Weekly Update – 27th January 2013

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless, will join us NEXT 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. Please inform David Price (davidprice2@googlemail.com or 296 0806) if you intend to come. All welcome.

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!

METHODIST LENT GROUPS This year the Beacon at Broomhill will hold a Lent group every Thursday at 12.15pm beginning on 14 February.  Their focus will be the Parables using Dominic Crossan’s new book “The Power of Parable”.

FANFARE We are holding a competition to compose a fanfare to be performed at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the rebuilding of St Mark’s later this year. Details on the leaflet at the back.  Entries should be sent to: Fanfare Competition, St Mark’s Vicarage, 4 St Mark’s Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2SG.  For all you budding musicians!

SHROVE TUESDAY 12 February – Pancakes and Cabaret!  Only 3 weeks to go so please sign up to make pancakes, help in the kitchen or offer an act for the Cabaret – all family entertainment welcome!  The Mystery Prize Draw is currently without prizes so please bring in donations now! Tickets on sale NOW!

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 pm.  Entrance free.  All welcome.  This will be followed by a …

EUCHARIST 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.

NEWS from Chris and Mary Knight. We are now living at The Laurels on Manchester Road and would love to see you between 10.00am and 12noon if you’re passing!

PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – There has been a magnificent response to our Pledge Appeal. 88 responses have been received to date promising increased giving of nearly £12,900 (including recoverable tax) towards our target of £13,000. Responses comprise: 10 new pledges; 52 increases; 23 no changes; 3 decreases. Very grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, there is now the opportunity to exceed our target so that we can continue to maintain with certainty the work and service of the Church and, if possible, expand it in the future. A number of you who received pledge letters still need to respond and I hope you can do so generously and as soon as possible. If you need a Pledge Form to complete, spare Pledge Appeal packs can be found at the back of the Church. 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.

CLEANING A friendly student is looking for two hours per week.  I love a good clean and would like to help someone out in the church community. Pay negotiable.  Please contact Ruth Hindmarsh on 07792282117 or come and find me at the end of the service (I will be wearing a light pink jumper). Thanks!

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

CONGRATULATIONS to Micky Fisher and Joel Hide who have been offered places at Nottingham Trent University and Keble College, Oxford, respectively.  Well done!

GOOD NEWS Why not share it?  Please let Anne know.

‘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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED I am a PhD student at the Psychology Department, Sheffield University, and need volunteers to assist with my research into improving our understanding of how people think about and behave in relation to the environment. Participation involves a single session of 45-60 minutes with an interview and questionnaires.  We will offer you £15 in return! For more information contact Aimie at 222 6542 or Aimie.hope@sheffield.ac.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.

FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has donated so far.  The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food.  Please keep it coming!

 

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