Weekly Update ~ 20th December 2015






Please enjoy our Festive services this year and feel free to invite friends and family to come along and enjoy it with us. 

All are welcome!




6.00pm Festival of Readings and Carols


All donations from this service will be shared

between South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice and the ministry of this church. 


Following the service there will be festive drinks and nibbles.  




4.00pm crafts for…

4.30pm Crib Service and Christingle.  Inspirational service for all ages.


11.30pm Midnight Mass





8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am Festive Eucharist,

                        followed by festive drinks

SUE’S TELEPHONE Sue has now moved into the vicarage and has a new landline, which is 266 0260. Thank youfor your patience regarding lack of email contact – she’s NOW CONNECTED!


NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget


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


SOUTH YORKSHIRE REFUGEE LAW AND JUSTICE We are supporting the work of the SYRLJ at our Carol Service on Sunday. Gina Clayton,

its Chair, has expressed that “this seems particularly important to me as following the closure of the Northern Refugee Centre there is a risk of loss of faith in refugee organisations. This gesture from

St Mark’s shows that people are willing

to support, and of course the actual money will be extremely useful to us. Being small as we are, every penny really does count.” Gina Clayton


SHEFFIELD 2 FOOD BANK CHRISTMAS COLLECTION Thank you to all who gave generously to the Christmas collection for the Sheffield 2 Food Bank. A total of £170.00 was raised which will greatly help to replenish their shelves in the run-up to Christmas.

Joe Forde







































AMNESTY’S GREETING CARD CAMPAIGN 2015 We signed 41 cards last Sunday, which was a record, and £36 was donated towards postage. I am very grateful to all those involved to make this such a success. Robin Story


SUCCOL MEETING The Pedraza family (Moises, Mary Luz and Danny) are planning to visit Sheffield at the end of the month. They established the Zua Foundation which helps children in Bogota, Colombia – the charity which SuCCol supports. The meeting will be in church at 3.30pm on 30th December. If you would like to meet them but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Dez/ Jennie Martin on 0114 2303718 or email jenniemartin49@gmail.com to see if an alternative meeting with the Pedrazas can be arranged”.  Dez and Jennie Martin


NIGHT SERVICE There will be no Night Service on CHRISTMAS DAY or SUNDAY 27, back on Sun 3 Jan.  Sue/Liz


THURSDAY COMMUNION there will be no Holy Communion on Christmas Eve morning or New Years Eve morning (341st December).  Back on 7th January.  Sue


WINTER FUEL PAYMENT If you get a Winter Fuel payment but don’t need it, you can help others in need in Sheffield by donating it.  Go to http://uk.virginmoney

giving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/show FundraiserPage.action?userUrl=Surviving

Winter&pageUrl=5     Michael Miller


SOUP RUN is in need of tins of beans – with or without sausages. If you’re able to pop 1 or 2 in your shopping, we’d be very grateful. See Gary for more details. Thanks


LENT 2016 Plans are underway to develop discussion groups based on Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Mark.  As Lent begins on Feb 10 there will be sign-up sheets for groups from Jan 10.  If you would like to host or lead a group, please have a word with Sue.


CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS The big Christmas tree will be out on TODAY.  If you can help to decorate it after church, please stay after the Service. 


BAPTISM Ik and Dike Onyenwe’s baby, Ikechukwuka Munachimso Chimdindu, will be baptised here NEXT SUNDAY during the 10am Service.  We wish them congratulations and great joy!  Sue


THANK YOU so very much to everyone who donated items (practical and simply nice) and shoeboxes to the GATEWAY PROTECTION PROGRAMME.  We have 90 in total which they are really appreciative of.

They will be given to a mixture of those seeking asylum and those with refugee status of all ages who Gateway has contact with.  Thank you very much indeed.  Rosie Hunt


MANY THANKS to all who contributed to the PHASE stall last Sunday.  We raised an amazing £450!! Dilys Noble


THANK YOU FROM CERI so much for the postcards that Jen sent. It was lovely to hear from you all. Love and blessings for advent and Christmas, Ceri Gallivan.


LUNCH AND FRIENDSHIP CLUB will not be meeting on 23rd and 30th December.  We start up again on 6th January.  Rosalind Rogerson


RESPONSE CARDS If you’d like to see what people wrote on Pledge Sunday in response to Sarah’s invitation to grow the life of this community see the notice board at the back of church. Please speak to Anne or Sue about how you would like to get involved. Thank you!  Sue


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