Weekly Update ~ 22nd February 2015

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.COMMENTS BOX is still at the back of church – we do take notice of them!OFFERTORY GIVING CARDS are available for those who give by means other than the weekly envelope.  Please collect a yellow card to put in the plate.

NOTICE ABOUT NOTICES During the vacancy, the ‘notices’ on a Sunday morning will be organised by the wardens. If you want to give a notice, please speak to the duty warden before the service.

LENT GROUPS begin TONIGHT! There are places available in some of the groups, please sign up on the sheets at the back.  This year’s theme is “The Lion has roared – who can but Prophesy?”

NEW CRC WEBSITE! The brand new, shiny CRC website is now officially launched.  You can book conference places, get out library books, download papers and sermons and renew your membership among many other things.  Check it out at www.stmarkscrc.co.uk

MUSICAL BRING & SHARE This will be hosted by the Night Service Musicians on March 8th at 6.30, before the service. The idea is that you suggest favourite bits of music you’ve had at night service, or you’d like to hear. Our musicians will do the same. Between us we can explore hymns and songs and open up possibilities.  We’ll also be trialling a small instrumental ensemble that could be a feature at Night Service. Please email Mark McCombs ASAP (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk) if you’ve any music that you would like to suggest.  Now, it wouldn’t be Night Service if we didn’t have some supper, so please bring along something and we’ll have a bite to eat before we get going. 

ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK – CELEBRATION OF FOOD! At 6pm on March 18th Abdool and friends will be sharing a feast of flavours from different cultures here at St Mark’s.  Please make a note of the date and pass the word around – this is a vital time to build relationships with our Muslim sisters and brothers.CALLING ALL WELCOMERS! Want to meet new (and not-so-new) members of St Mark’s? Our Welcome Teams are a perfect opportunity and we’re looking for new members to join our teams. This is a fun and vital part of our ministry, so if you’re interested please contact Sarah M.THREAT TO DEVONSHIRE GREEN AND HANOVER MEDICAL CENTRE Both are threatened with a withdrawal of funding which could greatly damage the health facilities for people in Broomhall.  Please sign petition on www.devonshiregreenandhanover.co.uk or at either medical centre.

SPARE ROOM? A PhD student needs a room while in the UK. She is here once a year for 2 months and is looking for a cheap room near the university ASAP & possibly in future. Please Donna at donna_yeates@hotmail.com

CONVICTIONS: A MANIFESTO FOR PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY In the latest addition to the library, Marcus Borg sets out his deepest convictions about God, Jesus and the Bible, and reveals how a series of mystical experiences helped to make him a world champion of progressive, inclusive and politically engaged Christianity. Every chapter in this powerful book is shot through with moving stories of his intellectual and spiritual journey.

PARISH WEEKEND NOW LAUNCHED! This will be at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.  We are now taking bookings!!PANCAKE PARTY AND AUCTION OF PROMISES This was a very successful evening with lots of laughter and fab bids.  We raised £1649 for the Parish Weekend, plus money raised from the sale of catalogues and donations towards pancakes. Many thanks to all who contributed in whatever way.CATHEDRALS TOURS I successfully bid on the Private Tour of Sheffield’s Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals with Richard Taylor (author of ‘How to Read Churches’) and I can take up to 7 people with me!  It promises to be a stimulating and exciting day! Please let me know if you would like to come along.  £5 contribution.  Many thanks, Anne Padget

SOMETHING FOR THE SOUL Gareth Hewitt will be in concert on Friday 13th March at All Saints Church, Bakewell, at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £10 from the Bakewell Book and Gift Shop.  See poster in foyer for more details.

DONATIONS VIA WEEKLY WHITE ENVELOPES New envelopes for use from 1st March are at the back. If you are a member of this scheme please collect your box! If you would like to join, please see Judith Pitchforth. Thank you.

VESTRY HOUR A member of clergy will be in church on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm.  Please call in if you’d like to talk.

LONDON CLIMATE DEMO Saturday 7 March. 50 seats on 9.29 London train and returning on 20.57 from St Pancras. If interested, please contact Jenny Carpenter jennyc106@btinternet.com.

KEY AMNESTY If you have any church keys, please let Anne in the office know what you have, and for what purpose.  The deadline is TODAY!! Many thanks.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 25 Feb: Harry Southern will speak on “Writing in later life”. All welcome.  Modest charge. For details: Rosalind 268 1426STUDENT AND YOUNG ADULT WEEKEND AWAY! 24th-26th April at Ashbourne Methodist Church residential centre. £30ish. A chance to get to know each other, go on beautiful walks etc. See Ceri or email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk for more info.ST MARK’S FACEBOOKDid you know we have a Facebook page? Search ‘St Mark’s, Broomhill and Broomhall’ and ‘like’ it to keep up-to-date!

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST We are putting together a brand new Congregational List from scratch.  This is NOT the Electoral Roll, but a contact list for members of the congregation to be on if they wish.  If you only want your contact details to be available to clergy, there is that option.  Please can EVERYBODY who wishes to be on the list (both public and clergy only ones) – fill in a form at the back and put it in the box provided by 22 MARCH.  The new list will be out from Easter Sunday.

ST MARK’S PHOTO ALBUM We would also like to update our photo album. Please look and see if your photo is in the yellow album which can be found on a table near the chapel and if not, ask me to take one or e-mail one to me at Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk. I’m happy to crop it if it includes other people, but this means it needs to be high resolution.

ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our weekly newssheets are on St Mark’s Website.  Contributors, please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For further info, please see a member of the clergy.

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