Weekly Update ~ 31st May 2015

ANNUAL REPORT This is now available.  You will find a copy at the back of church.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30pm. 3 June: “Gonna sing when the Spirit says sing” All welcome.  Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 5 – 21 June 2015  This begins on FRIDAY!  The brochure IS NOW OUT. Please support as many of the events as you can.   As ever we will be celebrating community and raising money for charity with a whole range of events from concerts, interesting talks, Shakespearean drama and even a Mad Hatter’s Buffet!  Check out the website to see the exciting programme and take advantage of the opportunity to buy tickets online, together with info about the history of the Festival, Broomhill and more about this year’s charities. www.broomhillfestival.org.uk.

GARDEN PARTY 20 June We are now open for business!  Please bring all your “stuff”. Contributions for Treasures, books and Toys stalls are all welcome.

CARER’S WEEK is June 8th-12th (there will be lots of events throughout the week).  Perhaps you are doing an increasing amount to support someone else – a family member, your partner, a friend or neighbour?  Someone who is perhaps not able to support themselves as easily due to an illness or disability, mental or physical.  Even if this isn’t you, perhaps you know someone who this is true for.  Sheffield Carers Centre is a very good service offering emotional support and advice.  Call  272 8362 or visit www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk for more information.

CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY The Climate Coalition is organising a lobby of the new Parliament on Wed 17th June, entitled “Speak Up for the Love of….” Ecumenical services at 12noon, lobbying constituency MPs 1-4pm. You can find information and can register on line at climatecoalition.org. More details from Paul Furbey on pfurbey@christian-aid.org.

PARISH WEEKEND – PROVING POPULAR!Thank you to all who have already booked.  There are still places available if you’re thinking of coming.  It promises to be a wonderful weekend together at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.

NEW PUBLICATION John Wood has produced a booklet which is on sale for a £1.00 at the back of the Church. This is entitled ‘John Wood looks at the Bible’ and includes the sermon he preached at St Mark’s on his 90th birthday.  He hopes the contents will be of interest to friends at St Mark’ s and hopefully  intends to publish 5 other booklets in the series.

‘UNDERSTANDING ISLAM: THE FIRST STEPS’ Saturday 13th June,10.00am to 3.30pm Shirley House, next to St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. This day is led by Dr Chris Hewer, a Christian who has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations for many years and is the author of several books.  It enables us to understand more of Islam, as Muslims understand their faith, and allows plenty of time for questions. Donations will be welcome on the day. Refreshments provided, but bring a packed lunch. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Rev Liz Wills, 261 0732; e-mail: johnwills@callnetuk.com If you would like to know more about Chris Hewer you might like to check his website: www.chrishewer.org

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST! This is now available.  If you are on it and would like a copy for 50p please let Anne in the office know.

FAST AND PRAY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE Please join us in praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN climate talks. (www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk). If you would like their Prayer points write your name on the list on the Climate Justice notice board. Some of us will be meeting in the Lady Chapel from 1- 2 pm TOMORROW (Monday 1st June), Wednesday 1 July and Saturday 1 August.

ALSO A short leaflet about this is now available on the Climate Justice notice board. It is based on what Michael Bayley suggested in his sermon on May 17.

SUPPORT FOR CONGO Richard Hide will be taking part in a long distance run in the Eastern Congo.  Run Across Congo is 7 marathons in 7 days covering over 300km along the shores of Lake Kivu and into the mountains where the inspiring coffee communities in Eastern DR Congo live, working together for gender equality and stability in the region.  For more info go to www.virginmoney

giving.com/charities/twin

ROOM REQUIREDMature postgraduate student of town planning from Taiwan needs a room from the end of June as he writes up his PhD thesis. Contact; Philip Booth 255 0634/07950 472882

REQUIEM FOR A SOLDIER A beautiful and moving concert at the City Hall with Chorus UK, Sheffield Pops Orchestra and guest Jonathan Ansell (from G4) on Sunday 21st June.  Music to include Les Miserables, Wherever you Are (from the Military Wives), Band of Brothers and Moonlight Serenade.  Please see the flyers and poster in the foyer for more details or go to www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk for tickets. 

FUND-RAISING FOR PHASE AND CHRISTIAN AID Thank you to everyone who has generously donated towards the work of Christian Aid and PHASE over the past few weeks. The bucket collection for PHASE raised just under £1,200 to help the communities they work with in Nepal, following the devastating earthquakes there. The plate collection for Christian Aid’s emergency appeal raised just over £600 (both totals include gift aid). Thank you to those who stayed for the Christian Aid Sunday lunch, or enjoyed left-over puds at night service. This raised £150 for Christian Aid. Thank you all!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK house-to-house collection. MANY THANKS to all those who’ve been slogging round the streets collecting for Christian Aid. Please give your packs to Ceri or Helen Hillman if you have them today. Alternatively you can bring them to the office in the week.

WEDDING INVITATION! On Saturday 11th July at 2.30pm

Rosamund Brown, daughter of Alan and Judith, will be marrying Jan Ragnar Storheim at St Mark’s. Both live and work in Oslo, Norway but are looking forward to marrying in Rosamund’s childhood church. A warm welcome to all!

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