Weekly Update – 18th November 2012

THINGS WE’D RATHER NOT THINK ABOUT is the title of a series of Sunday 10.00am sermons and 6.00pm led reflections in which we are taking a fresh look at traditional Advent themes: death, judgement, dying, heaven & hell.  These are challenging topics which faith invites us to engage with openly, honestly and hopefully.  All welcome.

GENERAL SYNOD meets this week and will vote on the final amended version of legislation enabling women to be ordained as Bishops.  You may find the following prayer helpful: Gracious, loving Lord, we look forward with hope and joyful anticipation to the time when men and women can serve you, and all people, equally in every task within your Church.  Thank you that every position held and task done is valued by you and furthers your mission on earth. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayer.  Amen. (WATCH)

CTBB ADVENT LUNCH There will be no lunch here on 9 December as there will be a CTBB shared lunch at 12.15pm followed by an Advent service at 1.45pm at St Andrews.  We will be taking food down and would like volunteers to cook meat and veggie lasagnes as well as offer salads and bread.   Please sign up at the back of church if you can help.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR ADVENT is in the lounge on Thursdays from 6.00pm.

All welcome.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP is following the Sermon Series on ‘Things we’d rather not think about’ 11.15 am. All Welcome. 

WEEKEND AWAY We’ve booked the Hayes Conference Centre again for 18-20 September 2015. A date for your diaries!

HOT STUFF Soup Run is asking for tins of beans and tins of sausages. Also donations of clothing plus bedding would be very gratefully received.  Gary.

COFFEE & BISCUITS The introduction of biscuits has been a great success, but the supply needs to be maintained by donations. If you would like to bring a packet of biscuits, please have a word with the people serving coffee, who will be able to tell you whether more are needed at any time. Thank you.

CHURCH GROUNDS Kay Hudson is no longer working as St Mark’s Gardener.  If you have any queries about the grounds or would like to volunteer to help look after them, please have a word with Mike Hunt or Ian.  Thank you.


Christian Aid – This annual Sheffield churches’ event will take place in Fargate on Saturday 8 December. All singers and musicians are welcome, and we also need one collector. Last year’s carol singing raised £1,400, so if you can spare an hour in the afternoon please contact Alison for further details (tel: 221 4578). 

Broomhill and Broomhall residential homes on the evening of Tuesday 11 December.

Outside Eurospar on Saturday 22 December, 10.00 am – 12 noon.

It would be great to have a jolly group of singers bringing festive cheer.  Please sign up at the back if you want to be part in any of these opportunities.

FAITH WALK around Broomhall TODAY, to celebrate Interfaith Week.  Meet at Sheffield University Students’ Union at 2.00 pm, walk and talk and share afternoon tea at 3.00 pm. All welcome! 

HOME DONATIONS Are there any local or UK based charities or causes that you think our church should support in funds or perhaps in kind? We are meeting at 3.00 pm NEXT SUNDAY to consider this year’s grants, and would welcome new suggestions . Please contact Miranda Myers on 2680043 or e mail asmmyers5@gmail.com.

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE are meeting at 11.15 am NEXT SUNDAY to consider allocation of this year’s donations, and would welcome your input as to charities or causes you think we as a community could support. Please contact Shan on 07598156817 or e-mail shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk or talk to anyone representing you on the International Committee. See board in foyer for who we are!

CHRISTMAS CARDS and other goodies will be on sale in aid of Oxfam and fair trade at the back of church on the following Sundays – 18 November, 25 November and 2 December.

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!

MAKING FRIENDS Would you like to make new friend(s) by offering hospitality  to a student? Talk to me after the service or via email: jen@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

FOOD BANK One way in which we can support our neighbours is by supplying provisions for distribution via Food Banks.  There is now a box at the back of church with a list of suitable food items which will be taken to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  Thank you.

WORCESTER PEACE TRAIN If you would like to support this process of reconciliation in South Africa please give generously.   For further details, see the flyers and details at the back of church.  

MOSQUE OPEN DAY Sunday 25 November, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm at Madina Masjid, Wolseley Road, S8 0ZU.  All welcome, no need to book.

SARAH HALL, Minister at St Andrew’s URC, has accepted a new appointment in Southampton and will leave Sheffield after Easter.  Sarah has contributed much to the life of CTBB and Broomhall and will be greatly missed. 

JOIN BREAST CANCER CARE to celebrate a magical evening of Carols by Candlelight at the Cathedral on Thursday 13 December, commencing 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 (£4 concessions) can be booked via fundraisingnorth@breast cancercare.org.uk or call 0114 263 6471.

ROAD CLOSURE Part of Beech Hill Road will be closed next Sunday from 7.30am for removal of equipment by a construction company.  This will block off that end of Broomfield Road.  Please be aware of this when coming to church.

NIGHT SERVICE PRAYER BOOK by Mark Newitt and Jen Ryder is for sale for £5.  If anyone would like a copy, please get in touch with Tanya (2326696 or tanyakralph@hotmail.com).

HEROES OF FAITH An opportunity to tell people about your heroes of faith during Interfaith Week. St. Andrew’s, Psalter Lane THIS TUESDAY at 7.00pm.  Please see the poster at the back for more info.  All welcome.

NURTURING COMMUNITY We had a great first outing to The Showroom.  If you’d like to join us come along at 6pm on 6 December and/or 10 January (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX).  Let Angela know you’re coming on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com.


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