Weekly Update – 20th January 2013

MARK McCOMBS, our new Director of Music, is now in post.  We offer him a warm welcome and hope he soon feels at home at St Mark’s.

WATCH (Women And The CHurch) is looking for new members and financial support.  NEXT SUNDAY, we will focus on what’s been happening since the General Synod vote as well as on what needs to happen next.  There will be a special meeting at 11.30 am.

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless, will join us on Saturday 2 February from 10am to 1pm to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice. Tea and coffee available from 9.30am. All welcome. Please inform David Price (0114 296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com) if you intend to come.

LENT GROUPS This year we are focusing on Paul’s tumultuous, difficult and yet ultimately enlightening relationship with a young spirited church in Corinth with a view to seeing see what light the experience of that Christian community can throw upon ours.  Please collect a flyer for further details and sign up!

FURNITURE NEEDED A small dining table, rugs and cushions.  Please have a word with Ian, Sue or Shan.

NEWS from Chris and Mary Knight.

Thank you for all your thoughts and cards over the Christmas period.  We are currently at The Laurels on Manchester Road.  Visiting is between 10.00am and 12noon.  It would be lovely to see you if you’re passing!

SHROVE TUESDAY 12 February – Pancakes and Cabaret! We’ll be looking for all kinds of contributions to make this an evening all can enjoy! Following on from last year’s successful fund-raiser we shall also be holding a Mystery Prize Draw so please donate any ‘unwanted Christmas presents’ or gifts. Details to follow…

JOB VACANCY CTBB wishes to appoint a Community Worker with Older People to continue Janet Brown’s work on her retirement at the end of March.  17.5 hours per week, salary NJC Pay Scale 5 (pro rata).  Further details on the notice boards in the foyer/porch.  Closing date: 4 February?  Please spread the word!

ADMINISTRATOR The Broomhill Festival Planning Group seeks to appoint an Administrator.  Approximately 200 hours per year at £10 per hour.  Further details on the notice board in the foyer.

PAULA GOODER is a freelance writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies who serves on General Synod and the ‘Women in Episcopacy’ Steering Committee, tasked with drawing up fresh legislation following the defeat of the previous version.  Paula will be speaking on Reading between the cracks: women in the Pauline communities on Sunday 10 February at St John’s Ranmoor, starting 4.00 am.  Entrance free.  All welcome.  This will be followed by a …

EUCHARST at 6.30 pm, St John’s, in celebration of the contribution of women to the ministry of the whole people of God.  Open to all.

 

PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – 54 responses to our Pledge Appeal have been received so far promising increased giving of £9,000 (including recovered tax) towards the target of £13,000 additional given income for 2013. The responses to date include 7 new pledges, 32 increases, 14 no changes and 1 decrease. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, further increases are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church at current levels.  Consequently, if you have yet to respond, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. We need every church member to return a pledge form so that we can be sure of the level of expected income for this year. Packs have now been mailed out.  If you haven’t received one, spare Pledge Appeal packs including pledge forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder – Treasurer.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE REFUGEE LAW AND JUSTICE is looking for a Treasurer. SYRLJ is a small voluntary organisation with charitable status. We work as volunteers to support refused asylum seekers in making fresh claims based on objective material.   The Treasurer would need to commit one or two hours per week, plus attending infrequent meetings. Interested?  Please contact ginaclayton@blueyonder.co.uk.

NURTURING COMMUNITY We have more cinema dates as this is proving very successful – this time on Tuesdays.  They are 5 February, 5 March and 9 April.  Let Angela know you’re coming on 07939 959450 or angela@smokingkipper.com.

FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to this.  The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food.  Thank you.

‘CELEBRATING A 21ST CENTURY FAITH’ A day to explore and share how progressive churches express Christian faith ‘on the ground’. With contributions from churches across the country, including St. Mark’s, looking at liturgy, prayer, worship and inclusivity among other things.  Saturday  20th April 2013 11.00 – 4.30  (registration from 10.30) at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Please see booking forms at the back of church for more info.

BROOMHALL STORIES EVENING will happen at Sheffield Jesus Centre THIS FRIDAY, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  The Parlour Cafe will be open from 6.30pm.  Come, watch and listen to the stories of eight Broomhall residents on screen.  Meet with them afterwards and share stories.  Free entry.  All welcome.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Images of God.  For more info please pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

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!

BRINGING FAITH INTO FAIRNESS: Putting the Fairness Commission into Practice is the title of an event organized by Sheffield Faiths Forum on Wednesday 30 January in the Town Hall Reception Rooms, 6.00 – 8.00 pm.  If you are interested in going or would like further information, please contact Mike Fitter on mikefitter@blueyonder.co.uk.

BURGREAVE ASHRAM Future events:  Mondays 4 March, 8 April, 6 May & 3 June – Meditation/Prayer, Community meal and Seminar, 12noon – 3.00pm.  Also on Saturday 13 April there will be the first of the Multi-faith Chapel and Library Days, 11.00am – 3.00pm.

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