Weekly Update ~ 1st March 2015

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.COMMENTS BOX is still at the back of church – we do take notice of them!

NOTICE ABOUT NOTICES During the vacancy, the ‘notices’ on a Sunday morning will be organised by the wardens. If you want to give a notice, please speak to the duty warden before the service.

MUSICAL BRING & SHARE hosted by the Night Service Musicians NEXT SUNDAY March 8th at 6.30, before the service. Between us we can explore hymns and songs and open up possibilities for music at Night Service.  We’ll also be trialling a small instrumental ensemble that could be a feature at Night Service. Please email Mark McCombs ASAP (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk) if you’ve any music that you would like to suggest.  Please also bring along some food to share and we’ll have a bite to eat before we get going.

PALM SUNDAY Dramatic Gospel Reading at 10am – if you would like to be part of the telling of the Passion Narrative this year please contact Daisy Black who will be co-ordinating it this year.  Her email is deb31@cantab.net or call Anne in the office.

CALLING ALL WELCOMERS! Want to meet new (and not-so-new) members of St Mark’s? Our Welcome Teams are a perfect opportunity and we’re looking for new members to join our teams. This is a fun and vital part of our ministry, so if you’re interested please contact Sarah M.

MOTHERING SUNDAY POSIES: will be assembled in church on Saturday 14 March from 2.30pm.   Please let Mary-Jane or Briony know if you can help; no skill required!

LENT SERVICE BOOKLET. Please note the YELLOW sheets contain the FULL Service, including readings and hymns.  We have printed a few extra copies in response to your requests but please let Anne know if you would like one.  All feedback welcomed!  The full Service can also be found on the website if you wish to refer to it later (or follow it on your tablet!)PARISH WEEKEND NOW LAUNCHED!This will be at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.  We are now taking bookings!!

Places are limited, please book early.

ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK – CELEBRATION OF FOOD! At 6pm on March18th Abdool and friends will be sharing a feast of flavours from different cultures here at St Mark’s.  Please make a note of the date and pass the word around – this is a vital time to build relationships with our Muslim sisters and brothers.  Let Anne know for numbers.

THREAT TO DEVONSHIRE GREEN AND HANOVER MEDICAL CENTRE Please sign petition on www.devonshiregreenandhanover.co.uk or at the back.  Also see reply from Dr David Geddes – to be discussed at Faith and Justice Monday eve – all welcome.

CONVICTIONS: A MANIFESTO FOR PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITYIn the latest addition to the library, Marcus Borg sets out his deepest convictions about God, Jesus and the Bible, and reveals how a series of mystical experiences helped to make him a world champion of progressive, inclusive and politically engaged Christianity. Every chapter in this powerful book is shot through with moving stories of his intellectual and spiritual journey.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK May 10-16th will soon be upon us. The theme for this year is gender equality, and as a warm-up we are invited to the annual Poverty and Pastries event at Central URC on Sat 14th March, 10.30am-12noon with coffee from 10am. Meet Christian Aid workers and  church organisers and be inspired by their stories. Catch upon the CLIMATE and TAX JUSTICE campaigns. There’ll be ideas for including children and young people. To reserve your pastry see the notice in the narthex,or contact Helen Hillman 0114  2584241.FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the church lounge. 4 March: David Ryder introduces “People and Places – Then and Now” All welcome.  Modest charge. Details: Rosalind 2681426

SOMETHING FOR THE SOUL Gareth Hewitt will be in concert on Friday 13th March at All Saints Church, Bakewell, at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10. See poster in foyer for more info. and details of tickets.

DONATIONS VIA WEEKLY WHITE ENVELOPES New envelopes for use from 1st March are at the back. If you are a member of this scheme please collect your box! If you would like to join, please see Judith Pitchforth. Thank you.

NEW CRC WEBSITE! The brand new, shiny CRC website is now officially launched.  You can book conference places, get out library books, download papers and sermons and renew your membership among many other things.  Check it out at www.stmarkscrc.co.uk

STORAGE SPACE NEEDED Storage space needed for 2 x 2 seater leather sofas, from April. Time span unknown, would remove on demand if needed! Any offers gratefully received. Please contact Jez or Donna at jeremy.paul.thomas @gmail.com/donna_yeates@hotmail.com or speak to Anne in the office.

BROOMHALL WOMEN Saturday March 21st, 5pm – 8pm at The Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, come and celebrate the achievements of the Our Broomhall Project, the Broomhall Centre and the Broomhall Forum as we say farewell to Jennie, Sharon and Linsey who all leave Broomhall at the end of March.  Please take a flyer for more information. All welcome.STUDENT AND YOUNG ADULT WEEKEND AWAY! 24th-26th April at Ashbourne Methodist Church residential centre. £30ish. A chance to get to know each other, go on beautiful walks etc. See Ceri or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk for more info.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST We are putting together a brand new Congregational List from scratch.  If you only want your contact details to be available to clergy, there is that option.  Please can EVERYBODY who wishes to be on the list fill in a form at the back and put it in the box by 22 MARCH.  The new list will be out from Easter Sunday.

ST MARK’S PHOTO ALBUM We would also like to update our photo album. Please check if your photo is in the yellow album near the chapel and if not, ask me to take one or e-mail one at shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk. I’m happy to crop it if it includes other people, but this means it needs to be high resolution.

S6 FOODBANK Thank you for continued support! If anyone would like to donate Easter Eggs they need to be in church by NEXT SUNDAY or they will be too late for distribution for Easter.  Thank you – Jennifer and Tony Hurrell.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our weekly newssheets are 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.

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