Weekly Update – 15th April 2012

MARTIN LIGHTOWLER, our locum Director of Music, starts today.  We welcome him and offer our good wishes.

FACES OF INCLUSION Recently, our PCC reaffirmed its commitment to St Mark’s being an inclusive church.  But what does this mean?  A sermon series starting next week will help us reflect and engage.  Please collect a flyer.

CHURCH ELECTIONS for  Churchwardens, Parochial Church Councillors and a Deanery Synod Rep. will take place at the Annual Parochial Meetings.  Nomination forms for the former and a nominations register for the latter can be found on the notice board in  the entrance lobby.  Who would you like to serve as a Churchwarden or represent you on the PCC?  Are you willing to serve?

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL MEETINGS will be held on Wednesday 25 April.  There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm.  We will be reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next as well as electing two Churchwardens and up to 18 members of the Parochial Church Council. These are open meetings.  Please sign up at the back if you are able to contribute some food.

ANNUAL REPORT, reviewing all aspects of church life through 2011, is now available, together with papers for this year’s Annual Parochial Meetings.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Marks, Sunday 20 May,5.00pm.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST is to be updated shortly.  If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church.  If you are unsure whether you are currently on the List, please consult the schedule of names at the back.

SOUP RUN This is a service that is greatly appreciated by those who turn up, and some of our stocks are getting low. If anyone was able to pop a few tins of baked beans (ideally ones with sausages in them), or soup – tomato, chicken, oxtail or vegetable – in their trolley when they go shopping, all donations would be gratefully received. Many thanks. Gary

SUNDAY LUNCH We are looking for volunteers to prepare Sunday lunch. This does NOT mean you have to stay for lunch.  Interested?  Please speak to Alan Yearsley –  [email protected] or 07958 079048.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported the work of USPG by providing or enjoying the Lent lunches. £172 will go to them as a result of your generosity.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND Only 23 weeks to go!  Are you among the 70 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.

2012 PLEDGES We are still £2,000 off our target for increased given income in 2012.  So, if you have yet to respond or are not in our pledged giving scheme and would like to join, please return a pledge form to David Ryder or Judith Pitchforth. Spare forms are at the back of church.


CRC SPRING CONFERENCE will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.  It promises to be a stimulating and  enjoyable day.  Details at back of church.

CHRISTIAN AID Diary dates: 7 May – May Day Trek, starting Bolsterstone, 5, 10 or 15 mile sponsored walk; 12 May – Busk Aid event in Sheffield city centre, musicians and collectors needed!; 13-19 May – Christian Aid Week – parish street collection; 7 July – Sheffield Night Hike, Lodge Moor to Hathersage.  There are letters for those who kindly took part in last year’s parish house to house collection during Christian Aid week in the church pigeon holes in 2011, we raised over £2,000. New collectors are always welcome. If you want to find out more about any of the above events, please contact Helen (2584241) or Alison (2214578).

INTER-FAITH PILGRIMAGE of Prayer for Peace, NEXT SUNDAY, starting 2.30 pm at Al-Rakman Mosque, Ellesmere Road.  Further details, www.isb-sheff.org.uk.

EAT, MEET & GREET. An informal inter-faith evening on 26 April at 7.00 pm, Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, featuring a ‘Bring & Share’ meal. Further information: [email protected] or 0114 267 8289.

GLASS COMPUTER DESK, suitable for teenagers or students, or as good computer/keyboard desk. Nearly new.  61x14x90cm. Contact Pat Hunt – 2851473.  Suggested donation to ASSIST.

FAIRNESS COMMISSION Sheffield City Council has set up a Fairness Commission to tackle inequality across the city. You can take part in its work at  https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy–performance/fairness-commission.html.

TROUBLEMAKERS’ WALK: Following the Auction of Promises, this walk will be held at 3.00 pm NEXT SUNDAY, Sunday 6 May and Sunday 13 May starting at Paradise Square. The charge is £5. If you are interested but did not bid for it at the auction, please contact David Price ([email protected])

A NEW ‘HOMELESS’ HOSTEL Kevin Bradley of St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queen’s Road has launched an appeal for a new 50 bed hostel for the homeless. To support this worthy cause, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Kershaw is arranging a sponsored 250 mile cycle ride across Scotland in May. Please donate by going to www.justgiving.com/andykershaw01

GET INVOLVED A free workshop on how to engage with Parliament’s work for the benefit of your community.  FRIDAY 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane.  For further information, please contact 020 7219 1650 or [email protected]

AIR QUALITY SYMPOSIUM This is being held at the University Medical School  by Broomhill Forum THIS SATURDAY 9.30am-1.30pm. All welcome. Free lunch.  The purpose is to discuss the causes of the levels of air pollution in the Broomhill Ward – twice the permitted EU maxima. Speakers from transport, environment, public health, and urban design will illustrate what has been done elsewhere to improve conditions, and the views of the general public sought on what practical action can be taken. Please register in advance broomhillairqualitysymposium.org.uk.

HOUSE CONTENTS SALE Les Smart is holding a ‘Make Me An Offer’ sale on 21 April, 10am-4pm, and 22 April, 1pm-5pm, at 133 Dykes Hall Road.  Many household items – bargains galore! See Gary for more information.

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