Weekly Update – 21st October 2012

PARISH WEEKEND A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion.  Delegates are encouraged to complete a Feedback Form (copies available at the back). NEXT TIME Back by popular demand, the date for the next Parish Weekend is 18 – 20 September 2015.  Pop it in your diaries now to be well prepared.

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the lounge that began last 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 which faith invites us to engage with openly, honestly and hopefully.  All welcome.

SERVERS’ MEETING There will be a meeting of our servers at 11.15 am, front of church TODAY.

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 NEXT SUNDAY 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.

BILL RYDER’S FUNERAL will be this Thursday at 12 noon followed by a reception in the lounge.  All are invited to attend.

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.  This is an opportunity for a taster and to give input before monthly meetings in the new year.  All welcome.  For more information, please speak to Anne Padget or Margaret Stone.

ORDINATION of Michael Burn as Deacon will take place at 6.30 pm on 16 December in Sheffield Cathedral.  He will be licensed to Rotherham Minster.  Our prayers and good wishes are with him.

NURTURING COMMUNITY We’re starting a monthly cinema trip meeting at the Showrooms on a Thursday evening.  Sue and Angela will be there on 8 Nov, 6 Dec and 10 Jan from 6.00 pm and would love your company!  Call Angela on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com

Interested in a cycling group? Tell Gary 231 6031 ggrief@somail.it

SHEFFIELD CREDIT UNION Owing to an unprecedented demand last Sunday, we ran out of application forms to join the Sheffield Credit Union. A fresh supply has been obtained with forms available in church or by contacting Robin Story.

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 in any way 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 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!

HATS FOR SOUP RUN Some dark coloured beanies would be great.  If you are able to knit, I have a simple beanie knitting pattern.  Many thanks, Sue Parker.

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

MAKING FRIENDS Would you like to make new friend(s) by offering hospitality (perhaps in the form of an occasional meal) to a student? I’m looking for people who would like to volunteer to be link people/couples/families and help our new students settle in and feel at home in our congregation. Talk to me after the service or email me on jen@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

ALTERNATIVE SUNDAY LUNCH There’s no Sunday lunch today or next week as we’re breaking for half-term. I wondered whether anyone would like to come for lunch at the Admiral Rodney in Loxley then have a walk around the Dam Flask Reservoir? Meet me at front of church at 12pm to discuss logistics! Jen Ryder

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.

TAX JUSTICE Following the visit of the Tax Justice Bus and the Public Hearing at the Cathedral on 10 October, Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty’ urge us to fill in a card to the Prime Minister calling for tax justice both to help developing countries and alleviate the cuts in the UK. Cards are available today in the narthex. Please fill one in.

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.

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. Tickets call 269 4958 or www.sheffieldcityopera.co.uk

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