Weekly Update – 19 March 2017

BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD. We know that this parish and the diocese are responding to the news of Bishop Philip’s withdrawal with mixed feelings.  Many of us expressed our concerns with honesty and integrity.  We deplore any personal attacks he may have received.  We encourage you to take time this Lent to pray for him and for this diocese.  Sue, Sarah and Shan 

1ST MAY- SHEFFIELD MAY DAY TREK registration is now open. 2 routes of 6 and 11 miles leaving St Luke’s Lodge Moor from 9:30am. All money raised supporting Christian Aid and CAFOD’s response to the refugee crisis and other projects around the world. To register email www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk or contact pfurbey@christian-aid.org Paul Furbey

 

CARETAKERS EMAIL The St Mark’s Caretaker has a new email address. If you need to contact Tim then please use:

caretaker@stmarkssheffield.co.uk

 

THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS COMMITTEE are currently reviewing the work we do with our young people of all ages. If you would be interested in getting involved in this conversation or would like to explore getting involved with one of our groups then please contact Sarah

Colver sarah@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

 

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE A new season has begun in Crookes at Salon de Café, 160a Crookes on Tuesdays 10.30am -12.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

 

LENT GROUPS 2017 A Pilgrimage Through Prayer. Signup sheets are now available at the back of church. Only a few places left.

TODAY meat free and delicious Sunday Lunch. All are welcome to stay. 

FUNERAL OF MARGARET LYONS Many of you will be saddened to hear the news of Margaret Lyon’s death last week following a short respiratory illness. Her funeral will take place here at St Mark’s on the afternoon of Monday 27th of March at 2pm. Please hold Margaret and all those who grieve for her in your prayers. Sue, Sarah and Shan

 

NEW GROUPS After Easter we hope to develop groups to have oversight of the areas of study/learning and liturgy/worship. These will include both PCC members and other people who are interested. If you would like to be part of one of these groups please see Sue or Sarah

 

ST MARK’S IN PRINTGET YOUR COPY FOR EASTERWe now have more copies of Churches of the Church of England available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. This is a very interesting little book, which features St Mark’s. See the sample copy by the library Sarah C.

 

MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry is now in the library. It has had marvellous reviews and is a very rewarding book. There are two copies but demand may be high up to Easter so please only borrow for two weeks at a time to give others a chance to look at it.  Maureen Bownas

 

GOOD FRIDAY 9.30AM SERVICE.
We need a team to run the craft activities and serve refreshments.The service was greatly valued by those who took part last year. Please see Sarah C or Lynn P  if you can help us this time around. Thanks!

CHRISTIAN AID invites you to their annual Poverty and Pastries event at Central URC on Sat 25th March, 10am-12noon. This is a very friendly occasion, in preparation for Christian Aid Week 2017, May 14-20th. We will hear stories from refugees in Greece who are fleeing conflict and violence, and find out more about the climate change campaign, The Big Shift. Coffee and croissants provided! All welcome. Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241 

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – We are blessed to have received promises for extra giving this year of approximately £7,700 (including recovered tax) towards our preferred target of £9,900.  We still hope to receive further promises as some church members are yet to respond.  Consequently, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available in the foyer.  Thank you.  David Ryder. Treasurer.

 

CHRISTIAN AID SOUTH SUDAN FAMINE APPEAL. Many thanks to those who have already given towards this. Throughout Lent there’ll be an opportunity to contribute  at the Sunday 10o’clock and Night services. If anyone is interested in donating at 8a.m. please contact Helen Hillman on 0114 2584241

 

PRAYER STATIONS to augment our worship during Lent, a number of prayer stations linked to our theme of pilgrimage through prayer will be found in church. They offer an opportunity for all ages to encounter faith in an alternative  tangible, meaningful, experiential, and reflective way. Shan

 

 

UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR CONCERT On Saturday 25th, the Unviersity Chamber Choir will be performing stunning modern American choral music, including Lauridsen’s Les Chansons Des Roses. The Chamber Choir are staggeringly good, so please don’t miss out. Visit sivtickets.com for discounted advanced tickets. Mark 

THANK YOU FROM THE CLERGY for the lovely cards and the kind words in them. In particular thanks to the anonymous organiser. Sue, Sarah and Shan

 

PEAK PILGRIMAGE  We continue our pilgrimage on Saturday 25 March when we will walk  from St Leonard’s Monyash to All Saints Bakewell, visiting St Anne’s Over Haddon on the way, a walk of 7-8 miles. Please book on to the walk by Wednesday 22 March and let us know if you need a lift or can offer lifts. Phone 0114 266 7316 or email pandswhitmill@btinternet.com Susan Whitmill

 

CRAG CARBON COUNTER can help you measure your carbon footprint. To register go to our website www.crag.stmarkssheffield.co.uk – To find out more see the display in the corridor or contact Rick Hughes

 

JULIAN PRAYER Is a time to meet together for silent meditation on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. No regular commitment needed, just drop in when you can. See our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.

 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the church lounge on  Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 22 Mar:  Young at Heart III – “Learn Something New”. All welcome.  Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.

 

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