|PHOTO ALBUM Shan has produced a magnificent photo album of our church community. But is it complete? Please check whether your photo is in it and, if not, read on…
OCTOBER is ‘Getting to know one another’ month when we are invited to meet new members, relearn the names of existing ones we’ve forgotten and introduce ourselves to those we’ve never found opportunity to talk to before. To help with all this, please wear a Name Badge (labels and pens in the pews and at the back) and try our October Challenge to find (i) someone at St Mark’s who was born in the same month as you and (ii) someone whose photo is not in the church album and, with their permission, to take a shot and email it to Shan. (i) and (ii) don’t need to be the same person!
SUNDAY LUNCH This will be happening NEXT SUNDAY. All are welcome to stay and enjoy the food and the company.
THE WELCOME TEAMS are looking a bit thin at the moment, and I’m hoping we can pad them out a bit. The work involved isn’t so very demanding – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience.
CHURCH WEBSITE We are looking for someone to help with keeping it up to date by posting new material. Competence in WordPress would be an advantage, but not essential. Please contact Ian asap.
|CONGRATULATIONS to Shan on her appointment as Chaplain of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston, a part-time post commencing in November which Shan will undertake along with her nursing at the Children’s hospital. Shan will continue to be based at St Mark’s, although we won’t see her so often.
COMING SOON! CDs of the musical numbers from the 50th Anniversary concert, as well as of the Festive Eucharist in its entirety, will soon be available. Price £5 each – all monies towards the Organ Appeal. Please sign up on the board in the Narthex to register your interest.
HISTORY & EXHBITION Copies of A History of St Mark’s will be on sale on Sundays and then, via the Office, during the coming weeks. Please take time to view the supporting Exhibition along the north side of church.
ANNIVERSARY ORGAN APPEAL We are looking to raise a substantial sum of money to ensure that our magnificent instrument, urgently in need of a major overhaul, is able to serve the next 50 years as faithfully as it has the previous 50. Please collect an Appeal Brochure for more information.
COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place on Sunday 3 November at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back.
|THE LION ROARS AGAIN!! There will be a one-off performance of Lionstale, THIS SATURDAY at 7.30 pm in aid of the Organ Appeal. Come along and see the repeat performance due to popular demand – and bring your friends!
ARCHER PROJECT HARVEST APPEAL Today is our last day, before collections for the S6 Foodbank recommence.
CTBB OPEN MEETING TOMORROW at the Beacon. Topic: Faith and Justice; talk (Robert Beard), bible study (Ian), discussion. All welcome.
SYRIA APPEAL raised over £1100. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
MIGRANTS AND THE NHS Meeting at 7pm on 29 October at the Quaker Meeting House to discuss Government plans to curtail migrants’ access to the NHS. Organised by South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group. All welcome. Enquiries to David Price (0114 296 0806).
WALKING THE BREADLINE Church Action on Poverty’s Annual Conference will be held here at St Mark’s from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday 9 November. Learn about UK poverty today and how to tackle it. All welcome. Enquiries: David Price 0114 296 0806.
BETTY MAY is in Wood Hill House (Endcliffe suite) Grimethorpe Road, S4 8LE Telephone 0114 2430983 for rehabilitation and would welcome visitors.
OFFERTORY GIVING CARDS are available for those who give by some other means apart from the weekly envelope. Please collect one.
SOUL PAIN is a book donated to the church library by Jane Tillier to which she has contributed a chapter drawing on her own experience.
|NEW BABY! I am the booba [Yid.: grandma] of a baby girl, Joni, who was born earlier this week. Weight: 8lbs 7 ozs, the EXACT weight of Rachel at birth. Ruth Grimsley. Congratulations to Ruth, Rachel and the whole family.
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 (email@example.com), with details of relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded by audition.
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 Hammersley 327 6908 asap.
PUBLIC MEETING about the proposed closure of Broomhill Library will take place on Saturday 9 November at Beacon Methodist Church. Come and have your say!
SOUP RUN Stocks – both tinned goods and clothing – are depleted right now and eagerly needed. Soup Run continued through the summer, so supplies have been under pressure. The winter months are approaching, and the nights are getting cold. Gary (2316031 firstname.lastname@example.org) and any of the other soup Run team leaders would be happy to talk to you more about what we need. Thank you!