Weekly Update – 4th August 2013

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.

ALSO to Rev’d Liz Anson, a member of St Mark’s, who has agreed to serve as honorary Chaplain to Night Service, commencing in September. Thank you!

WELCOME to members of Mental Health Uganda (Gulu) who are currently on secondment in Sheffield and worshipping at St Mark’s.  MHU is committed to empowering persons with mental illness to lead dignified lives in war-torn parts of Uganda.

REV’D NEIL BOWLER, currently Rector of Whiston and Area Dean of Rotherham, has been appointed the next Vicar of St John’s Ranmoor and is expected to take up this post in Autumn.

ANNIVERSARY PREACHERS 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 Rosalind, Briony and the small army of volunteers who host Lunch Club and enrich the lives of older members of our communities.  Enjoy a break!

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  4.00pm. Or see Eve Saunders, David Sanderson or Frances Gray in the meantime.  All welcome –  a date for all our diaries

MOSQUE OPEN DAY will be held at the Marzaki Islamic Centre on Sunday 11 August, 3.00pm – 7.00pm.  This event will be an opportunity for people from all faiths to come together in a climate of understanding and appreciation to learn more about Islam and Muslims. Please see the poster and letter in the foyer for more details.

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!

THANK YOU to all volunteers who lead or contribute in any way to our work with children and young people as they take a few weeks off over the summer.

3 PEAKS CHALLENGETHANK 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.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MISSIONER (PART-TIME) Location:  Church of St. Columba, Crosspool, Sheffield. Closing date:  Friday 20 September. Salary:  £8.5-9K pa, for 20 hours/week. An application pack can be downloaded from our website, www.stcolumbacrosspool.org.uk. Informal inquiries to Rev’d Frances Eccleston (after 19 August) on 267 0006.  Interviews: 4 October.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more information.

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.

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. The Broomhall Festival aims to promote ‘Unity in the Community’.  All offers of help to Sue or Robin Story ASAP please!

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.

HARVEST 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!

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.

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 will be at the Burngreave Ashram THIS MONDAY, 12noon – 2.30pm.  Please see the posters in the foyer for more details about this and future events.

VARNISHED PINE SIDEBOARD Good condition.   4 central drawers with a cupboard either side. 1400mm x 500 mm x 800mm.  Free to anyone who can collect it.  Please contact Church Office.

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