Weekly Notices 16 December 2018 – Advent 3

CAROL SERVICE 23 DECEMBER please sign up to offer help on the day, and mince pies. Briony

ESTHER’S LAST DAY on placement is today, she will be attending Night Service.  We wish her every blessing as she continues her Reader training. Sarah C

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

Telephone Tree networkers you are invited to tea and scones with the Pastoral Care Core Group on Thurs 17 Jan at 2.30 pm at St Mark’s. It’s an opportunity to share some news. Sue and Gill.

RECRUITMENT UPDATE We recently shortlisted and interviewed for the post of children and families worker but decided not to appoint at this time. We will readvertise in the New Year. The planning group would be grateful for your prayers as discernment continues. Sarah C.

CALLING KEY HOLDERS! For insurance purposes I’m compiling a list of who hold keys to St Mark’s – if you have ANY key to the building please email office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk and let me know. Thank you. Sarah R.

POSADA URGENT! MARY AND JOSEPH still need hospitality during the coming week. Please sign up if you can for the Posada. Sarah C

SALE OF NEPALI HANDCRAFTS in aid of Phaseworldwide. TODAY after 10am service. Dilys N.

CONTRIBUTING TO ST MARK’S Thank you to everyone who contributes regularly to the life of this church, with money or time.  Please review your giving – there are “pledge packs” either in your pigeon-hole or blank on top of them.  We have a £10k shortfall between our regular expenditure and our regular giving – can you help?  Opportunities to give time too – see board.  THANK YOU! Finance Team

FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the lounge.19 Dec: Carols for All.  Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.

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 7pm 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

FOOD BANK ITEMS Sainsbury’s is introducing shelf-edge labels alerting shoppers to items that are most useful to food banks.. Look out for them if you shop in Sainsburys! Michael Miller

ORDINAND ON PLACEMENT Ela Nutu Hall, an academic theologian and member of St Augustine’s Church will be on placement here until the end of March. She wants to see how our church works so please be honest with her – we have much to learn from each other. Sue

WELCOME at Christmas If anybody is hoping to come to either the Carol Service at 6pm next Sunday or to the Christmas Day Communion Service at 10am and would like to join the Welcome Team please either see Briony Taylor after the service or email Jean_baxter5@hotmail.com Jean B

CAROL SINGING IN CARE HOMES Mon 17 Dec at 6pm: two groups to start and travel around; also Broomgrove only at 2pm on Fri 21 Dec. Please sign up so that we can organise the logistics for Monday. Sarah C

STAMP COLLECTION collecting UK & Foreign stamps to send to the RNIB.  Please leave stamps in the letterbox outside the vestry. Thanks Sarah R

Diocesan Finances The situation is serious, including a moratorium on clergy appointments from outside the Diocese. Bishop Pete talked to Churchwardens in a realistic and visionary way about how we can move forward between now and 2025. A new community of prayer has been set up, you can join at, sheffdio.org/pray2025. Pat Hunt, Churchwarden

SAVE THE DATE: afternoon of Sunday 3 March. Workshop for parents of young children on taking practical action against Climate Change. Details to follow. Rachael Hand

A CHRISTMAS CARD FOR ALL On a notice board in the Lounge is a giant card, please write your Christmas message for the whole congregation. Cards from former church members will also be displayed here – please take a look and contribute.  Sarah R

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