Weekly Update ~ 15th May 2016



DIANA BUTLER BASS CANCELLATION  Unfortunately Diana has been unwell so is not able to come to Sheffield after the Birmingham Conference.  If there’s an appetite to meet and discuss her thoughts we could arrange another time for this  Sue


We do hope you will stay.  All welcome.

LGCM, “LORD, FOR THE YEARS…” THIS SATURDAY at 3.00pm at St. Boltoph’s Church, Aldgate, London.   A service of thanksgiving for forty years of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.  Please see flyer in the foyer for more details.  Sibylle Batten

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Every Wednesday in the church lounge at 1.30pm. THIS WEDNESDAY: “1953, what a year!”.

Visitors welcome. Modest charge.

Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE need volunteer attendants for its human rights exhibition at the Art House, Carver Street, from 30 May to 24 June. There are two sessions each day: 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 1.30 to 5.00 p.m. Training will be given. For details contact Robin Story (236 2251 or story.robin@yahoo.co.uk).

SOUP RUN would be very happy to take donations of tins again. Baked beans, with or without sausages, and soup – preferably oxtail, tomato and chicken. See Gary or any of the soup run team leaders for more details. Many thanks. Gary Grief

CLIMATE CHANGE – WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? TOMORROW 7.30 – 10pm at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church. Speakers, Andy Atkins, A Rocha (formerly CEO of Friends of the Earth), Bishop of Sheffield, Jo Musker-Sherwood (Hope for the Future), Nick Nuttgens (Carbon Conversations). Michael Bayley


MATTHEW JENNINGS’ FUNERAL SERVICE will be held THIS FRIDAY (20th) at 1.45pm here at St. Mark’s, followed by refreshments.  Please hold in your prayers his mum, Lisa, his grandfather, Terry and Matthew’s close friends, Jo and Ted, in their grief.  Sue

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK starts TODAY! Thanks to all who have volunteered to help with the house-to-house collection. If you didn’t pick up your envelopes last week, they are available for you today at the back of church. If there are any problems please contact  Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241.

THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored my half marathon last week. It was incredibly hot, but your donations definitely helped to spur me on! If anyone would like to donate and hasn’t had a chance yet, the page is still open at https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Moore50 Sarah Moore

IT’S GONNA BE A “BRIGHTER DAY” Free THIS FRIDAY at 7pm The University of Sheffield Gospel Choir presents “Brighter Day”.  This is our main summer concert and it’s definitely not one to miss! There will be a range of songs, such as “O Happy Day”, “Take Me to the King”, “Avulekile Amassango” and “Wade in the Water”.Entry is free, but we will be raising money for Christian Aid week and for the Church, so please come and show your support for St. Marks, the choir, and this praiseworthy charity! We promise you won’t regret it! Mark Glithero

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

GARDEN PARTY – HELP NEEDED! The Broomhill Festival is getting nearer and we now really need people who can either help to organise or simply be part of the team for the Garden Party on Saturday 18th June.  Please speak to Jane or Anne Padget for more details.  Many thanks.

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP There will be a bring-and-share picnic on St Mark’s Green on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm (in lounge if weather is bad) followed by treasure hunt/ quiz/ games to launch the new International Fellowship. All welcome.  See fliers at the back.  Jennie Martin

PERSPECTIVES ON THE EU REFERENDUM A CTBB meeting is planned for 6pm on Sunday 5 June in the Upper Room.  There will be short talks by speakers from our congregations on aspects of the EU, and time for discussion. David Price 296 0806.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY AGM 2016 Tuesday 7th June 7 – 9pm.

Coffee/tea available from 6.30. Quaker Meeting House, Key note speaker: Rt. Rev David Walker, Bishop of Manchester. All are very welcome, to hear the speaker and to discuss our  activities, and plans for 2016-17. Please see the poster in the foyer for more details. Sibylle Batten


Sheffield Renewables has some Urban Community Energy Funding to install solar PV panels on schools but the schools are proving difficult to engage with. If you have any links with a school in Sheffield that doesn’t already have solar PV on the roof, please get in touch with julia@sheffieldrenewables.org.uk and she will let you know if the school is on their list. It could prove a good earner for them, as it has for St Marks. Michael Miller

TIE A RIBBON for Mental Health Awareness Week 16-22 May.  As people walk past church on Glossop Road they’ll be able to tie a ribbon in solidarity with loved ones who struggle with their mental health.  It will be a visual reminder that we are not alone. Please join in. Sue


For a little while I’ve felt I’d like to be engaged with (i.e. not lead) some regular in-depth bible study. The aim would be to create a stimulating and challenging forum that takes a critical approach to scripture, but also reflects on the meaning for us today. Meeting monthly we would likely work through a book of the bible over an extended period of time. Sue and I would like to see if there is a wider appetite for such a group. If you would be interested in attending something along these lines please let me know. Mark Newitt

CAROL WALTER has now moved into The Laurels and The Limes care home and welcomes visits from St Mark’s friends. Sarah Armstrong

THE NEW YOUTH WORKER for the Girls Group in Broomhall is Shaida Karim.  We send her our very best wishes as she starts this new chapter in the life of the group.  Sue

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST We are looking for more helpers for the Broomhall breakfast, which is on Friday mornings at St. Andrew’s URC.  If you would be interested, please contact Jane Harley at janie2375@gmail.com.  Manuch

THE CHAPEL CHOIR of Selwyn College Cambridge is making a short tour based in Sheffield next month. If anyone would like to host a member of the choir for the nights of 17 to 19 June please contact John Schofield (07957 346566) for details.


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