|WORSHIP SURVEY It is nearly four years since the last comprehensive review of our worship. Over the coming months, there will be opportunities to reflect further to help us prepare services that all can experience as spiritually edifying, true to Jesus and congruent with the Anglican way. As a first step and following on from Ian’s sermon series, ‘Living Eucharist’ (available on St Mark’s website and booklets on the card stall), you are invited to complete a brief Questionnaire which focuses on key aspects of the 10.00 am service. A box for completed forms can be found in the narthex. Thank you.
CTBB REVIEW Each partner church is engaging in its own conversations. All interested in considering St Mark’s position please bring lunch and stay after church on Sunday 10th August to discuss current strengths and weaknesses, e.g. – joint Services and shared projects such as Broomhall Breakfast, Girls’ Youth Club and Work with Older People. Vital that we hear your views. Robert Beard, Sue H.
ORGAN REFURBISHMENT is well and truly underway. During this interim period, musical accompaniment will be supplied by a chamber organ, piano or another instrument.
Please attune your ears (and expectations) accordingly! Thank you.
|LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
TODAY! – BBQ and games on the Green; 3 August – Ceri is raising money for VSO before going to Sierra Leone. All welcome.
PCC UPDATE Copies of the green flyer highlighting key outcomes from the July meeting are included with your service sheet this week.
COLLECTION There will be a retiring ‘bucket’ collection after TODAY’S 10am service in support of our local branch of WATCH’s continuing work throughout the Diocese, whichever way Monday’s Synod vote goes.
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.
SECURITY Recently, the office was broken into – a crime made easier because one of the doors into the upper room was left unlocked. Users of restricted areas (lounge, upper room, vestry), please take extra care to ensure that all doors are locked before leaving the room unattended. Thank you.
CALLING MR(S) TIGGYWINKLE! Would you be willing to join a team of people who wash the ‘altar linen’? It’s not an onerous job (mainly washing and ironing small cloths), but is one of the hidden essentials of church life. If you can help, please have a word with Anne in the church office. Thank you.
SOUP RUN continues over the summer, so donations of food are still very gratefully received. Also, although it’s warmer, there’s still a demand for clothing (mainly men’s) of various sorts, along with duvets and sleeping bags. Please have a word with Gary or any of the soup run team leaders if you think you might be able to help. Many thanks.
|A FESTIVAL OF PRAYER is the title of this year’ Diocesan Development Day on Saturday 4 October, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm, at St Thomas Church, Philadelphia Campus. Featuring a keynote address by Rowan Williams and many workshops on prayer and spirituality, this promises to be a fruitful day. Attendance is free and each church has five places. If you would like to go, please complete an application form (available at the back of church) and give to Anne, our Administrator.
TOMORROW is scheduled to be the day when General Synod, meeting in York, will give final approval (hopefully) to the Women in the Episcopate legislation.
SOCIAL OUTINGS Details of three possible events are on the flipchart; please add your name if you are interested – no commitment at this stage. A couple feature St Mark’s members!
NIGHT SERVICE now has its own website thanks to David and Liz Anson. Check it out: www.nightservice.org.uk.
BROOMHALL FESTIVAL – 30th August – celebrates food & festivities with open allotments, tours around the Community Gardens, cooking demos, stalls, afternoon tea at the Broomhall Centre and family fun at the Jesus Centre. Volunteers to help and offers of home-baked scones, jam and cream(!) please. Many thanks Sue H.
999NHS DARLINGTON MUMS MARCH Mums will marching 300 miles from Jarrow to London to celebrate the NHS and raise awareness of the threat posed by the privatisation of healthcare. On 25th August they will walk from Barnsley and there will be a rally in Weston Park. They will need somewhere to sleep that night. If you are able to help at all it would be very much appreciated. Please get in touch with Joan Crookes at firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.callfornhs.org.uk for more info.
|DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Please make sure you’re free on Saturday 27 September for our day together 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.
NIGHT SERVICE BBQ You are cordially invited to a ‘bring and share’ BBQ on Sunday 3 August at 6.00 pm on St Mark’s Green. This event is open to all who attend St Mark’s and provides an ideal opportunity to meet members from different congregations.
THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP Join us on Thursdays, 11.15-12.15, to discuss Poetry, Bible Study and ‘Sharing our Journey’. All are welcome and no prep. is necessary. Coffee/tea and biscuits provided. Flyers on the card stall.
BROOMHILL LIBRARY Our much-loved local library will close in October
unless enough volunteers come forward to run it. An enthusiastic group is working to ensure that this valuable community asset has a future. More volunteers are urgently needed for a wide variety of tasks. People with all manner of skills and experience will be most welcome and need not have had library experience. Training sessions (provided by SCC) are available. If you think you might like to volunteer – even if only for a few, irregular or occasional hours – please get in touch. Helen
Orton, 266 2128.
40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT The Sheffield Chorale Choir (David, Peter & Anna Ryder are members) is performing its Ruby Anniversary concert this Saturday, at St Andrews Church, Psalter Lane. Details of the programme on the poster in the Church entrance. For tickets please contact David Ryder.