Weekly Update – 2nd June 2013

CONGRATULATIONS I to Margaret Braybrook, a long-standing member of St Mark’s, who celebrates her 99th birthday.

CONGRATULATIONS II Mary-Jane & David Ryder have a new grand-daughter.  Molly May Robertson, a second daughter to Louise and James was born in Birmingham on Saturday 25 May 2013, weighing in at 7lbs 7oz.

VACANCY Following Jen Ryder’s decision to vacate the position, we are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to coordinate our work with students and young adults.  The post is for eight hours per week, commencing 1 September 2013.  For an informal conversation, please contact Jen Ryder (07845 464712) or Ian (0114 267 0362).  Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the church website: www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk.  Closing date: Sunday 23 June.

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 christianaid.org.uk/if) and for cards to send to David Cameron.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

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 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, and 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.

CAKES NEEDED for the Garden Party Café on 15 June.  We need your help to make sure the café is a big success again this year. Are you able to help by baking something for us?  We especially need tray bakes, small cakes or small biscuits.  You can either leave your contributions in the Church beforehand, labelled for the café, or bring them along on Saturday morning. Thanks you!  Mary-Jane Ryder.

COME DINE ‘BELOW THE LINE’ Members of the Lions youth group are hosting Sunday lunch today 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. Come and join us!

WATCH We are pleased to announce the launch of a Sheffield branch of Women and the Church (WATCH) on THIS SATURDAY, 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.

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.

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 Anniversary 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.

CAROL WALTER has temporarily moved to Jasmin Court after a fall. She would be very pleased to receive cards and visits.

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.  Tickets are also now on sale! Thank you.

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!

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, Ann 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. 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. THIS THURSDAY 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.

DARNALL DEMENTIA AWARENESS GROUP is running a training event at on Friday June 21st from 10 a.m – 12.30 p.m. St. Columba’s Church, 503, Manchester Road, Crosspool.  This workshop is ideal for friends, carers and family members of people with dementia, or for anyone who wants to understand dementia better. There is no charge, but places are limited.  To book a place please ring Kate Hill on 267 0006.

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