Weekly News – 16th July 2017

SUNDAY LUNCH TODAY – There will be a picnic and games on the green after today’s service if the weather permits. Please help with setting up and clearing away if you can. 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


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!


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


FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 19 July:  End-of-term concert.

Your contributions invited!Details from Rosalind on 268 142.

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 

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.


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


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 Sibylle or Sarah Colver. We have been given a grant from the diocese to support this. All welcome, whatever your sexuality or gender identity sibylle.batten@gmail.com


DEMENTIA AND THE MYSTERY OF LOVE Janet Morley will be delivering the annual Joseph Winter lecture 2017 on this Thursday at 7.30, at Sandal Methodist Church in Wakefield, WF1 5NU. This is an endowed lecture supported by the Wakefield churches. Janet’s theme is ‘Guarding the holy fire: dementia and the mystery of love’, and addresses how we can support the spirituality of those living with dementia. Contact Janet at morleyjanet@ymail.com for more details. 

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


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.


THEMED SERVICES MEETING A meeting for all those interested in planning and curating these services will take place on Sunday 23rd July at 6pm in the Upper Room. If you’d like to know more, please contact Sarah Colver– or just turn up! All welcome.


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


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


ABBEYFIELD SUPPORTED HOUSING James Smith House, 11-15 Marlborough Road, S10 1DA Available now: a spacious ground floor en-suite apartment. A safe environment for people aged 55+ who no longer want the responsibility and worry of maintaining their own home. Call Deborah Scott on 01142 662827 for more information or

to arrange a visit.  See also notice in church corridor.


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


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


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