Weekly Update – 26 Nov 2017

NOTICES

POSADA @St Mark’s. During Advent, Mary and Joseph (nativity figures) will stay at people’s homes for a night or two, and then they are passed on. The people receiving the figures often thank those who bring them by offering hospitality if they can, perhaps a drink or a meal. If you’d like to act as hosts please sign up on the sheet at the back of church – and if you can help with organising the project (esp the logistics) please let me know! Sarah C

HANDEL’S MESSIAH Hallam Choral Society, Hallam Sinfonia & Soloists on Dec 2 at 7.10pm at St Mark’s. Tickets £12/10 on the door. Arthur B.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the lounge on Wednesdays 1.30pm All welcome 29 Nov: Making a Seasonal Collage. Details from Rosalind 268 1426

FIRST AID TRAINING We still have spaces on the next First Aid training session on Saturday 9th December in the Upper Room. If you currently volunteer in a role which may require First Aid skills and would like to take part, please contact Sarah Jenkins s_blamirebrown@hotmail.com, 2481992

SUNDAY LUNCHES The next lunch will be on 3rd Dec. All welcome; modest charge, FREE for first -timers! Briony.

EXPLORING FAITH for all who would like to consider their faith in more depth. Continues Mon Nov 27 at 7.30pm in the Vicarage. Sue & Sarah

NIGHT SERVICE BRING & WILF’S BAPTISM You are very welcome to join Mark and Emily Ansell and their family and friends for baby Wilf’s Christening at 2pm TODAY here at St Mark’s. Sarah

RACHEL MANN is leading an Advent session ‘Celebrating Our Gifts: The joy of being Christian & LGBTQIA’ for St Mark’s, CRC, Manor Parish and the new “Open Sheffield” network. At St. Aidan’s Church, Manor Lane, on Sat 2 Dec. Book on Eventbrite, search Rachel Mann. Sue

CAROL SINGERS REQUIRED CHRISTIAN AID will be singing carols in the centre of town in Fargate on Saturday 2 Dec. St. Mark’s has been allotted the hour between 2.30 & 3.30pm. Please come and bear witness to the Christmas story. No need to be an expert singer! But if you play an instrument you’ll be doubly welcome. Signup sheet on the notice board in the Narthex. Helen Hillman.

THE ST MARK’S WEBSITE NEEDS YOU…..Would you like to volunteer a couple of times a month and join the small group of people who add events, posts and generally keep the website looking tidy. No previous experience needed. All you need is access to a PC/laptop and a small amount of IT skills e.g. accessing websites, cutting and pasting from documents, handling photos etc. For more information, please contact mikey.willis@gmail.com. Mike

ARTHUR BUTTON IS DOTTY! Please check your email list for the dot between the ‘r’ and the ‘b’. arthur.button@btinternet.com

SHARE MEAL We are planning to have Bring & Share meal before Night Service every first Sunday starting on 3 Dec at 6pm. All welcome, please bring food to share. Dave Baillie

CHRISTMAS CARDS ON SALE today and for the next 2 weeks. Supporting Traidcraft & Amnesty. Sue

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Card Campaign will be on Sunday 10 Dec. Please come ready to sign cards for prisoners of conscience. Robin Story

ABBEYDALE SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT – here at St Mark’s on Saturday 9 Dec 2017 at 7.30 pm. A blend of superb and sublime sacred and secular festive music with wonderful singing from one of the best choirs in Sheffield. See poster in church entrance. Tickets (£12/£10 (concessions)/£6 Students/under 16s free) from David Ryder to reserve or on the door.

PILGRIM GROUP meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday so will meet again on Thurs 14 Dec. We listen and learn from one another using the CofE Pilgrim booklets as a guide for conversation. Interested in joining? Sue/Sarah

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY 2018 21-23 Sept 2018 is the weekend that the St Mark’s congregations will be ‘Embodying Hope’ at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Please put the dates in your diary now! Tanya

PLACEMENTS We say goodbye to Alison and welcome back Jonathan and Kim! Sibylle will be on placement at St Aidan’s until Easter. All change! Sue

THE ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER 2018 will be on Sat 16 June as part of the Broomhill Festival (16-24 June). We’d like to gather a steering group together to start planning and identify who will take the lead on different aspects of the day. The clergy team can’t organise this event as Sue/Sarah will be away the week before. Could you be part of such a planning group? If so, please contact Sarah C.

EXERCISE CLASS FOR WOMEN If you are 50 or over and would like to improve fitness with a great group and a fun loving teacher. £4 a session on Tuesday afternoons 3-4pm and Friday mornings 9.30-10.30am followed by fellowship over coffee at St. Stephens Methodist Church, Crosspool. Talk to Jane Padget if this interests you.

RUTLAND HOTEL The Hotel will be charging £5 per day every day for car parking from December. Don’t get caught out! Park on Crescent on Sundays. Sue

GOSPEL CHOIR CONCERT The University of Sheffield Gospel Choir Concert will be held at St Mark’s at 7.30pm Dec 8. Lucy Alison

SEVEN HILLS SINGERS – LAUNCH CONCERT Sheffield’s hottest new choir will be launched on 19 Dec at St Marie’s Cathedral. This first-class outfit, founded by Mark McCombs and Fraser Wilson, will bring you a specially curated selection of Christmas choral music for their first concert. Tickets are available from sivtickets.com/ or from Fraser. Mark

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