Weekly Sheet 18th May 2014

LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 8 June – CTBB shared meal at St Andrew’s URC; 13 July – BBQ and games on the Green.

ASCENSION DAY A special service on Thursday 29 May at 7.30 pm, followed by a ‘Christian Aid’ buffet supper hosted by the International Committee.  Tickets: £5 waged; £3 concessions. A short film, ‘Somos Wichi,’ about the lives of an Argentinian community struggling to maintain their unique identity and culture, will be shown.

GARDEN PARTY 14 JUNE  Contributions for the Treasures, books and Toys stalls are welcome. Bring them on a Sunday, or contact Jane or Briony if you need transport. Helpers are still needed for Children’s games, plants and elsewhere; do please sign up or get in touch.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Broomhill Festival will soon be here and there are lots of events, mostly at St Mark’s, needing helpers to sell tickets, staff the box office and serve refreshments. Please sign up at the back of church – we need a small army!

BIBLE STUDIES Robert Beard is leading a series of bible studies engaging with life’s big questions on Sundays at 6.00 pm in the lounge.  See the leaflets at the back for dates and subjects. Everyone invited.   Please read the passages beforehand!

WATCH flyers detailing what you can do to help the journey of women in ministry are available.  Please take some and distribute to other churches.

JIM COTTER’S Memorial Service will take place on 25 June at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, starting at 3.00 pm.

CTBB OPEN MEETING. After further thought and consultation, the CTBB Executive reached the conclusion that the Open Meeting scheduled for this Monday, 19 May, should be postponed until Monday, 20 October. This will give partner churches greater opportunity to consult their members about how they envisage CTBB evolving in the coming years before making submissions to the Exec by 1 September.  The Exec will then draw up proposals for consideration prior to our gathering on 20 October. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  Ian Wallis, Moderator.

20th ANNIVERSARY of women’s ordination to the priesthood will be celebrated here on Sunday 15 June at 10.00 am when Sue will preside and Rev’d Sarah Hills, Bishop’s Adviser in Pastoral Care and Reconciliation, will preach. The Diocese will also be celebrating on Saturday 14 June at 11.00 am at the cathedral when the preacher will be the Venerable Jane Sinclair.  All welcome.

SEMINAR & LIBRARY EVENING will be happening on THIS WEDNESDAY, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start in the lounge. It is with author and poet Adrian Scott, and the title is “Writing as a Way of Allowing the Soul to Speak – The Poetry of an Ordinary Life”.  It will draw upon two of his poetry books – “The Call of the Unwritten” and “Arriving in Magic”.  Please see flyers in the library.  All welcome.  These books are also now available in the library. 

WOOL NEEDED for knitters in Broomhall. Please bring supplies to Sue!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Please make sure you’re free on Saturday 27 September for our day with Canon Richard Giles, creative liturgist and worship leader, and for the weekend of 18-20 September 2015 when the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, is booked for our parish weekend together.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge, 1.30 pm. 21 May: Robin Johnson, Palm Court Players. All welcome, modest charge.  Details: Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242.

CHRISTIAN AID UPDATE Thank you to everyone (especially Gary) who contributed to Busk Aid in the city centre on 10 May – the event raised £475. Sheffield May Day Trek – if anyone is interested in finding out how they could help with next year’s event, there will be a coffee and cake evening on Wednesday 21 May at 7.30 pm at the Central United Reform Church, Norfolk Street (opposite the Crucible). Sheffield Night Hike takes place on Saturday 28 June and is a 17 mile dusk-till-dawn trek from Lodge Moor to Hathersage and back. Register online at www.SheffieldNightHike.org.uk or phone 0113 244 4764.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP Join us on Thursdays from 11.15-12.15 to discuss Poetry (1st Thursday of the month), Bible Study (3rd Thursday of the month) and ‘Sharing our Journey’ (2nd and 4th Thursday of the month). All are welcome and no preparation is necessary. ‘Sharing our Journey’ is a way of sharing, listening and reflecting on our Life journey together, so just bring yourself. Coffee /tea and biscuits provided.

LENT/HOLY WEEK/ EASTER FEEDBACK We are always trying to improve our worship and ministry and your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.  Completed pink forms should be placed in the box at the back of church.  Many thanks.

SOCIAL OUTINGS There are details of 4 possible events on a board in the narthex; please add your name if you are interested – no commitment at this stage.  A couple of the events have members of St. Mark’s in them!

SYMAAG AGM: 7.00 pm THIS TUESDAY at the Quaker Meeting House. Asylum seekers and refugees will talk about the impact of the asylum system on their health with commentary by a medical expert. All welcome. Enquiries to David Price (0114 296 0806)

MACMILLAN CANCER CARE Robert Beard is undertaking the 25-miles Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 14 June in memory of his sister Miranda. Please sponsor him by signing his form or at www.justgiving.com/RobertBeard

CHARITY VINTAGE SPORTS DAY 1 June 1.30-6.00 pm raising Funds for Phaseworldwide. Teams of 6 adults to take part in the fun event. No experience needed just lots of energy and imagination. Helpers also required for tea and cakes! Contact Dilys Noble 07817651178; dilysnoble@hotmail.co.uk; www.phaseworldwide.org.

THROUGH THE FIRE 28 May 5pm Rockingham St. A film portraying another side of Somalia and Somaliland: three Somali women’s humanitarian initiatives. With Edna Adan Ismail, former Somali First Lady.  Please support this. Sue H.

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