Weekly Update ~ 27th 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!

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

WORSHIP SURVEY – LAST CALL! 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.  Thank you.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE are looking for a new campaign assistant as Sarah Cole is leaving at the beginning of September. Ten hours a week.  If you are interested contact Michael Bayley (258 5248 or michael.hopeftf@gmail.com)

Michael Bayley

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, eg – 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.

CREATING UNCOMMON WORSHIP is the title of our morning together with Canon Richard Giles, an internationally-acclaimed authority on liturgical worship, on Saturday 27 September, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. Richard will help us to think about how we can enrich our worship through creative use of movement and space as well as in other ways.  Further details out soon.

CRC AUTUMN CONFERENCE Rowan Williams will lead a day on the theme, ‘Faith in search of understanding today,’ on Saturday 8 November, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm.  Tickets: £18 (non-members); £15 (CRC/PCN); £5 (students/unwaged). Places are going quickly so book early!

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.

MUSICIANS: ST MARK’S NEEDS YOU! Do you sing in the shower? How would you like to sing in St Mark’s Choir instead? We rehearse weekly on Thursdays, 6.30-8pm to prepare for our contributions to Sunday morning worship. Do you play an instrument? How would you like to lead the music at a Sunday morning Service or a Night Service? St Mark’s is looking to hear more and more from our talented congregation, and to get all of our musicians involved! For more information please email the Director of Music (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk)

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

NIGHT SERVICE BBQ You are cordially invited to a ‘bring and share’ BBQ NEXT SUNDAY 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. Check out the Night Service website for full details.

UPCOMING PCN CONFERENCES:

“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:

http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events.

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

ACCOMMODATION Would you be willing and able to offer some temporary lodging for Joe Warburton from the end of this month? For more details speak to Joe or to Anne in the office.

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

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL containers remain at large in church, including a rather nice china bowl.  Please check if a container of yours is still here and either collect it from the flower room or speak to Briony Tayler.  Many thanks.

CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY Following the success of our weekend in 2012, we have booked the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, for 18-20 September 2015.  This is definitely one not to miss.  For all ages and outlooks!

BROOMHILL LIBRARY Our much-loved local library will close in October unless enough volunteers come forward.  An enthusiastic group is working to ensure that this valuable community asset has a future. More volunteers are urgently needed. People with all manner of skills and experience will be most welcome. Training sessions (provided by SCC) are available. If you might like to volunteer – even if only for a few hours – please contact Helen Orton, 266 2128 or   

see www.broomhill-library.org.uk

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.

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