Weekly News 13th April 2014

ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL Further pledges/donations are still welcome. Please send to our Treasurer, David Ryder. THANK YOU On 28/29 March, Judith Greenall participated in a ‘Sleep Out’ to raise funds for the Cathedral Archer Project. She would like to thank all her generous sponsors.  So far she has raised £600. Belated donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/JGreenall, or in person after Night Service.

SHEFFIELD CARERS’ CENTRE is looking for a new Chair. A voluntary position, you’d help direct and develop the Centre’s mission as well as ensure its sustainability. You would need experience of chairing meetings and strategic planning, plus one or more of: marketing, fundraising, health, social care, policy.  For more info, please email office@sheffieldcarers.org.uk or visit www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk.

 GARDENER WANTED Could anyone recommend a gardener to put in contact with a lady who requires some light weeding and help with outside plant pots?  Lady can pay up to £10 per hour. If you can help please contact me on 0791 4693607 Tuesday to Thursday or leave a message on 268 0976. Many Thanks, Hazel Fox, Community Worker with Older People.

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing church life throughout 2013 and, in some cases, up to the end of March 2014 is out.  Contributions of 50p, please. CHURCH ELECTIONS The following elections were made at last week’s Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Mike Hunt and Sarah Moore; Deanery Synod Representatives: Cath Osgerby and Anne Padget; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Geoff Fisher, Helen Gregory, Rick Hughes, Jane Keeling, Rosie Moffatt, Jane Padget, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Charles Stirling, Briony Tayler, Alison Tolson, Janis Webster, Jonathan Williamson and Kim Willis.  We offer them all our congratulations and support.  Thank you to everyone who allowed themselves to be nominated, especially those who were unsuccessful on this occasion.

NEW KNITTING GROUP! A monthly knitting group is starting up at St Marks on Saturday 10 May, 10.30 – 12 noon in the church lounge. New and experienced knitters welcome; bring your own projects or get involved in some group ones. Light refreshments will be available. For further information please contact Jennie Martin (230 3718) or Alison Tolson (221 4578).

CONGRATULATIONS to Dorothy Elsey and Richard Gray on their marriage.  We wish them a joyous and fruitful companionship.OCCASIONALLY someone will come to St Mark’s asking for money.  Please be confident that there is a discretionary fund as well as other sources of assistance.  Please refer anyone asking to a member of the clergy or a church warden rather than giving money yourself.  This will help us to develop a consistent and supportive response.  Thank you.

NEXT OF KIN Ian is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 11–17 MAY We would love more volunteers for house to house collecting. Please see Helen Hillman or Ceri Gallivan to help or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk or call 07779 414158. We’ve contacted all of last year’s collectors so you should have heard from us. Let us know if you haven’t. Thanks you.

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY TREK – MONDAY 5 MAY This year’s May Day Trek is a 5 mile circular route from Bents Green through the Limb and Porter Valleys. Registration forms are available at the back of church, on the website – www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk, or from Bridget Kellet on 275 9828. A form to collectively sponsor members of the congregation doing the walk is also at the back – please support them if you can. 

CHRISTIAN AID BUSK AID – SATURDAY 10 MAY Calling all musicians and singers! Busk Aid is taking place in the city centre again this year – last year it raised over £400. If you’re interested in performing popular mainstream music either individually or as a group, or if you can spare an hour to be a collector, please contact Alison Tresize on 0114 2365938.

END HUNGER FAST: (1) Any donations place in an envelope, indicating whether you want it gift aided and whether you would prefer the money to go to the S6 Food Bank or to a National Inquiry into food poverty. Cheques to St Mark’s PCC. Envelopes to David Ryder or David Price. (2) At 12 noon on Wed 16 April, we shall mark the end of the fast with a vigil outside Nick Clegg’s Constituency Office, 85 Nether Green Road. Scott Albrecht, a 40 day faster, will hand in a letter from 300 clergy. Please come if you can. WATCH flyers are at the back of church, which say what you can do to help the journey of women in ministry.  Please feel free to take some and to distribute them in other churches. 

LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY SUNDAY LUNCH WILL HAPPEN on 18 May (host – Briony Tayler), 8 June – shared meal with CTBB at St Andrew’s URC. Any volunteers to host lunch in July?!

GARDEN PARTY SAT 14 JUNE Jane Padget and Briony Tayler are co-ordinating this. If you’d like to be part of this exciting event, we need volunteers. Please sign up, or speak to Jane or Briony.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 30 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  Cost: £25 all-inclusive.  For booking or more information, see the notice board or contact Anna Chester on 272 2882.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 2014 marks 100 years of the Sheffield Diocese. Please see the poster at the back

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S Woolf Institute offers a unique opportunity to engage in the study of relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians within an e-learning environment.  See www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/study/e-learning/short-courses.asp

Weekly News 13th April 2014

ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL Further pledges/donations are still welcome. Please send to our Treasurer, David Ryder. THANK YOU On 28/29 March, Judith Greenall participated in a ‘Sleep Out’ to raise funds for the Cathedral Archer Project. She would like to thank all her generous sponsors.  So far she has raised £600. Belated donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/JGreenall, or in person after Night Service.

SHEFFIELD CARERS’ CENTRE is looking for a new Chair. A voluntary position, you’d help direct and develop the Centre’s mission as well as ensure its sustainability. You would need experience of chairing meetings and strategic planning, plus one or more of: marketing, fundraising, health, social care, policy.  For more info, please email office@sheffieldcarers.org.uk or visit www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk.

 GARDENER WANTED Could anyone recommend a gardener to put in contact with a lady who requires some light weeding and help with outside plant pots?  Lady can pay up to £10 per hour. If you can help please contact me on 0791 4693607 Tuesday to Thursday or leave a message on 268 0976. Many Thanks, Hazel Fox, Community Worker with Older People.

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing church life throughout 2013 and, in some cases, up to the end of March 2014 is out.  Contributions of 50p, please. CHURCH ELECTIONS The following elections were made at last week’s Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Mike Hunt and Sarah Moore; Deanery Synod Representatives: Cath Osgerby and Anne Padget; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Geoff Fisher, Helen Gregory, Rick Hughes, Jane Keeling, Rosie Moffatt, Jane Padget, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Charles Stirling, Briony Tayler, Alison Tolson, Janis Webster, Jonathan Williamson and Kim Willis.  We offer them all our congratulations and support.  Thank you to everyone who allowed themselves to be nominated, especially those who were unsuccessful on this occasion.

NEW KNITTING GROUP! A monthly knitting group is starting up at St Marks on Saturday 10 May, 10.30 – 12 noon in the church lounge. New and experienced knitters welcome; bring your own projects or get involved in some group ones. Light refreshments will be available. For further information please contact Jennie Martin (230 3718) or Alison Tolson (221 4578).

CONGRATULATIONS to Dorothy Elsey and Richard Gray on their marriage.  We wish them a joyous and fruitful companionship.OCCASIONALLY someone will come to St Mark’s asking for money.  Please be confident that there is a discretionary fund as well as other sources of assistance.  Please refer anyone asking to a member of the clergy or a church warden rather than giving money yourself.  This will help us to develop a consistent and supportive response.  Thank you.

NEXT OF KIN Ian is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 11–17 MAY We would love more volunteers for house to house collecting. Please see Helen Hillman or Ceri Gallivan to help or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk or call 07779 414158. We’ve contacted all of last year’s collectors so you should have heard from us. Let us know if you haven’t. Thanks you.

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY TREK – MONDAY 5 MAY This year’s May Day Trek is a 5 mile circular route from Bents Green through the Limb and Porter Valleys. Registration forms are available at the back of church, on the website – www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk, or from Bridget Kellet on 275 9828. A form to collectively sponsor members of the congregation doing the walk is also at the back – please support them if you can. 

CHRISTIAN AID BUSK AID – SATURDAY 10 MAY Calling all musicians and singers! Busk Aid is taking place in the city centre again this year – last year it raised over £400. If you’re interested in performing popular mainstream music either individually or as a group, or if you can spare an hour to be a collector, please contact Alison Tresize on 0114 2365938.

END HUNGER FAST: (1) Any donations place in an envelope, indicating whether you want it gift aided and whether you would prefer the money to go to the S6 Food Bank or to a National Inquiry into food poverty. Cheques to St Mark’s PCC. Envelopes to David Ryder or David Price. (2) At 12 noon on Wed 16 April, we shall mark the end of the fast with a vigil outside Nick Clegg’s Constituency Office, 85 Nether Green Road. Scott Albrecht, a 40 day faster, will hand in a letter from 300 clergy. Please come if you can. WATCH flyers are at the back of church, which say what you can do to help the journey of women in ministry.  Please feel free to take some and to distribute them in other churches. 

LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY SUNDAY LUNCH WILL HAPPEN on 18 May (host – Briony Tayler), 8 June – shared meal with CTBB at St Andrew’s URC. Any volunteers to host lunch in July?!

GARDEN PARTY SAT 14 JUNE Jane Padget and Briony Tayler are co-ordinating this. If you’d like to be part of this exciting event, we need volunteers. Please sign up, or speak to Jane or Briony.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 30 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  Cost: £25 all-inclusive.  For booking or more information, see the notice board or contact Anna Chester on 272 2882.

DIOCESE OF SHEFFIELD CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 2014 marks 100 years of the Sheffield Diocese. Please see the poster at the back

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY’S Woolf Institute offers a unique opportunity to engage in the study of relations between Jews, Muslims and Christians within an e-learning environment.  See www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/study/e-learning/short-courses.asp

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