Weekly Update ~ 17th January 2016

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.

SUNDAY LUNCHES We have a few Sunday Lunches coming up! NEXT SUNDAY there will be a Bring and Share for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.   Please sign up at the back if you can bring anything for this.  During Lent there will be two Lenten Lunches with soup and bread on 21 February and 13 March.  Lastly, the APCM is after the morning service on 17th April and there will be a shared lunch that Sunday also.  All are welcome for all! Briony and Sue

SHEFFIELD CRC-PCN GROUP will meet THIS THURSDAY at 12.30pm at 82 Ecclesall Road South. After a shared lunch we shall draw up our 2016 programme of discussion topics. Everyone is welcome: you don’t have to be a CRC or PCN member. Let Robin Story know if you intend to come (0114 236 2251).

UPRIGHT PIANO, good condition, free to good home. Contact Mike or Pat Hunt.

THE FLOWER ROTA FOR 2016 is currently being compiled.  Existing flower money donators are presumed to be carrying on unless they let me know otherwise.  For 2016 there are two available free weeks for new donors. Donations are usually in remembrance of a loved one or a birthday.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to become a new donor.  Thanks.   E-mail mjryder.ivypark@btinternet.com, tel 2303242  or see me in Church.

Mary-Jane Ryder

 

COLLECTING FOR CALAIS TODAY- Many thanks to all who have responded to the appeal for items to take to Calais.  Please leave your donations in the Chapel this morning.  Chris Speddings

 

TAIZÉ PRAYER AT CATHEDRAL

A Taizé prayer is taking place at Sheffield Anglican Cathedral THIS TUESDAY at 7:30pm. It is being organised by members of St Mark’s but everyone in the city is invited. The service is taking place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. There will be an open song practice on the night at 6:45pm at the cathedral.  Mark Ansell

 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge 1.30pm. 20 January: “Journeys”  in words and music: Shelagh (narrator), Michael (baritone) and

Rosalind (piano).  All welcome. Modest charge.  Details Rosalind 268 1426.

 

LENT 2016 Thank you to everyone who has offered to host or lead a group this year, the sign-up sheets will be at the back of church for the next few weeks.  The course is based around Rowan Williams’ accessible commentary “Meeting God in Mark” and it is recommended that participants either buy a copy of the book or borrow one from the library.  We are buying copies in bulk which you will be able to purchase at the reduced price of £7.00.  Please note on the sheet if you would like to buy a book this way or borrow one from the library.  Although the book is the basis of the course there is a real emphasis this year on sharing our own connection with Mark’s Gospel so please don’t be put off if you don’t have much appetite for reading. All are welcome!  Sue

 

TURN YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO NEW TREES! For every 1,000 cards left for recycling at Marks and Spencer stores throughout January, a new tree will be planted in the UK. Since this Woodland Trust scheme started, 34,000 trees have been planted! Do pop yours into the M&S special card collection bins.  If you are going to be unable to get to

M & S, please put your cards in the collection box at the back and I shall take them down.  Many thanks, Michael Miller

 

PLEDGE SUNDAY Many thanks to all who have returned their pledge info to me. For those who have not yet done so, please note that if you are a tax payer and are able to sign the yellow Gift Aid declaration that I shall also need that form. If you forgot to complete the yellow form, I shall be in touch! Thanks.  Judith Pitchforth

 

OLD ENVELOPES – ANY TAKERS?

I have some old unused white gift envelopes from last year (size 10 cm by 7.5 cm) and would be delighted if anyone can make use of them. They are useful for seeds etc. Please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

 

JOB ADVERT: FEMALE YOUTH WORKER WANTED for up to 8 hours per week to run a Youth Club for girls in Broomhall, Sheffield. The club is run by ‘Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall’, although weekly sessions contain no religious input and there is no requirement that the worker is a practising Christian.  Many of those attending are Muslim girls from the Somali community and it is an occupational requirement that the person appointed is female. Please see the advert in the foyer for more details or go to the St. Mark’s website www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk

Isabel Lloyd-Jones

HAZEL FOX has resigned as Worker with the Older People as a result of getting a job with Sheffield City Council Adult Social Services. Her new job gives more hours, which she needed, and is a good move for developing her career. We congratulate Hazel on her new appointment and wish her well in it. We are very grateful for the splendid work she did as Worker with Older People and we will miss her sparkly, compassionate and enthusiastic presence. Michael Bayley

 

LIONS From now on Lions will be meeting on the second and forth Sundays in the evening, rather than in the mornings. Jen Ryder

 

LOST PROPERTY There is a table in the back corridor with all the lost property and left over tins and containers we currently have.  Please take time to check if there is anything there that belongs to you. Briony and Sue

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACTION – THANK YOUI’m most grateful to those of you who supported the petition to the President of Burundi.

We gathered a total of 39 signatures with all the spaces being filled. The petitions will be sent off to Amnesty UK for collating and delivering to the President early in February.  Robin Story

 

CAROL WALTER thanks friends at St Mark’s for Christmas cards and gifts. Following a lengthy stay in hospital, she has now moved for a period of rehabilitation to Wood Hill House, 528 Grimesthorpe Rd, S4 8LE and would be glad to see visitors, who may come at any time up to 8.30pm. Sarah Armstrong

 

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