Weekly Update – 20th November 2016



PARISH ADMINISTRATOR We are immensely grateful to Anna Sandersfield for stepping in to help us in the office on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings.  We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nicki Loomes as our new administrator. She has recently been managing GP practices and is looking forward to flexing her organisational muscles here at St Mark’s. Sue H.

CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  An updated congregational list is available for anyone whose name is on it.  If you would like a copy please email Anna in the office and we’ll get them printed off or emailed out asap. Sue H

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE will continue for 3 more sessions before Christmas,on 22nd and 29th Nov and 13th Dec in the lounge from 10.30am -12.  It is a safe and respectful place where people can talk about all matters relating to life and death.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30 pm.23 Nov Grace Stead and the 50+ drama group.  Visitors welcome. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

MICHAEL PATON, who was Vicar of St Mark’s in the 1970’s, died last week after years of declining health.  He was a lovely man. His funeral will be in the Cathedral at noon on Wednesday 23 November. Please pass the news on where appropriate. Michael B

LA PASSION DE JEANNE D’ARC, Carl Dreyer’s wonderful 1928 silent film is being screened with a live music and voice accompaniment at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22 November in Firth Hall, Sheffield University. Tickets are £14 (£10 over 65s) if bought in advance from the Students’ Union Box Office or at www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts. Michael M


SUNDAY LUNCHES TODAY, Roast & pudding; £3 donation. All welcome.

ANNUAL GREAT LEAF-SWEEPING MORNING THIS Saturday 26 Nov, 10 am-12 pm Hot drinks,& cake!  Bring gloves, rakes leaf blowers etc! Briony

GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW (formerly WDM) will present a 45 minute film (Dirt- the movie) about the impact of industrial farming  on healthy soil. This will be followed by discussions on how MONSANTO is being challenged to hold account for its actions. Quaker Meeting House Saturday 26th November 1-4pm. The film is free; drop in when you like. See flyers in corridor. Helen Hillman

COME AND SING CAROLS! On Saturday 3rd December churches in Sheffield are singing carols in Fargate to welcome in the festive season. The organisers are CHRISTIAN AID, and St. Mark’s will be singing from 2.30-3.30pm. Please sign up on the list at the back of church. Instrumentalists particularly welcome. Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241

FRED GOULD died peacefully on Thursday 3rd Nov, with Pam by his side.  She would like to invite all at St Mark’s to his FUNERAL which will be a Service with Holy Communion, this coming Thursday, 24 November at 11am, followed by refreshments in church.

THURSDAY COMMUNION will NOT be taking place at this week but all are invited to the funeral.   Sue

HANDEL’S MESSIAH – the only complete performance in Yorkshire this season – the Sheffield Bach Choir and the National Festival Orchestra with 4 soloists from London. Mon 5 Dec 7pmSheffield Cathedral, , Tickets from the Bach Choir website or from David Sanderson – £16, conc £13, students £6.

MESSAGE FROM CERI Part of my work in Uganda this year is setting up a research project to explore hospital staff and student attitudes towards gender based violence. We are hoping this can lead to development of education, training, policy and services. GBV is a huge problem with 62% of women in Uganda reporting having had either sexual or physical violence in their life. We are looking for a small amount of money to get the project started. See www.gofundme.com/NoGBV if you feel you can donate. Thanks very much! Ceri Gallivan

AN APPEAL for refugees in Jordan and Greece has come our way. Abdool, from the Broomhill Mosque, is taking supplies to those countries in time for winter. Donations would be greatly appreciated, especially winter clothing, bedding, nappies, toiletries and women’s underwear. There is a collection centre, and volunteers are also needed to sort through the donations – details on the poster in the entrance hall. More information at https://www.familiesrelief.org.uk/events-page/storage-help/, or speak to Gary.ADVENTure two Advent study sessions using the Advent characters, Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary to illustrate our own journey through this season.  Once again an opportunity to share with our friends from The Manor Parish.  Please take a flyer and sign up if you’re planning to attend.  Sue and Sarah

ALTERNATIVE CHALICE  with non-alcoholic wine is available in the pottery chalice at Communion.  Sue

SOUP RUN Any donations of tins of soup and of baked beans (with sausages or not) gratefully received. Feel free to have a chat with any soup run supervisor, if you want to know more. Many thanks. Gary

TOILET TWINNING November is celebrating toilet twinning. 2.4 billion people do not have a loo with all the illhealth, and lack of safety and comfort that means. On Sunday 27 November there will be a stall after the Service to: donate; buy soap (£6); learn more about twinning your toilet. Please come. On Sunday 4 December after night service there will be a toilet themed quiz with prizes and the chance to donate or learn more about toilet twinning. Come prepared. Dorothy Gray


We are currently running our annual stock check of the library. Please return all overdue books as soon as possible. Thanks Maureen Bownas

FOOD BANK I will not be able to deliver food bank donations to S6 from Christmas to mid March. If you are able to help please let me know. Jennifer Hurrell

LIBERATING THEOLOGIES GROUP: This fortnightly Wednesday group has recommenced and is open to anyone wanting to study and discuss a variety of theologies. Next meetings on 23rd Nov and 7th December, from 11.45-1pm. Interested? Contact  Jeremy Clines on 0114 222 4098  University chaplain for more info.

CHILDREN & COMMUNION- NURTURING FAITH There will be a meeting on Monday 23rd Jan 2017 for the parents/carers of the youngest members of our congregation, to offer space for discussion and reflection. See flyers for more details or talk to Sue/Sarah.

READING THE STORY 7.30 on Friday 9 December, in the church lounge. New members always welcome. We will have some discussion of 1 Samuel ch 13-15 (read at home) before reading together ch 16-20, the narrative about the rise of David, the battle with Goliath, the love of Jonathan, and the jealousy of Saul. Janet

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