Weekly Update – 21st July 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to last Sunday’s luncheon barbecue and games afternoon.  It was a delightful occasion enjoyed by all who attended – nurturing community! 

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

ANNIVERSARY PREACHERS – FORMER CLERGY As part of the anniversary celebrations we have invited a number of former clergy from St Mark’s to preach during August, September and October (for dates, please see the Anniversary ‘flyer’). It would be good to offer them hospitality, perhaps by an invitation to lunch. If anyone is willing to help in this way would they please let me know? Many thanks. Mike Hunt

THANK YOU to all volunteers who lead or contribute in any way to our work with children and young people as they take a well-earned break for the summer.

SERMON SERIES & SEMINARS Christian Beginnings: A Journey through Acts is the title of our summer teaching programme 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.

SMALL ELECTRIC PIANO and stand is still looking for a home. A donation to St Marks would be appreciated.  If interested please contact Anne in the office.

400 PARTS PER MILLION For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide has passed 400 parts per million.  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.

BROOMHALL FESTIVAL arranged for Saturday 10 August 2013 has had to be postponed to Saturday 31 August 2013 from 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm. This decision is a result of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations that have been organised to mark the end of the month of Ramadan, which will involve many of the members of the Broomhall community. As the Broomhall Festival aims to promote ‘Unity in the Community’, the festival organisers thought it best to change the date.

All offers of help to Sue or Robin Story ASAP please!

CONGO FAIRTRADE COFFEE available from Monday: Sopacdi’s gourmet coffee will be at Sainsbury’s Archer Road (and 300 other larger stores) from this week. It is in 250 gram tins as part of the Taste The Difference range. Please try it and spread the word. This is a trial run. If it sells well it could become part of the permanent range. Thanks, Richard Hide.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Betty May is celebrating her 90th birthday.  Please sign the card at the back of church. 

CALL FOR SCHOOL GOVERNORS The Diocesan Board of Education is looking for suitably experienced and/or qualified people who would be willing to serve on Governing Bodies of church (CofE) run schools in parishes within the Diocese unable to muster sufficient home-grown resource.  For further information or to express interest, please contact Sue Hobley (vicar@wathparishchurch.co.uk; 01709 872299) or Ian/Sue.

GALA DAY at the Sheffield Jesus Centre on Broomspring Lane on Sunday 18 August at 3.00 pm.  There will be a Charity Shop, Charity Auction, Face Painting, Medieval Stocks, Bouncy Castle, Cake Stall, Home-made Cakes and a Craft Stall.  In fact – Fun for all the Family!!  Admission Free.

BROOMHALL FORUM is holding an evening of thanksgiving and reflection THIS THURSDAY, at the Broomhall Centre, 7.00-9.00 pm, before going into hibernation, awaiting new funding streams.  All friends and supporters are invited.  Food and friendship.

3 PEAKS CHALLENGE By now, Dilys Noble will (hopefully!) have completed the 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge 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.  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.

MEDITATION / PRAYER, COMMUNITY MEAL & SEMINAR The next of these will be at the Burngreave Ashram on Monday 5th August, 12noon – 2.30pm.  Please see the posters in the foyer for more details about this and future events. 

FUNDRAISER There will be a Fundraiser at the Burngreave Ashram for a street children’s project in Nagpur, India THIS SATURDAY 12noon – 4.00pm.  Please see the poster on the community notice board in the church entrance for more details.

 

HARVEST The hot weather is a reminder that we’ll be needing lots of preserves to sell at Harvest Festival in aid of CHRISTIAN AID, so please start your bottling and jam and chutney making now!

THANK YOU Chris Hardy would like to express thanks on behalf of S6 Food bank for the continued and very generous support from the congregation of St Mark’s.

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

ADMINISTRATOR NEEDED The Development Education Centre (South Yorks.) is looking for an administrator – 22.5 hrs per week.  For details, please visit www.decsy.org.uk/news The closing date is TODAY!

YOUTH WORKER VACANCY at St. John’s, Ranmoor.  A new role has been created for a youth worker responsible for the faith development of 10 to 17 year olds.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details.

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