Weekly Update – 22nd September 2013

CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD WISHES to Micky Fisher, off to University in Nottingham; Joel Hide to Keble College Oxford; Isaac Toman Grief who’ll be heading to York University after he has spent a year working in Clive Betts Constituency office and Claire Carlile who’s hoping to travel to India before going to Keble next year – Well done and go with our blessings! 

THANK YOU A huge belated thank you to everyone who contributed in various ways to Christian Aid in May. We raised £300 in sponsorship for the May Day Trek and £1700 through the house to house collections. Our next event is the produce sale at Harvest…

HARVEST Please bring your homemade preserves and fresh produce to church ready for us to sell in aid of Christian Aid on Sunday 6th October.

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.  There are Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) forms available as well as envelopes, but please note that cash is acceptable given our arrangements.

THE HOMEWORK CLUB in Broomhall is under threat of closure.  If you are interested in working with a team of volunteers to help children continue their learning after school, please call Sue H 327 6908 asap.


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 A chance to be there for the inauguration of the Organ Fund!  Support and sing along!

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

BROOMHALL CENTRE CEILIDH on Sunday 29th Sep 7.30-11.30 see fliers!

BROOMHALL NEWS needs ASSISTANT EDITOR or it will have to cease production.  For once it isn’t a lack of money but personnel which is threatening this excellent community newsletter.  If you’d like to know more please call Sue H on 3276908.  Thank you!

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! 

THE WELCOME TEAMS are looking a bit thin at the moment, and I’m hoping we can pad them out a bit. To do so isn’t so very demanding – you don’t need to know the names of everyone in the congregation(!) – and the rewards are truly great. If you fancy knowing more about being part of this essential aspect of our ministry, please feel free to grab Gary (2316031 ggriefy@somail.it) at your earliest convenience.

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.  A full list of what is needed is posted on the notice board outside the chapel.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Church Lounge, Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 pm.  Open to all. Modest charge. September 25 September: Charles Stirling on “Napoleon’s Buttons or Why the Public Should Bother with Science”. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE will start at St Andrew’s URC at 9.30am on Saturday 12 October and finish early afternoon at Sacred Heart RC Church in Hillsborough. All welcome. 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.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS are now available at St Mark’s. Scholars would be expected to sing at two of the three Choral Eucharists per month and one Night Service each semester as well as at other festival events, including two large choral devotions (in Lent and Advent) and services at Easter, but not over Christmas.  Scholarships would coincide with the university year, running from the first week in October until the second week of June. Scholars would receive an annual bursary of £200 for their services.  If you are interested, please contact Mark McCombs, the Director of Music (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk), with details of relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded by audition. 

CLEARING THE GROUND(S) It would be good to do some work on the grounds around St Mark’s before the Anniversary service (clearing paths/ weeding/ litter collecting etc). Anyone able to help between 10.00 & 1.00 THIS SATURDAY will be made very welcome!

DO YOU HAVE A LICENCE? We would like to provide an opportunity for people who find it difficult to come to church to be given a lift here in a mini-bus.  If you have a licence to drive a minibus and would be interested in helping out in that capacity, please let Ian or Sue or Briony know.

SOUP RUN stocks – both tinned goods and clothing – are somewhat depleted right now. We carried on doing Soup Run throughout the entire summer, and so supplies have been constantly under pressure. The winter months are approaching, and the nights especially are getting cold, so donations are eagerly sought. Gary (2316031 ggriefy@somail.it) and probably any of the other soup Run team leaders would be more than happy to talk to you more about what we’re especially in need of. Thank you!

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