|NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before. Many thanks. Anne Padget
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the church lounge. 25 Nov: Shirley Ellins will speak on “The Sheffield Pals of World War I”. All welcome. Modest charge. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.
JUST HOW ISLAMIC IS THE SELF-STYLED ‘ISLAMIC STATE’? WHO SAYS SO? An evening led by Dr Chris Hewer, author of Understanding Islam, the first ten steps, who has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations since 1986. Chris will explore with us what Muslim scholars are saying on this very important topic. (for more information about Chris see: www.chrishewer.org). THIS FRIDAY 7.30 pm Millhouses Methodist Church, S7 2HA. For further details contact Rev Liz Wills, 2610732, email@example.com
ABUNDANCE AT ST MARKS! Grow Sheffield will be running the final chutney workshop this autumn THIS TUESDAY, using produce harvested from the local area. Come along and join in, either to learn a new skill or share your expertise and take home a jar of apple chutney. 6.30 to 9pm. Full details and to book your free place contact Vanessa on 07958 472837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LENT 2016 Plans are underway to develop discussion groups based on Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Mark. As Lent begins on Feb 10 there will be sign-up sheets for groups from 10th January. If you would like to host or lead a group, please have a word with Sue.
|ADVENT DISCUSSIONS We shall again be having discussion groups with our friends from the Manor Parish. “Room in the Inn?” will provide the opportunity to explore issues of hospitality in the light of the refugee crisis. Dec 6 at St Mark’s, Dec 13 at St Aidan’s, both start at 6pm. Sign up sheet and fliers at the back of church. Sue H
SHARED MEAL There will be a vegetarian shared meal TONIGHT at 6.00pm before Night Service. Any money raised will go towards the Snowdrop Project, which is a charity that supports women who have been trafficked in Sheffield.
MISSION PARTNERSHIPS – ADVENT BONFIRE As we explore possibilities for working more closely with other churches in the Deanery, we have been invited to share in Ranmoor’s Advent Bonfire with children’s crafts and refreshments. THIS SATURDAY at 5pm. See poster for details. Sue H
CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR CHRISTIAN AID. As usual, we’ll be bringing the Good News of Christmas to the centre of Sheffield. Please put the date in your diaries: Saturday 5th Dec. St. Mark’s has been allotted the slot 2.30-3.30pm which we’ll be sharing with Churches Together in Abbeydale, and will be by the big Christmas tree outside the Town Hall. We can leave bags etc at Central URC as usual. All welcome, singers & instrumentalists. Please sign the sheet in the narthex to say you’ll be coming. (We may need a few people to hold collecting boxes as well).
WE WELCOME Lusa Ngoy and a group from the Minority Ethnic Vocations conference to our worship this morning. We hope you enjoy your time here this morning.
|APPEALS SEASON… Over the coming weeks we are aware of a number of appeals which will be taking place in church. Please support any you can but also don’t feel pressurised. During November Rosie Hunt will be using St Mark’s as a collection point for a project gathering winter boxes for refugees in Sheffield. See her fliers for details.
Next Sunday Sunday Lunch, with opportunity to donate to Ceri Gallivan’s projects in Uganda. Dec 6 The Lions will be selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. From Nov 29, during Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank and continue to support the S6 Foodbank with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities. From this Sunday – 6 Dec. Christmas Cards will be on sale on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service. Thank you for your support. Sue H
A PLAY FOR SYRIA NEXT SUNDAY at 6pm there will be a rehearsed reading of a new play by Frances Gray in aid of ASSIST/The Northern Refugee Centre, followed by food. Please see sign-up sheet at the back or speak to Frances Gray (play) or Vanessa Senger (food).
CHRISTMAS HOSPITALITY We’re looking for a host, over Christmas, for a member of our Night Service congregation: 24 -27 December. If you’re interested, please contact David Anson, 229 5478.
CONFIRMATION Please pray for Kim Willis as she prepares for Confirmation on Thursday in a Service at Wadsley Church. All are welcome to attend, to support Kim but it would be helpful to know if you’re planning to come. Thank you. Sue H
SOUP RUN is in need of tins of beans – with or without sausages. If you’re able to pop 1 or 2 in your shopping, we’d be very grateful. See Gary for more details. Thanks
|NOVEMBER – GET MORE INVOLVED MONTH If you’d like to get more involved in the life of this community please speak to Anne or Sue about what you can / would like to offer. Thank you! Sue
CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Yes, it’s that time already! The small Christmas Tree will be out NEXT SUNDAY and the big tree will be out on Sunday 20th December. If you can help to decorate either tree on either or both Sundays after church, please let Anne know.
SUNDAY LUNCH next week will be in support of the project that Ceri Gallivan is working on in Uganda. All are welcome to stay – a good round off to helping with those trees!
PRAY AND FAST FOR THE CLIMATE The prayers will take place on Tuesday, 1 December in the Lady Chapel from 1pm – 2pm. This will be during the Paris talks so please pray for them wherever you are.
TIME FOR THE CLIMATE THIS SATURDAYJoin a mass sing and silent vigil in the middle of the afternoon beginning at 2pm. Many faith leaders will be there and there will be stalls, refreshments and activities, bands and a debate in Tudor Square, and indoor spaces from 12 to 4.30pm. More details from www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net
GOOD TASTE THE FAIR TRADE SHOP – CHRISTMAS OPEN EVENING THIS THURSDAY, 6pm –
8 pm Good Taste the Fair Trade shop in Broomhill will be open for St Mark’s folk who want to do some ethical Christmas shopping. All welcome for mince pies and coffee/tea with us. Tim and Helen Gregory
JOHN WOOD – SERMON BOOKLETS Series 1, 2, & 3of John’s excellent short collections are now available. Helen Fisher will sell them (£1) in the narthex after church.