Weekly Update – 1st July 2012

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Broomhill Festival in whatever way.  It’s too early to say how much has been raised for the designated charities, but we do know that the ‘Garden Party’ grossed over £3000.  Whatever the final figure, Festival events yielded social capital in abundance – bringing together people of all ages and outlooks to celebrate life.


IAN MAHER Having bid farewell to Ann and Ian, Ian will be ordained Deacon in the Cathedral this morning.  Please hold Ian and Ann in your prayers.


NEXT SUNDAY will be a special day: all-age worship (including the baptism of Rose Bridge (Lizzy Ilsley’s daughter), parish lunch,  St Mark’s very own Olympics.) Sign up for lunch at the back of church.;  Hope to see you there.


BROOMHALL CHILDREN performing at the Crucible. Thursday 12th July 1.30/7.30pm Springfield Primary School will be in “Shadowball” a compelling Jazz Opera telling the story of Negro League baseball players and their jazz compatriots, who struggled to achieve their dreams despite segregation.  Let’s fill the Crucible to show our support for the children and enjoy the show! www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/


CONGRATULATIONS to Alice and Mark Newitt on the birth of a baby daughter, Francesca Grace.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 13 weeks to go!  Are you among the 90+ who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) Bursaries also available.

SINGERS New repertoire! Martin is running a one-off choir rehearsal THIS THURSDAY (7.30-9.30 pm) to learn Handel – Zadok the Priest and Laurisden – O Magnum Mysterium (and a bit of work on Byrd – Ave Verum) for future use.  Even if you sing with the choir only occasionally, it would be good to learn these pieces.  All singers welcome.

HOME DONATIONS We are meeting on Monday 9 July at 7.30 pm to discuss allocations for the UK based charities and causes which we will support this year. These are difficult times for charities, and even the small amounts we give can make a difference, perhaps through matched funding. If you would like to suggest any charities, how about coming to the meeting to tell us about them, or failing that, let us have full details? Please contact Miranda Myers on 2680043, or e mail asmmyers5@gmail.com.

WHY DON’T WE … Ian is going to preach three sermons over the summer in which he will address some of the questions about worship he has been asked recently:  22 July – ‘Why don’t we always use authorised liturgies?’; 5 August – ‘Why don’t we regularly recite the creed?’; 19 August – ‘Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?’


NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne: 50p for a printed version or free for e-mail.

CHRISTIAN AID Sheffield Night Hike will take place on THIS SATURDAY from Lodge Moor to Hathersage.  Further details from Alison (221 4578) or Helen (258 4241).

WILLIAMSON HARDWARE A planning application has been lodged to develop the unit in Broomhill shopping precinct currently occupied by Williamsons, together with the one above (Wealth Management & Growth Ltd).  This has raised concern that the lease of this long-established, community-serving, family-run business may not be renewed in late 2013 when the current one expires.  It is thought that one of the largest UK supermarket chains is looking to open a convenience store in the area.  To find out more and register your views, log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and follow the path: Planning & Development > Planning Online > Planning Applications Online > enter code: 12/01352/FUL.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.


MESSENGER is out now!  Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes, and spares are on the card stall as usual. Only 60p!  A bargain!

LIBRARY EVENING Wednesday 18 July at 7.00 pm Dr Philip Lewis, from the Department of Peace Studies, 014University of Bradford, and Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Bradford will be talking on ‘The Challenge of Religious Diversity’.  Philip Lewis, an international expert on Islam and interfaith matters, will help us explore issues associated with creating communities where members of different religious traditions and none can live together peaceably and to mutual enrichment.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION Do you know of any shared student accommodation with a room that is still available for a full year.  If so, please contact Greg Sherwood at greg.sherwood18@gmail.com.

WARM HOMES, HEALTHY PEOPLE is the title of a FREE half day event on Thursday 12 July, 9.00am – 1.00pm at Sheffield Cathedral to provide an overview of fuel poverty in Sheffield and what we can do to tackle it.  Please see the poster and booking form in the foyer for more details.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative in a number of city and town centres.  Interested in joining a team? There is a training session Saturday 7th July for new volunteers.  See www.streetpastors.co.uk or Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or see info in the foyer.

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