Weekly Update – 26th May 2013

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL will soon be here, 7-23 June.  There are lots of events taking place at St Mark’s and we urgently need volunteers to help staff them and the Art Exhibition. Are you able to help?  Please visit the display in the foyer and sign up for as many slots as you can.  Please remember, there will always be a supervisor in place to support.

GARDEN PARTY Saturday 15 June. We’ve usually been battering you for books & 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 help to run the stalls. If you’d like to help please speak to Sue 3276908, Caroline 2309824 or Pete 2664667. Thank you!

HOME PRODUCE We shall welcome cakes, bread, biscuits, preserves of all kinds. Anything you like making, we can sell! Offers of food – and help on the day – to Briony Tayler: 2350174 or email briony@professor3.f9.co.uk Thank you.

THE FLOWER ROOM is once again full of unclaimed containers. These need to go before the Festival, as space will be needed, so look in there, or on the table in the entrance corridor, to reclaim items. Thank you. Briony.

PONDERING THE PARABLES After Holy Communion on Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

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

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. Over £200 was collected for Christian Aid.  And a big ‘thank you’ to the International Committee for organising these enjoyable 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.

COME DINE ‘BELOW THE LINE’ Members the Lions youth group are hosting Sunday lunch next Sunday 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 & sign up at the back!

400 PARTS PER MILLION of CO2.  For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide 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 8-10 November 2013. Hayes Conference Centre.  Speakers: Simon Barrow, Jan Berry, James Crossley, Elaine Graham, Richard Holloway and Martyn Percy. Details from Robin Story or http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events.

Residential and day places are nearly all taken – book NOW to avoid disappointment!

WATCH We are pleased to announce the launch of a Sheffield branch of Women and the Church (WATCH) on 8 June, 10.30 am – 3.00 pm at St Mark’s. 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.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make Sunday’s Pentecost service such a celebration of our life in the Spirit!  Thanks to all who prepared the food, set up the lounge and cleared away afterwards – tremendous teamwork!

PAM & FRED GOULD are missing a ceramic dish after the Pentecost Service last week.  Could you check in case you accidentally picked theirs up! it has “FJG” on the base. Many thanks.

LIONSTALE flyers and posters are now available at the back of church.  Please take some and use them to publicize the performance within the community and among your friends.  Thank you.

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.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

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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