Weekly Update – 11th September 2011

WELCOME whether you are new to St Mark’s or a regular.  Thank you for being here and sharing in this act of worship.

SISTER WENDY Today we say farewell to our inspirational, indefatigable and irrepressible Director of Music as she heads for London to continue her legal studies.  Wendy’s contribution to the life of St Mark’s has been immense, extending beyond music to include MadCats, Soup Run and Sunday Lunch.  She leaves with our hearty thanks, blessing and good wishes.

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.  Why not suggest a hymn?

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

ST MARK’S NEW WEBSITE is live!  It is a magnificent achievement – an on-line portal into the rich and varied life of this church.  A massive thank you to Jon Hughes, Tanya Ralph, James Ryder, Alistair Sutcliffe and Liz Wallis as well as to everyone who has contributed text or photos.  Be sure to check it out: www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – With Wendy’s imminent departure, we urgently need competent musicians willing to play and accompany singing during Night Service on an occasional basis.  Please contact a member of clergy asap.  Thank you!

VIGIL FOR PEACE To coincide with the UN International Day of Peace, a coming together of members of different faith traditions on 21 September at 2.15 pm outside the Town Hall to witness for peace in the world.  See notice board for details.

TWEETING St Mark’s now has a Twitter account.  Follow all the fascinating tweets and add your own; account name is @StMarksShef.


JOHN BELL of the Iona Community will lead a day here at St Mark’s with Jo Love on Saturday 1 October 2011, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – ‘In Spirit and Truth: Belief, Worship and Discipleship.’  Places are filling up.  If you intend to come, please book asap to avoid disappointment.!

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY on 1 October.  More details on the notice board and a sign-up sheet at the back.

BIG SING, songs and reflections, with John Bell on Sunday 2 October, 3.00 – 5.00 pm, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk St.  All welcome, admission free.  Organised by Churches Together in South Yorkshire.

SOLAR PANEL APPEAL UPDATE There has been a magnificent and generous response to the Appeal for pledges of donations towards our funding target of £40,000 in order to be able to install solar panels on the Church roof.  To date 33 pledges have been received promising a total (including Gift Aid recovered tax) of £23,100.  Whilst this response is most encouraging we still need to be able to raise a further £16,900 towards the target.  For those of you yet to respond, please do so as soon as possible before the Appeal deadline date of 16 October 2011. If you have not received an Appeal letter and Pledge Form there are spare copies at the back of the Church.  Please think carefully and prayerfully about supporting this exciting and innovative proposal for the Church to reduce its carbon footprint.  Thank you.

SERVERS & VERGERS We are looking for volunteers to join the existing teams.  If you would like to serve in the sanctuary or help set up for the service at the 10 o’clock Eucharist, please have a word with Jon Hughes or a member of the clergy.  Open to all!  Many thanks.

TEA AND COFFEE The donation for tea and coffee will now be 50p.  Many thanks.

MARK THESE WORDS Lay and Local Preachers, Readers and Ministers are invited to a day looking at the theological and practical issues of preaching Mark’s Gospel with Revd Prof David Wilkinson and team from St John’s College, Durham on 5 November, 10am – 4pm.  Please see the booking forms at the back of church.

REMEMBERING DAVID STOKER Tim Moore has decided to commemorate the first anniversary of David Stoker’s death by raising money for The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust. He is doing the Great North Run and would welcome all donations either in person, or at: justgiving.com/Tim-Moore0.

MARATHON SUPPORT for Ceri Gallivan who is undertaking the Great North Run in September to raise funds for the clinic in Malawi where she will be working for 6 months from January.  More information and to sponsor: www.mycharity.ie/event/gallivan/.

DISABILITY AND THE CUTS: the effect of public spending cuts on disabled people. A public meeting organised by Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield and Sheffield Centre for Independent Living (SCIL). Thursday 29 September, 7-9pm, Quakers Meeting House.  All welcome.

PRESERVES  AT HARVEST Once again we will be selling jams, chutneys and bottled fruit on Harvest Festival Sunday in support of Christian Aid. Please, wonderful jam makers, can you get busy so we have lots to sell. Many thanks. International Committee.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm.  Please call in if you can.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY has vacancies for volunteer chaplains in Sheffield College and in the Fire Service. If interested, please contact David Whitehead on 07889 634221 or [email protected]

WITH THANKS for Peri David’s recovery.  Prema would like to say thank you for the support she received from people while her brother was ill.

SEPTEMBER MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe.  If not, then it is on the card stall at a mere 60p!

MESSENGER Contributions for the October issue of Mark’s Messenger are welcome and should be received before this Thursday. Please send articles or other items to Carol Rowe ([email protected]).


BROOMHALL NEWS The September edition is available on the card stall.

SOUP RUN is in need of oxtail soup and chicken soup; and of men’s gloves.

WORK EXPERIENCE Gary is working with a group of 16 year olds, trying to re-engage them in education. Is anyone in a position to give one/some of them some work experience? There is no minimum requirement – it’s more a case of ‘anything is better than nothing’. And there would be support for your organisation while the placement continues. Please speak to Gary if you want to know more.

CRC NEWS Details and Booking Forms for the Marcus Borg Conference on 11-12 November are available on the CRC table.  Last few places!

ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St. Mark’s.  More details to follow.

BEARING WITNESS Saturday, 1 October 2011, 12 noon – 7.30 pm.  On the eve of the Conservative party conference, Christian Aid, Cafod and Tearfund will lead an inspiring day of campaigning and worship in Manchester on the issues of climate change and global poverty. Further details: www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/climate-justice/bearing-witness.aspx.

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