Weekly Update – 11th March 2018


The next SUNDAY LUNCH is next week (18 March) after the 10 am service, with an Irish theme! All welcome. Briony

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY Book your place NOW! Forms at the back of church. 21-23 Sept 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Tanya

THE ELECTORAL ROLL is due to be revised at the end of March (please note that this is just a revision and not a new roll). If you are not already on and wish to be please complete a form at the back of church and return it to me by Sunday 1st April. Peter Ryder

LENT SERMON SERIES continues next week with the final sermon on The Eucharist, with the theme of Dismissal. Sue, Sarah, Anne & Jonathan

‘AGAINST THE GRAIN – AN EVENING WITH GARTH HEWITT’ on Sat 12th May (7:30pm) at St Mark’s Church. Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times. Info from Simon Ennals or Tanya Ralph. Tickets available soon.

FREE CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOPS in schools across Yorkshire. Hope for the Future are offering 6th Form students the chance to engage with their MP over the challenges and opportunities of climate change. For more info contact us at www.hftf.org.uk/schools or sarahr.hopeftf@gmail.com Sarah

DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 12-14 June. If you would like to attend on behalf of St Mark’s please contact Sarah R in the office. Details on Diocesan website. Sue/Sarah

BLUE SHEET NOTICES If sending notices for inclusion in the Blue Sheet please keep length to a maximum of 280 characters including spaces (about the length of this notice or less!) – if you need help with checking this please contact the office. Thank you! Sarah R

FUNDRAISING NOTICEBOARD for Big Weekend Away Sign up for events and workshops. There’s also an offers and requests section, where you can request or offer a service/skill. This is a simple way to raise more money and get to know people better! Sue Sarah Shan

WHITE WEEKLY DONATIONS ENVELOPES for 2018/19 now available at the back of the church for collection – if you would like a box, and there isn’t one for you please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

NEW(ish) TO ST MARK’S? Pledge packs available if you wish to start supporting the church financially through regular direct debit payments or via the envelope scheme. Please talk to David Ryder, Judith Pitchforth, or to clergy.

OPEN YOUR GARDEN Could you share the pleasure of your garden for the Broomhill festival? Collect for your favourite charity (10% of donations to go to the festival). Submissions deadline end Feb. email rmstewart@doctors.org.uk or brenda@luddite1.plus.com Rhona/Brenda

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 pm in the lounge. 14 Mar Drama Workshop with Grace Stead. All welcome. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

ECO CHURCH There will be an open meeting NEXT SUNDAY at 11.30 to discuss St Mark’s response to all matters environmental – a time to review, be updated on progress and consider for the future. All welcome, followed by lunch! Rachael H, Sarah C

MARK’S MESSENGER The March edition is now in your pigeon holes (or on the card stall). Please don’t forget to collect your copy. Sarah R

PIGEONHOLES If you haven’t found them already, please note there are slots beneath the library shelves where correspondence is left (usually under the first letter of your surname, but not always! Please check regularly! Sue

HMP LINDHOLME is looking for people who can offer interesting talks. Might this be you? Contact Sarah Walsh, the Managing Chaplain, on 01302 524829. Lindholme is a Category C/D prison, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN7 6EE. Sue

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES please do come along to one or more of the services during Holy Week, in preparation for the season of Easter. There are fliers available now.The VIA DOLOROSA is a magnificent service of poems and choral music at 6pm on Palm Sunday. Please pass the word on.

PEDRAZA FAMILY We will be visiting the Pedraza family in Bogota, leaving Sheffield 27 March and would be happy to take messages and small, light gifts. Please call us on 230 3718. Dez & Jennie Martin

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is May 13-19. We need people to help with the house to house collection during that week. If you are able to help, please contact 0114 258 4241 or email helen@hillmans.demon.co.uk

POVERTY AND PASTRIES Christian Aid warmly invites you to this event in preparation for Christian Aid week, with its theme of justice for internally displaced people. Free coffee and croissants! Sat 3 March from 10am -12noon at the Central U.R.C. Church in Norfolk Street. Helen Hillman

MISSION PARTNERSHIP NEWS hopefully you are all aware that St Mark’s is developing closer links with St Mary’s Walkley, St John’s Ranmoor, The Vine, Upper/Netherthorpe and St Timothy’s Crookes. Three of these churches are looking for new clergy – St Tim’s has appointed Malcolm Lambert as a 3-year interim Vicar with oversight of the emerging Mission Partnership. The Vine is recruiting next week and St John’s is advertising. Please hold all these churches in your prayers.

ANNUAL REPORT AND APCM If you have been asked to write a report please let Sarah R have it by March 28 at the latest. On April 29 we shall receive the report and celebrate the life and activity of this vibrant church at our Annual Church meeting. Please have a think about whether you would like to serve the church on the Parochial Church Council (PCC). We elect the PCC every year so whether you currently serve or not we shall be looking for nominations very soon. If there’s someone you’d like to represent you, have a word with them too. Many thanks! Sue

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