Weekly News – 9th July 2017

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


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


A CHURCH OF THE POOR Church Action on Poverty will be exploring what it means to be ‘A Church of the Poor’ in a discussion group on Tuesday 11th July, 2pm at the Friends Meeting House. If you are interested in attending email sarahd@church-poverty.org.uk. Sue


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 8 and 10 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


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 

ORGAN RECITAL SERIES Julian Gunn, a wonderful organist known to many of us, gives the next instalment of our organ recital series this Thursday (13th) at 8pm. free admission, with a retiring collection. Mark


SPECIAL OLYMPICS on Thursday 13th July there will be a meeting at St Mark’s to share ideas about how churches can be part of the warm reception for athletes competing in the Special Olympics in Sheffield between the 5th and 12th of August. All Welcome. For more information contact Jennifer Rowlands on 07791535755 or visit sheffield2017.org.uk


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.


JOHN WOOD died peacefully last Sunday afternoon.  We will be celebrating his life and ministry in a Service here at St Mark’s on Friday 14 July at 1pm.  John was a great thinker who helped many at St Mark’s to de-bunk the myths of their inherited religion to discover a fresh approach to their faith.  He will be sorely missed by Anne and their family as well as many friends.  John’s pamphlets, “Searching for Truth” will be available to order via Helen Fisher.  Please hold Anne in your thoughts and prayers.  Sue 

DEMENTIA AND THE MYSTERY OF LOVE Janet Morley will be delivering the annual Joseph Winter lecture 2017 on Thursday 20 July 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.


SUNDAY LUNCH – The next occasion will be on 16 July, a bring-and-share picnic and games on the Green, if the weather permits. Briony


CRC SEMINAR THIS Wednesday, 12th July, 6.30pm, there’s a Seminar and Library Evening in which our own Sandra Newton, and Jeremy Pemberton, Chair of OneBodyOneFaith, and the first C of E priest to marry his husband, will be sharing their varied experiences,“On being gay in the Church”. Book through Eventbrite and pay your £3 on the door.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-being-gay-in-the-church-tickets-32237592507,John Schofield


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. Our next meeting will be July 20th. Sue & Sarah


READING THE STORY On Friday 14 July we shall hold our last session in this season, focusing on the short but poignant book of Ruth. All are welcome, including newcomers, but after this session we shall be taking a break, as Janet has other commitments in the autumn. Hopefully we will resume ‘reading the story’ in 2018 Janet Morley


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


BOOK SALE TODAY There will be a book sale in the library today. All books £1. Maureen B


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