Weekly Update – 16th December 2012

PLEDGE & STEWARDSHIP Please collect your pack from the back of church (if you are on the congregational list, there will be one addressed to you) and return your ‘stewardship’ response.  Thank you.

UNWRAPPING CHRISTMAS A fresh look at the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth.  Discover how to read them as the evangelists intended – continuing this Monday at 7.30 pm.  All welcome.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS There are still a few bundles for streets in Broomhill to be delivered.  Please help if you can.  Thank you!

CTBB BREAKFAST CLUB is going from strength to strength, ably coordinated by Sarah Hall who leaves Sheffield after Easter.  To this end, we need to find a replacement.  Interested?  Please have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES Please let Susan Whitmill have your boxes as soon as possible.  Many thanks.

THANK YOU to everyone who helps with the Wednesday Lunch and Friendship Club which is source of blessing for all who attend.


THIS SATURDAY 10.00 am – 12 noon. It would be great to have a jolly group of singers bringing festive cheer. Please sign up at the back if you would like to take part or speak to Anne.


‘NO’ TO WOMEN BISHOPS The House of Bishops released a statement after its meeting earlier this week in which it outlined a consultation process for enabling a ‘new legislative package’ to be presented at the July 2013 meeting of General Synod.   The statement goes on to say that ‘[f]or any such proposals to command assent, the House believes that they will need (i) greater simplicity, (ii) a clear embodiment of the principle articulated by the 1998 Lambeth Conference “that those who dissent from as well as those who assent to, the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate are both loyal Anglicans”, (iii) a broadly-based measure of agreement about the shape of the legislation in advance of the beginning of the actual legislative process..  To read the full statement, visit www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/12/statement-from-the-house-of-bishops-on-defeat-of-women-bishops-legislation.aspx

WOT NO WOMEN BISHOPS If you would like to contribute to a banner championing the ordination of women to the episcopate, please contribute to the collection box at the back of church.

CHALICE ASSISTANTS There is brief meetings for new assistants after the 10 o’clock service TODAY.

HOT STUFF Soup Run is asking for tins of beans with sausages. Also donations of clothing plus bedding would be very gratefully received.  Gary.

ORDINATION of Michael Burn as Deacon will take place at 6.30 pm TONIGHT in Sheffield Cathedral.  He will be licensed to Rotherham Minster.  Our prayers and good wishes are with him.


CHRISTMAS DINNER will be served at 1.00 pm in the lounge on 25 December. It has been extremely popular with a wide range of people over the last 2 years – people from St Mark’s, from Broomhill, and beyond, who otherwise might be eating on their own. For the bargain price of £5 per person (£2.50 for U16s) you can enjoy a 2 course dinner in the company of friends (some of whom you may not have met yet) – Anne, in the office, is taking bookings. And please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.

NURTURING COMMUNITY The outings to The Showroom are proving to be a real success.  If you’d like to join us for the next movie come along at 6pm on 10 January (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX). Let Angela know you’re coming on 07939 959450 or angela@smokingkipper.com.

URGENT Transport needed from Broomgrove Road to the Northern General Hospital on the afternoons of THIS MONDAY and THIS THURSDAY. so that Patricia Kelsey can visit her sister who is very ill.  All offers of assistance to Briony please (235 0174) Thank you.

MARKS MESSENGER The bumper Christmas edition for December and January is now available!  A bargain at 60p.

FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to the food bank.  The organisers are very grateful. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food which will go to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  Thank you.

SARAH HALL, Minister at St Andrew’s URC, has accepted a new appointment in Southampton and will leave after Easter.  Sarah has contributed much to CTBB and Broomhall and will be greatly missed.

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton will join us now on Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Mark McCombs has been appointed our next DoM, commencing in January 2013.  Mark is a music post-graduate at Sheffield University and already directs a number of choirs within the university and beyond.  He comes to us from St Matthew’s, Carver Street, where he is currently an organ scholar. We greatly look forward to his arrival.

HELP PROTECT THE NHS http://action.38degrees.org.uk/ccg_postcode is a petition to help protect the NHS as the Clinical Commissioning Group is set up in Sheffield.  Can you sign this?  Michael Miller will be taking a small group to deliver the Sheffield petition, with supporting material including potential additions to their constitution, so the more signatures the better.  Many thanks.

UN INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY All are invited to a Film Evening to mark this day at the Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield  on Tuesday 18 December (6.30pm). Sue Clayton, the director will introduce her film Hamedullah about an Afghan boy’s asylum experiences  Other short films will be shown. Christmas collection for ASSIST and for Hamedulla’s education. Enquiries to David Price.

ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT For those fortunate not to need their Winter Fuel Payment – or too young to receive one – there is a way you can donate.Community Foundation Network has now launched its Surviving Winter campaign.  The campaign raises money to help the older and vulnerable stay warm this winter. Details at www.survivingwinter.org.uk

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