Weekly Update – 23rd June 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Broomhill Festival in whatever way, especially to the Garden Party and Lionstale performance.  It’s too early to say how much has been raised for the designated charities, but the ‘Garden Party’ grossed close to £3000.  Whatever the final figure, Festival events yielded social capital in abundance – bringing together people of all ages and outlooks to celebrate life!

SERMONS SERIES & SEMINARS Christian Beginnings: A Journey through Acts is the title of a teaching programme that will be delivered over the summer in which we will take a fresh look at the early Christian movement through the prism of the Acts of the Apostles and explore its significance for today.  Please collect an introductory leaflet from the back of church.

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

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS A leaflet detailing all the events is now available.  Please pick one up from the back and update your diaries accordingly!

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

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 here. Closing date: TODAY!

EXHIBITION St Mark’s is hosting an exhibition of the works of local artists, Tim Rose and Neil Woodall, plus those of students of Freeman College and the Academy of Makers as well as entries for the David Stoker Photography Competition.  Many works are for sale.  Please note, the exhibition ends TODAY!

HOME DONATIONS COMMITTEE meets on 30 June and would welcome suggestions of charities and good causes that St Marks might wish to support. Please email details to Miranda Myers at asmmyers5@gmail.com

CONGRATULATIONS to Leni Oglesby who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to Higher Education.

THANKS to all who SPONSORED the CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY WALK. So far we have collected £140. If you signed up to sponsor the gallant walkers but haven’t already donated, please give your money to Ceri Gallivan or Helen Hillman as soon as possible.

IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORM An interview programme  in Broomhall  is being planned.Training on Tuesday 2 July. If interested, please contact David Price 0114 296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com

400 PARTS PER MILLION For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide has passed 400 parts per million.  This means the world will most likely have an increase in surface temp. of 3-5oc compared to the pre-industrial era.  See the Climate Notice Board.

CLEANER WANTED For a few hours paid work each week to help clean a small house in Walkley.  Enquiries to the Church Office.  Thank you!

CRC SEMINAR & LIBRARY EVENING The next Seminar & Library Evening will be on Wednesday 10 July at 6.30 pm.  It will be with Rev’d Dr Jan Berry and is entitled “Changing Times, Changing Rites?” For more information, please see the flyers on the CRC stall.  All welcome.

CRC 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.

MEDITATION / PRAYER LUNCH & SEMINAR at the Burngreave Ashram THIS MONDAY at 12 noon when there will be Jewish meditation followed by a vegetarian meal.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details about this and future events.

CAN YOU HELP? Do you know someone in the locality by the name of Ian Andrew Young, in his late 60s?  If so, please have a word with Anne in the office.  Thank you.

MIND YOUR Ps & Qs You are cordially invited to CTBB’s summer ‘Pie and Pea’ supper with quiz (vegetarian option available) on Monday 15 July, starting 6.30 pm, at the Beacon at Broomhill Methodist Church.  Tickets: £4 for Adults; £2.50 for under 16 years.

SHIRLEY HOUSE INTERFAITH CENTRE Summer Solstice Celebration TODAY at 7.30 pm to which all have kindly been invited by the Pagan Pathways.  Anyone wishing to attend who has not been before, please contact Lynnrish@fsmail.net for details of venue. This is one of the main festivals of the Pagan year, and a good opportunity to share in their celebrations and learn about one of the lesser known faith traditions.

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. Places are nearly all taken – book NOW to avoid disappointment!

MARCH FOR DIGNITY OF ASYLUM SEEKERS Saturday 29 June. Meet 11.00 am Ellesmere Green, Burngreave (top of Spital HIll). Walk to Town Hall (12.30 pm) for speeches. Then to St Mary’s Bramall Lane. All welcome. Further information davidprice2@googlemail.com

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 BURN is to be ordained Priest in Rotherham Minster on 4 July at 7.30 pm.  If anyone is planning to go and has car spaces, and anyone who would be interested in going would have a word with Susan Whitmill and she will try to coordinate it.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. He would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

CAROL WALTER is now back home and would welcome visitors.

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