Weekly Update – 12 March 2017

BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD. As news of Bishop Philip’s withdrawal emerges we know that this parish and the diocese will be responding with mixed feelings.  Many of us have expressed concern at the prospect of a diocesan bishop who would not ordain women, with honesty and integrity.  We deplore any personal attacks he may have received.  We encourage you to take time this Lent to pray for him and for this diocese. 1ST MAY- SHEFFIELD MAY DAY TREK registration is now open. 2 routes of 6 and 11 miles leaving St Luke’s Lodge Moor from 9:30am. All money raised supporting Christian Aid and CAFOD’s response to the refugee crisis and other projects around the world. To register email www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk or contact pfurbey@christian-aid.org Paul Furbey


CARETAKERS EMAIL The St Mark’s Caretaker has a new email address. If you need to contact Tim then please use:



THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS COMMITTEE are currently reviewing the work we do with our young people of all ages. If you would be interested in getting involved in this conversation or would like to explore getting involved with one of our groups then please contact Sarah

Colver sarah@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.



FUNERAL OF MARGARET LYONS Many of you will be saddened to hear the news of Margaret Lyon’s death last week following a short respiratory illness. Her funeral will take place here at St Mark’s on the afternoon of Monday 27th of March at a time to be confirmed. Please hold Margaret and all those who grieve for her in your prayers. Sue, Sarah and Shan NEW GROUPS After Easter we hope to develop groups to have oversight of the areas of study/learning and liturgy/worship. These will include both PCC members and other people who are interested. If you would like to be part of one of these groups please see Sue or Sarah


ST MARK’S IN PRINTGET YOUR COPY FOR EASTERWe now have more copies of Churches of the Church of England available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. This is a very interesting little book, which features St Mark’s. See the sample copy by the library Sarah C.


NEXT SUNDAY, 19 MARCH meat free and delicious Sunday Lunch. All are welcome to stay.


MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry is now in the library. It has had marvellous reviews and is a very rewarding book. There are two copies but demand may be high up to Easter so please only borrow for two weeks at a time to give others a chance to look at it.  Maureen Bownas

RELAUNCH OF SHEFFIELD WATCH on Friday 17th of March 6pm for 6.30pm start at St Aidan’s Church Manor Parish. Key note Speaker Emma Percy. See flyer for more details or contact Jane Padget CHRISTIAN AID invites you to their annual Poverty and Pastries event at Central URC on Sat 25th March, 10am-12noon. This is a very friendly occasion, in preparation for Christian Aid Week 2017, May 14-20th. We will hear stories from refugees in Greece who are fleeing conflict and violence, and find out more about the climate change campaign, The Big Shift. Coffee and croissants provided! All welcome. Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241


PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – We are blessed to have received promises for extra giving this year of approximately £7,700 (including recovered tax) towards our preferred target of £9,900.  We still hope to receive further promises as some church members are yet to respond.  Consequently, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available in the foyer.  Thank you.  David Ryder. Treasurer.


LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE A new season is beginning in Crookes at Salon de Café, 160a Crookes from Tuesday 7 March onwards 10.30am -12.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget


FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 15 Mar: John Rogerson talks about Beauchief Abbey: one of Sheffield’s best kept secrets. All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426



THANK YOU FROM THE CLERGY for the lovely cards and the kind words in them. In particular thanks to the anonymous organiser. Sue, Sarah and Shan LENT GROUPS 2017 A Pilgrimage Through Prayer. Signup sheets are now available at the back of church. Only a few places left.


PEAK PILGRIMAGE We continue our pilgrimage on Saturday 18 March when we will walk from St Giles Hartington to St Leonard’s Monyash, a walk of 7-8 miles. Please book on to the walk by Wed 15 March and let us know if you need a lift or can offer lifts. Phone 0114 266 7316 or email pandswhitmill@btinternet.com Susan Whitmill


WADJDA SCREENING TODAY at 7.30pm, Broomhall  centre. It tells the story of an 11 year old girl who defies culture, religion, school and family members in her wish to ride a bicycle. Suggested donation £3. Sue


CRAG CARBON COUNTER can help you measure your carbon footprint. To register go to our website www.crag.stmarkssheffield.co.uk – To find out more see the display in the corridor or contact Rick Hughes


JULIAN PRAYER Is a time to meet together for silent meditation on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. No regular commitment needed, just drop in when you can. See our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.


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