Weekly Update ~ 17th August 2014


Following the success of our weekend in 2012, we have booked the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, for 18-20 September 2015.  This is definitely one not to miss.  For all ages and outlooks!

STATIONS OF LIFE LETTING GO is the title of our third Station of Life, to be found in the font area of church.

NIGHT SERVICE now has its own website thanks to David and Liz Anson.  Check it out: www.nightservice.org.uk

THANKS to everyone who came to Sunday lunch on 3rd August, we raised £226 for VSO! Thanks very much, Ceri

HOME PRODUCE A reminder that if you’re making jams or chutney over the summer, please could you do extra jars for the Harvest Produce stall? Donations of empty jars for others to use would also be welcome. Thanks, Alison.

 PARISH DAY: CREATING UNCOMMON WORSHIP HERE on Saturday 27 September, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. Please take a flyer and sign up if you’d like to come so that we have an idea of numbers in advance.  Richard Giles will help us to think about how we can enrich our worship through creative use of movement and space, and in other ways too.  This could change the way you see St Mark’s…

CRC AUTUMN CONFERENCE Rowan Williams will lead a day on the theme, ‘Faith in search of understanding today,’ on Saturday 8 November, 10.00 am – 3.30 pm.  Tickets: £18 (non-members); £15 (CRC/PCN); £5 (students/unwaged). Places are going quickly so book early!

GREENBELT is coming up next weekend, 22 – 25 August.  This year it is being held at Boughton House, Kettering.  For more information about what is taking place and how to get tickets see the website www.greenbelt.org.uk

CONGRATULATIONS! Judith Pitchforth has just achieved her M.Sc in Education Leadership and Management.  Fantastic news!

MUSICIANS: ST MARK’S NEEDS YOU! Do you sing in the shower? How would you like to sing in St Mark’s Choir instead? We rehearse weekly on Thursdays, 6.30-8pm for Sunday morning worship. Do you play an instrument? How would you like to lead the music on Sunday morning or at Night Service? St Mark’s is looking to hear more from our talented congregation! For more information please email Mark McCombs, Director of Music ([email protected])

ST MARK’S ARCHIVES A small group is working to preserve the historical records of St Mark’s. Further members would be welcome. If you would like to join the group and/or to donate some documents or pictures relating to St Mark’s, please contact David Price on 296 0806 or  [email protected]


“GODLY MAYHEM”. 14 – 16 November 2014: Swanwick, featuring Peter Rollins  “WITH OR WITHOUT GOD” 24 and, 27 September 2014, London and Oxford. Gretta Vosper will speak about post-theist Christianity. Details for both events:



30 August IS GETTING NEARER and I still need offers of baking and help setting up and clearing away…  If this could be you, please let me know asap.  Great way to get to know Broomhall a little better. – Celebration of food & festivities with open allotments, tours around the Community Gardens, healthy-eating cooking demos, stalls, afternoon tea at the Broomhall Centre and family fun at the Jesus Centre. Many thanks! Sue H.

PILGRIMAGE WITH THE MANOR Sunday 21 September 2.00 pm.  Join with our friends from the Manor Team to walk one of the historic trails through their parish.  For more info see leaflets or ask Sue H.  Please sign the sheet if you’d like to join in.  More details to follow.

ST. AIDAN’S ON THE MANOR is having their Patronal Festival on Sunday 31st August and all of St. Mark’s are invited!  The service is at 10.30am and there will be refreshments afterwards.  If you would be interested in going please sign the sheet at the back of church.

NEW HOME sought for 2 year old cat called Charlie. He’s great with people, not so great with other cats! For further details please contact Alison on 2214578.


CRIME COMMISSIONER Shaun Wright has launched his summer grant scheme. Non-profit groups providing activities in South Yorkshire are encouraged to apply for funding of up to £10,000. Groups should be working towards: reducing antisocial behaviour; protecting the vulnerable; preventing reoffending; ensuring victims/witnesses get a better deal. Further details:


BROOMHILL LIBRARY Our much-loved local library will close in October unless enough volunteers come forward.  An enthusiastic group is working to ensure that this valuable community asset has a future. More volunteers are urgently needed. If you might like to volunteer – even if only for a few hours – please contact Helen Orton, 266 2128 or   

see www.broomhill-library.org.uk

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