Weekly Update ~ 7th June 2015


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

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30 pm. 10 June:  Jean Grayson (piano) All welcome. Modest charge. Details from Rosalind Rogerson

on 268 1426

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL CONTINUES!  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.

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’ THIS SATURDAY,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


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



CONTINUE TO FAST AND PRAY FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE A few of us met to pray together on 1st June.  Please continue in your prayersfor 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.

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.

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


ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our blue sheets are on St Mark’s Website.  Please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For more info, please see a member of clergy.

COMMENTS BOX is still at the back of church – we do take notice of them!

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. 

JULY 5 WITH NOEL MOULES All Age Service followed by food and games on the Green, Afternoon Tea and Night Service.  We’re hoping that lots of people will stay after church to meet Noel (who’ll be helping to inspire us on our Parish weekend) and to help raise more funds for bursaries.  Watch this space for more details…

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.

BOTTLE TOPS Thanks to everyone who has been collecting plastic bottle tops for Diabetes UK. The response has been amazing. Sadly, they have decided not to receive any more because they are snowed under and do not have the manpower to sort them, so I won’t be able to take any more. Carol Rowe

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!

BISHOPSCROFT GARDEN OPEN DAY Bishop Steven and Ann are having a Garden Open Day on 28th June between 2pm and 5pm and invite anyone along who wishes to join them.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details.

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