Weekly Update ~ 15th November 2015

NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget(SECOND) GARDENING  MORNING There is still plenty to do to tidy the church grounds and we have arranged a second gardening morning for THIS SATURDAY, 9.30am – 1.00pm, to be followed by a BAKED POTATO LUNCH.  Please come if you can. Mike Hunt

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesday at 1.30pm in the church lounge. 18 Nov:  Bents Green Singers. All welcome. Modest charge. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426


Wed 18 – 7.30pm Sharing Places of Spiritual Significance – Shirley House, Psalter Lane. Fri 20 7-8.30pm Islamic Society,  International food and dialogue St Mary’s Bramall Lane Sat 21 – 1.15pm Interfaith Walk- Abbeydale/ London Road area.  Meet at Mother of God RC Church, Abbeydale Road, S7. Visit Medina Masjid Mosque, Wolseley Road, Airey Fairey, London Road and Cemetery Road Baptist Church.  Ends approx 4pm.  All welcome.  Sue H

JUST HOW ISLAMIC IS THE SELF-STYLED ‘ISLAMIC STATE’? WHO SAYS SO? An evening led by Dr Chris Hewer, author of Understanding Islam, the first ten steps, who has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations since 1986. Chris will explore with us what Muslim scholars are saying on this very important topic. (for more information about Chris see: www.chrishewer.org). Friday November 27th 7.30 pm Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, Sheffield, S7 2HA.  For further details contact Rev Liz Wills, 0114 2610732, johnwills@callnetuk.com

ADVENT DISCUSSIONS Following the success of previous years we shall be having two more discussion groups with our friends from the Manor Parish.  “Room in the Inn?” will provide the opportunity to explore issues of hospitality in the light of the refugee crisis.  What are the biblical themes and what does it mean to offer sanctuary?  Dec 6 at St Mark’s, Dec 13 at St Aidan’s both start at 6pm.  Sign up sheet and fliers at the back of church.  Sue HNOVEMBER – GET MORE INVOLVED MONTH If you’d like to get more involved in the life of this community please speak to Anne or Sue about what you can / would like to offer. Thank you!  Sue

SHARED MEAL There will be a vegetarian shared meal NEXT SUNDAY at 6.00pm before Night Service.  It will be an opportunity for people to get to know each other better, and any money raised will go towards the Snowdrop Project, which is a charity that supports women who have been trafficked in Sheffield.

MISSION PARTNERSHIPS – ADVENT BONFIRE As we explore possibilities for working more closely with other churches in the Deanery, we have been invited to share in Ranmoor’s Advent Bonfire with children’s crafts and refreshments.  Sat 28 Nov at 5pm. See poster for details.  Sue H

STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT are holding fortnightly meetings at the Multi-faith Chaplaincy in the Octagon.  The next one is THIS THURSDAY at 7pm and is about the refugee crisis. There will be a bookstall, bible study, and discussion about what practical help can be offered.  Student discounts on books and all welcome. Wilfred Self

APPEALS SEASON… Over the coming weeks we are aware of a number of appeals which will be taking place in church.  Please support any you can but also don’t feel pressurised.  During November Rosie Hunt will be using St Mark’s as a collection point for a project gathering winter boxes for refugees in Sheffield.  See her fliers for details. NEXT SUNDAYis our Stewardship Sunday where David Ryder and others will present the church’s finances and encourage us to make wise use of our talents (time and skills as well as money).Nov 29 Sunday Lunch, with opportunity to donate to Ceri Gallivan’s projects in Uganda. Dec 6 The Lions will be selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. From Nov 29, during Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank (The Manor) and continue to support the S6 Foodbank (Broomhall) with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities. From 22nd Nov. – 6 Dec. Christmas Cards will be on sale on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service. There’s a lot going on but there are a lot of us here too.  Thank you for your support.  Sue H

A PLAY FOR SYRIA   On Sunday 29 November at 6pm there will be a rehearsed reading of a new play by Frances Gray in aid of ASSIST/The Northern Refugee Centre, followed by food. Please see sign-up sheet at the back or speak to Frances Gray (play) or Vanessa Senger (food).

WALKING 4,206KM FOR MIGRANTS THIS WINTERJon & Lizzie Bridge are raising money for ASSIST, UNHCR and Amnesty.  For more info see the poster in the foyer, or get in touch with Lizzie Ilsley on 07790 486266 or lizilsley@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you.



SOUP RUN is in need of tins of beans – with or without sausages. If you’re able to pop one or 2 in your shopping then bring them when you’re coming to church, we’d be very grateful. See Gary for more details. Thank you. 

KITCHEN CONTAINERS We have a collection of these in the Flower Room, taking up valuable space.  Please look at the table in the entrance corridor and remove any items that you own.  Direct any queries to Briony.



6pm – 8 pm Good Taste the Fair Trade shop in Broomhill will be open for St Mark’s folk who want to do some ethical Christmas shopping. Do please come and enjoy a mince pie and coffee/tea with us. Tim and Helen Gregory


GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW  is holding a meeting with FOOD JUSTICE speaker Heidi Chow. Come and hear more about how AGROECOLOGY tackles climate change. 7pm (6.45pm for refreshments) THIS WEDNESDAY at Central URC, (More info on fliers at the back).


TIME FOR THE CLIMATE  Saturday 28th Nov.Join a mass sing and silent vigil in the middle of the afternoon beginning at 2pm.  Many faith leaders will be there and there will be stalls, refreshments and activities, bands and choirs and a debate in Tudor Square, and indoor spaces nearby from 12 to 4.30pm. More details from www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net


JOHN WOOD – SERMON BOOKLETS Series 1, 2, & 3of John’s excellent short collections are now available.  Helen Fisher will sell them (£1) in the narthex for the next two Sundays.

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