Weekly Update – 18th December 2011

WELCOME whether you are new to St Mark’s or a regular. Thank you for being here and for contributing to this worship.

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.

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

ADVENT FIGURES, bearing the four Advent lights, were created by Kay Hudson. Each one symbolizes an aspect of hope (searching, envisioning, hungering, striving), culminating in Jesus’ birth – hope’s embodiment and realization.

CHRISTMAS EVE ‘NATIVITY’ PLAY If you would like to be involved in any way please sign up at the back of church. The next rehearsals are on Tuesday at 5.30pm, Friday at 6.00pm and Christmas Eve at 9.00am.

BUDGET 2012 has been set at £220,650, a slightly lower figure than in 2011. Owing to reduced income this year, however, we will still need to raise an additional £9,500 in 2012 to balance the books.

PLEDGES 2012 Packs have now been sent out to those who already give regularly to St Mark’s and are available at the back of church for those who would like to start. So far we have received 46 pledges, representing an increase in giving of £2,800 – a good start, but well short of the target figure of £9,500. If you have not yet returned your pledge response, please do so before the end of the year. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE Please complete one!

THE WELCOME PLACE is having a break over Christmas – next session on January 4th.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

PV PANELS APPEAL The panels are now in place and all the pledged funds have been received. This is excellent news and represents the culmination of much forward planning, hard work and committed giving. Thank you to everyone who has contributed financially. Also to Michael Bayley, Gary Grief, David Ryder and Robin Saunders who not only conceived the proposal in the first place but also laboured diligently to ensure that it came to birth.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS Thank you to everyone who has helped with distribution, especially to John, Peter and Susan Whitmill who must have delivered cards to the best part of half the households in Broomhill!

LOW ENERGY LIGHT BULBS We now have a collection box for used low energy light bulbs at the back of church. These should not be disposed of with regular household waste, so please use this if there is no collection point in your area.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS can be a nice seasonal bonus and some of us are fortunate in not relying on these for our heating bills. You can now give yours to those in need. Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign to encourage individuals to make donations to help vulnerable people affected by the cold winter. See details and make donation – www.localgiving.com/saga.

BROOMHALL NEWS December’s issue is available on the card stall.




MARK’S MESSENGER There will be no Messenger for January, but contributions are invited for the February issue. In particular, articles about Christmas activities, both within St Mark’s and anything you have been involved in further afield that would be of interest to St Mark’s members, would be very welcome – with photos if possible. Please send contributions (deadline 16 January), or questions about what to write, to Carol Rowe: [email protected].

PLANT SALE DAY for Organ and Parish Away Weekend. Please plant extra vegetable and flower seeds in the spring, and save cuttings and unwanted plants. We plan to have a plant sale sometime in Spring next year. Small paper plant pots can be provided for seeds. Please see David & Cathy Trickett Tel:2670576.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSE BOXES – A big thank you to all box holders. This year we raised a total of £417.53 which will help the Society with its work with vulnerable children and young people. Every year the house box scheme raises a total £2 million for the society. If you would like to have a collection box  please have a word with me. Susan Whitmill

MORE CRÈCHE HELPERS WANTED! Would you like to spend the occasional Sunday sticking, drawing, reading stories and singing favourite childhood hymns? We are delighted to be welcoming more and more young families into our congregation. The crèche is expanding and we’d love to recruit some more helpers. Safeguarding procedures will be followed but no previous experience necessary as you would be working with more experienced helpers. Please see Philippa Legon or Sue for more information.

MARK’S MESSENGER The Bumper 2 month Seasonal Issue to take you through to the New Year is now available and still only 60p – bargain! Collect it from your pigeonholes or buy one on the card stall.

RUSS SHARROCK died peacefully on Wednesday 14 December.  His funeral will take place in St Mark’s on Wednesday 28 December at 1.00 pm.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer.

OCCASIONALLY someone comes to St Mark’s asking for money. Please be confident that there is a discretional fund in place. In the first instance, please refer the person to a member of the clergy or Jane Padget (Vulnerable Adults Officer), rather than giving money. This will help us to develop a more consistent and supportive response. Thank you.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or call Tricia Watts on 07931562442 / 2634591.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH will be served at around 1.00 pm. Limited numbers of tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office. If you are able to help on the day or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. Also, we are in need of more tins of baked beans (preferably the ones with sausages in them), and soup – tomato, chicken, oxtail or vegetable. Any donations gratefully received. Thank you.


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