Weekly Update – 14th April 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Lent Course, especially Michael Bayley, as well as all the group leaders and hosts.  Also, thank you to all who have contributed to the worship over Holy Week, including members of the flower-arranging team.

LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER Please complete a feedback form!

PARISH DAY On Saturday 18 May we’re building on our successful parish weekend with a parish activity day: Nurturing Community – ‘In the Spirit!’. The day will lead into the ecumenical Pentecost service the following morning with several of the day’s workshops contributing to the worship! The day will start at 9.30 am concluding with worship at 3.30 pm. The programme has been designed to ensure families can take part with workshops and other activities to attract younger participants. Crèche and play provision will also be available. Booking forms are available on the website and at the back. For more info ask Ian, Sue, Shan, Anne, Tanya and Alistair.

NEW ELECTORAL ROLL can be viewed on the PCC notice board in the foyer.  It is now closed until the APCM on 25 April.  Please check your name is included and, if not, please complete an application form so that your details can be added after that date.

CHURCH ELECTIONS for Church wardens and Parochial Church Councillors will take place at the Annual Parochial Meetings (see below).  Nomination forms can be found on the notice board in the entrance lobby. Who would you like to serve as a Churchwarden or represent you on the PCC? Are you willing to serve?

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL MEETINGS will be held on Thursday 25 April. There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm. We will be reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next as well as electing two Churchwardens and up to 15 members of the Parochial Church Council. These are open meetings. Please sign up at the back if you are able to contribute some food.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, Saturday 11 May 2013, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.  Non-members £15, CRC/PCN Members £13, Students £5.  Forms on the CRC table.REVIEW of this year’s Lent Course plus fresh input from Ian on the Corinthian Correspondence with respect to Equal Marriage and Women Bishops on Sunday 21 April, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in the Upper Room.  All welcome!

BEING HONEST TO GOD Friday 8— Sunday 10 November 2013. Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, DE55 1AU Speakers: Simon Barrow, Jan Berry, James Crossley, Elaine Graham, Richard Holloway and Martyn Percy. Hosted Jointly by the Progressive Christian Network (PCN)& Modern Church to commemorate 50 years since the publication of John Robinson’s “Honest to God”. Details on PCN’s website: http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events or contact Robin Story.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Parables are Jesus’ way to turn our world upside down and to challenge our assumptions and practices. Join the Thursday morning group starting THIS THURSDAY at 11.15 as we explore this.

LIONSTALE On 22 June St Mark’s will stage a community play to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Please see the flyers at the back of church and sign up if you would like to be part of this. Rehearsals begin NEXT SUNDAY, 2.30-4.30 in church (this will be the weekly slot!). If you’ve signed up, please come along.

GIFT AID HMRC has introduced minor changes to Gift Aid, one of which is that donations can now only be ‘credited’ to an individual name and not joint names. Please ensure you include your title, first name, surname and  the house number/name, post code and date.  Without this information we are unable to claim the tax back. If anyone would like to know their total donations for the tax year 2012/13 please let me know and I will let you have that information around the end of April.  Thank you. Judith Pitchforth (Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk)

‘CELEBRATING A 21st CENTURY FAITH’ A day exploring how progressive churches express Christian faith ‘on the ground’. With contributions from churches across the country, including St. Mark’s, THIS SATURDAY 2013 11.00 – 4.30 at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Booking forms at the back of church.  Reduced rate for CRC members!

2 CONCERT TICKETS THIS SATURDAY 7.00 pm, City Hall: £10 each. Please contact Briony (235 0174).

2 BBC PHILHARMONIC TICKETS for Friday 10 May 7pm at City Hall, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Cost £27, yours for £20. Contact Michael or Pauline Miller at 258 3678.

WEDDING Kate Senger and Ken Lipscomb who are getting married on Saturday at 1.30pm would be delighted if any members of the congregation would like to attend the service.

SOUP RUN The demand at Soup Run for warm clothes – particularly socks, gloves and coats – and even sleeping bags/duvets, is still high. So if anyone’s able to make donations of that sort, I can assure you they will be very gratefully received. Gary.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 12-18 MAY Volunteers who helped out with house to house collections for Christian Aid last year will find letters in their pigeon holes at the back of church. New volunteers welcome, so if you’re interested in getting involved this year please get in touch with Helen (2584241) or Alison (2214578).

MAY DAY WALK! Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May, to raise money for Christian Aid. 5, 10 or 15 mile options starting at Bolsterstone.  Lifts available. For more info and to register go to www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk or see Ceri Gallivan.  I’ve heard it’s going to be a lovely sunny day, perfect for a walk and picnic!  Look out for a sponsorship form at the back of church in a few weeks or sponsor us at www.justgiving.com/ SheffieldMayDaytrek2013

PUBLIC MEETING ON THE CUTS will be held at 6.30pm THIS THURSDAY at the Quaker Meeting House.  There will be short presentations on social security changes and discussion on how to help victims, lobby and inform Sheffield. Further details: joe.forde@tiscali.co.uk.

WELFARE REFORM The Church Urban Fund has published the first of three papers setting out the most significant changes made over recent years: http://www.cuf.org.uk/guide-welfare-reforms-2010-%E2%80%93-2017

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