Weekly Update – 3rd February 2013

RETIRING ‘BUCKET’ COLLECTION will be taken for Church Action on Poverty.  Please give generously and Gift Aid your donation if you are a UK taxpayer.

GARDEN PARTY MEETING will take place after church NEXT SUNDAY.  Please come if you are rep for any of the primary stalls.  This is important for setting the ground work for the Garden Party.

SUNDAY LUNCHES are starting again this week – all are very welcome! There’s still some space between now and May, so see Jen if you’d like to cook some time.

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.’

MESSENGER February’s Messenger is now available for the bargain price of 60p on the card stall or in your pigeonholes.

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

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!

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!

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.

WELFARE REFORM LISTENING TRAINING: All are invited to an information and training morning on the effects of current welfare reform, organised by Church Action on Poverty and the Anglican and Catholic Dioceses. It is from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Saturday 23 February at Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Attercliffe S9 3WU. If interested, please inform David Price (0114 296 0806) who wants to see if we could mount some interviews in Broomhall.

PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – As noted last week, there has been a magnificent response to our Pledge Appeal. We have now received 92 responses promising in total increased giving of £13,000 (including recoverable tax) which achieves our target. Responses comprise 10 new pledges, 54 increases, 24 no changes and 4 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. In addition, further pledges will also cushion against any future income reductions.  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. 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? Contact ginaclayton@blueyonder.co.uk.

COMMUNITY CINEMA The next outing is THIS TUESDAY to see ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’  Meet at the Showroom from 6.00 pm in the bar.  Drinks and food after the film.  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.  Thanks!

‘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, Saturday  20 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.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, Saturday 11 May 2013, 10.00am-4.00pm.  Non-members £15, CRC/PCN Members £13, Students £5.  Forms on the CRC table.FILM: ‘Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution,’ Wednesday,  20 February 7.00-9.00 pm, Quaker Meeting House.  FREE! All welcome! Farmers, gaining access to land for the first time, work in co-operatives to break the country’s reliance on imports.

SHEFFIELD YOUNG ARTISTS OF THE YEAR There will be a charity concert in support of this THIS FRIDAY at Birkdale school.  Tickets at £10.00.  Please see the poster on the community noticeboard.   

A FAIR DEAL FOR SHEFFIELD?

Sheffield City Council is being forced by the Government to cut its expenditure by £50 million for the financial year 2012/13.    Is this fair? A city wide petition, supported by the Bishops of Sheffield and Hallam – will be sent to the Prime Minister.  Please sign either online at www.afairdealforsheffield.com or using the forms in church.  Stuart Bennett.

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 Multi-faith Chapel and Library Days, 11.00am.

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