Weekly News – 30th July 2017

NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be a roast, on 13 August. Please let me know if you’d like to help, or provide a pudding.Briony  THANK YOU FROM THE WELCOME CENTRE proceeds from The Great Get Together and a few extra events over the festival have raised just over £1,000 for the City of Sanctuary appeal.  Sarah Eldridge sends her grateful thanks.  Sue   VOICELESS! As many of you know already , the periodic surgery I have on my windpipe has caused some quite severe problems with my vocal chords and therefore my voice is very fragile and erratic. I am receiving speech therapy but am not sure how this will work , if or when. Meanwhile, if I fail to be my usual sociable , talkative self, it’s not anything to do with you but completely all my problem! With thanks for your patience and so many prayers. Sandra   SOUP RUN would be grateful for any donations of tins of soup (chicken, oxtail or tomato), or of baked beans (with or without sausages). If you’re ‘in the know’ they can go in the usual place; otherwise please feel free to talk to Gary or one of the other Soup Run team leaders. Thank you   SPARE LAPTOP If anyone has a laptop computer they are no longer using and which they would be willing to donate to Hope for the Future would they please contact either Michael Bayley or Michael Hunt. Many thanks! STUDY AND LEARNING GROUP This new PCC subgroup group will have oversight of all aspects of our study and learning together at St Mark’s. Membership is OPEN TO ANYONE. We will meet for the first time in September. If you would like to join us please contact Sarah C as soon as possible.  NEW GROUP I am looking to facilitate the start of a small group from September – which could meet every two weeks – for a bit of chat, support, bible study and prayer, and of course friendship – please contact me if you think you might be interested – Kim kimberlywillis@btinternet.com – mob 07967-829561   NEW DISCUSSION GROUP Dave Baillie is setting up a group to discuss social issues and build relationships amongst group members. Members will decide the aims and format together. If you are interested contact Dave at davebaillie@phonecoop.coop or on 01142665160 or on Facebook   PILGRIM a course for enquirers. Thursdays at 5pm in the Lounge. A new course for all who are interested in exploring the basics of Christian life and understanding. We will be meeting this week. Sue & Sarah   WORSHIP AND LITURGY GROUP This PCC subgroup group will review the content and shape of our worship together.  Our first task will be to review the three booklets we’re using during Ordinary Time and consider our liturgy for the Advent season.  Please talk to Sue H if this is a group you would like to serve on.
THANK YOU  to all those who supported Christians at Pride on Saturday. Sarah C  GREENBELT 25th-28th August, Broughton House. Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and justice. A number of us from St Marks are going again this year. If you are coming along or think you might like to do so and would like to speak to someone about the experience then please contact Alice Newitt –deasyalice@hotmail.com.   HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Once again, St Mark’s is opening its doors as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.  We are expecting to be open to the public on the afternoons of 7 and 9 September this year.  If you would like to spend a couple of hours being available to talk to visitors about our building on either of those days, please let me know. Philip Booth 255 0634/07950 472882   THEMED SERVICE The next themed service will be on Sunday 10th September. If you would like to be involved please let Sarah C know. SAFEGUARDING TRAINING (C1) sessions have been arranged at St Mark’s for Thurs 28th Sept from 10am-1pm and Tues 28th Nov 6.30- 9.30pm. Both sessions (using the new national safeguarding training framework) will be run by Chris Herbert the diocesan safeguarding trainer. If you are involved in any aspect of our work with children, young people or adults (whether vulnerable or at risk of being vulnerable) and have not attended training in the past year please book yourself onto one of these sessions by contacting Innes in the Church Office.  Sarah C and Jane K  EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY AT THE HALLAMSHIRE  a valued volunteer role within the hospital chaplaincy service is to take communion or say bedside prayers with patients on a Sunday. It is a monthly commitment, which I have found to be very rewarding.  If anyone is interesting in being involved in this – no experience needed – you’re welcome to have a chat with me or Mark Newitt.  Rosie Hunt”

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