Weekly Sheet ~ 20th July 2014

14 JULY is the day General Synod voted through legislation to enable women priests to be ordained into the episcopacy, thereby removing centuries of prejudice whilst, at the same time, affirming the dignity and worth of all women within the life of the church and beyond.  ALLELUIA!

THANK YOU I to everyone who contributed to last Sunday’s luncheon barbecue and games afternoon. 

THANK YOU II to all volunteers who lead or contribute in any way to our work with children and young people as they take a well-earned break for the summer.

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, 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.  So far, we’ve received around 30.  Thank you.

EXHIBITION & SALE OF WORK An exhibition of the late Alan Birchall’s work will be on display at the back of church NEXT SUNDAY. Paintings can be purchased and will be sold to the highest bidder with all proceeds donated to Alan’s designated charities.

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 10 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.

PCC UPDATE Copies of the green flyer highlighting key outcomes from the July meeting are at the back of church by the PCC board.

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.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS! to John Schofield and Vanessa Senger, whose grandson Frederick George – Freddie – was born on Tuesday 8th July, weighing in at 3.17kg.

NIGHT SERVICE now has its own website thanks to David and Liz Anson.  Check it out: www.nightservice.org.uk.

A FESTIVAL OF PRAYER is the title of this year’s 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 inform Anne in the office or have a word with a member of the clergy.


“GODLY MAYHEM”. 14 – 16 November 2014: Swanwick, Derbyshire. The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) in association with the Student Christian Movement has invited Peter Rollins, a leading voice in the Emergent Church movement, to lead this residential weekend conference. The author of “How (Not) to Speak of God”, he suggests we are looking for God in the wrong places.

“WITH OR WITHOUT GOD”. Wednesday, 24 and Saturday, 27 September 2014: London and Oxford. Gretta Vosper, one of the most radical voices in Christianity, will speak about post-theist Christianity and the role of the church if we remove a supernatural God from our thinking. Details for both events at


BROOMHALL FESTIVAL – 30 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.

STATIONS OF LIFE LETTING GO is the title of our third Station of Life, which can be found in the font area of the church.

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. 


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