|CONGRATULATIONS to Mike Kok on his appointment to be our next Worker with Students and Young Adults. Mike, who has been a part of St Mark’s whilst undertaking doctoral research in biblical studies at Sheffield University, will take up this post in September. We look forward to supporting him in this vital ministry.
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.
ANNIVERSARY CONCERT There will be a concert to celebrate the musical life of St Mark’s on Saturday, 28 September, the anniversary weekend. If will feature works by St Mark’s musicians past and present, including songs from COUSIN JOHN and LIONSTALE. If you would like to be part of it, there will be rehearsals as follows: After choir practice on Thursday 19 September; after 10.00 service on Sunday 22 September; on the day at 2.00- 4.30. Or see Eve Saunders, David Sanderson or Frances Gray in the meantime. All welcome – please put the event in your diary!
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.
|THANK YOU to members of the choir as they take a well-earned rest during August. Together with Mark and Andrew, you enrich our worship beyond words!
50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS A leaflet detailing all the events is now available. Please pick one up from the back and update your diaries accordingly!
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 now. Sopacdi’s gourmet coffee is now at Sainsbury’s Archer Road (and 300 other larger stores). 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. Many thanks, Richard Hide.
|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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
3 PEAKS CHALLENGE – THANK YOU I managed to complete it in 27 hours 48 mins, including 15 hours walking time. A salutary reminder that that is the sort of distance and terrain many Nepalis walk to access medical care! My thanks on behalf of PHASE to all those who donated. Dilys Noble. Rosalind Rogerson will be collecting sponsor money on behalf of Dilys after the 10.00 am service.
MESSAGE OF THANKS from Mary Sharrock for the prayers and good wishes of St. Mark’s people over the last few years. Mary does appreciate being remembered. Helen Hillman can take messages when she visits her to take Communion every four weeks or so.
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/
|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.
CONGREGATIONAL LIST is to be updated shortly. If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church. If you are unsure whether you are currently on the List or if your details are up to date, please consult the schedule of names at the back with the forms.
NEW IN THE LIBRARY Women, Ageing and Archetypes Margaret Stone. Women face a host of challenges as we age, from social disrespect, to physical changes, to the hard work of psychological adjustment. This book aims to explore these changes experienced by women, and offer help to find strength, power and courage to embrace this later stage of life. Margaret Stone, who is a member of our congregation, has a doctorate in evolutionary biology, and worked on a medical journal before retraining as a children and families social worker. She is a qualified counsellor, child and family therapist.
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.
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!