Weekly Update ~ 1st November 2015



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne in the office know, with the wording, by 11.00am on the Thursday before, to allow time for formatting and printing.  Many thanks. Anne Padget

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

COMMEMORATION This year’s service remembering our loved ones who have died is tonight at 6.00pm. If you would like someone to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back.

PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE will happen TODAY in the Lady Chapel at about 12.15pm after the interment of John Roach’s ashes.

HOW UK ARE YOU? is an event taking place at St. Mark’s aspart of The University of Sheffield’s Festival of Social Sciences.  Find out what it’s like to apply to reside in the UK by taking the British Citizenship test and earning your passport (and win a bag of Christmas goodies). The event will end with a talk on “The Ins and Outs of the UK Immigration System” by Gina Clayton.  This event will be held on November 8th at  2.00pm and November 9th at 7.00pm.  Please see the poster in the foyer.  All welcome.

PLACEMENTS During this month we have two people on placement with us at St Mark’s.  Sarah Colver is coming to the end of her curacy and will be working alongside Sue.  Sophie Bunn is a Medical student who will be using her community placement to help us reflect on our spiritual care of older people.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the church lounge. 4 Nov: Sheffield University Gospel Choir. All welcome. Modest charge, Details: Rosalind Rogerson 268 1426. 

NOVEMBER – GET MORE INVOLVED MONTH During November we make visible the ways you can get a bit more involved in the life of this community.  This isn’t to add pressure to already busy lives, but to share the load and give everyone the opportunity to play their part.  This week we’re focusing on the Sunday morning Service roles – welcome teams, servers, readers, intercessors, flower arrangers. If you’d like to get more involved, please write your name and a contact on a post-it note on the notice board at the back of church.  Thank you!

CARETAKING We would really like some more caretakers for the concerts we hold here in church.  We currently have two, but the more we have the easier it is for people to be on a rota and to work together.  If you would like to earn some extra money as well as getting the opportunity to see concerts and events for free here please get in touch with Anne in the office.  Many thanks.

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to Harvest. The produce stall, lunch and collection plate contribution raised £585 for Christian Aid’s Syrian Appeal. Alison Tolson

CERI GALLIVAN Would you like to send Ceri a message in Uganda? There are postcards at the back for anyone to write on which I’ll send. Thanks. Jen Ryder

INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS If there is a charity that you would like the International Committee to consider for its donations next year please let Alison Tolson know.  Many thanks.

CHRISTMAS CARDS The International Committee will be selling Christmas cards on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service on 22nd / 29th November and 6th December.

APPEALS SEASON… Over the coming weeks we are aware of a number of appeals which will be taking place in church.  Please support any you can but don’t feel pressurised.  This notice is as much permission to ignore what’s going on as it is an invitation to be generous.

During November Rosie Hunt will be using St Mark’s as a collection point for a project gathering winter boxes for refugees in Sheffield.  See her fliers for details. Nov 22is our Stewardship Sunday where David Ryder and others will present the church’s finances and encourage you to make wise use of your talents (time and skills as well as money).

Nov 29 Sunday Lunch, with opportunity to donate to Ceri Gallivan’s projects in Uganda. Dec 6 The Lions will be making coffee that bit more special and selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. From Nov 29, during Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank (The Manor) and continue to support the S6 Foodbank (Broomhall) with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities. There’s a lot going on but there are a lot of us here too.  Thank you for your support.  Sue H

A PLAY FOR SYRIA   On Sunday 29 November at 6.0 there will be a rehearsed reading of a new play by Frances Gray in aid of ASSIST/The Northern Refugee Centre, followed by food. If you’d like to be involved in performing, cooking or otherwise assisting please sign up on the sheets at the back of church or contact Frances ( play) or Vanessa ( food). There will be a rehearsal on the morning Saturday 28th (that’s it… no learning lines!)

MARK’S MESSENGER The subscription for the year from Oct 2015 to Sept 2016 is due at £6 a year. If you wish to renew your subscription and have not yet done so, or you would like to start subscribing please see Peter Whitmill.

TIME FOR THE CLIMATE  Saturday 28th November in and around Tudor Square.Sheffield Climate Alliance is organising an event as part of the Global Climate March in preparation for the Climate Summit in Paris. Join a mass sing and silent vigil in the middle of the afternoon beginning at 2pm.  Many faith leaders will be at the vigil and there will be stalls, refreshments and activities: ‘Climate Cake-Off’, Make a Wind Turbine, Face-painting, ‘Evil Frackers’ cycle rides, bands and choirs and a debate in Tudor Square, and indoor spaces nearby from 12 to 4.30pm. More details from www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net
CLIMATE POWER Without any consultation process the government plans to drastically cut the solar power feed-in tariff in January. There is a petition asking for there to be a parliamentary debate to examine the issue.  Please sign it.  In the last 3 months more power came from renewables than from coal or nuclear, and we need to keep on “greening” our electricity supply. https:// petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106791

CHORALE CONCERT The Sheffield Chorale’s Autumn Concert is THIS SATURDAY 7.30 pm at St Mark’s.  The title is “Gloire a Dieu” as they will be singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Parry’s Songs of Farewell.  Tickets are £10/£8 (concessions) and £6 Students with under 16s free. Apply to David or Peter Ryder or buy on the door.

CELEBRATE WITH CHORUS The next Chorus UK production is at the Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 13th December. Christmas Celebration promises to be yet another hugely enjoyable experience – with a 300 strong choir and a full orchestra to blow you away!  Please speak to Anne or Jane Padget, or Carol Rowe for more information or to get tickets.

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