Weekly Update – 11th December 2011

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

VOLUNTARIES Today’s voluntaries are in honour of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated on 8 December.

CHRISTMAS EVE ‘NATIVITY’ PLAY If you would like to be involved, please sign up – acting, costumes, props, directing, producing, hospitality, publicity. The next rehearsal is on Thur 15th Dec at 6.00 pm.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS for all households in Broomhill are packed up by street and are ready for delivery. Can you help? If so, please take a bundle away with you today. Thank you!

BUDGET 2012 has been set at £220,650, a slightly lower figure than in 2011. Owing to reduced income this year, however, we will still need to raise an additional £9,500 in 2012 to balance the books.

PLEDGES 2012 Packs have now been sent out to those who already give regularly to St Mark’s as well as for those who would like to start. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE Please complete one!

PLANT SALE DAY for Organ and Parish Away Weekend. Please plant extra vegetable and flower seeds in the spring, and save cuttings and unwanted plants. We plan to have a plant sale sometime in Spring next year. Small paper plant pots can be provided for seeds. Please see David & Cathy Trickett Tel:2670576.


ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

PV PANELS APPEAL – THANK YOU so much to all who have pledged to support the solar panels appeal, and an even bigger thank you for following the pledges through with the hard cash to enable this exciting project to go ahead. Thanks to your prompt responses we are now able to take the final step of requesting the gift aid payment from HMRC. All permissions have now been granted, work on installing the panels began this week and Homeco Energy is confident the work can be completed by the cut off date of 12 December. So huge appreciation for a great team effort.

DIGESTING BORG The final of these stand-alone seminars – a follow up to the recent CRC conference – will take place TONIGHT at 5.00pm. All welcome.

LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS We now have a collection box for used low energy light bulbs at the back of church. These should not be disposed of with regular household waste, so please use this if there is no collection point in your area.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS can be a nice seasonal bonus and some of us are fortunate in not relying on these for our heating bills. You can now give yours to those in need. Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign to encourage individuals to make donations to help vulnerable people affected by the cold winter. See details and make donation – www.localgiving.com/saga.





MARK’S MESSENGER The Bumper 2 month Seasonal Issue to take you through to the New Year is now available and still only 60p – bargain! Collect it from your pigeonholes or buy one on the card stall.

UK CHARITIES The Home Donations Committee meets TOMORROW to allocate grants from St Marks. Please get in touch with any suggestions. Miranda Myers 0114 2680043 or asmmyers5@gmail.com.

MORE CRÈCHE HELPERS WANTED! Would you like to spend the occasional Sunday sticking, drawing, reading stories and singing favourite childhood hymns? We are delighted to be welcoming more and more young families into our congregation. The crèche is expanding and we’d love to recruit some more helpers. Safeguarding procedures will be followed but no previous experience necessary as you would be working with more experienced helpers. Please see Philippa Legon or Sue for more information.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2011 Following today’s morning service you can take part in this campaign. At the table at the back of church will be everything you need to send a card.

SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. Also, we are in need of more tins of baked beans (preferably the ones with sausages in them), and soup – tomato, chicken, oxtail or vegetable. Any donations gratefully received. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served at around 1.00 pm. Tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office. Also, if you are able to help in some way or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

BROOMHALL NEWS December’s issue is available on the card stall.

CHRISTINGLE will take place TODAY at 4.30 pm. Please join us. Thank you!

ABBEYDALE SINGERS’ Annual Christmas Concert. ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo!’ Saturday 17th December, 7.30pm at St Mark’s, Broomhill. Tickets (£10, £8) available from Anna Ryder or Alice Newitt.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.

OCCASIONALLY someone comes to St Mark’s asking for money. Please be confident that there is a discretional fund in place. In the first instance, please refer the person to a member of the clergy or Jane Padget (Vulnerable Adults Officer), rather than giving money. This will help us to develop a more consistent and supportive response. Thank you.

SHARING HOSPITALITY OVER ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS If you can help with refreshments over the festive period it would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the flip chart as soon as possible. Many thanks.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or call Tricia Watts on 07931562442 / 2634591 or consulting the information in church.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00 -5.00pm. A special warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall. Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.


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