Weekly Update ~ 19th April 2015

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGSWednesday 29 April 7.00pm with refreshments from 6.30.  The APCM is our annual meeting where we agree how the church will be run over the next year, approve our accounts and elect members of the PCC and other lay representatives. All welcome.  Nomination forms for the PCC are available from the back of church and should be submitted prior to the APCM.

MEETING OF PARISHIONERS to elect churchwardens.  Nomination forms are available from the back of church and must be submitted prior to the meeting. This meeting will start at 7.00pm and be followed by the APCM.

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

ORGAN RECITAL Friday 1 May, 7.30pm to give thanks for all those involved in the organ restoration.  Andrew Linn will be returning to be the first to perform on our restored instrument. Entrance is free, but you will need a ticket – please see Briony.

MENTAL HEALTH – CHALLENGE OR OPPORTUNITY? This diocesan Study Day continues to grow in popularity and three more are planned for 2015; Saturdays 13 June, 5 September and 31 October. Next meeting 3 June at, “The Church on the Corner”, 5, Buchanan Rd, Sheffield, S5 8AP.  For further details, please call 248 2364 or email Dorothy Cook, 4dorothycook@gmail.com

ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our blue sheets are on St Mark’s Website.  Please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For more info, please see a member of clergy.

HAYDN’S CREATION will be performed THIS SATURDAY here at St. Mark’s Church by Hallam Choral Society. Tickets £15 or £12 concessions (£5 NUS or under 16s free).  See Arthur or Anne Button for more info.

PCN’S SPRING CONFERENCE is at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, on Saturday, 9 May 2015 at 11am.  It will be led by Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, on the theme “A DAY IN THE FOUNTAIN: exploring poetry”. Book at www.pcnbritain.org.uk.

DIOCESAN VISIT TO GERMANY IN OCTOBER 2015 – COME AND JOIN US! The Diocese of Sheffield Hattingen Witten Link invites you to join a group visiting our partner diocese in the Ruhr area of Germany.  23rd – 31st October.The cost is appox. £200 inc.  If you would like to find out more, please contact Revd Sue Hobley, 01709 872299, or email vicar@wathparishchurch.co.uk


Author Tim Lynch on ‘SHEFFIELD REMEMBERING 1914 -1918’.  Tickets £5.00 [include a £3 discount voucher for Tim Lynch’s book]from Kathy Harbord, Judith Pitchforth, the library or the door.

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY TREK – 4TH MAY Three routes available this year – 6, 11 and 16 mile round walks from St Luke’s, Lodge Moor. Registration & info at www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk. Congregational sponsor form available at the back of church. Volunteers needed on the day to marshal and for registration desk. If you can help please contact Alison on 2214578.

PILGRIMAGE OF PRAYER FOR PEACE – Sheffield interfaith Walk will be taking place on Sunday 26th April 2015 @ 2.30 pm starting from Ellesmere Green and ending at Ghousia Mosque, Firvale. It’s 2.5 miles and prayers will be said at places of worshiop on route.

LENT GROUP FOLLOW-UP MEETING There will be a meeting at 6 o’clock on Sunday, 26 April in the Upper Room to discuss how this year’s Lent group went and to see what lessons there are for next year and also to consider what topics people might like next year. Please come if you can. This feedback is very useful.PLANT SALE  Are you planting seeds or taking cuttings? If you have more than you need, and which are ready too early for the Broomhill Festival, please bring them to sell after church NEXT SUNDAY.  All proceeds to church funds.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30p.m. in the lounge. 22 April:  Bents Green Singers. All welcome.  Moderate charge. Details from Rosalind 268 1426.

PARISH WEEKEND  – PROVING POPULAR!Bookings are going well for this and places are limited.  Come along to what will be a wonderful weekend together at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.

LEARN AND BOOST CHURCH FUNDS Join one of our Enneagram Workshops.  Some people bid at the Auction of Promises for a place.  We now have three planned: 30 May, 18 July or 17 October. Come along and have fun and learn! (minimum £8 each – donations above very welcome to support church outreach and Parish Weekend).  For infohave a chat with Jane or Anne Padget.

HUSTINGS Come and question candidatesin Sheffield Central Constituency.  This will be at Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane TODAY at 4.00pm for the General Election on 7th May.  Please see poster in the foyer or contact David Price on 296 0806.

LIBRARY Following a very successful visit by Val Webb her latest three books are now in the library.

 UNDECIDED VOTERS The Joseph Rowntree Trust have a website called “Vote for Policies” which might help  you decide which way to vote. The questions cover 10 topics, and for each you are given 5 sets of policies to choose from, without being told which party proposes them. At the end you get a party profile matching your selection. If you cover all 10 topics it takes about 50 minutes to complete.  http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

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 to prepare for our contributions to Sunday morning worship. Do you play an instrument? How would you like to lead the music at a Sunday morning Service or a Night Service? St Mark’s is looking to hear more and more from our talented congregation, and to get all of our musicians involved! For more information please email the Director of Music (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk).

CHRISTIAN AID NEEDS YOU! Many thanks to those who have already agreed to help with the house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week, 10th-16th May. We still need more collectors for some streets which we have not yet covered. Contact Helen Hillman 0114 2584241 CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Don’t forget BUSK AID in Barker’s Pool on Sat 9th May. Come and sing or play to get Christian Aid Week off to a good start. Collectors also needed. More details from Helen Hillman or Alison Trezise on jandatrezise@virginmedia.com

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