Weekly Update ~ Easter Sunday ~ 27th March 2016

JESUS:HEALER & EXORCIST Ian Wallis will be visiting St. Mark’s again when he will be the speaker at the next CRC conference on Saturday 16 April.  He will be addressing questions about Jesus’ reputation as a healer and exorcist, and the implications of this for the sick, oppressed and marginalised.  Booking forms at the back of church on the CRC stall or ask John Schofield or Anne Padget

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Come and hear about the exciting new developments in the campaign NEXT SUNDAY at 11.30am in the upstairs room after the service.  A leaflet giving more details will be available next Sunday. Michael Bayley

SIERRA LEONE SCHOOLGIRLS’ RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION 32 postcards were signed last Sunday for Amnesty International’s campaign. Many thanks. Robin Story

BAPTISM Abigail will be baptised on Sunday 10th April during the 10am service. We will be providing cake after the service and hope many of our St Mark’s friends will be able to join us for the occasion. Anna & Pete Ryder

FOLK FOR REFUGEE CONCERT A group of Sheffield folk performers are holding a concert on Saturday 9 April at 7.30pm at St. Mark’s Church in aid of the refugee work of the British Red Cross. Further details from Simon Ennals 01629 734347 or Anne in the office.  Tickets £10 at www.wegottickets.com/event/350394 from Blue Moon cafe, or on the door.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY  A big thank you to all box holders for a total of £410.99 collected in 2015.The society raises £2 million annually from house boxes, if you would like to support the society by saving those small coins please see me. Susan Whitmill

PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE Friday 1 April in the Lady Chapel 1-2 pm.  Silence with prayers from 1.25 to 1.40.  Do join us.  Prayer matters. Michael Bayley

APCM The Annual Parochial Church Meetings will take place on Sunday 17th April at 11.15am after a shorter 10.00am Eucharist.  This will be followed by a Bring & Share Lunch, to which all are welcome. The sign-up sheet will be available soon.   Sue / Briony

PCC 2016-2017 At our APCM we will be electing PCC members for the next year. The PCC makes decisions on a broad range of issues affecting church life and helps to shape the vision and strategy of what we do here at St Mark’s, so we’re keen to invite people of all ages and stages of life to stand for election. The post is for one year.  Nomination Forms are available at the back of church, and need to be in by 12.30pm on Friday 15 April.  Please put them in the box provided.  Current PCC members are happy to chat to you informally if you’d like to know more about what is involved. Sarah Moore

STUDENT AND YOUNG ADULT GROUP We are starting up a student and young adult group that will take place in term time fortnightly on a Wednesday in the upper room from 7:30.  There will be pizza and some themed discussion. The first few dates will be the 27th April and the 11th and 25th of May. Contact Oli Giles at oliver.giles@hotmail.co.uk or Sophie Bunn at sjbunn1@sheffield.ac.uk for more info. All welcome

SPRING GARDENING MORNING Saturday 9 April, 9.30-1.00pm. Do join us to tidy the flower beds in the church grounds and also enjoy a baked potato lunch. Mike Hunt

SARAH COLVER will be licensed as the new Associate Vicar of St. Mark’s on Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments.We very much look forward to what she will bring to this community. Please come and support her and her family on this important occasion. Sue

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is May 15th-21st. It seems far ahead, but we’re already on the lookout for people to help with the house-to-house collection in the parish. The money collected in this way provides a substantial proportion of Sheffield’s contribution to Christian Aid during the week. Please think about helping with this-and thanks to those who have already committed themselves to this. Helen Hillman tel: 2584241.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone’s generosity at our various fundraising efforts for Bwindi Community Hospital – we’ve raised £1000! See www.kellermannfoundation.org for an easy way to donate directly. Ceri will be in Sheffield on 17th April and is looking forward to seeing everyone! Love, Jen Ryder and the Lions and leaders.

GIFT AID Thanks to all who have returned their pledge forms and also their signed yellow Gift Aid forms. If you do pay income tax but have not yet returned the yellow Gift Aid form to me, will you please do so asap – I need them to claim back tax after 5th April 2016.  If you need a replacement yellow form please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

OUT OF THIS WORLD is the next Chorus UK concert on Sunday 10th April 3.00pm and it promises to be just that! Performed with Sheffield Pops Orchestra at the Sheffield City Hall, it includes a eclectic mix from Holst, Haydn, War of the Worlds & Beethoven to David Bowie, The Beatles and The Carpenters.  Flyers at the back or speak to Anne or Jane Padget or Carol Rowe about tickets.  Anne Padget

CHRISTIAN AID invites you to their POVERTY and PASTRIES event at Central URC on Saturday 9 April, 10.00am-12 noon, with coffee and croissants etc. Meet Christian Aid staff, including a speaker who has visited CA projects in Brazil. Lots of ideas for including people, in this vital work. Contact Helen Hillman or Alison Trezise: jandatrezise@virginmedia.com

SHEFFIELD POEM-A-THON THIS SATURDAY 10am – 6pm at The Art House, S1 4HJ. FREE ENTRY. 48 poets will each read for 8 minutes throughout the day raising money for ASSIST.  Audience members can join at any time. There will be refreshments, a bookstall and information about ASSIST. Isobel Bowler

CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE NORTHERN CONFERENCE“Spreading the Good News of Science & Faith” 10am-4pm Saturday 16th April The Diamond, Sheffield. For all with an interest in science & faith: come & hear from national experts. Please book in advance by 10th April. £20 /£12. See

www.cis.org.uk for full details & registration. Rhoda Hawkins

NEW WORKER WITH OLDER PEOPLE Congratulations to Claire Brooks who has been appointed as the new CTBB Worker with Older People.  She is an experienced social worker, currently working for the Alzheimer’s Society.  We look forward to welcoming her into her new role from April 4.  Sue  

FORTHCOMING CHORAL CONCERT The Sheffield Chorale, Sat 16 April 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses.  Exciting contemporary music by Will Todd (Footprints), Bob Chilcott (A little Jazz Mass), Ugis Pralines (Missa Rigensis) and others.  Tickets from David Ryder – see poster in foyer for details. David Ryder.

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