Weekly Update – 14th February 2016



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you wish to put a notice 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.


LENT SERMON SERIES During Lent our preachers have been invited to enter into conversations with members of the congregation about their experiences of faith and church.  I hope that this will be an opportunity to learn from one another and value the diversity of this rich community. Sue


LENT 2016 MEETING GOD IN MARK Our Lent groups start today so please make sure that, if you’re in a group, you have picked up a booklet from the back of church.  If you have decided not to join a Lent group this year, please do hold those who are meeting in your thoughts and prayers.  We shall be exploring our own responses to Mark’s Gospel and what it means to us to follow Jesus. Perhaps this is something we could all reflect on during Lent? Sue


LENT LUNCH NEXT SUNDAY, co-ordinators Judith Harrison and Susan Whitmill: sign up or email to offer soup or bread. Briony


FESTIVAL OF 10bn FROM TOMORROW UNTIL THURSDAY the University of Sheffield is running a festival exploring the challenges we face as the population rises to 10bn. Members of the public are invited to attend.  See 10bn.sheffield.ac.uk/events/ Juliet Storey


KIM WILLIS Many of you know that Kim has been exploring her call to ordained ministry for a while now.  Her final 3 day interview for ministry is taking place 15-17 February.  She would be very grateful if you could keep her in your thoughts during this time. Sue

FIRE SAFETY TRAINING  Anyone who leads a group in church should attend a training session TODAY or Sunday morning Feb 28th, both 11.30am-12.00noon.  If you have not already received an email and should be included, please tell Robin Saunders ([email protected] or 2665403)

ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK On Friday 18th March at St. Mark’s there will be an opportunity to share food and friendship with others in celebrating Islam Awareness Week.  This is an open event with the Council of Mosques, St Mark’s Church and friends.  If you would be willing to make a dessert for this event please write on the flipchart at the back. All are welcome. Gary and Sue

TUITION Sam, a member of this church, is an experienced primary school teacher offering warm and friendly tuition for children (7-11) in Maths and English. For more details please contact Sam Faulds (07733374601).

MANY THANKS to those who supported the piano and organ recital at Sacred Heart last month; a total of £1184.32 was raised in aid of Iraqi Christians In Need, which will go far. Carl Bahoshy

IS A RADICAL CHURCH POSSIBLE? is the title of Adrian Alker’s book. If you wish to order a copy at a pre publication price of £8.99 please contact Adrian either by email, [email protected] or phone 07595 249791.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 17 Feb:  “My Dancing Days in the 60s” with Maxine Worsley.  All welcome.  Modest charge.

Details Rosalind Rogerson on 268 1426

SPONSORED WALK Ceri’s friend, Gerard Hunter, is walking 106km around the Isle of Wight in May to raise money for a new incubator at Bwindi Community Hospital in Uganda where she is working. If anyone would like to sponsor him you can text GIOW82£5 to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/walk-gezzy-walk. Thanks! Ceri Gallivan

OPPORTUNITY FOR GROUPS TO MEET In April the Broomhill Ward boundaries will change, becoming Broomhill and Sharrow Vale (Broomhill and Broomhall will come under the same Ward).  Broomhill Ward Councillors would like to invite groups to the Broomhall Centre on Wednesday 9th March, 4pm – 7pm to share information about activities and promote volunteering opportunities. It is an open event for all members of the community. Please see the poster in the foyer for more information about how a group you’re involved with can attend.  Anne in the office has booking forms. Sue

THE CHURCH AND LGBT+ / LIBERATING THEOLOGIES The Multi-faith Chaplaincy is launching two new reading and discussion groups, open to anyone at the University or living locally. One group will be for people to hear and share stories about the experience of identifying as LGBT+ in the church. The other will be a chance to explore liberating theologies. Both groups will be largely self-facilitated and run on alternate weeks. Contact Anthea Colledge at [email protected] about the LGBT+ group or Jeremy Clines at [email protected] about Liberating Theologies for more details. Jeremy Clines

PLEDGES FOR 2016 – We are grateful to have received 72 responses to date with net total extra giving promised of approximately £1,000 (including recovered tax).   However, so that we can be sure of the total level of the Church’s income for this year it is important that we receive back more pledge forms and, if you are a tax payer, the yellow Gift Aid declaration form.    Please send them to Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible.  Spare forms are available at the back of the Church if you need them.   Thanks.  David Ryder, Treasurer.  


YELLOW GIFTAID FORMS HMRC has changed the wording of the Giftaid declaration meaning I need an up to date signed form for everyone in the congregation able to Giftaid donations made via standing order or white envelope. The forms were in the pledge pack, but if you have mislaid yours, please contact me and I will let you have a replacement. Many thanks, Judith Pitchforth


WHITE ENVELOPES If you make your donations to church via the weekly white envelope scheme, you will need a new supply – starting from 6th March 2016. These will be available from TODAY at the back of church, above the pigeonholes. Please collect asap. If anyone would like to join this scheme please contact me. Many thanks. Judith Pitchforth.


HOME FOR A CAT Would anyone be able to offer a home to a cat whose owner is going abroad for her PhD studies?  He is 14 years old and in good health.  Please see Donna Yeates at [email protected] for more information. Donna Yeates



For the international charities we support, including Practical Action


For the UK charities we support,

including the Church Urban Fund


For all caught up in violence around the world


For all those who are homeless in our country and those with inadequate accommodation, for those who need to use our Food Banks

and for the people who run them


For all those in the LGBT+ community looking for welcoming churches


For all refugees fleeing from persecution and struggling to find a home in the world, and for those who have the power to help

For residents of this parish who struggle with poverty, loneliness,

depression or addiction as well as for those who try to support them


For those we continue to remember in our prayers,

including Chris & Mary Knight and Betty May


For those who are unwell or recovering from illness or accident, including:

Dickson Anyanwu, Rosa Greenwood, Grace James,

Gordon Lentell, George May (Philippa Legon’s dad), Michael Paton,

Stewart Rayner (Alison Tolson’s dad) Hilary Schofield, Lee (Gary’s cousin)


For those who have died recently in this community and beyond,

includingBrenda Dobbs, Patricia Henriksen, Kathryn Howard


In remembrance of all those whom we love, but see no longer,

especially Margaret Hall





St Mark’s Church, Broomfield Road, Broomhill, S10 2SE

www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk & www.nightservice.org.uk.


Church Administrator: Anne Padget, t: 0114 266 3613 or 07736 527777;

e: [email protected] Office open daily 9.00 am – 1.00 pm

Vicar: Rev’d Sue Hammersley, t: 266 0260; e:[email protected]

Assistant Priest: Rev’d Shan Rush, t: 075981 56817;e: [email protected]

Chaplain to Night Service: Rev’d Liz Anson, e: [email protected]

Children’s Outreach Worker: Rev’d Tim Gregory, t: 288 4198

Pastoral Care Coordinators:Briony Tayler: 235 0174; Gill McGregor: 2661079

Director of Music: Mark McCombs, e: [email protected]

Safeguarding Children Officer: Jane Keeling, t: 07708 098499

Safeguarding Adults Officer: Michelle Wattam, t: 268 0642

Domestic Abuse Officer: Helen Gregory, t: 288 4198

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