Weekly Update – 10 December 2017

NOTICES

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Please stay after the service to sign cards for prisoners of conscience. Robin

POSADA CONTINUES!  During Advent, Mary and Joseph (nativity figures) will be staying at different people’s homes for a night or two. The people receiving the figures often thank those who bring them by offering hospitality, if they can, perhaps a drink or a meal. Thank you to all involved in this opportunity. Sarah C/Rachel J

FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets on Wednesday in the lounge at 1.30 p.m. 13 Dec: Carols for All.  All welcome. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

CYCLING ACROSS YORKSHIRE Oli Giles & Chris Ware hopefully arrived last night after their cycle from Sheffield to Kendal over 2 days to raise money for Roundabout.  Funds raised will purchasing bikes, and bike maintenance for the young people at Roundabout. You can sponsor us at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rideyorkshire Thanks! Oli and Chris

EXPLORING FAITH finishes Mon Dec 12 at 7.30pm in the Vicarage. Sue

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – The Sheffield Chorale’s traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols here at St Mark’s 7.30 pm Thurs 14 Dec.  Admission free with retiring collection for Rowan School.

MINCE PIES for 17th! Please sign up to offer some for the Carol Service refreshments. Bring on the day or during the preceding week.  Briony

SEVEN HILLS SINGERS – LAUNCH CONCERT Sheffield’s hottest new choir will be launched on 19 Dec at St Marie’s Cathedral. This 1st -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 from sivtickets.com/ or 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

‘WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGINS’ a play by Riding Lights at St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor on 18 Jan at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 from new-wine.org/adventure begins or from St Luke’s Office on 230 3199. Sarah C

BROOMHALL GIRLS YOUTH CLUB is looking for new committee members to help run the club. We meet about four times a year in the evening . If interested please contact  Hannah Jones (hannahjones82@hotmail.co.uk) or Isabel Lloyd-Jones (ialj0201@virginmedia.com or  268 3370 evenings only) or Rhona  Watts (rmstewart@doctors.org.uk) for more information. Hannah Jones

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

FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR SY REFUGEE LAW & JUSTICE TODAY at 3pm all welcome!

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

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE are looking for a new Chair of Trustees to take over from Michael Bayley who will be stepping down next year. We’d like to broaden our base of trustees, so someone from outside of St Mark’s would be ideal. Suggestions about whom to approach, or more information please contact me on 258 5248 or mjbayley@btinternet.com. Michael.

CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATION after church next week – Please stay if you can! 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 DAY 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.  Please contact Vanessa at 07958 472837 reflections1471@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

RUTLAND HOTEL CAR PARK 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, 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), who are seeking to end fuel poverty www.nea.org.uk and UNHCR campaign to provide winter survival kits for refugees www.unhcr.org/wintersupport  Michael Miller

CHRISTIAN AID CAROLS. Many thanks to those who join in the carol singing last Saturday, especially to Linda who kept the carols going! We raised in excess of £1,200, only a little short of what was given last year. This year, the amount is matched by DfID, so Christian Aid will receive double. Helen

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