Weekly Update – 28th April 2013

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

ELECTIONS The following elections were made at last week’s Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Gary Grief and Mike Hunt; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Deni Ennals, Geoff Fisher, Helen Gregory, Rick Hughes, Jane Padget, Tanya Ralph, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Charles Stirling, Alistair Sutcliffe, Briony Tayler, Catherine Trickett, David Trickett, Rosie Moffatt.  We offer them all our congratulations, thanks and support.

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing the life of St Mark’s over the past twelve months is available, as are copies of the Financial Statements for 2012.

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 info ask Ian, Sue, Shan, Anne, Tanya and Alistair.

NEIL KRAUSE, a former member of St Mark’s now living in New Zealand, is seriously ill and will undergo major surgery in May.  Please keep Neil and Suzanne in your prayers.

HAZEL FOX has been appointed the next CTBB Worker with Older People.  Hazel, a trained social worker with experience of working with families and among the elderly, will be employed on a part-time basis in the first instance and initially alongside Janet Brown. Welcome!

FLOWERS on 14 April were donated by Judith Crawshaw in memory of Richard Wingfield, a former member of St Mark’s.

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.CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY AGM will be from 7 – 9pm on Thursday 1st May at the Quaker Meeting House.  The theme will be poverty in local communities and the speakers will be Jane Perry (researcher into welfare reform) and Rt Hon John Battle, Chair of the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire & the Humber and former Government Minister.

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST is looking for a couple of extra cooks. You’ll be part of a fabulous team serving a full English breakfast to people who really appreciate a good meal on Friday mornings.  We need to boost the team generally, especially in the summer months so our regular cooks can take a break.  For more info contact Sue ASAP at sue@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

SOUP RUN could do with some more tins of beans – even better if they have sausage in them as well!  All donations welcome. Many thanks, Gary.

ASCENSION DAY There will be a special service on 9 May at 7.30 pm followed by a buffet supper hosted by the International Committee in support of Christian Aid.  Tickets: £5 waged; £3 concessions.

DIOCESAN 10 DAYS OF PRAYER Ascension to Pentecost.  Please collect a flyer from the card stall.

WATCH Following the session run by Beryl Adamson of Women and the Church earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the launch event of a Sheffield branch on 8 June from 10.30-3.00 at St Mark’s. Keynote speakers, Revd Rachel Weir (National Chair) and Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley and Vice-President of WATCH). Further information: Sarah Moore on 233 1912 or timandsarahmoore@gmail.com.

CaSS CHRISTIANS AND SHEFFIELD SCHOOLS is holding its AGM on Saturday 8 June, 10.00am – 3.00pm, at the Wilson Carlile Centre, featuring Bob Hartman, an internationally acclaimed storyteller for children.  Further details on the flyers on the card stall.

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 at 11.15 am every week 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 and sign up if you would like to be part of this. Rehearsals have begun and are every Sunday, 2.30-4.30 in church.

IMAGES OF DEVELOPMENT Richard Hanson is a Sheffield-based professional photographer who has worked for Tearfund.  Come and see his stunning pictures of Christian-funded aid in many parts of the world. Further details on the community notice-board.

A FAIR DEAL FOR SHEFFIELD If you have not already signed this petition, please do so today!  Thank you.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 24 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  Details on the flyers at the back.

MORE WAYS TO HELP CHRISTIAN AID Get Christian Aid Week off to a sweet start! Support Christian Aid by baking cakes to bring to church on Sunday 12 May to sell and eat. Branded cupcake cases available from Helen Hillman. BUSK AID. Musicians, and people to hold tins for donations, are invited to take part in Christian Aid’s busking event in Barker’s Pool on Saturday, 11 May, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.  Further details from Alison Trezise,  jandatrezise@virginmedia.com,

Alison 221 4578 or Helen 258 4241.

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY WALK on Monday 6 May. There’s a group of ten of us so far for the 5, 10 or 15 mile walk. The 5 mile walk is suitable for families with young children. There’s space in cars if you need a lift. Further details/to register:

www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk or contact Ceri (cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk). To sponsor walkers, please sign the Form in church or to go: www.justgiving.com/ SheffieldMayDayTrek2013.

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.

A MIND APART, with the support of the Youth in Action of the European Union, is hosting five volunteers from Brazil and Portugal for six months from May.  If you are interested in helping, please see the poster in the foyer or contact Jodie Marshall as soon as possible on 07946 630954 or Jodie@a-mind-apart.org.uk

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