Weekly Update – 10th February 2013

SHROVE TUESDAY THIS TUESDAY! Pancakes and Cabaret!  Please sign up to make pancakes, help in the kitchen or offer an act for the Cabaret – all family entertainment welcome! Tickets on sale!

LENT GROUPS are focusing on Paul’s tumultuous, difficult and yet ultimately enlightening relationship with a young spirited church in Corinth to see what light the experience of that Christian community can throw upon ours.  Please collect a flyer and SIGN UP!

METHODIST LENT GROUPS Every Thursday at 12.15 pm, commencing 14 February, at the Beacon, Broomhill, focusing on the parables and using Dominic Crossan’s new book The Power of Parable.

ST ANDREW’S’ LENT GROUPS will be performance readings of part of Dorothy L Sayers’ play cycle on the life of Christ, The Man Born to be King. The groups will be: Mon 18 Feb 2.00 pm at 86 School Green Lane; Mon 25 Feb 7.30 pm at 80 Grove Road; Wed 6 March 2.00 pm at 52 Highcliffe Drive; Mon 11 March 2.00 pm at 86 School Green Lane; Tues 19 March 2.00 pm at 21 Harley Road.

FOOD BANK Many thanks for donations so far, but please keep them coming (box by the vestry with a list of suitable food).

SUNDAY LUNCHES have started up again – all are very welcome! There are still some blanks between now and May, so see Jen if you’d like to cook sometime.


CONGRATULATIONS to Anne and John Wood who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s day – how romantic is that!

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE CAKE STALL Sunday 24 February – Help launch Fair Trade Fortnight – bake something (using fairly traded ingredients?) Sample recipes at back of church.  All proceeds to VSO to support Peter Wood (Anne and John’s son) who’s going to Guyana for eighteen months to help rural micro-enterprises improve their businesses and access to markets so they have a secure livelihood for themselves and their families. Fair Trade produce will be on sale during Fair Trade Fortnight.

DIOCESAN LENT CHALLENGE This Lent we are inviting church members across the Diocese to take ‘A Step Away from Meat’ and ‘A Step Towards Fairtrade.’  During 2013, all the major Christian and secular relief and development agencies will be campaigning together on food and hunger. In a world which produces enough food to feed everyone on the planet, one in eight people will go to bed hungry tonight. This challenge allows each of us at our table to be a part of a global effort for change. For info see www.sheffield.anglican.org/index.

php/church-in-action/board-of-faith-a-justice/lent-challenge Thanks.  Kate Plant.

FOOD & FRIENDSHIP As part of Islam Awareness Week, an opportunity to sample cuisine from different Islamic countries around the world.  Tuesday 12 March at 6.30 pm, hosted at St Mark’s with dishes supplied by Abdool and his friends.

PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – The response to our Pledge Appeal to date has exceeded all expectations and is truly magnificent.  We have now received 104 responses promising in total increased giving of £16,800 (including recoverable tax) compared to our target of £13,000. Responses comprise 13 new pledges, 58 increases, 28 no changes and 5 decreases. Very grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  This result gives confidence that we can continue to maintain the work and service of the Church and also cushion against any future income reductions.  Further responses are still welcome and if you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible. Spare pledge appeal packs and pledge forms can be found in the brown envelopes at the back of the Church. David Ryder – Treasurer.

‘CELEBRATING A 21st CENTURY FAITH’ A day to explore and share how progressive churches express Christian faith ‘on the ground’. With contributions from churches across the country, including St. Mark’s, Saturday  20 April 2013 11.00 – 4.30  (registration from 10.30) at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Please see booking forms at the back of church for more info.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, Saturday 11 May 2013, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.  Non-members £15, CRC/PCN Members £13, Students £5.  Forms on the CRC table.SHAN is on placement at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice during February so she won’t be around St Mark’s as much as usual.  We wish her a fruitful time as she explores ways in which the two strands of her vocation, nursing and ordained ministry, can be woven together.


Sheffield City Council is being forced by the Government to cut its expenditure by £50 million for the financial year 2012/13.  In 2011/12, SCC had £5,925 per pupil to spend on education and support services; the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea had £8,920 – £2,995 more per child.   Is this fair?  Cuts are also being forced on South Yorkshire Police and Fire Services whilst Surrey and Hampshire get increases.  Is this fair?  Please sign a city-wide petition either online at www.afairdealforsheffield.com or using the forms in church.  Stuart Bennett.

WELFARE REFORM LISTENING TRAINING: All are invited to an information and training morning on the effects of current welfare reform, organised by Church Action on Poverty and the Anglican and Catholic Dioceses: Saturday 23 February, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm,  Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Attercliffe S9 3WU. If interested, please inform David Price (0114 296 0806) who wants to see if we could mount some interviews in Broomhall.

FAIR-TRADE AND PERU. On Sunday 17 February 2013 at 3.00 pm in the Polish Catholic Centre, Ecclesall Road, an illustrated presentation will be given by Mike and Marian Reynolds about their trip to Peru.  Fair-trade stall.  Tickets £5.

BOLLYWOOD NIGHT with a 3 course vegetarian meal, bhangra, music and opportunity to dress up in Indian outfits.  Tickets £12.  Funds to the Church Army.  Contact Kinder Kalsi on 07787578720.

FILM: ‘Growing Change: a journey inside Venezuela’s food revolution,’ Wednesday,  20 February 7.00-9.00 pm, Quaker Meeting House.  FREE! All welcome! Farmers, gaining access to land for the first time, work in co-operatives to break the country’s reliance on imports.

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