Weekly Update – 13th May 2012

LENT & HOLY WEEK Please complete a Worship Review slip and place it in the box at the back of church.  Thank you.

SHAN will be ordained Priest and ANNE will be licensed as a Reader by Bishop Steven at St Mark’s next Sunday, 5.00 pm.  This will be followed by a shared supper.

ORGAN VOLUNTARIES North Wales is in focus this week. Vaughan Williams’s prelude on the hymn tune Rhosymedre (a village near Wrexham) is followed by the 50-year-old Postlude written by former professor at Bangor University, William Mathias, who is buried at St Asaph Cathedral.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. THIS SATURDAY!  If you are interested in or concerned about the challenges of creating a pluralist society this day is for you. Details and booking forms are at the back of church on the CRC Table.

FURNITURE We are still looking for a chest of drawers, wardrobe, dining table and chairs for someone who has recently moved into settled accommodation from rough sleeping.  Please contact Anne or a member of the clergy.  Thank you.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST The new congregational list is NOW OUT!  If you are on the list and would like a copy please let Anne know.  It is 50p for a printed version, or it can be e-mailed to you.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL, 14-24 June, is almost here!  Festival brochures are now available – please take as many as you can distribute.  Sign-up lists for events hosted by St Mark’s up shortly.  Also, visit the new Festival website for more information and booking (www.broomhillfestival.org.uk).

GARDEN PARTY on 16 June at 2.00pm –  this year it helps to kick off the Broomhill Festival!  We need your help; volunteers on the day and donations of 2nd hand books and quality gifts.  This is an event for all the family with music, games, food and drink and market stalls.  Please speak to Caroline F, Peter R or Sue H for more information.

SUNDAY 8 JULY will be a special day: all-age worship (including the baptism of Rose Ilsley … parish lunch … St Mark’s very own Olympics.) More details soon.  Please aim to be there.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.

SOUP RUN This is a service that is greatly appreciated by those who turn up, and some of our stocks are getting low. We now have plenty of tins, but if anyone could supply any clothes  – especially men’s socks and jumpers – all donations would be gratefully received. Many thanks. Gary.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND Only 20 weeks to go!  Are you among the 75 + who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap so we know how many rooms to reserve.  Don’t forget, there are some great discounts (under 5s – free; 5-18 year olds – £50; students – £50; non-residents – £70) as well as reductions available for all ages if that would enable you to come.  See the stall in church.


ASCENSION DAY Following the Ascension Day Service THIS THURSDAY at 7.30pm there will be a shared supper.  Tickets are £5 & £3 concessions and are available from Helen Hillman or on the door on the night.  All proceeds will go to Christian Aid.  All welcome.


MAY DAY TREK – Approx 15 members of St Marks took part in this event last Monday. It’s not too late to sponsor them! The sponsor form is available at the back of church and we’ll collect sponsor money over the next few weeks.

13 – 19 MAY – CHRISTIAN AID WEEK. Thank you to all those who have volunteered to do the house to house collections in the parish this week. If you have any questions please contact Helen (2584241).

7 JULY – SHEFFIELD NIGHT HIKE from Lodge Moor to Hathersage. Further details available from Alison and Helen.
TROUBLEMAKERS’ WALK will be held at 3.00 pm TODAY, starting at Paradise Square. The charge is £5.00. If you are interested, but did not bid for it at the Auction, please contact David Price davidprice2@googlemail.com.

CARDS, COFFEE & CAKE Saturday 19 May, 10am – 12noon,1 High Wray Close, Millhouses Lane.  Coffee time is here again for the Goodwill Children’s Homes in South India.  Last year we raised over £1000 – can we do it again?!

ROUNDHEADS AND CAVALIERS TOGETHER! Royalist or Republican, the Jubilee Bank Holiday is definitely an excuse for a party. Bring your picnics and your friends and we’ll all eat together on the Green on 3 June, after the 10.00 am service. Tables, chairs and soft drinks provided, plus children’s activities. Then we are all invited to continue the festivities in Broomhall on 4 June. More details on the posters in the entrance hall.

MAY MESSENGER is now out for 60p! Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes.

PENTECOST There will be a joint CTBB service on 27th May, 10.30am the Beacon at Broomhill, followed by a community lunch.  There is no 10am service at St. Mark’s.  All welcome at the Beacon – the more the merrier!

ECCLESFIELD CHURCH TOUR will take place on Sunday 15 July at 3.00pm.

ONE SHEFFIELD MANY CULTURES Celebration of the city’s unity, with multi-cultural acts and dance groups from local schools. Saturday 19 May, 12 noon – 4.00 pm, Barker’s Pool.

IDAHO 2012 The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) aims to raise awareness of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  To mark this event, the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health and Sheffield City Council are arranging a ‘One-minute NOISE’ THIS THURSDAY – to proclaim that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable and have no place in our society. Key speakers.  Peace Gardens at 5.15 pm; 1-minute noise at 6.00 pm.

SHEFFIELD PRIDE Saturday 2 June, 12-7 Endcliffe Park.  We have the opportunity to show a Christian presence at Sheffield’s largest festival for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Last year St Andrew’s Psalter Lane invited St Mark’s to help run a stall.  Can you help?  It’s guaranteed to be fun!  Please see Sue ASAP.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative in a number of city and town centres.  Interested in joining a team? There is a new training session starting Saturday 7th July for new volunteers.  See www.streetpastors.co.uk or Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or see the info in the foyer.

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