Weekly Update – 22nd January 2012

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.

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

IAN MAHER will be ordained Deacon this June before commencing a curacy at the Cathedral. This is an excellent opportunity for Ian and one that should complement his chaplaincy work at Sheffield Hallam University.

POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK 28 January to 5 February. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking Barriers’ ‘Our world is filled with barriers between people. They are created by unfair benefits rules and inadequate wages, by the stigma attached to being poor or homeless, and by the growing gap between the richest and poorest people in our society. Churches and community projects can break these barriers. They can challenge prejudice, enable excluded people to live full lives, and build a fairer world.’ The next two Sundays will engage with this theme. See also: Homelessness Service at the Cathedral on Sunday 29 January at 3.00 pm and Breaking Barriers in our unequal society – open meeting at St Wilfrid’s Centre (524 Queen’s Road on Tuesday 31 January at 7.00 pm.

SHEFFIELD JESUS CENTRE is opening on Friday 24 February, 2.00 -3.30 pm. It is based at 93 Broomspring Lane. There will be an opportunity to find out about their aims and work in the community and take a tour. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and you can turn up on the day. All welcome.


CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2011 Profound thanks to all who contributed to Christmas Lunch last month. It was a great success, with around 80 people getting fed, most of whom would have eaten on their own on Christmas Day. Donations of consumables, cash and time were all of invaluable assistance in making it an excellent day all round. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathy and Geoffrey Harbord on the birth of Eleanor Margaret Katharine on Sunday 15 January, weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds and 9 ounces.

LENT COURSE This year there will be a Lent Course entitled ‘Practicing Hopefulness’. This will follow on from last year’s successful course ‘The Practice of Paradise’, but you do not have to have attended last year. Groups will start in the week beginning 27 February for 5 weeks. Further details will follow shortly.

WEEK OF PRAYER for Christian Unity is this week and ends on Wednesday. There is a special CTBB BRING AND SHARE LUNCH TODAY followed by a brief ecumenical service at 2.00 pm. Please feel free to stay. Many thanks.

ST. MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! 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!

AUCTION OF PROMISES To ensure that everyone who wishes to go on the Parish Weekend can do so, we are holding a special fund-raising event after the Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday, 21 February.  Please take a leaflet away. Promises in by the end of January please.




PLEDGES 2012 – URGENT MESSAGE FROMT HE TREASURER. Over 75 responses have now been made to our pledge appeal for additional income to meet our 2012 expenditure budget, promising approximately an extra £5,500 (including recovered tax) in a full year towards the required target of £9,500. This response is very encouraging but further pledges are needed urgently if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church. Our cost budget has not increased over last year’s level but we need additional giving because our existing given income has been significantly reduced due to lost givers and reduced circumstances of others. Consequently, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. If needed, spare forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder

URGENT APPEAL FOR NEW GIVERS The above notice highlights our urgent need for increased regular income. Consequently, if you are a regular member/attendee of the church and not in any of our formal giving schemes (i.e. monthly standing order or weekly white envelopes) please consider completing a pledge form in order to start and return it to Judith Pitchforth, Assistant Treasurer, as soon as possible. Also, if you are a tax payer, please give by Gift Aid (by completing the declaration on the Pledge Form) so that we can claim from HMRC, at no extra cost to you, an additional 25p on every £1 you give. Pledge Packs (including Pledge Forms) are available at the back of church for those who would like to start. Thank you in anticipation. David Ryder, Treasurer

MORE CRÈCHE HELPERS WANTED! Crèche is growing and we’d love to recruit some more helpers. Please see Philippa Legon or Sue for more info.

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE There are lots of ways in which we can become more involved at St Mark’s, whether we have only recently started coming or have been a part of the church community for some time. Please complete a yellow Stewardship Response and place it in the box at the back church. Thank you!

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism. As always, it promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day. Please note, due to international commitments, the date has now been changed to Saturday 19 May. Details and forms at the back of church.

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

THE HEART’S TIME – A BOOK FOR LENT The next library session, is THIS THURSDAY, 6.00-9.00 pm at St Mark’s, and is ideally timed to support your new year’s resolution about reading, or your search for a fresh and thought-provoking Lent book for 2012. Janet Morley will give a talk and lead discussion about poetry and our spiritual journey, and will sell copies of her new SPCK book, ‘The Heart’s Time: a poem a day for Lent and Easter’. Light refreshments and a chance to browse the library. All welcome.

TURN CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO WOODLAND! For January 2012 there will be Christmas card recycling bins in over 300 M&S stores. M&S will plant one tree with the Woodland Trust for every 1,000 Christmas cards brought into store – with the aim of saving over 10 million cards from the rubbish bin this year! Do take yours along – and tell a friend!


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