Weekly Update – 7th July 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Broomhill Festival in whatever way, especially to the Garden Party.  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!

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

LIONSTALE, the story of St Mark’s related through music, drama and song, was performed on 22 June.  Frances Gray’s inspiring script (informative, entertaining and full of pathos) was animated by equally inspiring musical scores with the whole offering coming to life through talented and convincing acting.  And then there was cake – wonderful!  With special thanks to Frances, Eve Saunders, David Sanderson, Anne and Jane Padget, Gary Grief, Dez Martin and a small army of supporting actors, stage hands and technicians.

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.

SERMON SERIES & SEMINARS Christian Beginnings: A Journey through Acts is the title of a teaching programme which started last week and is being delivered over the summer, in which we are taking 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.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

THANK YOU John Wood would like to thank everyone at St Mark’s for the lovely card made by Shan, and for all the appreciative comments after he preached. He had a wonderful celebration of his 90th birthday and felt uplifted by the whole experience.

ST MARK’S SUMMER BARBEQUE! SUNDAY 14 JULY (inside if wet!) Stay on after the service to share food and fun.  New comers meet old comers meet new comers! This is an opportunity to enjoy our community and get to know each other better.  Games and activities for all ages and abilities, it promises to be a fun time shared by all! Please sign up on the flipchart at the back of church if you would like to come

FUNDING A member of the congregation, unable to access a grant from Student Finance England, urgently needs help with securing funding for the first year of a degree course.  If you know of possible sources of funding or can offer assistance in some other way, please have a word, in the first instance, with Ian.

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.

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.

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  and available from the back of church.

CAROL WALTER is now back home and would welcome visitors (Flat 19, 64 Endcliffe Vale Road.)

CARRIES’S WAR Robert Beard will be playing a couple of cameos in a production of ‘Carrie’s War’, based on the classic children’s novel by Nina Bawden, at the Crucible Studio, 13-17 August. For details see Robert or visit http://sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/carries-war-13/

3 PEAKS CHALLENGE I am attempting the 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge over 19-20 July (Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowden in 24 hours) to raise funds for PHASE (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment).  Phase Nepal funds nurses to run primary health care clinics in very remote villages in Nepal some up to 6 days walk from the nearest road and transport where there is no other health care. Effectively these young nurses work as GPs, dealing with everything, for 6 months at a time. Phase funds their training, pay, the premises and medication. GP s like myself volunteer for a few weeks at a time to join them in the villages – teaching, mentoring, supporting and living with them. They do a fantastic job!! Please help by donating on line at www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com and putting Dilys Noble in the box ‘sponsor your friend’ the rest is self explanatory. or sign up on the sponsor form at the back of Church.

NURTURING COMMUNITY The next cinema night is on Friday 12 July, to see ‘The Deep.’ The film starts at 6.40 pm at the Showroom Cinema. Meet from 6.00 pm in the bar. Contact Angela on angela@smokingkipper.com or 07939959450 for more details.

BEING HONEST TO GOD 8-10 November 2013. ONLY DAY TICKETS for Saturday, 9 November 2013 are now available for the Being Honest to God Conference at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. Details on http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events or contact Robin Story.

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.

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