Weekly Update ~ 13th December 2015



SUE’S TELEPHONE Sue has now moved into the vicarage and has a new landline, which is 266 0260. Thank you for your patience regarding lack of email contact – she’s hoping to be connected this week!

NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget

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

APPEALS SEASON…During Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank and continue to support the S6 Foodbank with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities.

AMNESTY’S GREETING CARD CAMPAIGN 2015 After today’s Eucharist you can sign greeting cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they have been totally forgotten. Cards are available on the table at the back of church. Robin Story

NIGHT SERVICE SHARED MEAL TONIGHT at 6.30pm.  Please invite your friends too.  Similarly if there are people you have not seen at Night Service for a while then why not ask them to join us?  As always, there is no requirement for anyone to stay on for the evening service of Holy Communion. Please bring a food contribution of your choice to share if you are able to do so.  Liz and David Anson

SHEFFIELD CRC-PCN GROUP meets THIS THURSDAY at 12.30pm at 82 Ecclesall Road South, S11 9PG. What does a progressive Christmastide liturgy look like? All welcome: Robin Story 236 2251.

ADVENT DISCUSSIONS the second instalment of “Room in the Inn?” provides the opportunity to explore issues of hospitality in the light of the refugee crisis.  TONIGHT at St Aidan’s at 6pm.  Flyers at the back of church.  Sue H


CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Yes, it’s that time already! The big Christmas tree will be out on NEXT SUNDAY.  If you can help to decorate it after church, please let Anne know. 


CAROL SINGING Please join us for a lovely evening carol singing at four local care homes THIS WEDNESDAY. Meet at church car park at 5pm and should be finished by 8pm. All welcome, of whatever ability, the more the merrier! Please contact Sue if you can make it.


ORGAN RECITALS Prof. Andrew Linn continues St Mark’s recital series THIS THURSDAY at 8pm. Programme TBC, but we all known Andrew and know it’ll be amazing. Mark McCombs


THANK YOU so much for the postcards that Jen sent. It was lovely to hear from you all. Love and blessings for advent and Christmas, Ceri Gallivan.


FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesday in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 16 December: “Carols for All” – words and music for Christmas.  All welcome. No charge. Details from Rosalind 268 1426


CALAIS CLEAN UP KNEES UP!  THIS WEDNESDAY 7-11p.m. at The Hide, Scotland St, Sheffield S3 7AA. With live music, food and bar. Tickets £15 (includes food). Proceeds to SHEFFIELD to CALAIS Waste Management Group, working with MSF in the Calais refugee camp on vital waste & sanitation projects. See notice in the Narthex. More details from Helen Hillman 258 4241

CONGRATULATIONS to Liz Anson who celebrates 20 years of ministry this weekend!  We are blessed that she shares her gifts with us here at St. Mark’s, and grateful for all she contributes in her role as Night Service Chaplain and beyond.


SUCCOL MEETING The Pedraza family (Moises, Mary Luz and Danny) are planning to visit Sheffield at the end of the month. They established the Zua Foundation which helps children in Bogota, Colombia – the charity which SuCCol supports. The meeting will be in church at 3.30pm on 30th December. If you would like to meet them but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Dez/ Jennie Martin on 0114 2303718 or email jenniemartin49@gmail.com to see if an alternative meeting with the Pedrazas can be arranged”.  Dez and Jennie Martin


NIGHT SERVICE There will be no Night Service on Christmas Day or Sunday 27th December.  Sue


WINTER FUEL PAYMENT If you get a Winter Fuel payment but don’t need it, you can help others in need in Sheffield by donating it.  Go to http://uk.virginmoney

giving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/show FundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Surviving

Winter&pageUrl=5     Michael Miller


SOUP RUN is in need of tins of beans – with or without sausages. If you’re able to pop 1 or 2 in your shopping, we’d be very grateful. See Gary for more details. Thanks


LENT 2016 Plans are underway to develop discussion groups based on Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Mark.  As Lent begins on Feb 10 there will be sign-up sheets for groups from Jan 10.  If you would like to host or lead a group, please have a word with Sue.



Many of St Mark’s congregation are dedicated follwers of the University Chamber Choir. Their Christmas concert is THIS FRIDAY at 7.30, in St Marie’s Catholic Cathedral. A programme of ancient carols includes settings by Leighton, Pott, Britten, Fraser Wilson and Cecila Macdowall.


BAPTISM Ik and Dike Onyenwe’s baby, Ikechukwuka Munachimso Chimdindu, will be baptised here on Sunday 27th December in the 10am Service.  We wish them congratulations and great joy!  Sue


YOUR PLEDGES FOR 2016 Pledge packs for 2016 are available for all church members and if you have not got yours, please collect it from the table at the back of Church and return the Pledge Form and (if relevant) the Gift Aid Declaration Form to Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible (either via the collection box in Church or posting to her).  Thanks for your continued support. Judith Pitchforth


RESPONSE CARDS If you’d like to see what people wrote on Pledge Sunday is response to Sarah’s invitation to grow the life of this community see the notice board at the back of church. Please speak to Anne or Sue about how you would like to get involved. Thank you!  Sue


SPARE ROOM My name’s Ben Treadaway, I’m 27 years old and I’ve been involved with St Marks for the last year. I currently live in Bristol and am moving to Sheffield to live near my girlfriend Becca, a member of this church, and to be a part of this community. I don’t know many people yet and I’d prefer not to live alone, so if anyone has a spare room for a lodger or a housemate for a few months or more then please do get in touch on ben@southmedia.co.uk. Thanks.


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