Weekly Update ~ 6th December 2015

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

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

APPEALS SEASON…

Today The Lions will be selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. 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. Today Christmas Cards will be on sale on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service. Thanks for your support.  Sue H

NIGHT SERVICE SHARED MEAL next Sunday at 6.30pm.  Please invite your friends too.  Similarly if there are people you have not seen at Night Service for a while then why not ask them to join us?  As always, there is no requirement for anyone to stay on for the evening service of Holy Communion. Please bring a food contribution of your choice to share if you are able to do so.  Liz and David Anson

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2015 After Parish Eucharist next Sunday, 13 December, you will be able to sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who is being tortured or in solitary confinement and thinks they have been totally forgotten. Please bring small cards suitable for air mail post. Otherwise cards will be available on the table. Robin Story

 

YOUR PLEDGES FOR 2016 Pledge packs for 2016 are available for all church members and if you have not got yours, please collect it from the table at the back of Church and return the Pledge Form and (if relevant) the Gift Aid Declaration Form to Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible (either via the collection box in Church or posting to her).  Thanks for your continued support. Judith Pitchforth

ADVENT DISCUSSIONS In partnership with the Manor Parish,  “Room in the Inn?” will provide the opportunity to explore issues of hospitality in the light of the refugee crisis.  TONIGHT at St Mark’s and Dec 13 at St Aidan’s, both start at 6pm.  Sign up sheet and fliers at the back of church.  Sue H

PRAYER, LUNCH AND SEMINAR The next event to be held at the Burngreave Ashram will be TOMORROW December at 12noon.  The Seminar theme is inspiration and there will be a vegetarian lunch.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more information. Anne

VIGIL FOR BETHLEHEM THIS FRIDAY  7.30pm – 9.30pm. Organised by Kairos Sheffield at St William’s Church,  847 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8TL. The evening gives opportunity to see and hear Bishop John Arnold’s recent first hand experiences from the Holy Land, including Gaza. It will be followed by a guided vigil, to prayerfully reflect on these in the light of the familiar story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, a small town in the West Bank.  Kairos is a call from the Christian churches in Palestine to the international Christian community, to stand in solidarity with them. This vigil is part of our response to that. Please see Mark James for more information.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the church lounge. 9 Dec: The HAZELNUTS CHOIR. All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Rosalind Rogerson on 268 1426.

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.

CAROL SINGING Please join us for a lovely evening carol singing at four local care homes on Wednesday 16th Dec. Meet at church car park at 5pm and should be finished by 8pm. All welcome, of whatever ability, the more the merrier! Please contact Sue if you can make it.

NIGHT SERVICE There will be no Night Service on Christmas Day or Sunday 27th December.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT If you get a Winter Fuel payment but don’t need it, you can help others in need in Sheffield by donating it.  Go to http://uk.virginmoney

giving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/show FundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Surviving

Winter&pageUrl=5     Michael Miller

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

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 Jan 10.  If you would like to host or lead a group, please have a word with Sue.

ABBEYDALE SINGERS will present ‘Come, One and All’ a concert of Christmas music at St Mark’s THIS SATURDAY at 7.30pm. For tickets (£12 adult, £10 concession, £6 student includes refreshments) please see Alice Newitt or email deasyalice@hotmail.com

RESPONSE CARDS If you’d like to see what people wrote on Pledge Sunday is response to Sarah’s invitation to grow the life of this community see the notice board at the back of church. Please speak to Anne or Sue about how you would like to get involved. Thank you!  Sue

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Yes, it’s that time already! The big Christmas tree will be out on Sunday 20th December.  If you can help to decorate it after church, please let Anne know. 

CALAIS CLEAN UP KNEES UP!  Wednesday16th Dec 7-11p.m. at The Hide, Scotland St, Sheffield S3 7AA. With live music, food and bar. Tickets £15 (includes food). Proceeds to SHEFFIELD to CALAIS Waste Management Group, working with MSF in the Calais refugee camp on vital waste & sanitation projects. See notice in the Narthex. More details from Helen Hillman 258 4241

SPARE ROOM My name’s Ben Treadaway, I’m 27 years old and I’ve been involved with St Marks for the last year. I currently live in Bristol and am moving to Sheffield to live near my girlfriend Becca, a member of this church, and to be a part of this community. I don’t know many people yet and I’d prefer not to live alone, so if anyone has a spare room for a lodger or a housemate for a few months or more then please do get in touch on ben@southmedia.co.uk. Thanks.

CELEBRATE WITH CHORUS The next Chorus UK production is at the Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 13th December. Christmas Celebration promises to be yet another hugely enjoyable experience – with a 300 strong choir and a full orchestra to blow you away!  Please see flyers in the foyer or speak to Anne or Jane Padget, or Carol Rowe for more information or to get tickets.

 

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