Weekly Update – 12th February 2017

NEW BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD the Rt Revd Philip North met with women clergy in the diocese last week.  Unfortunately we are having trouble getting adequate notes.  He explained that he is very supportive of women in leadership in the Diocese.  He assured us of his pastoral support. He said that his reason for not ordaining women is because he believes the Church of England should have waited until there was agreement with the Orthodox and Catholic traditions.  The exact details of his views on the sacramental ministry of women were less easy to pinpoint.  He came across as generous and keen to make this work.  There will be an open meeting of the Sheffield branch of WATCH on Feb 22 at 5pm. Please hold him and us in your prayers. Sue, Sarah & Shan 

NIGHT SERVICE OPEN MEETING TONIGHTThere will be a bring and share meal followed by an open meeting at 6pm tonight – a time to explore ideas and hopes for the nurturing and development of night service. Everyone Welcome. Sue and Sarah



CRC SEMINAR AND LIBRARY MORNING March 11th, 10.30am to 1pm. Can you see me home? We will explore Christian attitudes to assisted dying and care at the end of life. There will be a play for voices, followed by discussion with a panel of St Mark’s people and participants about issues raised. £3 on the door.


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

LENT 2017 A Pilgrimage Through Prayer. Sign up sheets are now available at the back of church. 

PEAK PILGRIMAGE- A LENT GROUP WITH A DIFFERENCE We are planning to walk this 36 mile path from ILAM to the plague church at EYAM, in stages, over 6 Saturdays in Lent starting on 4 March. This is an opportunity to walk, talk and share, and on the way visit 12 very different churches in stunning countryside. Please join us for some or all of this rewarding pilgrimage. We will be at the back of church with more information. Peter and Susan Whitmill


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.


SOLD: ANTI-TRAFFICKING FILM will be playing at the Showroom, Tuesday 7th March, 6pm. Directed by Emma Thompson, the film raises awareness of the issue of child trafficking in Nepal. Proceeds from the screening are going to PHASE and Child Reach who work on this issue. Tickets £8.50/£6.30


BROOMFIELD ROAD CLOSURE on Sunday 26th of February Broomfield Road will be closed for a day for construction work on the hospital. We are working with them to minimise noise and disruption but please adjust any travel plans accordingly.


FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 15 Feb: Jean Grayson at the keyboard. All welcome.  Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th June 2017. The new planning group is organising a much simpler Festival with Saturday 17th June available for an event at St Mark’s.  Shall we do something different instead of the Garden Party?  Got ideas? Offers of help? Come along to an open meeting after church on Feb 26th or email Sue H and Shelagh Marston (chair).  (There’s a Sunday lunch that day so you won’t have to rush home to cook!) 

POOR CHURCH:TRANSFIGURED CHURCH Church Action on Poverty Service 4.00 pm, 26th February 2017 St Marie’s Cathedral Norfolk Row, Sheffield Speaker: Revd Keith Hebden Director of the Urban Theology Union What does it mean to be a transfigured and transformed Church – one  that not only serves the poorest and most vulnerable, but includes them at its very heart?


LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – Tuesdays 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget


CTBB GIRLS CLUB is now up and running again with a new leader Hannah Cawley. All girls age 10-16 welcome at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane on Wednesdays, 6-8pm, for craft, cooking activities, trips out, friendship and just chilling. Please contact Hannah on 07759140890, or Dilys on 07817651178 or just turn up (parental consent will be sought!) See you there!


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.


KEYS  Please let Innes know exactly which keys you have been issued with and why.  Many thanks.  Sue



PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – To date 71 responses have been received with total extra giving of £7,600 (including recovered tax) promised towards our target of £9,900. They include 4 new pledges and 26 increases.  This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.   We still need further increased income of £2,300 and therefore, 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 at the back of the Church.  Thank you.  David Ryder. 

MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Slash 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


THE 2017 FLOWER ROTA If you would like to donate money for the flowers on a certain Sunday in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary please let me know. I will assume those already on the list wish to continue donating unless they say otherwise  Thank you Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242


THE NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be on February 26. A great way to get to know a few more people.  Do stay if you can. We ask for donations to help cover the cost of the meal but your first one is always free! Come anyway!  Sue


ST MARK’S IN PRINTCOPIES AVAILABLE We 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, featuring St Mark’s. Sarah C.

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