Weekly Newsletter ~ 30th November 2014


Dying to Live This is another joint project with the Manor Team.  Two sessions with different themes will be taking place on 7 & 14 December.  Please sign up at the back if you would like to come and indicate if you need help with transport.  See flyer for more details

ADVENT SERVICE BOOKLET You’ll notice that this week’s Service sheet is slightly thinner but the blue sheet rather fatter – the hymns have jumped-ship!  We’re trialling a seasonal Service booklet with all the weekly variations on an insert.  Please take the blue sheet and leave the booklet behind.  Thank you!

THE CHRISTMAS CARD STALL supporting Oxfam and Fairtrade will be available on Sunday mornings up to and including 7th December.

BURNGREAVE ASHRAM Multifaith Chapel & Library is holding their Meditation/Prayer Lunch Seminar TOMORROW,  1st December, including a talk on “The Secret Garden”. For more info on this and future events, please see the poster in the foyer.

THE ANNUAL CHRISTIAN AID CAROL SINGING event in the city centre is on Saturday 6th December. The time slot for St Mark’s is 2.30pm – 3.30pm.  It’s great fun, gets you in the Christmas mood and cheers up the passing shoppers. Last year’s event raised £1,470. Please contact Alison (tel: 2214578) for further details.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. 3 Dec: Hazelnuts Choir. All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2014 After Parish Eucharist NEXT SUNDAY you’ll be able to sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists. Please bring small cards or postcards suitable for air mail post. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone in solitary confinement who thinks they have been forgotten.

CAROL SERVICE – Sunday, 21 December: please see Briony, or sign up at the back, to offer mince pies or help with mulled wine, setting up, serving, clearing away. Thank you.

NEW BROOMHILL FESTIVAL CHAIR Jane Padget was elected as the new Chair of the Broomhill Festival Planning Group at the AGM on 17 Nov. Congratulations Jane – and good luck!

CHRISTMAS LUNCH This year we won’t be hosting a large party.  If you know anyone who is likely to be alone on Christmas Day we may be able to provide a meal for a few people – please let Sue know names ASAP so that this can be organised.

CAROL SINGING around Broomhall homes on Thurs 18 Dec. Meet at Broomgrove Home, Broomgrove Road, at 5.45pm.  CHURCHES TOGETHER CAROLS outside what was Eurospar in Broomhill, 10.30-12 on Sat 20th Dec.  ALL WELCOME!

THE RELUCTANT PATIENT Ian’s latest book IS NOW READY FOR COLLECTION.  We now have more copies from Ian so please bring £6.50 to collect a copy outside the vestry.
CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY We will soon have the Seasonal CTBB Cards advertising the services in Broomhill and Broomhall over Christmas. They will appear at the back of church in piles with street names for their distribution area attached as usual, and ready for collection. Please put some time aside to help with this if you can. New helpers as well as old trusted ones always welcome. Many thanks.

ST MARK’S STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS GROUP are looking for volunteers to help them cook large vats of curry, and for some guidance on how to run a meaningful theological discussion. If you are lucky enough to have either or indeed both of these marvellous skills, please email Matt Wickens at mattbwickens@gmail.com

ACCESS TO INFORMATION our weekly newssheets are currently posted on St Mark’s Website where details can be picked up by internet search engines.  Contributors, please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For further information, please contact a member of the clergy.

WELCOME TEAMS Fancy getting involved on a Sunday morning and having the opportunity to meet new (and not so new!) members of St Mark’s? We’re looking for people to join our Welcome Teams for the next rota starting in November, and it’s a great way of getting to know others in our congregation. If you’re interested, please contact Sarah M sarahmoorechurchwarden@gmail.com.


PANTO TICKETSThere are 20 tickets going for the Manor Operatic Society’s performance of Peter Pan at 2.00pm on Sunday 4th January. Please let Judith Harrison know if you would like a ticket at judith@performconsult.co.uk or on 0114 268 1205.

FUEL POVERTY Those of us fortunate enough not to need our winter fuel allowances (and generous younger people) can make donations to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/

SurvivingWinter to help those less fortunate in South Yorkshire.  

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE will shortly be making decisions on which charities to support this year. If you have any suggestions please contact Alison (alisontolson@aol.co.uk or tel: 2214578) or any member of the committee. 

MEN 50+ NEEDED FOR STROKE RESEARCH We need men 50+ for a research project on language! The results will provide important information about language difficulties that result from stroke. The study takes place at the Department of Human Communication Sciences and takes no more than 45 minutes to complete. In order to take part, you must be between 50 and 80 years old, be a native speaker of British English, have no history of speech or language difficulties and no history of mental health disorders.

Contact Elizabeth Anderson at ecanderson1@sheffield.ac.uk to find out more or volunteer to take part!

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