Weekly News – 23 April 2017

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY The Diocese of Sheffield’s first Awareness Day (formerly known as Study Day) of 2017 is due to take place on Saturday, 6th May, 2017 at The Minster Church of All Saints Rotherham and applications to attend are warmly invited.Please direct any queries to Carol Arber, jacarber@virginmedia.com, 07725 897 397


SHEFFIELD CARERS CENTRE The Board of Trustees for the Centre will need a new Treasurer from Summer 2017. If you have good accountancy skills and are interested, please email Rosie – rosiehunt@hotmail.co.uk. Many thanks.


SCARBOROUGH COACH TRIP Ranmoor Parish Church are inviting us to join them on their annual trip to the seaside! The Coach leaves at 8.30 am on the 3rd of June. More details on the poster in the corridor.  Contact Claire at the Ranmoor Parish Office for more information.  Sue


WELCOME CENTRE FOR REFUGEES City of Sanctuary are appealing for pledges totalling £55,000 for a new Welcome Centre for asylum seekers and refugees in the city centre.  The Home Donations Committee has made a pledge on behalf of St Mark’s. You may like to keep abreast of developments by following this link.  Many thanks.  Sue



JULIAN PRAYER GROUP The silent prayer group meets every Monday night from 6.30-7.15pm in the Chapel. New members are always welcome, no regular commitment needed.


FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the lounge. 26 April: “She’s a lassie from  Lancashire”. All welcome.  Details from Rosalind on 268 1426

THANK YOU to all those who have helped with our Holy Week events and services and who have prepared the church so beautifully for our Easter celebrations. Sarah, Sue & Shan 

RESURRECTION PRAYER STATION continuing our theme of pilgrimage beyond Lent into the Easter season. This is an opportunity for all ages to encounter faith in an alternative  tangible, meaningful, experiential, and reflective way. Shan


LENT GROUPS – FEEDBACK there will be a meeting for all who would like to reflect back from this year’s Lent Groups NEXT SUNDAY at 6pm, Upper Room.  All welcome.  Sue


MORE GROUPS? if you enjoyed meeting as a Lent group or if you would like to be part of a small church group please let one of us know as soon as possible as we are very keen to create a network of groups for those who are interested.  Sue/ Sarah


NEW PCC GROUPS The new PCC will be meeting soon and will activate the Worship and Liturgy and the Study and Learning groups.  Thank you to those who have already expressed an interest in these, please get in touch asap if this is something you would like to be part of.  Sue


SINGING LESSONS I am teaching singing among my other musical pursuits.  If you are interested in having some lessons, or would just like to try it out and see how it goes, please feel free to speak to me at church, or contact me at befreeuk@hotmail.com or 07736 527777.  Anne P.


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 10-18 June – Watch this space…  Sue


CRC SPRING CONFERENCE On Saturday 29th April Val Webb is returning to lead a day on Memories Metaphor Myth: talking of God in the 21st century addressing the key issue of how we credibly talk about (and to) God. Booking forms online (stmarkscrc.co.uk) or on the CRC stand at the back of church. John S 

VAL WEBB IN LIBRARY Copies of books by Val Webb are on display in the library should you wish to look at them in advance of her talk at the CRC conference. Maureen Bownas


1ST MAY- SHEFFIELD MAY DAY TREK registration is now open. 2 routes of 6 and 11 miles leaving St Luke’s Lodge Moor from 9:30am. All money raised supporting Christian Aid and CAFOD’s response to the refugee crisis and other projects around the world. To register email pfurbey@christian-aid.org Paul Furbey


T HANK YOU  I feel immensely blessed by the the veritable typhoon of thoughts, prayers, messages, packets, flowers and offers of practical help that battered Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong and gave me the courage and the hope to sustain me during my time there and now in Sheffield.  Thank you!  Philip Booth


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK May 14-20th! Many thanks to all who have agreed to help with the house to house collections. This is a good way to witness to our commitment, as Christians and as members of St. Mark’s, to supporting the poorest communities in God’s world. Contact Helen Hillman 2584241




BROOMHALL TOGETHERA new group for women starts on Friday 12 May at the Broomhall Centre – learn DIY skills, sewing and intercultural crafts.  On Saturdays there will be the opportunity to learn Somali dance!  All women welcome.  See flyers on card stall.

ALSO two community events: Tuesday May 30, a litter-picking session with police and housing rep’s – assessing some of the difficult issues facing Broomhall residents at the moment.  On Thursday 1 June a community consultation and open day – local churches and community rooms will be open, fire officers, health workers and police, housing association reps and local councillors will be available for residents to meet and talk about local issues.  Fire engines and appliances will be on various sites too!  Sue



Is looking for skills and expertise:

1. To shadow/support our treasurer/finance officer Jeremy Ritchie.

2 Management support for the Homework Club, to include recruitment and light supervision of a new worker, updating our policies especially around safeguarding, meeting with a “reference group” (from volunteers, parents and older children) once a term to reflect on any problems and develop new ideas. This could involve more than one person. Jillian Creasy


MARK’S MESSENGER Thank you toCarol Rowe, who has been one of the  Messenger editors since 2011but has now left the editing team. The May Messenger will be edited by Frances Gray, who would welcome articles.  If you are interested in joining the editing team, please contact Frances or David Price.

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