Weekly Update ~ 10th January 2016



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget


ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.


JOB ADVERT: FEMALE YOUTH WORKER WANTED for up to 8 hours per week. To run a Youth Club for girls in Broomhall, Sheffield. The club is run by ‘Churches together in Broomhill and Broomhall’, although weekly sessions contain no religious input and there is no requirement that the worker is a practising Christian.  Many of those attending are Muslim girls from the Somali community and it is an occupational requirement that the person appointed is female. Please see the advert in the foyer for more details.  Isabel Lloyd-Jones


SUNDAY LUNCHES We have a few Sunday Lunches coming up! There will be a Bring and Share for CTBB on Sunday 24th January.  During Lent there will be two Lenten Lunches with soup and bread on 21 February and 13 March.  Lastly, the APCM is after the morning service on 17th April and there will be a shared lunch that Sunday also.  All are welcome for all! Briony and Sue


FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 13 Jan:  Mindfulness – bring your colouring pencils! All welcome. Modest charge.

Details from Rosalind on 268 1426


LIONS will be meeting tonight at 6.00pm in the lounge.  From now on it will be meeting every two weeks in the evening, rather than in the mornings.

Jen Ryder


LENT 2016 Thank you to everyone who has offered to host or lead a group this year, the sign-up sheets will be at the back of church for the next few weeks.  The course is based around Rowan Williams’ accessible commentary “Meeting God in Mark” and it is recommended that participants either buy a copy of the book or borrow one from the library.  We are buying copies in bulk which you will be able to purchase at the reduced price of £7.00.  Please note on the sheet if you would like to buy a book this way or borrow one from the library.  Although the book is the basis of the course there is a real emphasis this year on sharing our own connection with Mark’s Gospel so please don’t be put off if you don’t have much appetite for reading. All are welcome!  Sue


THE FLOWER ROTA FOR 2016 is currently being compiled.  Existing flower money donators are presumed to be carrying on unless they let me know otherwise.  For 2016 there are two available free weeks for new donors. Donations are usually in remembrance of a loved one or a birthday.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to become a new donor.  Thanks.   E-mail mjryder.ivypark@btinternet.com, tel 2303242  or see me in Church.

Mary-Jane Ryder




COLLECTING FOR CALAIS – NEXT SUNDAY In the response to the on-going refugee crisis in Europe and Calais, Tapton School is collecting items to take to Calais to help the refugees currently living in the jungle. If you would like to, please donate items such as; Bin Liners, Gloves, Warm Winter Coats and Clothing, Tents, Tinned Food, Boots and Shoes, Medical Supplies, Books and learning resources.  Also any messages of support are greatly appreciated.  Chris Speddings will collecting items from the back of church, so if you are wanting to donate please bring it to church in the next week. Chris Speddings



Paul Blomfield MP will be speaking about the Immigration Bill and current
refugee and migration issues at the Quaker Meeting House at 7 pm on THIS THURSDAY. (Tea and coffee from 6.30 pm.) Come along to find out about this new legislation which is now being considered by the House of Lords.  Paul  was on the House of Commons Committee which went through the Bill clause by clause and has said that “to call the suggested measures as dangerous would be an understatement”. The meeting is organised by SYMAAG. All welcome.


PLEDGE SUNDAY Many thanks to all who have returned their pledge information to me. For those who have not yet done so, please note that if you are a tax payer and are able to sign the yellow Gift Aid declaration that I shall also need that form. If you forgot to complete the yellow form, I shall be in touch!

Thanks.  Judith Pitchforth



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ACTION To protest against  the serious oppression and human rights abuse now happening in Burundi AI has asked those concerned to sign a petition. You can sign after this morning’s service.


CAROL WALTER thanks friends at St Mark’s for Christmas cards and gifts. Following a lengthy stay in hospital, she has now moved for a period of rehabilitation to Wood Hill House, 528 Grimesthorpe Rd, S4 8LE and would be glad to see visitors, who may come at any time up to 8.30pm. Sarah Armstrong



A Taizé prayer is taking place at Sheffield Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday 19th January at 7:30pm. It is being organised by members of St Mark’s but everyone in the city is invited. The service is taking place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. There will be an open song practice on the night at 6:45pm at the cathedral.  Mark Ansell


TURN YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO NEW TREES! For every 1,000 cards left for recycling at Marks and Spencer stores throughout January, a new tree will be planted in the UK. Since this Woodland Trust scheme started, 34,000 trees have been planted! Do pop yours into the M&S special card collection bins.  If you are going to be unable to get to

M & S, please put your cards in the collection box at the back and I shall take them down.  Many thanks, Michael Miller



I have some old unused white gift envelopes from last year (size 10 cm by 7.5 cm) and would be delighted if anyone can make use of them. They are useful for seeds etc. Please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

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