Weekly Update – 24th January 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY A Caretaker to maintain the building and grounds and be an initial contact for visitors. Preference will be given to members of St Mark’s. 14 hours per week, Monday – Friday, afternoons preferred. Salary: £8.50 per hour. The appointment will be for 1 year in the first instance. Further details from the Church Office. Briony 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

PLEDGES FOR 2016 – We are grateful to have received 72 responses to date with net total extra giving promised of approximately £1,000 (including recovered tax).   However, so that we can be sure of the total level of the Church’s income for this year it is important that we receive back more pledge forms and, if you are a tax payer, the yellow Gift Aid declaration form.    If you have not already done so, please therefore return your pledge form and Gift Aid declaration to Judith PItchforth as soon as possible.  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church if you need one.   Thanks.  David Ryder, Treasurer.  

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 BayleyCOMMUNITY WORKER WITH OLDER PEOPLE IN BROOMHILL AND BROOMHALL Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall wishes to appoint an experienced part-time (17.5 hours per week) worker. Empathy with older people, their relatives and carers is vital, as is sympathy with the Christian faith and an awareness of the spiritual needs of people of all faiths and none. Salary NJC Pay Scale 5 (pro rata). Please see poster in the foyer & contact Jenny Carpenter for further information jennyc106@btinternet.com or on234 1177.  Jenny Carpenter

SUNDAY LUNCHES We have a few Sunday Lunches coming up! TODAY there is a Bring and Share for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.   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

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

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 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!  SueFRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 27 January: Dr Dilys Noble will speak about her work with PHASE Nepal (Practical Help Achieving Self-Empowerment). All welcome.  Modest charge.  Details from Rosalind Rogerson on 268 1426.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

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

“IS A RADICAL CHURCH POSSIBLE?” Copies of Adrian Alker’s book are on sale today, priced £8.99. If you wish to buy a book or place an order could you please speak to Robin Story.LAY MINISTRY – WHAT NEXT EVENTThe “Exploring your Call” event, organised by the Diocese, is for anyone who may be interested in developing their Lay Ministry. It’s a chance to ask questions & explore which paths are available.  The event is on the 13th February 2016 at Diocesan Church House between 10.00am and 12.00noon Booking essential:  Contact Trish Stafford on 01709 309147 or at trish.stafford@ sheffield.anglican.org  or by following the link below www.eventbrite.co.uk/what-
next-lay-ministry-exploring-your-call-event-sheffield-tickets-19182688939There are many opportunities here at St. Mark’s for lay involvement.  Please have a word with me or Anne (Reader).  Sue

PIANO & ORGAN RECITAL This takes place in aid of Iraqi Christians In Need (www.icin.org.uk) at Sacred Heart Church THIS THURSDAY at 7:30pm. There will be works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and more.  Please see poster in the foyer for more details.  Carl Bahoshy

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

THEATRE! Dez and Jennie Martin are performing in a production of Outside Edge, a comedy by Richard Harris, at the University Drama Studio. Thurs 4th – Sat 6th Feb at 7.30pm.  For tickets phone 2335333 / email david@dnhague.f9.co.uk .

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.

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