Weekly Update – 14th October 2012

PARISH WEEKEND A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion.  A selection of photos are on display in the foyer and all the messages from delegates can be found on the prayer tree.  And what about the altar frontal!  Delegates are encouraged to complete a Feedback Form (copies available at the back).

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the lounge beginning THIS MONDAY.  It is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Christian Way.  Flyers and sign-up sheet available at the back. All welcome!

CONSULTATION – DATE CHANGE Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless will join us now on Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.

THINGS WE’D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT is the title of a series of Sunday 10.00 am sermons and 6.00 pm seminars in which we will take a fresh look at traditional Advent themes: 4/11 – Death; 11/11 – Judgement; 18/11 – Dying; 25/11 – Heaven & Hell.  These are challenging topics that faith invites us to engage with openly, honestly and hopefully.  All welcome.

SERVERS’ MEETING There will be a meeting of our servers on Sunday 21 October at 11.15 am, front of church.

THE POWER OF RITUAL is the title of this autumn’s CRC conference on 3 November.  Professor Douglas Davies will help us to reflect on the significance of ritual – those practices giving shape and meaning to life – within human experience.  Baptisms, marriages, funerals – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost – brushing teeth, embracing friends, making tea – our lives are full of ritual.  Come and find out why and explore their enduring importance within progressive Christian faith.  Open to all: £12 (non-members); £10 (CRC/PCN members); £5 (students).

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR ADVENT is in the lounge on Thursdays from 6.00 to 7.00 pm, (except during half term – 1 November) We are beginning to look at music for Advent, as well as practising for Sunday mornings. All are welcome.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 28 October at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back of church. Thank you.

EXPLORING SILENCE is a new Contemplative Prayer group that will be starting at St Mark’s.  There will be an introductory evening on Tuesday 13 November at 7.00 pm in the lounge.  After that the group will meet monthly beginning in the new year and probably on a Monday evening.  The Introductory Evening in November is an opportunity for a taster and to give input.  All welcome.  For more information or if you are unable to come in November but are still interested, please speak to Anne Padget or Margaret Stone.

NURTURING COMMUNITY Fancy watching a film or going for a walk but don’t want to go on your own? We’re starting a monthly cinema trip meeting at the Showrooms on a Thursday evening to see what’s on.  Sue and Angela will be there on 8 November, 6 December and 10 January from 6.00 pm and would love your company!  Call Angela on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com

Or why not join Peter and Susan for a short walk (5 miles) from Fox House to Hathersage THIS SATURDAY. Meet at 9.55 am at Sheffield  Interchange (Platform B6) to get the 10.00 am 214 bus to Fox House – or from Hunters Bar (10.05 am); returning from Hathersage mid afternoon.  Please bring walking boots, waterproofs and a packed lunch. Contact pandswhitmill@btinternet.com or 266 7316.  Interested in a cycling group? Tell Gary 231 6031 ggrief@somail.it

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH For the last two years, we have laid on a special festive meal which has been well attended and greatly appreciated.  If you would be willing to contribute this year, whether financially, with food beforehand or cooking/serving on the day, please let Gary know (ggrief @somail.it) or come to the meeting on Sunday 28 at 11.15 am.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP is looking at Richard Rohr’s book, ‘Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life’.  11.15 am, all welcome.

ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is April 12th-14th. More details to follow but save the date!

ACCOMMODATION Jiban, studying for a PhD, and his wife and daughters from Nepal, are looking for somewhere in Broomhill or nearby.  Happy to share. All suggestions gratefully received.  Please contact Dilys Noble on 07817 651178.

HOT STUFF Soup Run has started again after the summer break, so we are asking if you are able to donate tins of soup again – tomato, oxtail or chicken. The response has always been great and we thank you, but the need goes on. And donations of clothing – all useful, especially men’s socks, gloves (fleecy for £1 at Decathlon) and jackets plus bedding – would be very gratefully received.  Gary.

HATS FOR SOUP RUN We have a wonderful collection of colourful hats which unfortunately our clients don’t feel comfortable wearing.  But some dark coloured beanies would be great.  If you are able to knit, I have a simple beanie knitting pattern.  The current crop of colourful hats will be redirected via the shoe box appeal. Many thanks, Sue Parker.

NON-STOP TURMOIL OR GLOBAL SPRING On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October at St Margaret’s Church, Lee, and on Saturday 3 November at St Philip’s Church, Leicester, with Jim Kenny, founder and Director of the interreligious study centre Common Ground, Chicago.  See the poster in the foyer for more details.

WHIRLOW GRANGE WORKSHOPS Contemplative Fire – ‘The Pulse of the Spirit’ and ‘He Who Sings Prays Twice’.  Please see the posters in the foyer or the flyers at the back of church.

1 CIRCLE TICKET AVAILABLE for All Russian concert at the City Hall on Friday 19 October at 7.00pm. Please see Briony Taylor.

SHEFFIELD CITY OPERA – FAUSTUS Fully staged and sung in English.  1-3 November 7.30 pm, 2.00pm matinee on 3rd at  Montgomery Theatre. £13 / £10 concessions and matinee price. To get tickets call 269 4958 or book online at www.sheffieldcityopera.co.uk

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power, total energy generated and CO2 savings, is in the foyer.  Plus info about climate change and improving our carbon footprint.

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