Weekly Update ~ 14th December 2014

CHRISTMAS LUNCH This year we won’t have a large party.  If you know anyone who may be alone on Christmas Day we may be able to provide a meal for a few people. Please let Sue know names ASAP so this can be organised.

SOUND We are looking for some more people to join the rota for the sound desk on Sunday mornings – an important job as it means we can all hear the service! No experience is needed. Please contact Anne in the office if you’re willing to volunteer.


PARISH CONSULTATION As part of the recruitment process for a new incumbent, we need to update the Parish Profile for St Mark’s. This is the document that potential candidates will see when considering whether to apply. It details our vision and mission, the activities we do and what we want from a new vicar. A further consultation event will be held on  4 January (11.30am) or you can complete a paper questionnaires which is available at the back of church.

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2015 – To date 39 responses have been received with total extra giving of £7,000 (including recovered tax) promised towards the our target of £10,000. They include 6 new pledges and 20 increases.  This is extremely encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  However, more is still needed to have sufficient income to maintain the work and mission of the Church in 2105.  An average increase of £1.50 per week from existing givers would more than help to cover our target.  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.  Please respond prayerfully to this request.

CAROL SINGING around Broomhall homes on THIS THURSDAY. Meet at Broomgrove Home, Broomgrove Road, at 5.45pm.  CHURCHES TOGETHER CAROLS outside what was Eurospar in Broomhill, 10.30-12 on Sat 20th Dec.

MARGARET BRAYBROOK’S FUNERAL will take place here on Tuesday 30th December at 11.30am, followed by light refreshments.

DEMONSTRATION The Palestine Solidarity Campaign is holding a ‘Boycott Divestment Sanctions protest’ outside Sainsbury’s in Broomhill at 12 noon on Saturday 20 December to call on the company to stop trading with Israel.  Jenny Robinson from the Manor Team has asked us to publicise this event because it is taking place within this parish.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION our weekly newssheets are posted on St Mark’s Website.  Contributors, please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For further info, please see a member of the clergy.

AMNESTY CHRISTMAS CARDSA total of 30 cards were written last week with £22.00 towards postage costs- and all this at one session!  Last year we ran the stall on two consecutive Sundays with a total of 35 cards so I think we can say this year was the best yet.

CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY CTBB Christmas Cards advertising the services in Broomhill and Broomhall over Christmas are now ready for delivery.  They are bundles up according to streets.  Please take as many as you can as they need distributing THIS WEEK  New helpers always welcome. Many thanks.

IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN NEED There will be an organ recital at St. Marie’s  Cathedral in aid of ICIN THIS SATURDAY at 7.30pm.  ICIN provides financial relief to displaced families in northern Iraq.  Please see the poster in foyer for details.


MARKS MESSENGER for December and January is now out and in your pigeonholes.  Apologies for the delay this month.  If you don’t subscribe, it is available on the card stall as usual, for the bargain price of 60p!

SHEFFIELD CHORALE CANDLELIGHT CAROLS (their traditional service of 9 lessons and carols) – Thursday 18th Dec. 7.30pm at St John’s, Ranmoor.  Admission free. Retiring collection for Sheffield Carers Centre. Further details via Anna, Peter or David Ryder.

PANTO TICKETSI have tickets for the Manor Operatic Society’s performance of Peter Pan at 2.00pm on Sunday 4th Jan at 2.00pm, starring our very own Luke Speddings as one of the lost boys. They are going fast so please let Judith Harrison know if you would like a ticket. There is a small sign-up sheet at the back of the Church or my contact details are judith@performconsult.co.uk

Or 268 1205.

CYCLING SOCIAL – various people at St Mark’s enjoy cycling. We plan, next year, to organise a regular social ride (approx 2hours+cafe stop) on the last Sunday of each month. Look out for more details in the new year or chat with James/ Mark A/ Mark N/ Peter.

FUEL POVERTY Those of us fortunate enough not to need our winter fuel allowances (and generous younger people) can make donations to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/

SurvivingWinter to help those less fortunate in South Yorkshire.



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