Weekly Update ~ 31st August 2014


5 sessions to reflect on what faith means to us: what inspires or challenges us. Does faith affect our daily lives? Enquirers and established church members equally welcome. Sundays 6-8pm from 28 September. Please sign up if interested – and indicate if you can’t make this time. Sue H and Briony T

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!

HOME PRODUCE A reminder that if you’re making jams or chutney over the summer, please could you do extra jars for the Harvest Produce stall? Donations of empty jars for others to use would also be welcome. Thanks, Alison.

DISCUSSION GROUP Our long-established discussion group badly needs some new members – we meet regularly on alternate Monday evenings, and the group is very open, friendly and sociable. If you might be interested, and would like to know more please talk to Pauline Miller, Rosie Richards or Judith Price.


PARISH DAY: CREATING UNCOMMON WORSHIP HERE on Saturday 27 September, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. Please take a flyer and sign up if you’d like to come so that we have an idea of numbers in advance.Richard Giles will help us to think about how we can enrich our worship through creative use of movement and space, and in other ways too. This could change the way you see St Mark’s and how we use the building to communicate our beliefs and aspirations.

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!

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS St Mark’s is participating in this national scheme to encourage buildings of historic interest to be open to the public between 11th and 14th September. In addition to the church being open (as normal) Rosie Richards has kindly agreed to talk about the church building and its history at 2.30pm on Saturday 13 September. Mike Hunt

THANK YOU to everyone who completed a Worship Survey for the 10 o’clock service. Nearly 70 responses have been received. Findings have now been collated (thank you, Jane P) and will be considered by the PCC.

MOSQUE OPEN DAYMadina Masjid (27 Wolseley Road, S8 0ZU) will be open to the public on Sunday 14September, between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm – free entry. A great opportunity to explore the architecture, bring communities together, learn about each other and improve cohesion. Enquiries: Waheed Akhtar on 07886 388595/www.madinamasjid.org.uk.

WOOL NEEDED Do you have any wool that you could donate to the Knitting Group? We are looking in particular for colours you would find in the nativity as the Knitting Group has started creating figures for several nativity scenes ready for Christmas. (Yes, the process has started already!) Please speak to Alison Tolson on 221 4578 / alisontolson@aol.co.uk, or Anne in the office if you can help.

SUNDAY LUNCHES MONTHLY At12.15pm, all are welcome to stay, cost £3 minimum. 14 September, Mary-Jane Ryder; 5 October, Briony Tayler.

TRANSPORT TO CHURCH If you come by car on Sunday mornings perhaps you could give a lift to someone who would otherwise not be able to attend. See Briony for more details.

NEW HOME sought for 2 year old cat called Charlie. Great with people, not so with cats! For details, Alison on 2214578.

ST MARK’S ARCHIVES A small group is working to preserve the historical records of St Mark’s. More members would be welcome. If you would like to join the group and/or to donate some documents, please contact David Price on 296 0806 or  davidprice2@googlemail.com


“GODLY MAYHEM”. 14 – 16 November 2014: Swanwick, featuring Peter Rollins “WITH OR WITHOUT GOD” 24 and, 27 September 2014, London and Oxford. Gretta Vosper Christianity. Details:


LIVING THE QUESTIONS THIS WEDNESDAY, 7.30 pm refreshments – with a 8.00pm start. An opportunity to explore the Christian journey in a non-judgemental way, with mutual support and encouragement. Please join us, or contact Jonathan Williamson on 07790 815164 for more information. There are also flyers on the card stall and you can check out the St. Mark’s website.

SEMINAR AND LIBRARY EVENING The next CRC event is on Wednesday 8 October, with refreshments and the opportunity to browse the library from 6.30pm. At 7.00pm Dr. Katie Edwards will be speaking, and her talk is entitled Biblical (Il)literacy. Dr Edwards is a lecturer in Biblical studies who specialises in the impact of the Bible on contemporary culture. Please see the leaflet on the CRC stand for more details. All welcome.

IRAQ CRISIS APPEAL Last week’s ‘bucket collection’ for Christian Aid’s Appeal raised £340.46, of which £290.00 was by Gift Aid thereby increasing the value of the collection by a further £72.50. The overall value of the collection was £412.96. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

NEW BOOK Following Anne’s sermon on August 24th in which she included the work of Josephine Butler, it may be of interest that a new book has just been published on the life and work of Josephine Butler written by Helen Mathers.  The title is “Josephine Butler: Patron Saint of Prostitutes” and it will be available at Waterstones from the middle of September.  Pat Hunt

PILGRIMAGE WITH THE MANOR Sunday 21 September 2.00 pm. Join with our friends from the Manor Team to walk one of the historic trails through their parish. For more info see leaflets or ask Sue H. Please sign the sheet if you’d like to join in. More details to follow.

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. If you might like to volunteer please contact Helen Orton, 266 2128 or  

see www.broomhill-library.org.uk

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