Weekly Notices 25 November 2018

PLEDGE SUNDAY today. Thank you to David Armstrong for presenting the church finances.  As well as encouraging financial giving this is also a time when we appreciate the number of hours people give to the church in different ways.  Thank you to all who volunteer in any way, including as part of the finance team.  Sue

ST NICHOLAS’ DAY 6 Dec, is a time for giving gifts. Please support The Snowdrop Project, working with trafficked people in Sheffield. They’ve asked for unwrapped gifts of hats, gloves, scarves, make-up, nail varnish, jewellery or chocolates which can be left in the box at the back of church on Sun 2 Dec. Thank you! Rosie Hunt

VOLUNTEERS FOR FOOD BANK The Jesus Centre in Broomhall needs more volunteers to help at the S6 Food Bank on Mondays. Training is provided. If interested, please contact jamie.greenhough@sheffieldjesuscentre.org.uk Sue

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays 1.30pm in the Lounge.  28 Nov – Songs of Praise. All welcome. Details from Mary-Jane on 230 3242.

YEMEN COLLECTION The bucket collection on Sunday 18 for the famine relief work by Oxfam in the Yemen amounted to £300.77.  Thank you to all who contributed.  Dilys

 NIGHT SERVICE SHARED MEALS are now only on the 3rd Sunday before Taizé. Sue H

BOOK LAUNCH – TONIGHT 6PM David Price will introduce his new book Welcome to Sheffield: a Migration History; showing how Sheffield has become cosmopolitan with more than one fifth of the population being of ethnic minority heritage. Manuch

SUNDAY LUNCH in December will be a roast on 9th. Pete Ryder in charge. Please bring puddings if you can. All welcome, £3. Briony

ST MARK’S FAITH AND JUSTICE GROUP has agreed that in the coming year it will focus on three main themes: Challenge to the Church of England on gender and sexuality; Climate change; and Poverty and inequality. Next meeting at 7 pm on 21 Jan in the Vicarage.  If you are interested in any of these topics and would like to be involved, please inform me. davidprice2@googlemail.com David P

KIM ROSEN WORKSHOP Kim is an amazing and challenging spiritual teacher. She led an evening for the CRC in 2017. SHE is running a 3 day workshop in Sheffield 15-17 Feb 2019 Details from 0114 258 4241. John Hillman

DOREEN GODDEN is grateful to everyone at St Mark’s for the love and support she has been given since Roy’s death.  She values our continued prayers.  Sue, Sarah and Shan

LEAF SWEEPING come along with rakes, brooms or machines from 1.30 pm on Sat 1 and/or 8 Dec (weather permitting). Warming work and great fun! Briony

CRC SUBSCRIPTIONS are now due. Please send cheques via the church office, or set up standing order.  Our treasurer, Robin Saunders can give you bank details.  New members welcome. Forms on CRC stand at back of church. Sue Hobley

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSE BOXES – box holders please let me have your box to empty or if you prefer a cheque for the contents made payable to The Children’s Society. Thank you. Susan Whitmill

RED CROSS BIG GIVE Christmas Appeal – between 12noon 27 Nov & 12noon 4 Dec all donations on their website www.redcross.org.uk/biggive will be match funded, so donations will be worth DOUBLE.  Please consider giving, all money goes towards their Disaster Fund.  Lucy Gray

TOY SALE postponed to Spring 2019. More details in the new year. Kathy H

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 2018 AT ST MARK’S

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT ST MARKS? We have had some requests for Christmas Lunch and are wondering whether anyone would like to take the lead or volunteer for this.  Contact Sarah R in the Church Office. Sue

CHRISTIAN AID CAROLS this Saturday (1st) Come and sing with us on Fargate 3-4pm. Please gather at 2.50 there or at Central URC on Norfolk Street (bag storage & hot drinks available) Bringing musical instruments encouraged. Sign up on the sheet on the international notice board in the church corridor. Helen Hillman

CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS for sale will be on sale after the 10 am service TODAY and then on Dec 2. Come prepared! Sue

POSADA 2nd Dec onwards nativity figures of Mary & Joseph will be travelling around the parish and congregation again – a lovely way to get to know people and to share hospitality. NEW for 2018 – a knitted nativity set! We have several sets of figures so that everyone can join in. Please sign up TODAY. Sarah C

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE this year will be on ADVENT SUNDAY, NEXT SUNDAY at 4pm. Flyers are available so please take away with you today. Tell your neighbours, family and friends. If you can help in advance or on the day please contact Sarah C

CHRISTMAS CHOIR Hi from the new Director of Music. The choir’s making a start on their Advent and Christmas repertoire. If you fancy having a sing and think that now might be a good time to give it a go, I’d love to meet you, please come and say hello. David Willington

2 DATES FOR CAROL SINGING IN CARE HOMES Mon 17 Dec, 6pm start and travelling around (more details soon); also Broomgrove only at 2pm on Fri 21 Dec.  Sarah C

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