Christmas Newsletter ~ December 2015



CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE VICARAGE  Thank you to everyone for your patience and support during my move to the Vicarage.  We are settling in well and look forward to having a house warming party at some point in January! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the life of the church this year, it has been a privilege to serve among you.  May I wish you all a joyous Christmas and a peaceful New Year.  Sue 

NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget


ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.


LUNCH AND FRIENDSHIP CLUB will not be meeting on Wednesday 30 December.  We start up again on 6th January.  Rosalind Rogerson




NIGHT SERVICE There will be no Night Service on Christmas Day or Sunday 27th December. Back on Sun 3 Jan.  Sue/Liz 

MIDWEEK SERVICES There will be no midweek services next week.  They will resume with Holy Communion on the morning of Monday 4th January.


SUCCOL MEETING The Pedraza family (Moises, Mary Luz and Danny) are planning to visit Sheffield at the end of the month. They established the Zua Foundation which helps children in Bogota, Colombia – the charity which SuCCol supports. The meeting will be in church at 3.30pm on 30th December. If you would like to meet them but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Dez/ Jennie Martin on 0114 2303718 or email [email protected] to see if an alternative meeting with the Pedrazas can be arranged”.  Dez and Jennie Martin





ROSIE MOFFATT died peacefully at home on Tuesday 22 December.  As many of you know, Rosie had been a member of St Mark’s for several years and was on the PCC until she had to stand down due to ill health.  She was a woman whose faith was inspirational and she will be sorely missed.  Details of Rosie’s funeral will be published in the blue sheet.  Sue 

AMNESTY’S GREETING CARD CAMPAIGN 2015 We signed 41 cards last Sunday, which was a record, and £36 was donated towards postage. I am very grateful to all those involved to make this such a success. Robin Story


THANK YOU from Liz Anson for the lovely signed card and gift to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her ordination as a priest.


THANK YOU FROM CERI for the postcards that Jen sent. It was lovely to hear from you all. Love and blessings for Christmas, Ceri Gallivan


SHEFFIELD 2 FOOD BANK CHRISTMAS COLLECTION Thank you to all who gave generously to the Christmas collection for the Sheffield 2 Food Bank. A total of £170.00 was raised which will greatly help to replenish their shelves in the run-up to Christmas.

Joe Forde



WINTER FUEL PAYMENT If you get a Winter Fuel payment but don’t need it, you can help others in need in Sheffield by donating it.  Go to http://uk.virginmoney FundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Surviving

Winter&pageUrl=5     Michael Miller



THANK YOU FROM SYRLJ We supported the work of the South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice at our Carol Service on Sunday. Gina Clayton, its Chair, expressed that “this seems particularly important to me as following the closure of the Northern Refugee Centre there is a risk of loss of faith in refugee organisations. This gesture from St Mark’s shows that people are willing to support us, and of course the actual money will be extremely useful. Being small as we are, every penny really does count.” Gina Clayton 

THANK YOU so very much to everyone who donated items (practical and simply nice) and shoeboxes to the GATEWAY PROTECTION PROGRAMME.  We have 90 in total which they are really appreciative of.

They will be given to a mixture of those seeking asylum and those with refugee status of all ages who Gateway has contact with.  Thank you very much indeed.  Rosie Hunt


MANY THANKS to all who contributed to the PHASE stall on Sunday 13th December.  We raised an amazing £450!! Dilys Noble


LENT 2016 Plans are underway to develop discussion groups based on Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Mark.  As Lent begins on Feb 10 there will be sign-up sheets for groups from Jan 10. Sue



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