Weekly Update – 8th September 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Ceri Gallivan on qualifying as a GP after 11 year’s hard work. Well done!

ALSO to Mark Newitt on completing the Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme at Durham University and being awarded a doctorate for his thesis, Ritual, Pastoral Presence, and Character Virtues in Healthcare Chaplaincy.

AGAIN to Matt Sammon who is now living and working as a teacher in Xiamen, China, and who recently married Frox, a Chinese woman. We wish them all happiness!

AND FINALLY to Anne Wood on reaching 80 not out, as well as to Vicky Ofori-Dei on her 70th birthday.

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in the lounge from 1 October.  It is for anyone interested in discovering more about the Christian Way as understood and practised at St Mark’s.  Flyers and sign-up sheet available at the back of church. All welcome!

SYRIA CRISIS APPEAL With one quarter of the population forced from their homes as a consequence of the ongoing conflict, the scale of humanitarian need in Syria beggars belief.  We may not be able to care for these persons ourselves, but we can give generously to enable others to do so on our behalf.  Please Gift Aid your donations if you are able to do so.

ANNIVERSARY MESSENGER The Anniversary version of the Mark’s Messenger is now available and in your pigeonhole if you subscribe.  If not, as usual you can get a copy for the bargain price of 60p – and this month it is very special, a real one-off to celebrate 50 glorious years!


Friday 27 September at 7.00 pm

Book Launch:  A History of St Mark’s

Speakers: Michael Adie, Peter Pace, David Price & Richard Taylor.

Saturday 28 September

10.00 – 4.00 pm – St Silas Open Day

A rare opportunity to look around our other Parish Church!

7.30 pm – Anniversary Concert

A celebration of musical composition by members of St Mark’s.

Sunday 29 September at 10.00 am

A Special Service of Celebration

President: The Bishop of Sheffield; Preacher: Rt Rev’d Michael Adie.

Followed by a buffet lunch



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 in September as follows: Sunday 15th 11.30am – 12.30pm; Thursday 19 Sept 8.00pm – 8.30pm; 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.

OFFERTORY GIVING CARDS are available for those who give by standing order or some other means apart from the weekly envelope scheme.  Please collect one from the back of church.

CAN YOU HELP? We are looking for volunteers to join our existing team of servers to carry the cross and candles during the 10 o’clock service.  Adults and teenagers, all genders, this is an opportunity for you! Please have a word with Anne in the office or a member of the clergy. Thank you.

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!

FRUIT is available from the vicarage garden for anybody who would like to make jam for the Harvest Festival.  Please contact Liz (liz.wallis@sero.co.uk).

AS USUAL, we will be supporting the Archer Project Harvest Appeal at our Festival service on Sunday 6 October, receiving items from 29 September until 13 October when our normal ‘Food Bank’ collection will be suspended.  Tinned foods, dried goods, condiments, basic toiletries – a full list is posted on the notice board outside the chapel.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE will start in our parish at St Andrew’s URC at 9.30am on Saturday 12 October and finish in the early afternoon at Sacred Heart RC Church in Hillsborough. An enjoyable opportunity to learn about and pray for church projects. All welcome. Contact David Price  296 0806 or Sarah Baker at  sarahbaker17@live.co.uk

COMMEMORATION There will be a brief service of thanksgiving for Patrick Wiseman on Sunday 13 October at 6.00 pm in the Chapel.  If you can’t put a face to Pat’s name, a photo has been placed on the Chapel door.  Open to all.


To celebrate its 10th and St Mark’s 50th Anniversary CRC has invited

Professor James Crossley

of Sheffield University to deliver a day conference on

The Legacy of Mark’s Gospel


10.00 am – 4.00 pm

£10 or £5 (students)



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.

KAY AITCH is currently exhibiting some of her art work in the ‘Clock Tower Gallery’ at the Northern General Hospital (until 26 September).  Free!

FRIENDSHIP CLUB This takes place after the Lunch Club in Church Lounge on Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 pm.  Open to all.  Modest charge. 4 September: Down Memory Lane. Details: Rosalind 268 1426.

SPEAK, a Christian organisation, is currently running a weekend gathering at St Mark’s exploring how we can be prophetic voices for peace, justice and creation in an age of militarism, land-grabs and toxic monocultures.

YOUTH WORKER NEEDED St. John’s Ranmoor is looking for a Youth Worker.  Please see the notice board in the hall for more information about the post, the job description and the application process.  Applications must be received by 30 September.

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