Weekly Update – 15 January 2017

RHIANNON CLAYTON The Memorial Service for Rhiannon will be held here at St Mark’s at 11am on Monday 16th January. All are welcome to attend. Please continue to hold her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.  Sue

TURN CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO NEW TREES Take your cards to an M&S store before the end of January (2015 box was at Fargate entrance) to raise money for the Woodland Trust. Remember – no cards with glitter, they can’t be used. For those unable to get there we will put a collection box at St Marks from 8-22 Jan. For details contact Michael & Pauline Miller

FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the lounge at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesdays. 18 Jan: Young at Heart  : A sense of humour.  All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.

KEYS If you borrow a key from the vestry keyboard, please make sure that you return it.  A couple of keys are missing.  We all walk off with a key occasionally but we need to account for each one so please check pockets.  We also need to ensure that our records of keyholders are up to date so please would you let Innes know exactly which keys you have been issued with and why.  Many thanks.  Sue

NEW PRAYER GROUPS 2017

1) An open Julian Prayer Group will start on Mon 16th Jan at 6.30pm. A contemplative space with extended silence at its heart. We’ll meet every Monday night from 6.30-7.30pm in the Chapel, just come along when you can. For info see Cath W or Sarah C.

2) Intercessory prayer group(s); clergy have had several requests for one or more groups. Please contact Sarah C  if you would like to be put in touch with interested others.

BETTY MAY died peacefully last week.  Her funeral Service will be held at City Road Crematorium on Thursday 26 January at 11.45am followed by refreshments at the Rutland Hotel.  Friends from St Mark’s are warmly invited to both or either part.  Sue

THE NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be on February 26. A great way to get to know a few more people.  Do stay if you can. We ask for donations to help cover the cost of the meal but your first one is always free! Come anyway!  Sue

READING THE STORY The group will meet for the last time before Lent on Friday 10 February in the church lounge at 7.30pm. We will conclude the story of Saul, reading chapters 29-31 of 1 Samuel and ch.1 of 2 Samuel. New members are welcome; The group will then resume after Easter on the second Friday in May (12th). please contact Janet Morley for details.

CHILDREN & COMMUNION- NURTURING FAITH There will be a meeting on Monday 23rd Jan for the parents/carers of the youngest members of our congregation, to offer space for discussion and reflection. See flyers for more details or talk to Sue/Sarah

THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS COMMITTEE are currently reviewing the work we do with our young people of all ages. If you would be interested in getting involved in this conversation or would like to explore getting involved with one of our groups then please contact Sarah Colver

FUNERAL OF DOT COTTON at St Marie’s Cathedral, 19 January at 12.45pm, then Grenoside Crematorium at 2.00pm.

FUNERAL OF EVE MCQUATER at St Matthew’s, 27 January at 10.15am with refreshments at Caroline Fisher’s at 12.30pm.

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – To date 71 responses have been received with total extra giving of £7,600 (including recovered tax) promised towards our target of £9,900. They include 4 new pledges and 26 increases.  This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.   We still need further increased income of £2,300 and therefore, 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.  Thank you.  David Ryder.

WELCOME TEAMS Interested in getting to know people more at St Mark’s? We are looking for new people to join our Welcome Teams at the Sunday 10am service. Teams are on duty every six weeks so it’s not a significant commitment, but it is a rewarding and fun part of our ministry. For more information please contact Sarah Moore.

ST MARK’S IN PRINTAGAIN!  Churches of the Church of England: Director’s Choice ‘is now available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. The first delivery of 25 copies sold out immediately but we can order more if required: please ask to see the sample copy of this very interesting little book (which includes St Mark’s).  Sarah C.

WINTER CLOTHING is very much in demand at Soup Run just right now So if you’ve got any spare coats or other warm items that folk who are on the streets might particularly appreciate, Soup Run would be very grateful for them. Have a chat with Gary or any of the Soup Run supervisors if you need to know more. Many thanks. Gary.

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – Tuesdays 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

SUPPORT SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN AFRICA. There will be an opportunity next week (Sun 22) to send a postcard to local MPs about the disastrous New Alliance for Food Security. The European parliament’s review of this scheme, which receives £600m of UK aid money, finds that it benefits big business at the expense of local farmers. The scheme would increase smallholder dependency, risk indebtedness and leave communities vulnerable to land grabs. Look out next week for the posters at the back of church and send a card to your MP. Helen Hillman

THE 2017 FLOWER ROTA If you would like to donate money for the flowers on a certain Sunday in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary please let me know. I will assume those already on the list wish to continue donating unless they say otherwise  Thank you Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242

CHURCH OFFICE NEWS! We are delighted to welcome Innes MacLeod, our new church administrator. His hours are 9am -1pm, Mon- Friday.. Additionally, Sarah Cole will be working part time as Sue’s PA and also for the CRC. We are hugely grateful to Anna Sandersfield and Anna Ryder who have done sterling work covering admin duties over the past few months. Sue, Sarah and Shan

THE LOGOS BIBLE STUDY continues its stately exploration of John’s gospel. Meeting on the 3rd Friday of each month at 7:30pm in the Vicarage. No previous attendance or experience needed. Next meeting 20th January.  Mark Newitt

TAIZÉ PRAYER AT CATHEDRAL

A Taizé prayer is taking place at Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday 28th January at 7:30pm. All are very welcome.

 

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