Weekly Update – 15th July 2012

WHY DON’T WE …? Ian is going to preach three sermons over the summer in which he will address some of the questions about worship he has been asked recently:  22 July – ‘Why don’t we always use authorised liturgies?’; 5 August – ‘Why don’t we regularly recite the creed?’; 19 August – ‘Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?’

FEEDING THE HUNGRY (and I don’t mean me!) We come into contact with a lot of hungry people in various ways at St Mark’s, mainly through Soup Run, and callers at the vicarage. This results in giving out a lot of sandwiches. So if any of you domestic superheroes out there are in a position to make batches of sandwiches, either regularly or on odd occasions, which we can then distribute, that would really take some of the pressure off Ian, Liz and the Soup Run teams. If you feel you can help in some way, have a chat with Gary. Many thanks.

CONGRATULATIONS to Alice and Mark Newitt on the birth of a baby daughter, Francesca Grace.

CAKE SALE AFTER THE 10AM SERVICE TODAY. There will be cakes to have with your coffee after the morning service, all to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.


LIBRARY EVENING THIS WEDNESDAY from 6.00pm.   At 7.00 pm Dr Philip Lewis, from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Bradford will be talking on ‘The Challenge of Religious Diversity’.  Philip Lewis is an international expert on Islam and interfaith matters and will help us explore issues associated with creating communities where members of different religious traditions and none can live together peaceably and to mutual enrichment.

PREPARING FOR ADVENT An open invitation to anyone who would like to help plan this year’s pre-Advent course (Sunday morning sermons and Sunday evening seminars) based on taking a fresh look at the traditional Advent themes of Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement – THIS THURSDAY at 12.30 pm for a working lunch (please bring something to eat) at the vicarage.

MARK’S HISTORY PROJECT – ‘ST MARK’S TODAY’ The penultimate chapter in this book will consider where the church/congregation finds itself, fifty years after the rebuilding of the church. We would greatly value your contribution to this review, if possible by answering the questions on the enclosed A5 sheet and leaving it in the box at the back of Church. Extended reflections and contributions will also be very welcome; please do this either by letter or by email. Many thanks. Mike Hunt.


A BIG THANK YOU for the thoughts, prayers, cards and presence of so many friends from St Mark’s at last Sunday’s ordination service. We are sorry if we did not get much chance to chat with you after the service, but it meant so much to both of us that you were with us on the day. Love from Ian and Ann.

LEFTOVER CONTAINERS There are many containers in the flower room left over from the Broomhill Festival etc.  Please would you come and collect yours by the end of the month – at which point any left will be disposed of!  Many thanks, Briony Tayler.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW A list of all the winners of this year’s Festival Grand Draw plus their prizes can be found on the Festival notice board.  Were you lucky?

MESSENGER is out now!  Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes, and spares are on the card stall as usual. Only 60p!  A bargain!

SEPTEMBER MESSENGER More time to gather your ideas and articles for the next issue. Please send items to David Price by 15 August. (davidprice2@googlemail.com).

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.


ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 11 weeks to go!  Are you among the 90+ who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) Bursaries also available.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S GROUPS Next Sunday will be a joint fun session for the children’s group before the summer break.  Godly Play and Lions will start again on 9th September.  Crèche will continue to run through August.

WILLIAMSON HARDWARE A planning application has been lodged to develop the unit in Broomhill shopping precinct currently occupied by Williamsons, together with the one above (Wealth Management & Growth Ltd).  This has raised concern that the lease of this long-established, community-serving, family-run business may not be renewed in late 2013 when the current one expires.  It is thought that one of the largest UK supermarket chains wants to open a store in the area.  To find out more and register your views, log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and follow the path: Planning & Development > Planning Online > Planning Applications Online > enter code: 12/01352/FUL.

SCRIPTURAL REASONING A lunchtime series by the Multi-faith Chapel and Library will be running at the New Roots cafe from October until next July. See poster in foyer for more details or contact Nirmal Fernando: curlsu@hotmail.com / 07932 017929.

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