Weekly Notices – 1st March 2020

 LENT SERMON SERIES begins today and will run in parallel Lent Course theme of generosity. Ministry Team

 LENT GROUPS begin to meet this week. There are some spaces left – see sign up sheets for details or contact the office. Sarah R

 LENTEN PAPER CHAIN resource now available at the back of the church, or on the website to download and print. We began this idea on Christmas Day and will continue through Lent and Easter, ‘linking’ together these precious moments of the Christian calendar! Hannah

 CONFIRMATION GROUPS Open session for all enquirers TODAY at 2pm in the Upper Room. Confirmation Service itself is on Thurs 21 May at St Mary’s Walkley at 7.30pm. Please come along to support the candidates.  The ministry team

MARCH MESSENGER is out today. If you are a subscriber pls check your pigeonhole. Sarah R

 FRIENDSHIP CLUB 4 March Carol Graves tells us about her pilgrimage to Santiago. More info 268 1426. Rosalind.

 TREE PLANTING TO PREVENT FLOODING If you’d like to join with members from other churches and the Eastern Moors Partnership to help plant trees on Sun 15 March (good boots and waterproofs required) please contact deborah_page@btinternet.com for more information. Margaret Ainger

OUR ELECTORAL ROLL is being updated for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting on April 26.  If you are new to St Mark’s and wish to join the roll please complete a form and return to me or the box at back of church by Sun 31 March. This allows you to stand for office and vote at the meeting. It is also helpful for church statistics. More info from any member of PCC. Thank you. Peter Ryder (Electoral Roll officer).

 WHITE DONATION ENVELOPES for those who use them will are available via pigeonholes. Judith Pitchforth

COME ALL YOU PEOPLE‘: following the success of the Big Weekend Away in 2018, on Sat 16 May 2020 we will be having a St Marks Big ‘At Home’ Day to share time together and to launch the 2021 Big Weekend. All welcome. Tanya

 SONG OF THE PROPHETS: A Requiem for the Climate. Christian Aid and the Chineke! orchestra present a FREE EVENT at St Paul’s Cathedral on 20 May- inc a debut performance of a new orchestral work and an address by Dr Rowan Williams. See music noticeboard for poster or visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk/song-prophets-sign Sarah C

 NAVIGATING ECOLOGICAL TRAGEDY Beyond hope and despair – a collaborative inquiry with Buddhists & Christians – Panel & Open discussion 6 March at Doncaster College, and weekend event 7-8 March at Gomde UK, Hatfield Woodhouse.  More details visit www.gomde.uk or see Environment Board in corridor.  Margaret Ainger

PLEASE SPONSOR ME as I’m running the Sheffield Half Marathon on 29 March in aid of Broomhall Girls Youth Group.  Sponsor form on Home Donations board in corridor, or search Justgiving.com for ‘Broomhall Girls’. Thanks. Hannah Jones

BREXIT 50P In the spirit of the text on the new 50p pieces, ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’, We invite you to donate your unwanted 50p coins towards City of Sanctuary Sheffield. Glass jar at the back of the church. Janet Morley

BROTHER PAOLO, TAIZE Sat 14 March, a day of prayer, workshops, food and building community at Wesley Hall in Crookes. For 18-35 year olds, but everyone welcome to the evening prayer at 7:30pm. (more info on the Taizé in Sheffield Facebook group). Brother Paolo will also be at St Mark’s for Night Service of Taizé prayer on Sun 15 March, 7pm. Mark Ansell

CHRISTIAN AID INSPIRING STORIES Hear stories and share a cup of coffee with other supporters. Sat 14 March 10am-1pm at Central URC.  Free event – but sign up by searching Eventbrite for ‘Inspiring Stories Sheffield’  Dilys Nobel

FIRST FEMALE BISHOP OF DONCASTER The Revd Canon Sophie Jelley is being consecrated in York Minster on Weds 25 March. If you are planning on going and would like to travel together please let the office know asap as we may organise some transport across the Mission Partnership. Her Installation as Bishop of Doncaster is in Sheffield Cathedral on Sat 28 March at 2pm. Please hold her in your prayers. The clergy team.

BIRTHDAY CARDS Children and young people who have registered with Creche, Godly Play or Lions are warmly invited to check the pigeon holes in the month of their birthday! Hannah Jones

WEEKEND AWAY All welcome to join a group of us at the Castleton Rotary Centre March 20-22 for a weekend of walking, fun and friendship. No age limit, just a willingness to sleep in a bunk bed! Email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk for more info. Ceri

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