Weekly News – 23 July 2017

THANKS to all who provided food and games and carried tables and chairs back and forth last Sunday.It was a quiet and relaxed time, enjoyed by those who stayed.NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be a roast, on 13 August. Please let me know if you’d like to help, or provide a pudding.Briony 

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL – THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who made this year’s festival possible.


THANK YOU FROM THE WELCOME CENTRE proceeds from The Great Get Together and a few extra events over the festival have raised just over £1,000 for the City of Sanctuary appeal.  Sarah Eldridge sends her grateful thanks.  Sue


VOICELESS! As many of you know already , the periodic surgery I have on my windpipe has caused some quite severe problems with my vocal chords and therefore my voice is very fragile and erratic. I am receiving speech therapy but am not sure how this will work , if or when. Meanwhile, if I fail to be my usual sociable , talkative self, it’s not anything to do with you but completely all my problem! With thanks for your patience and so many prayers. Sandra


EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY AT THE HALLAMSHIRE  a valued volunteer role within the hospital chaplaincy service is to take communion or say bedside prayers with patients on a Sunday. It is a monthly commitment, which I have found to be very rewarding.  If anyone is interesting in being involved in this – no experience needed – you’re welcome to have a chat with me or Mark Newitt.  Rosie Hunt”

STUDY AND LEARNING GROUP This new PCC subgroup group will have oversight of all aspects of our study and learning together at St Mark’s. Membership is OPEN TO ANYONE. We will meet for the first time in September. If you would like to join us please contact Sarah C as soon as possible. 

NEW GROUP I am looking to facilitate the start of a small group from September – which could meet every two weeks – for a bit of chat, support, bible study and prayer, and of course friendship – please contact me if you think you might be interested – Kim kimberlywillis@btinternet.com – mob 07967-829561


NEW DISCUSSION GROUP Dave Baillie is setting up a group to discuss social issues and build relationships amongst group members. Members will decide the aims and format together. If you are interested contact Dave at davebaillie@phonecoop.coop or on 01142665160 or on Facebook


PILGRIM a course for enquirers. Thursdays at 5pm in the Lounge. A new course for all who are interested in exploring the basics of Christian life and understanding. We will be meeting this week. Sue & Sarah


MORE GROUPS? If you would like to be part of a small church group please let us know, as we are keen to create a network of groups for those interested.  Sue/ Sarah


GARY GRIEF has a new postal address – 75 Fulton Road, Sheffield, S6 3JL – other contact details remain the same. Gary

THEMED SERVICES MEETING TODAY A meeting for all those interested in planning and curating these services will take place at 6pm in the Upper Room. If you’d like to know more, please contact Sarah Colver– or just turn up! All welcome. 

SHEFFIELD PRIDE 29th July – Endcliffe Park If you’d like to be involved in St Mark’s presence at Pride, volunteer at the stall, support a Pride-themed Night Service on 30/7, please get in touch with Sarah Colver.


GREENBELT 25th-28th August, Broughton House. Green belt is a festival of arts, faith and justice. A number of us from St Marks are going again this year. If you are coming along or think you might like to do so and would like to speak to someone about the experience then please contact Alice Newitt –deasyalice@hotmail.com.


SOUP RUN would be grateful for any donations of tins of soup (chicken, oxtail or tomato), or of baked beans (with or without sausages). If you’re ‘in the know’ they can go in the usual place; otherwise please feel free to talk to Gary or one of the other Soup Run team leaders. Thank you


HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Once again, St Mark’s is opening its doors as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.  We are expecting to be open to the public on the afternoons of 7 and 9 September this year.  If you would like to spend a couple of hours being available to talk to visitors about our building on either of those days, please let me know. Philip Booth 255 0634/07950 472882

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING (C1) sessions have been arranged at St Mark’s for Thurs 28th Sept from 10am-1pm and Tues 28th Nov 6.30- 9.30pm. Both sessions (using the new national safeguarding training framework) will be run by Chris Herbert the diocesan safeguarding trainer. If you are involved in any aspect of our work with children, young people or adults (whether vulnerable or at risk of being vulnerable) and have not attended training in the past year please book yourself onto one of these sessions by contacting Innes in the Church Office.  Sarah C and Jane K 

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES The final instalment of the organ recital series is on Thursday 27th, at 8pm. David Price, of Thailand, will play a wonderful programme that includes Mozart’s colossal ‘Fantasia in F Minor’.  St Mark’s choir will host a small gathering with prosecco and strawberries before the recital, so please join us from 7pm.  Mark


SPARE LAPTOP If anyone has a laptop computer they are no longer using and which they would be willing to donate to Hope for the Future would they please contact either Michael Bayley or Michael Hunt. Many thanks!


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK house to house collection this year raised £1767.13, which when Gift Aid reclaimable tax is added will be worth just over £2000 to Christian Aid. This is over £400 more than we collected last year. International Committee is most grateful to all our collectors,and especial thanks to Susan and Peter Whitmill who counted the money. Well done everybody!Helen Hillman


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