Weekly Update ~ 17th May 2015

ANNUAL REPORT This is now available.  You will find a copy at the back of church.

SHEFFIELD’S WOMEN TROUBLEMAKERS David Price’s lecture is at 7.30 pm TOMORROW in the Church Lounge. 22 people signed up for this at the Auction of Promises, but more are welcome. The charge is £5 for Parish Weekend funds.

PENTECOST As usual, we shall be worshipping with our ecumenical partners in CTBB.  This year the service will be at Beacon in Broomhill Methodist Church, NEXT SUNDAY at 10.30 am (nb later time), followed by a Bring & Share lunch. There will be no 10am service here.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge 1.30 p.m. 20 May: “Hong Kong” with David Ryder. All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Rosalind on 268 1426

GOODWILL COFFEE MORNING  You are invited to a Coffee Morning on Saturday 23 May 10 am – 12 noon at        1 High Wray Close, Millhouses Lane, to raise funds for the Goodwill Children’s Village in S India (which we support at St Marks from our International donations).  Please do go, and take a friend – a donation of £3 per head is suggested, for unlimited coffee and home-made cake.  All proceeds go to help the children.

PARISH WEEKEND – PROVING POPULAR!Thank you to all who have already booked.  There are still places available if you’re thinking of coming.  It promises to be a wonderful weekend together at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.

NEW PUBLICATION John Wood has produced a booklet which is on sale for a £1.00 at the back of the Church. This is entitled ‘John Wood looks at the Bible’ and includes the sermon he preached at St Mark’s on his 90th birthday.  He hopes the contents will be of interest to friends at St Mark’ s and hopefully  intends to publish 5 other booklets in the series.

CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY The Climate Coalition is organising a lobby of the new Parliament on Wed 17th June, entitled “Speak Up for the Love of….” Ecumenical services at 12noon, lobbying constituency MPs 1-4pm. You can find information and can register on line at climatecoalition.org. More details from Paul Furbey on pfurbey@christian-aid.org.

‘UNDERSTANDING ISLAM: THE FIRST STEPS’: 10.00am to 3.30pm Shirley House, next to St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane. This day is led by Dr Chris Hewer, a Christian who has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations for many years and is the author of several books.  It enables us to understand more of Islam, as Muslims understand their faith, and allows plenty of time for questions. Donations will be welcome on the day. Refreshments provided, but bring a packed lunch. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Rev Liz Wills, 261 0732; e-mail: johnwills@callnetuk.com If you would like to know more about Chris Hewer you might like to check his website: www.chrishewer.org

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST! This is now available.  If you are on it and would like a copy for 50p please let Anne in the office know.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY AGM Dr Emma Stone of Joseph Rowntree Foundation on ‘UK Poverty: Problems and Possibilities’.  6.30 pm for 7.00 pm at Quaker Meeting House on Thursday 21 May. All welcome.

FAST AND PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE Please join us in praying and fasting on the 1st of each month for a meaningful and just global climate agreement at the UN climate talks. (www.prayandfastfortheclimate.org.uk). If you would like their Prayer points write your name on the list on the Climate Justice noticeboard. Some of us will be meeting in the Lady Chapel from 1 to 2 PM on Monday, 1 June, Wednesday 1 July and Saturday, 1 August.

SEIZE YOUR PENSION POWER  How your pension savings can save the world!  Workshop on the connection between your pension and our climate. How to put pressure on your pension company and their investments in fossil fuel companies.  THIS TUESDAY Quaker Meeting House 7pm.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 5 – 21 June 2015  The brochure IS NOW OUT for this year’s Broomhill Festival.  As ever we will be celebrating community and raising money for charity with a whole range of events from concerts, interesting talks, Shakespearean drama and even a Mad Hatter’s Buffet!  Check out the website www.broomhillfestival.org.uk for more details as well.

GARDEN PARTY 20 June We are now open for business!  Please bring all your “stuff”. Contributions for Treasures, books and Toys stalls are all welcome.

FUND-RAISING FOR PHASE AND CHRISTIAN AID Thank you to everyone who has generously donated towards the work of Christian Aid and PHASE over the past few weeks. The bucket collection for PHASE raised just under £1,200 to help the communities they work with in Nepal, following the devastating earthquakes there. The plate collection for Christian Aid’s emergency appeal last Sunday raised just over £600 (both totals include gift aid). Thank you to those who stayed for Sunday lunch last week, or enjoyed left-over puds at night service. This raised £150 for Christian Aid.  Thank you all!

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK house-to-house collection. MANY THANKS to all those who’ve been slogging round the streets collecting for Christian Aid. Please give your packs to Ceri or Helen Hillman if you have them today. Alternatively you can bring them to the office during the week.

WEDDING INVITATIONS! THIS SATURDAY at 2pm Jonathan Williamson and Cath Osgerby warmly invite all at St Mark’s to their wedding service, and for cake and bubbly in the church afterwards!

AND On Saturday 11th July at 2.30pm Rosamund Brown, daughter of Alan and Judith, will be marrying Jan Ragnar Storheim at St Mark’s. Both live and work in Oslo, Norway but are looking forward to marrying in Rosamund’s childhood church. A warm welcome to all!

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