Weekly update – 18th February 2018

LENT SERMON SERIES. On four Sundays during Lent preachers will be reflecting on the form of The Eucharist; on gathering, attending (Word), abiding (Sacrament) and dismissal.  Sue, Sarah, Anne & Jonathan

PALM SUNDAY DRAMATIC GOSPEL if you would like to help bring this reading to life on Sunday 25 March, please come along to the chapel after church on Sun 25 Feb or contact, k.edmonds@mmu.ac.uk Kim

CASTLETON WEEKEND away aimed at students, young adults and friends on 23 – 25 Feb. Fellowship, faith and fun. Email Ceri to book your place (cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk). For more info see Oli, Chris or Ceri or find the facebook event.

THANK YOU FROM SUCCOL (Support for Children in Colombia) to PCC and the congregation for their support which enabled us to send $7,500 to the Zuá Foundation in Bogotá to help with their work with disadvantaged young people. We are also looking for volunteers for our steering group – please see me, Jennie or Robin Saunders.  Dez Martin.

ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER on Sat 16 June. Can you help? We need a few more volunteers to join the group who will plan and delegate! Our first meeting Weds 21st Feb at 7.30pm. Please talk to Sarah C.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR LENT The Last Week by Borg and Crossan and Who Killed Jesus? by Crossan, both category C, and on display in the library now. Maureen

NEW(ish) TO ST MARK’S? Pledge packs are available all year people who wish to start supporting the church financially through regular direct debit payments or via the envelope scheme. Please talk to David Ryder, Judith Pitchforth, or to clergy.

PLEDGE RESPONSES FOR 2018 – Regular, pledged giving is the best way for St Mark’s to manage our finances.  So far only 67 pledge forms have been returned so, please return your 2018 pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Packs are available in the foyer.

‘AGAINST THE GRAIN – AN EVENING WITH GARTH HEWITT’ on Sat 12th May (7:30pm) at St Mark’s Church. Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times. Info from Simon Ennals or Tanya Ralph. Tickets will available in church nearer the time.

FREE CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOPS in schools across Yorkshire.  Hope for the Future are offering 6th Form students the chance to engage with their MP over the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change.  For more information visit contact us at www.hftf.org.uk/schools or 0114 453 6002 or sarahr.hopeftf@gmail.com Sarah Robinson

THANK YOU!! To everyone who cooked pancakes, ate them, or offered promises for the auction or bid for them- a magnificent total of just over £1700 was raised towards the Big Weekend Away. What a great start!

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY Booking forms available now at the back of church. 21-23 Sept 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Tanya

THE FUNDRAISING NOTICEBOARD has details of more forthcoming events and workshops. There’s also an offers and requests section, where people can either request or offer a service/skill- with all monies going into the central kitty. Please do make use of this as it’s a simple and good way to raise more money and to get to know people at the same time. Sue Sarah Shan

WHITE WEEKLY DONATIONS ENVELOPES for 2018/19 now available at the back of the church for collection. I have made out boxes for those I think would like them – if you would like a box, and there isn’t one for you please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

OPEN YOUR GARDEN Could you share the pleasure of your garden for the Broomhill festival? Collect for your favourite charity (10% of donations to go to the festival).  Submissions deadline end Feb.  email rmstewart@doctors.org.uk or brenda@luddite1.plus.com Rhona/Brenda

TRANSPORT COORDINATOR   we have a small number of people who require transport to church on a regular basis. Briony has coordinated this for some time, and needs to step back from the role.  If you are able to help please contact me.  Sarah C

ANOTHER JOB OPPORTUNITY WITH CRC we are seeking to recruit a curator/researcher for the creation of an online library of theological resources including liturgy and spirituality. A part-time post (max 10 hrs per week), for up to one year, the full details on the church website or contact me. John Schofield.

HUMAN RIGHTS & ASYLUM HOUSING Action Day Conference Sat 24 Feb The Sanctuary, Chapel Walk. 11am – 4pm www.symaag.org.uk/events Manuchehr

STORIES FOR THE SOUL at St Bartholomews Church Centre, The Vine. Dementia friendly and spiritually storytelling sessions starting Feb 22. £62.50 for 5 sessions (carers free).  Call Carrie on 07989 612676 or email carriegodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk to book.

BEDDING – thank you to everyone who has donated bedding for the Soup Run.  Please be aware that we are unable to use pillows.  Warm blankets and sleeping bags are always welcome.  Sarah R

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