Weekly News – 6th August 2017

TEK URA After church TODAY, over coffee, in the upstairs lounge there will be an opportunity to find out about Tek Ura, a project supported by St Mark’s, via the International Group. Matthew Gregory will show a couple of short videos about their work amongst the  Roma and the problems they face in Albania and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Tim Gregory


BROOMHALL CENTRE Please see our flyer on how you can help this valuable community resource.


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


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


A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all at St Mark’s who have supported John & I  for the last two years while John was ill. Thank you too for all the lovely cards and letters received in the last month. Thanks to all who helped to make the Celebration of John’s life such a memorable occasion for us all. We have treasured our nearly 30 years at St Mark’s and I hope to keep all my links there alive. Please keep in touch. My love to you all.Anne Wood & family.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jen, James and Olive Ryder welcomed Daniel Moses to the family on Friday, 21st July

AND Anne and Arthur Button will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on August 10th. Congratulations to you all.


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


WORSHIP AND LITURGY GROUP This PCC subgroup group will review the content and shape of our worship together.  Our first task will be to review the three booklets we’re using during Ordinary Time and consider our liturgy for the Advent season.  Please talk to Sue H if this is a group you would like to serve on.

CLEAROUT Many of the cupboards at St Mark’s are getting cluttered. Beginning on the 14th August we are asking groups to clear out any unwanted items and mark the items than must be kept. On the 18th church staff will be doing a final check and anything not marked may be thrown out.Innes


HOPE FOR THE FUTURE has just been awarded £90,000 over 3 years  by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust for our work  with constituents to enable them to have  constructive  conversations with their MP about climate change and the need for determined  political action. If you would like to know more about Hope the Future, look at our website (www.hftf.org.uk), pick up a leaflet  from below the climate noticeboard to the right of the main door out of the church or talk to Jo Musker-Sherwood, Sarah Robinson or Michael Bayley. 


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


RE-VOICED! With thanks for all the messages, contacts and prayers, I’m very pleased to tell you that the speech therapy has been a great help for my vocal chords and I now have much more voice back. It’s not completely secure but SO much better and hopefully more sustainable. Back , very thankfully , to sociability! Sandra


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


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


THEMED SERVICE The next themed service will be on Sunday 10th September. If you would like to be involved please let Sarah C know


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



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