Weekly Update – 13th November 2016



ANNE PADGET  will be sorely missed in her role as Parish Administrator but we wish her every success in her new role with Chorus UK.  Thank you, Anne for all that you have done these last seven years.CHURCH OFFICE We are immensely grateful to Anna Sandersfield for stepping in to help us in the office on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings while we recruit a new administrator. Please bear with us during this time of transition. Many thanks Sue.

CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  One of Anne’s final jobs in the office was to update the congregational address list.  This is now available for anyone whose name is on it as a way of keeping in touch with other members of St Mark’s.  If you would like a copy please email Anna in the office and we’ll get them printed off or emailed out next week.  Sue H

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE Would you like to help with this year’s service on Christmas Eve? If so, please come along to a meeting at 9 Betjeman Gardens S10 3FW on Tues 15th November at 7.30pm. See Sarah C for more info.

CHRISTMAS DINNER? In previous years St Mark’s has hosted a Christmas Day meal for those who might otherwise eat alone.  This year we have had an invitation to join forces with The Vine, one of our Mission Partnership Churches, serving the Upperthorpe area. Would you be interested in this? We need to make a decision as a matter of urgency on how to progress so please let me know if this grabs you.  Sue H

MICHAEL PATON, who was Vicar of St Mark’s in the 1970’s, died last week after years of declining health.  He was a lovely man. His funeral will be in the Cathedral at noon on Wednesday 23 November. Please pass the news on where appropriate. Michael B

SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME is a Christian Aid roadshow. It will be at St. Mark’s in the Lounge, TOMORROW at 7.30pm.  It is an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of and our relationship with Christian Aid’s work, with regard to refugees from war and those fleeing domestic violence in Latin America. We can find out how we can get more involved. To register for this free event go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ safe-place-to-call-home-roadshow-sheffield-tickets-27485267174  Paul FurbeyTHE ASYLUM JOURNEY City of Sanctuary are providing a training event for church members and others who work with asylum seekers. It will be 10am-3 pm on Thursday 17th November in the Upper Room of St Mark’s. Book through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ asylum-training-for-volunteers-tickets-28942314241. Queries: David Price 296 0806

SHEFFIELD INTERFAITH WALK, Saturday 19th November 2016. Starts 2.15pm at the entrance to Victoria Quays and will visit places of worship along the River Don, ending with refreshments at the Bodmin St. Mosque. All welcome. See the notice in the corridor for details/visit http://sheffieldinterfaith.org.uk. Sarah C

TOILET TWINNING November is celebrating toilet twinning. 2.4 billion people do not have a loo with all the illhealth, and lack of safety and comfort that means. There will be a stall after service on Sunday 27 November. You can donate; buy soap (£6); learn more about twinning your toilet. Please come. On Sunday 4 December after night service there will be a toilet themed quiz with prizes and the chance to donate or learn more about toilet twinning. Come prepared. Dorothy Gray

WELCOME TEAMS are a great way of getting to know members of our congregation! We’re looking for extra volunteers to join the rota. This is an important and fun part of our ministry so have a chat if you’re interested! Sarah M.MESSAGE FROM CERI Part of my work in Uganda this year is setting up a research project to explore hospital staff and student attitudes towards gender based violence. We are hoping this can lead to development of education, training, policy and services. We are looking for a small amount of money to get the project started. See www.gofundme.com/NoGBV if you feel you can donate. Thanks very much! Ceri Gallivan

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE EVERY TUESDAY in the lounge between 10.30am and 12noon.  It is a safe and respectful place where people can talk about all matters relating to life and death.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30 pm. 16 Nov: Music for All: Alex Burns and friends entertain. Visitors welcome. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

AN APPEAL for refugees in Jordan and Greece has come our way. Abdool, from the Broomhill Mosque, is taking supplies to those countries in time for winter. Donations would be greatly appreciated, especially winter clothing, bedding, nappies, toiletries and women’s underwear. There is a collection centre, and volunteers are also needed to sort through the donations – details on the poster in the entrance hall. More information at https://www.familiesrelief.org.uk/events-page/storage-help/, or speak to Gary.

ALTERNATIVE CHALICE  with non-alcoholic wine is available at Communion.  Please indicate to the chalice assistants if you would like this. Sue

SUNDAY LUNCHES 20 November, a roast; please sign up to offer puddings.  11December, bring and share; details later. BrionyLA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC, Carl Dreyer’s wonderful 1928 silent film is being screened with a live music and voice accompaniment at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 November in Firth Hall, Sheffield University. Tickets are £14 (£10 over 65s) if bought in advance from the Students’ Union Box Office or at www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts. Michael M

GARDENING MORNING Saturday 26 Nov, 10-12. Come along and help sweep leaves, or if you have a leaf-blower,bring it along. Coffee and cake at halftime! Briony

GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW (formerly WDM) will present a 45 minute film (Dirt- the movie) about the impact of industrial farming  on healthy soil. This will be followed by discussions on how MONSANTO is being challenged to hold account for its actions. Quaker Meeting House Saturday 26th November 1-4pm. The film is free; drop in when you like. See flyers in Narthex. Helen

COME AND SING CAROLS with CHRISTIAN AID on Sat. 3rd Dec in Fargate from 2.30-3.30. Meet at the URC on Norfolk Street at 2.15. Further details from Helen Hillman 0114 2584241

URGENT LIBRARY BOOKS We are currently running our annual stock check of the library. Please return all overdue books as soon as possible. Thanks Maureen Bownas

FOOD BANK I will not be able to deliver food bank donations to S6 from Christmas to mid March. If you are able to help please let me know. Jennifer Hurrell

SOUP RUN Any donations of tins of soup and of baked beans (with sausages or not) gratefully received. Feel free to have a chat with any soup run supervisor, if you want to know more. Many thanks. Gary


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