|MARK McCOMBS, our new Director of Music, is now in post. We offer him a warm welcome and hope he soon feels at home at St Mark’s.
WATCH (Women And The CHurch) is looking for new members and financial support. Its AGM is on 19 January in London. On 27 January, we will focus on what’s been happening since the General Synod vote on legislation relating to women bishops as well as what needs to happen next. There will be a meeting at 11.30 am.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS FEEDBACK In your service sheets are feedback forms for Advent and Christmas. Please fill yours in and pop in the box at the back of church.
EXPLORING SILENCE This is a new Contemplative Prayer group, established following an introductory session last November. The first of the regular sessions of meditation and discussion is TOMORROW NIGHT at 7.00 pm in the Chapel. All are welcome. If you would like to know more please speak to Margaret Stone or Anne Padget.
CTBB SHARED LUNCH & SERVICE will take place next Sunday, 20 January, at the Beacon Methodist Church, Broomhill, commencing 12.45 pm. Please bring some food to share. The service will be integrated within the meal (or vice versa!). Everyone welcome.
|PLEDGES 2013 UPDATE – 54 responses to our Pledge Appeal have been received so far promising increased giving of £9,000 (including recovered tax) towards the target of £13,000 additional given income for 2013. The responses to date include 7 new pledges, 32 increases, 14 no changes and 1 decrease. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. However, further increases are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church at current levels. Consequently, if you have yet to respond, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. We need every church member to return a pledge form so that we can be sure of the level of expected income for this year. Packs have now been mailed out. If you haven’t received one, spare Pledge Appeal packs including pledge forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder – Treasurer.
SHROVE TUESDAY 12 February – Pancakes and Cabaret! We’ll be looking for all kinds of contributions to make this an evening all can enjoy! Following on from last year’s successful fund-raiser we shall also be holding a Mystery Prize Draw so please donate any “unwanted Christmas presents” or gifts. Details to follow…
CHRISTMAS CARD RECYCLING SCHEME In January 2012 Marks and Spencer’s collected 8.3 million Christmas cards, enabling the Woodland Trust to plant an extra 8308 trees around the country. Can we do better this year? Please take your cards to any M&S store before the end of January 2013 – and ask your friends and neighbours too!
|CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless, will join us on Saturday 2 February from 10am to 1pm to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice. Tea and coffee available from 9.30am. All welcome. If you can attend, please inform David Price (0114 296 0806 or firstname.lastname@example.org )
FLOWER ROTA I am doing the flower rota for 2013. If you would like to continue donating money for flowers on a special Sunday or you are new and would like to donate some money for flowers in church please let me know. If you would like to help us arrange flowers on a rota for Sundays also let me know. E-mail:
email@example.com or tel: 2303242. Thanks, Mary-Jane Ryder.
CHRISTMAS DINNER Thanks to the efforts of The Christmas Team, 76 people did feast upon a turkey dinner (one each!) in the lounge and narthex on Christmas Day. A combination of a big effort, some Christmas magic, and a little bit of alchemy, meant lots of people who might otherwise have eaten alone went away happy for the third year running. If you can’t wait for the Messenger article, http://www.flickr.com/photos/53079662@N07/ will show you some more pictures.
NURTURING COMMUNITY We have more cinema dates as this is proving very successful – this time on Tuesdays. They are 5 February, 5 March and 9 April. Let Angela know you’re coming on 07939 959450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADMINISTRATOR The Broomhill Festival Planning Group seeks to appoint an Administrator. Approximately 200 hours per year at £10 per hour. Further information on the notice board in the foyer.
|WOT NO WOMEN BISHOPS If you would like to contribute to a banner championing the ordination of women to the episcopate, please contribute to the collection box at the back of church.
FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to this. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food. Thank you.
THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Images of God. For more info please pick up a leaflet at the back of church.
ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!
BRINGING FAITH INTO FAIRNESS: Putting the Fairness Commission into Practice is the title of an event organized by Sheffield Faiths Forum on Wednesday 30 January in the Town Hall Reception Rooms, 6.00 – 8.00 pm. If you are interested in going or would like further information, please contact Mike Fitter on email@example.com.
SOUTH YORKSHIRE REFUGEE LAW AND JUSTICE is looking for a Treasurer. SYRLJ is a small voluntary organisation with charitable status. We work as volunteers to support refused asylum seekers in making fresh claims based on objective material. The Treasurer would need to commit one or two hours per week, plus attending infrequent meetings. Interested? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS from Chris and Mary Knight.
Thank you for all your thoughts and cards over the Christmas period. We are currently at The Laurels on Manchester Road. Visiting is between 10.00am and 12noon. It would be lovely to see you if you’re passing!