Weekly Update – 19th May 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Tibbie Fisher, Samuel Hand, Tim Lennox, Delia Stanway and Chris Speddings who were confirmed by Bishop Peter in St Columba’s, Crosspool on Thursday.  And a big ‘thank you’ to Sue who accompanied them on this journey of faith.

GARDEN PARTY – Saturday 15 June.  We’ve usually been battering you for books and bric-a-brac items since Christmas, but time is flying past and we now URGENTLY need you to have a SPRING CLEAN and bring in all your good quality, unwanted treasures.

We also need helpers to run some of the stalls – if you’d like to help please speak to Sue 3276908, Caroline 2309824 or Pete 2664667. Thank you!

COME DINE ‘BELOW THE LINE’ Members the Lions youth group are hosting Sunday lunch on 2 June as part of the ‘live below the line’ project. We’re aiming to spend less than 50p per person to raise awareness of extreme poverty and to raise money for UNICEF, one of the live below the line partner charities. Put the date in your diaries and sign up at the back of church!


After Holy Communion on Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.


CHRISTIAN AID – ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF is the title of a big campaign by Christian Aid and others to put pressure on world leaders to tackle world hunger. Show your support in advance of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland by travelling to London on 8 June. Look out for more information (visit http://christianaid.org.uk/if) and for cards to send to David Cameron.

CA – THANKS I to all who brought, made, bought or ate the food and cakes at the Ascension Day Supper Party and at the Cake Sale last Sunday. Over £200 was collected for Christian Aid.  And a big ‘thank you’ to the International Committee for organising these enjoyable and fruitful events.

CA – THANKS II to all who offered to sponsor our team of walkers on the Christian Aid May Day Trek.  Alison, Ceri or one of the other walkers will be pleased to receive your money!

MICHELLE WATTAM, an experienced health professional working with older people, has agreed to be our next Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Officer.  Thank you, Michelle, we look forward to working with you to make St Mark’s a safe, affirming and fruitful place for all.

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.  More info: Sue ASAP at sue@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

400 PARTS PER MILLION of CO2.  For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) has passed 400 parts per million.  This means the world is most likely committed to an increase in surface temperature of 3oc – 5oc compared to the pre-industrial era.  This would have catastrophic consequences.  See the Climate Notice Board.

CRC CONFERENCE Val Webb, a lay theologian, scientist and artist on tour from Australia, will speak on ‘In Defence of Doubt’ at an evening conference on Thursday 27 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm; tickets: non-members £7; CRC/PCN members £5; students £3.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE To celebrate its 10th and St Mark’s 50th, CRC has invited James Crossley of Sheffield University to deliver a day conference on ‘The Legacy of Mark’s Gospel,’ – Saturday 14 September, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; tickets: non-members £12, CRC/PCN; members £10; students £5.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

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. Details from Robin Story or PCN’s website: http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events.

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.

LIONSTALE rehearsals continue every Sunday afternoon, between 2.30-4.30 pm.  It’s really important that performers attend as scheduled or inform either Frances or Anne if they can’t.  Thank you!

IAN MAHER will be ordained Priest by Peter, Bishop of Doncaster, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Millhouses.  Please pray for Ian, Anne and the Cathedral community, where Ian ministers.

NEIL KRAUSE, a former member of St Mark’s now living in Australia, underwent keyhole surgery last Friday to remove a kidney.  He was in good spirits this week and he and Susanne are happy to receive calls or e-mails.  Tel: 00617 33155 258; e-mail: susannekrause16@gmaikl.com.  If you decide to call they are 9 hours ahead.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 24 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  See flyer.

FAIRNESS: What do our faith traditions bring to the table? Dr Chris Hewer. Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 6.00 pm, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane S11 8YL. Book a place on sheffieldff@gmail.com giving your name and organisation or phone Liz Wills on 0114 272 6009.





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