Weekly Update – 18th December 2016



CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  An updated congregational list is available for anyone whose name is on it.  Please email Anna in the office if you would like a copy. Printed copies 50p  Sue HLIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – Will be resuming on 10th  January. 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

PLEDGES FOR 2017  – If you haven’t received a Pledge Pack there are spares at the back of church.  Please complete the enclosed Pledge Form for 2017 asap.   Unfortunately, on the Form’s Commitment page, the tick boxes are misaligned with the giving amounts!  To avoid confusion please circle the amount rather than ticking a box.  Thank you.  David Ryder

HOLLY WITH BERRIES: If anyone has some greenery which could be used for Church Christmas decorations, please contact Mary-Jane Ryder: (Tel 230 3242)

STOP UNFAIR LENDING  The Vicar of Shiregreen has organised a petition to ask UK parliament to pass a law that limits interest rates on all consumer borrowing.  This will help people who are already struggling on low incomes.  See  www.stopunfairlending.co.uk  and click on “About”. Rosalind

COFFEE MORNING The Manager at Abbeyfield, 11-15 Marlborough Road, welcomes you to a Christmas Singalong featuring Marks Three on Monday 19 December at 10.30 a.m. Rosalind



CHURCH OFFICE It is with regret that I have accepted the resignation of Nicki Loomes.  Unfortunately this post wasn’t right for her at this time.  Anna Sandersfield has agreed to hold the fort for the time being so the Office will still be staffed on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings.  The Church, and Office, will be CLOSED for the whole week Mon 26 – Fri 30 Dec and also for the Bank Holidays 2 and 3 January.  Thank you for your continuing patience.  Please hold Nicki and the recruitment team in your prayers.  SueCHRISTINGLE SERVICE – 24th Dec Thank you to all those who have offered to help. A few more stewards would be welcome. See Sarah C today if you can help.


I have changed my day off from Friday to Tuesday for the rest of Dec and for January 2017, on a trial basis. Sarah C

WINTER CLOTHING is very much in demand at Soup Run just right now (as you might expect!?) So if you’ve got any spare coats or other warm items that folk who are on the streets might particularly appreciate, Soup Run would be very grateful for them. Have a chat with Gary or any of the Soup Run supervisors if you need to know more. Many thanks. Gary

ST MARK’S ENERGY Consumption.  Look at the notice board on the right just before you go out of church.  It asks a question about our church’s energy consumption and our own.  Find out about CRAG.  Michael B



ST MARK’S IN PRINT- NEW BOOK!  TheChurches of the Church of England: Director’s choice’ includes St Mark’s – and isavailable TODAY. The RRP will be £12.95 but we have been able to buy at cost price to sell at £10 each. The publisher’s website says: ‘The churches featured in this beautifully illustrated volume have been drawn from each of the 42 dioceses to showcase their varied architecture, art and uses’. Sarah C.AMNESTY’S GREETING CARD CAMPAIGN 2016. We signed 40 cards last Sunday, which matched our previous record, and £19.50 was donated towards postage. I am very grateful to all those involved to make this such a success. If you missed the campaign, you can still take part at https://www.amnesty.org.uk/write-rights-2016. Robin Story

WELCOME BACK , SHAN!  My sabbatical has been a productive but challenging time, reviewing my vocations. With mixed feelings, I have left Bluebell Wood where I was chaplain for nearly 3 years. I will return to my role as Assistant Priest here reflecting on the questions Sue posed in her Stewardship Letter: what do I need from St Mark’s and how do I contribute to its life? Thank you for sharing this journey as we discern our vocation together. Shan

Please either bring the box to church for me to empty and send the cash off, or empty the box yourself and let me have a cheque for amount enclosed. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Children’s Society.’  Ensure the box is locked in the Vestry if I’m not there.  Thank you! Susan

PIGEON HOLES are available for your use. They are situated under the library shelves nearest to the lounge.


CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR ALL. There is a board available in the Lounge on which to pin cards addressed to the whole congregation. Cards from former church members will be displayed there too. Sue and SarahTHANK YOU for all the donations for the family with a baby and also for the gift bags for refugee families supported by the Gateway Programme.  We made 100 in total and they were extremely well received.  Sorry that it was quite rushed this year and therefore several people didn’t have chance to donate.  Next year…  Renate and Rosie

SOLAR ENERGY Several members of St Marks are already investors in Sheffield Renewables, which installs solar panels on community buildings. There is now a chance to invest in their second share offer, closing on 31 December. The scheme will provide benefit to local organisations and also pays 3% return to investors. Details at www.sheffieldrenewables.org.uk  Michael


1) An open Julian Prayer Group will start on Mon 16th Jan at 6.30pm. A contemplative space with extended silence at its heart. Every Monday night from 6.30-7.30pm in the Chapel, just come along when you can. For info see Cath W or Sarah C.

2) Intercessory prayer group(s); clergy have had several requests for one or more groups. Please contact Sarah C  if you would like to be put in touch with interested others.  We’re aiming for a January start date.

CHILDREN & COMMUNION- NURTURING FAITH There will be a meeting on Monday 23rd Jan 2017 for the parents/carers of the youngest members of our congregation, to offer space for discussion and reflection. See flyers for more details or talk to Sue/Sarah.


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