Weekly Update – 10th March 2013

ELECTORAL ROLL 2013 Every six years, we are required to prepare a new Electoral Roll from scratch, rather than simply revise the existing one.  Please complete an Application Form and either place it in the designated box in church or give it to Peter Ryder, our Electoral Roll Officer, by 31 March.  The Electoral Roll is the membership list of St Mark’s, conferring rights to vote at the Annual Parochial Meeting and to serve on the Parochial Church Council.  The size of our Electoral Roll will also determine how many Deanery Synod representatives we are entitled to elect and it is Deanery Synod reps who vote for the Diocese’s delegates on General Synod.

LOOK OUT for Beki Chapman (Reader-in-training) and Alison Creasey (Ordinand) who are undertaking placements at St Mark’s over the coming weeks.  Please say hello and help them to feel at home.

EXPERIENCING PESACH In place of our regular Maundy Thursday service, an opportunity to participate in a Passover-type meal presided over by Keith Sayliss of the local Reform Jewish Congregation.  In addition to the consumption of symbolic foods, a simple vegetarian supper will be served.  Thursday 28 March at 7.30 pm.  No admission charge, retiring collection.  Further details at the back of church.  Please sign up if your planning on coming.

MARKS MESSENGER out for March! In your pigeonhole or 60p on card stall.

NEXT OF KIN The vicar is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

PCC NEWS: MEETING 21 FEBRUARY 2013 Discussion of a response to GS MISC 1042, a consultation paper on Women in the Episcopacy. Approval of the quote for repairs required to the Church roof and tower. Approval of a faculty application to replace the current non-functional bollard in the Church car park with a manually-operated rising arm barrier.  Agreement to rename of SRG (Social Responsibility Group) to FJC (Faith and Justice Committee) and its restructure into an umbrella committee overseeing a number Social Action Groups (SAGs). Its Chair will be Robert Beard. Agreement to organise an educative/informative (half day) parish conference on the subject of marriage on 19 October 2013. Agreement to trial pledge cards on the offertory plate.

PALM SUNDAY CHORAL SERVICE On Sunday 24 March at 6.00 pm, the choir will perform John Stainer’s ‘The Crucifixion:  A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer.’ This oratorio will feature David, Peter and James Ryder as soloists. The work incorporates moments of true beauty including, ‘God so loved the world’.  What better way to prepare for Holy Week!

CTBB AGM will be held TOMORROW at 7.30pm at The Beacon.  This is an open meeting and all are encouraged to attend.

GOOD FRIDAY CRAFTS 9.30-11.30 am. We are hoping to have an all-age activity morning on Good Friday followed by a Godly Play story in a short act of worship. Please let Sue know if you’d like to come along and especially if you’d be able to help!


LIONSTALE On 22 June St Mark’s will stage a community play to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  LIONSTALE follows parishioner Josiah and his rebellious daughter Emily through 160 years in the life of St Mark’s with the help of about 40 actors and singers.  Help is needed on and off stage.  Please see the flyers at the back of church and sign up if you would like to be part of this celebratory extravaganza!

PLEDGE APPEAL 2013 – UPDATE We are very thankful to have had 113 responses promising increased giving for 2013 of £18,500 (including recoverable tax).  For any still to respond it is not too late to do so. Spare pledge forms can be found in the brown envelopes at the back. David Ryder, Treasurer.

OFFERTORY COMMITMENT CARDS For those of you who are members of our Pledged Giving Scheme and give money to the Church regularly via a standing order or other means, the PCC has agreed, initially for a trial period of three months, that small (credit card sized) ‘commitment’ cards will be available for you to put in the collection plate during the offertory.  They will say ‘I support God’s work at St Mark’s and in the wider Church directly from my bank account as part of my pledged giving’. We will start using these cards next Sunday and they can be picked up from a box at the back of church before the service. Those who are not pledged givers are encouraged to support the Church through making a cash offering on the collection plate and, if tax payers, by using a yellow Gift Aid envelope. Please supply feedback on the commitment cards to either myself, the clergy or the Church Wardens. Thanks – David Ryder.

ODETTE SEFUKO, an asylum seeker from the Congo, Uganda, has won the right for a judicial review and will not be deported for the time being.  Thank you to everyone who signed her petition.

THANKS Anne & John Wood thank all at St. Mark’s for the splendid card for their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

They would also like to thank Shan and the International Committee for organising the cake stall in aid of VSO.

Peter & Helen have arrived in Georgetown and at present have travelled to the hinterland to visit Amerindian villages for Peter to assess the help they need for Agricultural and Aquaculture projects.

REVIEW of this year’s Lent Course plus input from Ian on other burning issues in the Corinthian Correspondence on Sunday 21 April, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in the Upper Room.  All welcome!

POVERTY & PASTRIES THIS SATURDAY at Central URC, from 10.30-12noon, Christian Aid is running an open meeting. The focus will be on the IF campaign and how we can use our voices to end hunger. There will be a chance to share ideas, so do come along. More info: Helen Hillman 258 4241.

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

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.LAY MINISTRIES The diocese offers a number of training courses for suitable candidates wishing to serve as Readers, Pastoral Workers or Parish Evangelists.  If you think this could be for you, please speak to one of the clergy asap.  Selection evenings take place on 14 March & 6 June.

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