Weekly Update ~ 16th August 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT!! We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev’d Sue Hammersley as the next incumbent of St Mark’s. Sue has been the Associate Vicar here for nearly five years and will be instituted and inducted as incumbent on Thursday 3 September at 7.30pm. We are really excited about Sue’s vision for our church and the skills and expertise she will bring to the role.

SUE’S INSTITUTION AND INDUCTIONThere will be celebratory food and drink after the service on 3rd September, from around 9.00pm.  If you’d like to help, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back.  Thank you, Briony.

MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL PATON John & Helen Hillman visited Michael last week in the nursing home in Surrey where he lives. Though frail in body and mind he is still himself. He asked to send his love to anyone in St Mark’s who remembers him.

PARISH WEEKEND – 18-20 SEPTEMBER 2015!  THE LATEST! If you have booked a place on the weekend, you should have received either an e-mail or a paper copy in your pigeonhole of further details, including workshops choices.  Please respond to these as soon as possible.  It is all getting very exciting! We are also now at the stage of spending money in preparation for the weekend, so if people could pay their deposits and balances that would be helpful.  Thanks.

CONTACT IN AUGUST Sue will be off for the month of August.  If you need to get in touch with someone please contact Sarah Moore: 07849 858867 or


ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

ENNEAGRAM FOLLOW-UP SESSION Following the success of the two Enneagram Days we have been asked to do a follow-up session for those who attended. This will take place on Sunday 13th September at 5.30pm in the Upper Room.   Please speak to Anne or Jane for more details.

BAKED ALASKA: Riding Lights Theatre Company. Vivid, sharp and deliciously entertaining, Baked Alaska serves up the realities of climate change with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved. Highly recommended. Monday 21 September, 7:45pm, Christ Church, Pitsmoor. Tickets: £12/£9 (concessions). From (01904) 613000 / (0114) 242 5565 / ridinglights.org/baked–alaska.

AUGUST CRECHE  Although there will be crèche most weeks it is possible that on some Sundays all we can offer is a space in the lounge with toys.  We are looking for volunteers to join the crèche rota, please let Juliet Storey know if you are interested julietstorey@hotmail.com

CONFIRMATION?  We will be running another series of discussions around the questions of faith that are most important to us.  If you’d like to be part of this, it’s open to everyone regardless of age or stage of faith.  6 Monday evenings from Sep 28 (avoiding half term).  Please book in with Anne in the office. Thanks! Sue.

PICNIC TEAS ON ST MARK’S GREEN from 6:30pm on Sundays during August (not Bank Holiday weekend). Please bring everything you would need for your picnic plus a bit extra.  All welcome. (Indoors if wet.)

NEWS Some of the congregation with long memories will remember Liz Gladwin. If so you may be interested to know that she is now Mrs Geoff Sankey, lives in Norfolk and has a different email address. If you would like contact details please ask Michael or Pauline Miller.

DEREK COLLINS’ FUNERAL will take place THIS TUESDAY at 2.30pm at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium.  This will be followed by a memorial service at St. Andrew’s at 3.30pm, followed by refreshments. All welcome.

ELECTRICAL GOODS – DONATIONS VERY WELCOME We are still looking for a washing machine and TV for someone setting up a new home. Any offers to Anne in the office.  Thank you.

MIDWEEK SERVICES IN AUGUSTThere will be NO mid-week Communion services during August.  There will be Morning Prayer at 8.00am, Wednesdays.

GENERAL SYNOD A new 5 year term of office starts later this year.  Our Diocese has 3 Lay Representatives.  In the vote for Women Bishops, 2 of our 3 reps voted against this legislation.  In the next 5 years the issue of human sexuality is likely to be discussed.  The General Synod is the Church of England’s parliament and it is vital that the moderate, majority view is well represented (the extreme edges are much better at getting motivated not only to stand but also to vote for their candidates).  Can you think of someone who would be good for this role?  If so, speak to Anne Padget, 07736 527777.

BROOMHALL NEWS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  There are two roles that the Broomhall News would currently like help with; that of co-editor and a layout person.  If either of these appeal to you and / or you would like more information, please contact Susi Miller at the Broomhall Centre on a Tuesday or Thursday on 272 9105 or at


BROOMHALL FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY, 22nd Aug. 1-5p.m. at the Jesus Centre and the Broomhall Centre in Broomspring Lane. Offers of cakes for the cafe gratefully received at the Broomhall Centre from 12 noon on Saturday or by arrangement with Helen Hillman 258 4241. And don’t forget to come along, meet people at the cafe, and enjoy lots of family fun on the day!

FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP The next Sheffield Interfaith Food & Friendship event will be TOMORROW at Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane at 6.00pm.  All welcome.

HOT MEALS AND BABYSITTING If you would like some home cooked meals delivered to your door, or need any nannying / babysitting please get in touch with Anne in the office.  Many thanks, Rebecca Allen.

CROSSROADS Northern Bishops’ Mission 10-13 Sep 2015.  Sheffield Diocese will be hosting a delegation of Bishops from the North of England.  Hallam Deanery is organising a range of activities and here at St Mark’s we shall be organising an event on Friday September 11 at 7pm (note change of time) with Rt Revd Libby Lane, the first female bishop in England. This will bring together people from across the community to explore ideas of inspiration and leadership.  More information will be available next week but get the date in your diary!

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