Weekly Update – 11th March 2012

JUDITH PILGRIM, a former member of St Mark’s choir and lunch club, died on 2 March.  Her funeral will take place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium on Thursday 15 March at 10.30 am. 

MENTOR We are looking for someone who would be willing to offer informal pastoral support to a middle-aged male who has recently moved into permanent accommodation after months of rough-sleeping.  Please see Ian asap.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Mark’s on Sunday 20 May at 5.00 pm.  This represents an important development in Shan’s ministry so please make every effort to be there.  Thank you.

JELLY, our Student Worker, has been recommended to train for ordained ministry within the Church of England.  She will commence this Autumn.

SUNDAY LUNCH has got a place saved for YOU. (Yes, that’s right – YOU.) We serve up at 12.15pm each Sunday, 2 courses at very reasonable rates, and would love to welcome you.

MOTHERING SUNDAY service NEXT SUNDAY at 10.00 am will be all-age on the theme, Nurturing Community.

CONGRATULATIONS on a very successful Auction of Promises on Shrove Tuesday.  We raised well in excess of £1000 for our Parish Weekend Bursary Fund.  Many thanks for everyone’s support.  A SILENT AUCTION, including new and exciting lots, is now underway – please collect a catalogue and bidding forms from the back of church (closing date: 16 March), with winners and the overall sum raised announced at the 10 o’clock service on Mothering Sunday. 

LENT LUNCHES will be served every Thursday at 12.30 pm throughout Lent.  Please see the flyers at the back and, if you can help, please sign up on the sheet. All welcome.

DISCUSSION GROUP that takes place after a quiet communion on Thursday mornings will, for the next few weeks, concentrate on Janet Morley’s new book.  Flyers available.  Please note, this group is in addition to the ‘Practising Hopefulness’ Lent groups.  All are welcome.

PASSION SUNDAY The choir will be singing Faure’s Requiem this year as part of the Passion Sunday Evening service on 25 March, as well as some other pieces.  If you wish to be part of this please come along on a Thursday at 7.00pm.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism.  It promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day.  Details at the back of church.


Next meeting is Monday 19 March.  All welcome. For further information contact Lorna Cudmore tel: 230 8504.


CONGREGATIONAL LIST is to be updated.  If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church. 

CAN YOU HELP? We need the following household items: cooker, microwave, washing machine, carpets (approx. 12′ x 12′), curtains (between 4′ & 6′ drop), bed, bedding, table, chairs, chest of drawers, etc.  ALSO A young man setting up home for the first time would be very grateful if anyone can let him have an electric cooker, microwave, a small refrigerator or a bed and mattress. Please see the list at the back of church, contact Robin Story (tel: 0114 236 2251 / e-mail [email protected]) or have a word with Anne or Ian.

SEWING Broomhall Welcome Place is making aprons and we’re looking for suitable cotton fabric. If you enjoy sewing, please come to the Broomhall Centre on Weds 3.00-5.00 pm (bring your own work along) as there are always people wanting a little guidance. Thanks! Sue.

2012 PLEDGE APPEAL – LATEST POSITION. We are grateful to have had 96 responses so far with additional giving of £7,302 (including recovered tax) promised for 2012 towards our budget target of £9,500.  However, further income is still needed to help balance the budget for this year.  Consequently, if you have yet to respond or are not in our pledged giving scheme, please return a pledge form as soon as possible.  If needed, spare pledge forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder, Treasurer

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE There are lots of ways in which we can become more involved at St Mark’s, however long we have been coming.  Please complete a yellow Stewardship Response and place it in the box at the back church.  Thank you!

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS will be held on Wednesday 25 April.  There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm.  All welcome. 

MARCH MESSENGER is out for 60p! Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes.

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

MIDWEEK WELCOMERS If you would be willing to welcome visitors to St Mark’s and can spare 2 hours (10.00 am-12 noon, 12noon-2.00pm or 2.00-4.00 pm) please have a word with Anne.

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT is held annually and has proved to be very successful in promoting the practice of Fairtrade and educating both businesses and consumers. Look out for the Fairtrade logo as you can now buy bedding, clothing and household goods bearing the Fairtrade mark, as well as food.  Purchasing these items helps producers in developing countries improve trading conditions and promotes sustainability.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND BOOKINGS 21-23 September 2012.  There is now someone at the back of church every Sunday to take bookings as well as further payments for those who have already booked.  Details and application forms are available.  This is definitely an event for ALL the church community!  Everyone who books will be given a PAYMENT CARD. Please look in your pigeonhole for yours if you have already booked.  This will state how much you have paid / are to pay.  Please bring them every time you make a payment.  Many thanks.

LENTEN POETRY GROUP St. Andrew’s is holding a poetry group each week in Lent.  Please see the board in the foyer for details of where they will be and the poets being looked at.  People are welcome to bring their own poems as well.

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