Weekly Update – 20th November 2011



VOLUNTARIES As a final fling before the penitential season of Advent, today’s concluding voluntary is the most famous of Bach’s organ works, possibly written neither by Bach nor originally for organ.

BUDGET 2012 has been set at £220,650, a slightly lower figure than in 2011. Owing to reduced income this year, however, we will still need to raise an additional £9,500 in 2012 to balance the books.

PLEDGE SUNDAY packs are available at the back of church. Envelopes have been prepared for those who already give regularly to St Mark’s as well as for those who would like to start. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE Please complete one!

UK CHARITIES The Home Donations Committee meets on 12 December to allocate grants from St Marks, usually in the region of £250, to local and UK charities. Please get in touch with suggestions and full contact details of any good causes that you would like us to consider. Miranda Myers, 0114 2680043 or [email protected].

CLIMATE, SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE Finding a way to sustainable consumption. Two evenings of discussion with introductory talks by Michael Bayley in the Upstairs Room THIS WEDNESDAY & 30 November at 7.30pm. Tea and biscuits from 7pm. Leaflet available at back of church.

SPIRITUAL PLACES Please see the poster in the foyer for this event about where we find spiritual refreshment. THIS THURSDAY at St. Andrew’s, Psalter Lane.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now OUT! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early! 

PV PANELS UPDATE The date when higher Feed-in-Tariffs for PV installations will cease has been brought forward to 12 December, so there is greater urgency for pledges to be collected. Homeco Energy, our preferred supplier, is confident that the work can be completed by this date. David Ryder is away so please address all pledge queries to our Assistant Treasurer, Judith Pitchforth (tel: 0114 2307685).

INTERFAITH WEEK is launched here today with a lunch celebrating different flavours. On Tuesday join us between 3.30 and 7 for storytelling, poetry and dance or at 7 to share ‘sacred icons’ from different faiths.  On Friday a Buddhist and Christian Meditation will take place. For more information on these and other events during the week please pick up a flier from the back of church.  All ages welcome.

DIGESTING BORG As a follow up to the recent CRC conference, three stand-alone seminars to explore further the issues raised by Marcus’ lectures will take place on Sunday evenings, 5.00-6.30 pm, starting TONIGHT and 4 & 11 December. All welcome, entrance free, refreshments.

CHRISTMAS CARDS will be on sale today, for the next two Sundays after the morning service, and after the evening Advent service next week. Since the Fairtrade shop has now closed, this is on behalf of Oxfam, to support their work.


WELCOME TEAMS Our welcome, to new and not-so-new alike, is an incredibly important part of what we do at St Mark’s, as well as being enormously satisfying. It would be excellent to add to the teams who take on this key role each week. More is involved than ‘just’ greeting people and giving out hymn-books (!), but it is not necessary to already know a large number of the congregation. If you would like to know more about how it all works, please harass Gary, or a member of a Welcome Team (talking to someone won’t commit you to anything, we promise!). 

CHRISTMAS LUNCH Following on from last year’s successful festive celebrations, Christmas lunch will once again be served at around 1.00 pm. Tickets are available (£3.00 per person) from Anne in the office.  Also, if you are able to help in some way or donate food or funds, please contact Gary or Jelly.

SOUP RUN is entering the cold months, when men’s gloves, socks and coats are particularly in demand. Any donations gratefully received. Thank you.

OCCUPYSHEFFIELD CAMP This is NOT leisure camping! Please come and find out what it IS about. Visitors are very welcome, and the participants want to talk about what we are doing. If you want more info, or to meet me there please contact me: phone 2664366/07952577363 or on [email protected] or there is a good website; occupysheffield.org.  Maureen Whitebrook.

CRAFT OPPORTUNITY for crafts people able to work with a recycling theme. An opportunity to sell your work in Broomhill on Saturday 26 November. Contact Kay on 07504 782768.

GLOSSOP ROAD, adjacent to St Mark’s, is closed from last Friday until further notice. See details in foyer.

VULNERABLE ADULTS If you have any concerns about adults associated with St Mark’s who you think may be in need of extra support, or if you would appreciate extra support, please feel free to talk to a member of the Clergy, or to Jane Padget, Vulnerable Adults Officer. 

SHARING HOSPITALITY OVER ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS If you can help with refreshments over the festive period it would be greatly appreciated. Please sign up on the flip chart as soon as possible. Many thanks Cathy and Sue.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00 -5.00pm. A special warm welcome to new residents of Broomhall. Drop in and meet your neighbours! Please call in if you can.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES – annual box opening time! If you have a box please bring it to church during November. Susan Whitmill.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative delivered in a number of city and town centres around the UK. Street Pastors are teams of local Christians who go out onto the streets at night to listen, care and help people. There is a new training session starting in January for new volunteers. You can find out more at www.streetpastors.co.uk or by calling Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or 01142634591 or consulting the information in church.

SuCCol (SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN IN COLOMBIA) AGM Thursday 1st December at 7.30 pm.  An update on the activities of the Zuá Foundation in Bogotá will be followed by the documentary film My Kidnapper giving a fascinating insight into guerrilla activities in Colombia.  Refreshments will be served.  Further information from Dez and Jennie Martin (0114 2303718).


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