Weekly Update ~ 1st February 2015

ACCESS TO INFORMATION our weekly newssheets are posted on St Mark’s Website.  Contributors, please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For further info, please see a member of the clergy.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30pm 4 Feb:  “Sounds Interesting”.  All welcome. Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

LENT GROUPS There are now sign-up sheets at the back of church if you wish to attend a Lent Group.  This year’s theme is “The Lion has roared – who can but Prophesy”.  Please see the flyers at the back of church for more details.

CONGRATULATIONS to Mark and Alice Newitt on the birth of Jacob Martin Newitt on Tuesday 27th January!  A little brother for Francesca!

HAPPY BRITHDAY to Graham Murray who was 95 on Wednesday 28th January.  Many Happy Returns!

MARCUS BORG very sadly died on the 21 January.  Marcus was a tremendous scholar and leading voice in Progressive Christianity, as well as Patron of CRC, having been with us from the beginning. A wonderfully kind, humble and generously spirited man, his loss will be greatly felt.

CONSULTATION ON THE PARISH PROFILEMany thanks for the response to the consultation for the Parish Profile. We had excellent discussions and thought-provoking comments by email which have now been incorporated into the Profile.

ST MARK’S FACEBOOKDid you know we have a Facebook page? Search ‘St Mark’s, Broomhill and Broomhall’ and ‘like’ it to keep up-to-date and join the conversation!

DONATIONS VIA WEEKLY WHITE ENVELOPES Supplies of new envelopes for use from 1st March will available at the back of the church next week. If you are a member of this scheme please remember to collect your box! If you would like to join the scheme please contact Judith Pitchforth. Thank you.

VESTRY HOUR A member of the clergy will be available in church on Thursdays between 5pm and 6pm (not 5.30pm as in The Messenger).  Please call in if you’d like to talk to one of us.

CTBB AGM The date of the AGM has now been changed Monday 23rd March at 7.30pm at the Beacon at Broomhill. Please would you notify everyone in your churches who might wish to come to the AGM. Many thanks, Jean Dickson.

PARISH WEEKEND Just a reminder that our next chance to be away together as a whole church community will be at the Parish Weekend at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  This will be officially launched at the Shrove Tuesday Auction…

PANCAKE PARTY AND AUCTION OF PROMISES Shrove Tuesday, 17 Feb Family fun throughout the evening – from 5.30 there’ll be fun and games for all ages – bring favourite family games!  Pancakes will be served until about 7.30 and the Auction will begin at 8pm.  Offers of promises still welcomed: See flyer

LONDON CLIMATE DEMO Saturday 7 March. 50 seats on 9.29 London train and returning on 20.57 from St Pancras. If interested, please contact Jenny Carpenter [email protected]. Alternatively, join a singing party at the station at 9 am.



PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2015 – To date 77 responses have been received with total extra giving of £10,184 (including recovered tax) promised towards our target of £10,000.  This is good news but more income would be welcome so if you have not yet responded please do as soon as possible.  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church.  Please respond prayerfully to this request.

KEY AMNESTY We are reviewing our records of everyone who has a church key.  Please can everyone let Anne in the office know ASAP – by e-mail, phone or see me after church – if you have a key, what key(s) you have, and for what purpose.  The deadline for this is 22nd February. Many thanks.

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST (Friday 8-10am) is very grateful for all St Marks’ support, including the generous collection of £109.55. We need more volunteers to act as be-frienders – sharing breakfast and conversation.  Please have a word with Sue if you’re interested.  Thank you!

BROOMHALL YOUTH CLUB COMMITTTEE MEMBERS NEEDED URGENTLY  The Friday evening Youth Club (Boys) needs a committed Steering Group to help establish good working practice and raise funds or else this group is likely to close, with far-reaching consequences for young people in Broomhall.  I’m looking for 2 or 3 people willing to take the initiative and get this group back on its feet.  Youth Workers are in place – we just need an injection of enthusiasm and management skill.  Could this be you?  Please contact Sue.  Support will be provided.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL We would like to have a ceilidh this Festival, with the band composed of our home-grown talent!  Ruth Grimsley’s favourite caller is available on 19th June.   Please let Ruth know if you’re interested in taking part.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST We are putting together a brand new Congregational List from scratch.  This is NOT the same as the Electoral Roll.  It is a contact list for every member of the congregation to be on if they wish to.  A copy of it is then made available for everyone who is on that list.  If you only want your contact details to be available to the clergy, there is also that option.  Please can EVERYBODY who wishes to be on the list (both public and clergy only ones) – fill in a form at the back and put it in the box provided by 22 MARCH.  The new list will be out from Easter Sunday.

ST MARK’S PHOTO ALBUM Alongside updating the congregational list, we would like to update our photo album. Please look and see if your photo is in the yellow album which can be found on a table near the chapel and if not, ask me to take one or e-mail one to me at [email protected]. I’m happy to crop it if it includes other people, but this means it needs to be high resolution.

LIBRARY BOOKS If you have any library books that you borrowed more than 3 months ago, please could you return them ASAP.  Also, please ensure you have signed out any books you have borrowed! Many thanks.



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