Weekly Sheet ~ 6th July 2014

14 JULY is scheduled to be the day when General Synod, meeting in York, will give final approval (hopefully) to the Women in the Episcopate legislation.


SOCIAL OUTINGS Details of three possible events are on the flipchart; please add your name if you are interested – no commitment at this stage.  A couple feature St Mark’s members!


NIGHT SERVICE now has its own website thanks to David and Liz Anson.  Check it out: www.nightservice.org.uk.


 SARAH MOORE has set up an email address for all things churchwarden at sarahmoorechurchwarden@gmail.com. Emails sent to our existing account on the congregational list will still get there, but if you’d like to contact me as a church warden then do use this new address (or indeed, come and have a chat!)


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Please make sure you’re free on Saturday 27 September for our day together with Canon Richard Giles, creative liturgist and worship leader, and for the weekend of 18-20 September 2015 when the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, is booked for our parish weekend together.


BAKEWELL GREEN FESTIVAL – Celebrating Sustainable Living in the Peak District, on Saturday 12 July, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm, Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell.  Free Entry. Poster in the Foyer.


NIGHT SERVICE BBQ You are cordially invited to a ‘bring and share’ BBQ on Sunday 3 August at 6.00 pm on St Mark’s Green. This event is open to all who attend St Mark’s and provides an ideal opportunity to meet members from different congregations.


IAN’S EMAIL There are intermittent problems with Ian’s St Mark’s email address at the moment.  Please use ian.wallis@sero.co.uk until further notice.  Thank you.

UTU BOOK SALE will take place on Saturday 12 July, 12 noon – 3.00 pm, at Victoria Hall Methodist church.  A huge range of quality books will be available.  Please see the poster in the foyer.


BURNGREAVE ASHRAM Multifaith Chapel & Library is holding their Meditation/Prayer Lunch Seminar on 7 July, including a talk on the book “How To Be a Bad Christian”. For more info on this and future events, please see the poster in the foyer.


THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP Join us on Thursdays, 11.15-12.15, to discuss Poetry (1st Thursday of the month), Bible Study (3rd Thursday of the month) and ‘Sharing our Journey’ (2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month). All are welcome and no preparation is necessary. ‘Sharing our Journey’ is a way of sharing, listening and reflecting on our Life journey together, so just bring yourself. Coffee/tea and biscuits provided.  Flyers on the card stall.


CATHEDRAL ARCHER PROJECT are continuing with their fantastic events over the summer.  My Sleep Out on Saturday 12 July: Have you always wanted to take part in a Sleep Out but never quite had the time to commit? Or would you like a more child-friendly equivalent? Then My Sleep Out is just for you.  And Sleep Out at the Cathedral on Friday 5 September: This is a unique experience of sleeping out in the centre of Sheffield. Are you up to the challenge? For more details about all the events, see the poster in the foyer or go to www.archerproject.org.uk or call 3212311


CITY OF SANCTUARY AGM will take place on Tuesday 8 July in Room 40, Victoria Hall.  Please join us for food and conversation from 6pm.


WORSHIP SURVEY It is nearly four years since the last comprehensive review of our worship.  Over the coming months, there will be opportunities to reflect further to help us prepare services that all can experience as spiritually edifying, true to Jesus and congruent with the Anglican way.  As a first step and following on from Ian’s sermon series, ‘Living Eucharist’ (available on St Mark’s website and booklets on the card stall), you are invited to complete a brief Questionnaire which focuses on key aspects of the 10.00 am service.  A box for completed forms can be found in the narthex.  Thank you.CYCLIST’S PRAYER Thank you, gracious God, for the privilege of pedalling, for the chance to see so much more, for the opportunity to stop and talk or look and listen, for the exultation of racing down hills, for the increased fitness of struggling up them.  Keep me committed when it is wet and windy.  Thank you, gracious God, for bicycles.  Amen. (Andrew de Smet)

ORGAN REFURBISHMENT is well and truly underway.  During this interim period, musical accompaniment will be supplied by a chamber organ, piano or another instrument.

Please attune your ears (and expectations) accordingly!  Thank you.

LUNCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARYNext Sunday, 13 July – BBQ and games on the Green; 3 August – Ceri is raising money for VSO before going to Sierra Leone.  All welcome.PCC UPDATE Copies of the green flyer highlighting key outcomes from the June meeting are available.

COLLECTION There will be a retiring ‘bucket’ collection after the 10 o’clock service next Sunday, 13 July, in support of our local branch of WATCH’s continuing work throughout the Diocese, whichever way Monday’s Synod vote goes.

WATCH flyers detailing what you can do to help the journey of women in ministry are available.  Please take some and distribute to other churches.

SECURITY Recently, the office was broken into – a crime made easier because one of the doors into the upper room was left unlocked.  Users of restricted areas (lounge, upper room, vestry), please take extra care to ensure that all doors are locked before leaving the room unattended. Thank you.

CELEBRATIONS at Whirlow Grange Conference Centre on Monday 21 July at 6.00 pm.  Whirlow will close on 31 July.  Friends are invited to enjoy the warmth and depth of experience that Whirlow is noted for.  The evening will include a service of thanksgiving and conclude with a buffet supper. For catering purposes, please RSVP to manager@ whirlowgrange.co.uk by 10 July.

CALLING MRS TIGGYWINKLE! Would you be willing to join a team of people who wash the ‘altar linen’?  It’s not an onerous job (mainly washing and ironing small cloths), but is one of the hidden essentials of church life. If you can help, please have a word with Anne in the church office.  Thank you.

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