Weekly Update – 16th June 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to the Rev’d John Wood on the occasion of his 90th birthday.  Until recently, John was an active member of St Mark’s who helped to shape its liberal-progressive theological approach, especially during the time of Adrian Alker.

SERMONS SERIES & SEMINARS Christian Beginnings: A Journey through Acts is the title of a teaching programme that will be delivered over the summer in which we will take a fresh look at the early Christian movement through the Acts of the Apostles and explore its significance for today.  Please collect an introductory leaflet from the back of church.


A leaflet detailing all the events is now available.  Please pick one up from the back of church and update your diaries accordingly!

VACANCY Following Jen Ryder’s decision to vacate the position, we are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to coordinate our work with students and young adults.  The post is for eight hours per week, commencing 1 September 2013.  For an informal conversation, please contact Jen Ryder (07845 464712) or Ian (0114 267 0362).  Further details and an application form can be downloaded here.  Closing date: Sunday 23 June.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL has now begun, 7-23 June.  There are lots of events taking place at St Mark’s and we urgently need volunteers to help staff them and the Art Exhibition. Are you able to help? Please visit the display in the foyer and sign up for as many slots as you can.  Please remember, there will always be a supervisor in place to support.

EXHIBITION Over the next week, St Mark’s is hosting an exhibition of the works of local artists, Tim Rose and Neil Woodall, plus those of students of Freeman College and the Academy of Makers as well as entries for the David Stoker Photography Competition.  Please take time to view.  Many of the works are for sale.

LIONSTALE flyers and posters are now available at the back of church.  Please take some and use them to publicize the performance within the community and among your friends.  Tickets are also now on sale! Thank you.

THE HOME DONATIONS COMMITTEE meets on 30 June and would welcome suggestions of charities and good causes that St Marks might wish to support. Please email details to Miranda Myers at asmmyers5@gmail.com

THANKS to all who SPONSORED the CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY WALK. So far we have collected £140. If you signed up to sponsor the gallant walkers but haven’t already donated, please give your money to Ceri Gallivan or Helen Hillman as soon as possible.

CAN YOU HELP? Do you know someone in the locality by the name of Ian Andrew Young, in his late 60s?  If so, please have a word with Anne in the office.  Thank you.

BOOK SALE An opportunity to pick up some ex-library books at a bargain price.  Minimum donation: 50p (but please be generous!).

THE FLOWER ROOM is once again full of unclaimed containers. Please collect yours from the table in the foyer or the Flower Room. Thank you. Briony.

400 PARTS PER MILLION of CO2.  For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide has passed 400 parts per million.  This means the world is most likely committed to an increase in surface temperature of 3oc – 5oc compared to the pre-industrial era.  This would have catastrophic consequences.  See the Climate Notice Board.

CRC CONFERENCE Val Webb, a lay theologian, scientist and artist on tour from Australia, will speak on ‘In Defence of Doubt’ at a conference on Thursday 27 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm; tickets: non-members £7; CRC/PCN members £5; students £3.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

CRC SEMINAR & LIBRARY EVENING The next Seminar & Library Evening will be on Wednesday 10 July at 6.30 pm.  It will be with Rev’d Dr Jan Berry and is entitled “Changing Times, Changing Rites?”, when she will be discussing contemporary spirituality.  For more information, please see the flyers on the CRC stall.  All welcome.

CRC ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE To celebrate its 10th and St Mark’s 50th Anniversary CRC has invited James Crossley of Sheffield University to deliver a day conference on ‘The Legacy of Mark’s Gospel,’ – Saturday 14 September, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; tickets: non-members £12, CRC/PCN; members £10; students £5.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

CAROL WALTER has temporarily moved to Jasmin Court (tel 278 1595), 40 Roe Lane S3 9AJ after a fall. She would be very pleased to receive cards and visits.

WEDDING INVITATION Vanessa Senger and John Schofield are getting married in St Mark’s on Friday (21st) and would be delighted if any members of the St Mark’s community would like to join them for the wedding at 1.30.

RICHARD HIDE’S SPONSORED RUN FOR CONGO WOMEN Many thanks to all who pledged sponsorship. If you haven’t already done so, please can you give the money to Richard as soon as possible. Thank you.

BEING HONEST TO GOD 8-10 November 2013. Hayes Conference Centre.  Speakers: Simon Barrow, Jan Berry, James Crossley, Elaine Graham, Richard Holloway and Martyn Percy. Details from Robin Story or http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events.

Residential and day places are nearly all taken – book NOW to avoid disappointment!

IAN MAHER will be ordained Priest by Peter, Bishop of Doncaster, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Millhouses.  Please pray for Ian, Ann and the Cathedral community, where Ian ministers.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

DARNALL DEMENTIA AWARENESS GROUP are running a training event THIS FRIDAY from 10 a.m – 12.30 p.m. St. Columba’s Church, 503, Manchester Road, Crosspool.  This workshop is ideal for  friends, carers and family members of people with dementia, or for anyone who wants to understand dementia better. There is no charge, but places are limited.  To book a place please ring Kate Hill on 267 0006.

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