodgemoor. Buffet afterwards. Donations in favour of the Church Mission Society or St Luke’s Hospice.
PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.
|MARKS MESSENGER is out this Sunday for the bargain price of 60p. Please find it in your pigeonholes or on the card stall.
OCTOBER MARK’S MESSENGER Any contributions to the next Messenger would be welcomed by Hazel Elliott-Kemp. Please contact her at email@example.com no later than 15 September. Many thanks.
BROOMHALL NEWS Catch up on the latest in Broomhall. There are copies of this on the card stall in the foyer.
CHOROS AMICI National prize winning choir at St Mark’s this Saturday 8 September at 7.30 pm (4 Sheffield members include Robert Saunders). A bit of everything from Purcell & Sweelinck to Britten and Mantyjarvi. Lots of fun to be had for all! Proceeds support Sheffield Mencap. Tickets from Honey Smith tel.2630140
SHEFFIELD RENEWABLES are having the launch of their Community Share Offer on Saturday September 15th at 3.00pm at United Reform Church on Norfolk Street. For more information, see the press release in the foyer. If you wish to attend, please
DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY, entitled, ‘Salt and Light: Transformation of God’s World’ will take place on Saturday 6 October. Every parish is invited to learn about and share their experience of serving our society in this free day run by the diocese. The key note speaker is Ann Morisy, community theologian and author of best-selling books, Beyond the Good Samaritan and Journeying Out. Seminars will include sessions on global justice, the Bible and politics, understanding asylum and renewing the earth. A panel of speakers will address issues of ethics in business and unemployment. It will take place in Sheffield and you will need to bring a packed lunch. For more details please speak to Shan or sign up on the sheet on the notice board. Thank you. Shan.