Weekly Update – 3 Dec 2017

NOTICES

SUNDAY LUNCH available after the service today. All welcome; modest charge, FREE for first -timers! Briony.

POSADA STARTS TODAY! 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 haven’t signed up yet but would like to act as hosts please see Sarah C/Rachel J today.

NIGHT SERVICE BRING & SHARE MEAL TONIGHT We are planning to have Bring & Share meal before Night Service every first Sunday starting tonight at 6pm. All welcome, please bring food to share. Dave Baillie

EXPLORING FAITH for all who would like to consider their faith in more depth. Continues Mon Dec 4 at 7.30pm in the Vicarage. Sue & Sarah

FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the lounge on Wednesdays 1.30pm All welcome. 6th Dec: Hazelnuts Choir. Details from Rosalind 268 1426

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

FIRST AID TRAINING spaces still available for the next training session here on Sat 9th Dec. If you volunteer in a role which may require First Aid skills and would like to take part, please contact Sarah Jenkins 0114 2481992 s_blamirebrown@hotmail.com

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY JANET! Please stay for a piece of cake after the Service TODAY to help celebrate this milestone for Janet Earwaker. Sue

MARK’S MESSENGER comes out today. Copies in the card stall and pigeon holes. Next edition is Feb, editor is Frances Gray contributions welcome – deadline 15 Jan.

CHRISTMAS CARDS ON SALE today and next Sunday. Supporting Traidcraft & Amnesty. Sue

CHRISTINGLE MAKING We need helpers to assist in Christingle making for the service on 24th Dec. Helpers to attend Church from 3:30-5:30 pm. Anyone who can help out please text Rachel on 07800 788631. Rachel Vedder

CHRISTMAS LUNCH We will be organising a traditional Christmas lunch at St Mark’s for folk who would otherwise be on their own or have difficulty catering for themselves. Please let us know if you would like to join us or of anyone you know who might appreciate an invitation. Volunteers to help on the day or/and before are most welcome. Please contact Vanessa at 07958 472837 reflectons1471@gmail.com or leave your details on the chart in Church on Sundays. Vanessa Senger & John Schofield

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. For more information, please contact mikey.willis@gmail.com. Mike

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.

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

PILGRIM GROUP The next meeting date is to be confirmed – please contact Sarah for more information We listen and learn from one another using the CofE Pilgrim booklets as a guide for conversation. Sue/Sarah

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 available from sivtickets.com/ or from Fraser. Mark

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

ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER 2018 will be on Sat 16 June as part of the Broomhill Festival (16-24 June). A steering group will need to start work soon to identify who will take the lead on different aspects of the day. Can you help? please contact Sarah C.

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

PHOTO EXHIBITION IN AID OF PHASE “Resilience at the top of the world” A superb exhibition of photographs from Nepal at the Blue Moon Cafe near the Cathedral on through Nov to early Jan. Pictures for sale with profits to Phaseworldwide.org A Photo would make a great Christmas present! Dilys

WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS If, like me, you are not in need of your Winter Fuel payment here are a couple of charities who can use it to help those in need. National Energy Action (NEA), the national charity seeking to end fuel poverty at www.nea.org.uk and UNHCR campaign to provide winter survival kits for refugees at www.unhcr.org/wintersupport Michael Miller

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

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