Weekly Notices – 1 December 2019 – Advent

ST MARK’S FINANCES Thank you all who have already transferred their regular giving to the “Parish Giving Scheme”.  We will be considering next year’s budget at the 27 Nov PCC meeting.  Extra packs are available at the back of church. Thank you for your support & prayers. Sue & the finance team

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wed 1.30 in the lounge 4 Dec.  Come and make a homemade Christmas card all welcome. More info 2303242 Mary-Jane

NIGHT SERVICE Following the review, we will be trialling a new 7pm start for Night Service. The trial period from 5 Jan 2020 until 28 June. Feedback during this period will be appreciated. Cate

HOW CAN WE HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE? Many of us are asking this question, whether we see someone in a shop doorway, sleeping in St Mark’s grounds or coming into church – what can we do for the best?  The Cathedral Archer Project, Framework, the local police and Help Us Help will be coming to St Mark’s on TUESDAY DEC 3 at 7.30pm to help us think this through. Please let other local people know if they are concerned too. Sue H

SUNDAY LUNCH will be on 15 Dec – pies of any kind. Please contact me with offers of food or help. Briony

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOX HOLDERS Please let me have your box for opening. Thanks. Susan Whitmill

CHRISTMAS CHARITY CARD SALES  TODAY supporting Oxfam and Fair Trade.  International Committee

ALSO Amnesty’s Greeting Card Campaign 2019. Amnesty cards will be on sale today for the last time. If you want to send a greeting card to a prisoner of conscience, please take away a case sheet with full details how to do this. Robin Story

NEPALESE GOODS FOR SALE after the 10am service on Sunday 8 Dec in support of the work of Phase Worldwide.  Lots of Christmas present buying opportunities.  Dilys (in Nepal)

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS  HALLAM constituency at 7pm on Thurs 5 Dec at Wesley Hall Crookes. David Price

MARKS MESSENGER Annual subscriptions (£9) are now due.  I’ll be pleased to receive cheques or cash. Please also let the office know if you’d like an A4 copy.  Mike Hunt

B-TOTS AT ST MARK’S 1-2.30pm, Term time Thursdays, an informal toddler group now meets in the Upper room. More details from childrensworker @stmarkssheffield.com or just come along! Hannah J

TOY & CLOTHES SALE Sat 7 Dec 11am-3pm at The Beacon Methodist Centre. Raising funds for ASSIST & Broomhill Community Trust. More details on poster in Foyer. Kathy Harbord

LIBRARY NEWS – MUST READ Following the launch last Sunday, Janet Morley’s wonderfully inspiring new book – Love Set You Going: Poems of the Heart is now on display in the library. Maureen B.

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS Cat. C Borg & Crossan help us to see this familiar narrative afresh by answering the question ‘What do these stories mean?’ from the perspective of both the first and twenty-first centuries. Maureen B

MEAT: A THREAT TO OUR PLANET? was on BBC 1 last Monday. A superb, disturbing programme leaving no doubt whatever that if we stop or reduce substantially our meat eating we are making a vital contribution to the well-being of the planet. Worth watching on catch up. Michael Bayley

MONEY RAISED AT ST MARK’S During 2019 there have been lots of collections for many different charities. So far these have raised a total of £3,186.30 (plus some gift aid for some of the charities). Thank you. David Armstrong

THE WELCOME TEAMS still need a few extra helpers.  It’s a great way to be involved without an onerous time commitment.  You don’t need to know everybody’s names! (there are various ways to help).  If you’re interested, please do ask – we’re a friendly bunch. jean_baxter5@hotmail.com Jean Baxter

A BIG THANK YOU for all the lovely cards, letters, concern, love, good wishes and help we’ve received during the last few months, and for your prayers. I’m loads better now. Helen Hillman

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS AT ST MARK’S

POSADA (TRAVELLING CRIB)  A lovely way to get to know people, give and receive hospitality. Sign up sheets and information on the board at the back of church now – please sign up. Hannah J

STAMPS As in previous years, the red post box will be in the corridor in Dec and Jan for you to donate your stamps to charity. Start collecting now! Sarah R

CHRISTIAN AID CAROL SINGING on Fargate Dec 7 between 3 & 4pm. Meet at 2.45pm in Central URC at end of Chapel Walk. Sign up on our notice on the board in the hallway. Wrap up warmly and lets make a big collection and noise for CHRISTIAN AID . Bring friends & musical Instruments. Many Thanks Dilys

CAROL SINGING IN CARE HOMES Join us on Mon 15 Dec 6pm onwards to visit several homes and/or 2pm Friday 19 just at Broomgrove. All welcome- sign up sheets on the music notice board now. David W

CAROL SERVICE 22 DEC please sign up to bring mince pies, and/or to offer help on the evening. Thank you. Briony

CHRISTMAS DINNER would you be willing to host a Christmas Day Dinner at St Mark’s for those who would otherwise be alone please contact the office. Sarah R

MUSIC CONCERT Details of local concerts are now displayed on the music notice board – please take a look!

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