Weekly Update ~ 21st September 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Peter Fisher on the anniversary of his 50th year as an ordained Priest. What a wonderful achievement!IAN & LIZ’S final Sunday will be 12 OCTOBER. Ian explains the reasons for his standing down in an Announcement posted in the Narthex and on the website.

WORSHIP SURVEY RESULTS These have been collated (many thanks Jane P) and are available for review. Please collect a copy from the back of church. Our PCC will consider the findings at its strategic review of worship scheduled for 2015. Thank you to everyone who took part.

EXPLORING OUR JOURNEY Five sessions to reflect on what faith means to us: what inspires or challenges us. Does faith affect our daily lives? Enquirers and established church members welcome. Sundays 6-8pm from 28 September. Please sign up if interested – and indicate if you can’t make this time. Sue H and Briony T.

CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY Following the success of our weekend in 2012, we have booked the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, for 18-20 September 2015. This is definitely one not to miss. For all ages and outlooks!

POSTPONED! Our Creating Uncommon Worship morning with Richard Giles on 27 September has been postponed. Apologies to everyone who had booked to come.














HARVEST FEAST This will be our Sunday Lunch after the service. If you would like to bring freshly baked bread for this that would be super! Also, any fresh, home-grown fruit that we could use for dessert would be brilliant. Please get in touch with Briony Tayler about both of these (235 0174 or briony@professor3.f9.co.uk). All are welcome to this community feast, and it would be great to have as many people as possible for this equivalent of our Harvest Supper!

FOOD COLLECTIONS  As usual our Harvest collection of food and toiletries will go to the Cathedral Archer Project – please bring tinned food (ring pulls if possible),pot noodles, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits and toiletries, e.g. toothbrushes, deodorants etc. We shall continue to collect for the S6 Food bank up to this point so please label Harvest donations if you bring them in before 5 October.

HARVEST SALE  After the service the International Committee will be selling homemade preserves to support Christian Aid.  JAM JARS are now available for anyone who needs them for the preserves they are making to sell. 

OUR THANKS to Robert Beard as his time as our Worker with Students and Young Adults comes to an end.

DID YOU KNOW that our weekly newssheets are currently posted on St Mark’s Website where details can be picked up by internet search engines? Contributors, please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search. For further information, please contact a member of the clergy.WOOL NEEDED for our Knit & Natter group. In particular, colours for knitting nativity figures in time for Christmas. Please speak to Alison Tolson, 221 4578 / alisontolson@aol.co.uk, or Anne in the office if you can help.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON WALKS Would you like to walk more but are hopeless at map reading? Join us for a 2 hour walk around the Longshaw estate NEXT SUNDAY. Meet at church at 12pm. Will be space in cars. Bring a packed lunch, strong shoes and £3 for parking and money for tea and cake if you’d like. See Ceri or Peter Whitmill for more info or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk. We’re thinking of making this a regular event on the last Sunday of the month. Let us know if you’d be interested.

FRIENDSHIP CLUBWeds 1.30pm in the church lounge.24 September: “The George Formby Story,part 2” with Roger Glew.All welcome. Modest charge.Details: Rosalind 268 1426.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our young people who have survived their exams (and results). Good luck to those who are leaving Sheffield this year: Tim Lennox and Katie Fox are going to Cambridge, Isaac Toman-Grief to York and Sue’s daughter, Ruth to Leeds. Postcards please (in both directions!)

CRC AUTUMN CONFERENCE Rowan Williams will lead a day on the theme, ‘Faith in search of understanding today,’ on Saturday 8 November. See CRC stall for more info. Places are going quickly so book early!

WE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS is a conference for Christian Aid volunteers on 4 & 5 October at the Cathedral. Rowan Williams plus workshops on worship, climate change, etc.  Cost for the whole weekend £70, concessions available. For more info email mgage@christian-aid.org, tel: 01509 265013.CLIMATE CHANGEFor a Filipino perspective, come and hear Voltaire Alferez at Broomhill Methodist on 9 October at 7.30 pm.  More info: Helen Hillman 2584241.

PSALMS OF ASCENT Bishop Steven will lead an evening reflection on Psalms 120-134 at St John’s, Ranmoor THIS WEDNESDAY at 7.30 pm. All welcome.

FESTIVAL OF THE MIND runs from 18-28 Sept, featuring Charles Stirling THIS WEDNESDAY at 2.00 pm in the Spiegeltent, Barkers Pool. Free entry!

WOMEN’S PRIESTHOOD EMBODIED is a vocations day conference to be held in the Cathedral on Saturday 11 October.  Open to all women exploring a call to ordained ministry.  Further details are available at the back.

TTIP The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership is a trade deal between Europe and America that could have massive consequences. Information and petition to stop it at: 38degrees.org.uk.

INTERFAITH IN FICTION Tues 21 October at 2.30 pm Shirley House. Admission free but donations welcome. To book e-mail tel: 255 4962 or e-mail office@standrewspsalterlane.org.uk See the poster in foyer for more details.


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