Weekly Update – 22nd January 2017

SUPPORT SMALL-SCALE FARMERS IN AFRICA TODAY There will be an opportunity today to send a postcard to local MPs about the disastrous New Alliance for Food Security. The European parliament’s review of this scheme, which receives £600m of UK aid money, finds that it benefits big business at the expense of local farmers. The scheme would increase smallholder dependency, risk indebtedness and leave communities vulnerable to land grabs. Look out for the posters at the back of church and send a card to your MP. Helen Hillman


KEYS  We also need to ensure that our records of keyholders are up to date so please would you let Innes know exactly which keys you have been issued with and why.  Many thanks.  Sue


CHILDREN & COMMUNION- NURTURING FAITH There will be a meeting on Monday 23rd Jan 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


THE NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be on February 26. A great way to get to know a few more people.  Do stay if you can. We ask for donations to help cover the cost of the meal but your first one is always free! Come anyway!  Sue


CTBB GITLS CLUB is up and running again with a new leader Hannah Cawley. All girls age 10-16 welcome at the Broomhall Centre , Broomspring Lane from 6-8pm starting  Wednesday 25th. January ,for craft, cooking activities ,trips out , friendship and just chillin. Please contact Hannah on 07759140890, or Dilys on 07817651178 or just turn up( parental consent will be sought !) See you there!


FUNERAL OF BETTY MAY will be held at City Road Crematorium on Thursday 26 January at 11.45am followed by refreshments at the Rutland Hotel.  Friends from St Mark’s are warmly invited to both or either part.  Sue


FUNERAL OF EVE MCQUATER at St Matthew’s on Friday 27 January at 10.15am with refreshments at Caroline Fisher’s at 12.30pm.


FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the lounge at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesdays. 25 Jan: Desert Island Discs, with a well-known castaway.  All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.


READING THE STORY The group will meet for the last time before Lent on Friday 10 February in the church lounge at 7.30pm. We will conclude the story of Saul, reading chapters 29-31 of 1 Samuel and ch.1 of 2 Samuel. New members are welcome; The group will then resume after Easter on the second Friday in May (12th). Please contact Janet Morley for details.


TURN CHRISTMAS CARDS INTO NEW TREES Take your cards to an M&S store before the end of January (2015 box was at Fargate entrance) to raise money for the Woodland Trust. Remember – no cards with glitter, they can’t be used. For those unable to get there we will put a collection box at St Marks from 8-22 Jan. For details contact Michael & Pauline Miller


MARK’S MESSENGER are looking for contributions for their next issue. If you have something you would like to submit contact David Price.



A Taizé prayer is taking place at Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday 28th January at 7:30pm. All are very welcome.

WELCOME TEAMS Interested in getting to know people more at St Mark’s? We are looking for new people to join our Welcome Teams at the Sunday 10am service. Teams are on duty every six weeks so it’s not a significant commitment, but it is a rewarding and fun part of our ministry. For more information please contact Sarah Moore.


ST MARK’S IN PRINTAGAIN!  Churches of the Church of England: Director’s Choice ‘is now available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. The first delivery of 25 copies sold out immediately but we can order more if required: please ask to see the sample copy of this very interesting little book (which includes St Mark’s).  Sarah C.



Weekly Julian Prayer has now started on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. This is a contemplative space with silence at its heart; just come when you can. For more information, see our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.

2) Intercessory prayer group(s); clergy have had several requests for one or more groups. Please contact Sarah C  if you would like to be put in touch with interested others.


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th June 2017. The new planning group is organising a much simpler Festival with Saturday 17th June available for an event at St Mark’s.  Shall we do something different instead of the Garden Party?  Got ideas? Offers of help? Come along to an open meeting after church on Feb 26th or email Sue H and Shelagh Marston (chair).  (There’s a Sunday lunch that day so you won’t have to rush home to cook!)


LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – Tuesdays 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

THE 2017 FLOWER ROTA If you would like to donate money for the flowers on a certain Sunday in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary please let me know. I will assume those already on the list wish to continue donating unless they say otherwise  Thank you Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242


PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – To date 71 responses have been received with total extra giving of £7,600 (including recovered tax) promised towards our target of £9,900. They include 4 new pledges and 26 increases.  This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.   We still need further increased income of £2,300 and therefore, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church.  Thank you.  David Ryder.



There will be a bring and share meal followed by an open meeting at 6pm on Sunday 12th February- a time to explore ideas and hopes for the nurturing and development of night service. Everyone Welcome.


MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Slash of Words: Believing in Poetry is now in the library. It has had marvellous reviews and is a very rewarding book. There are two copies but demand may be high up to Easter so please only borrow for two weeks at a time to give others a chance to look at it.  Maureen Bownas


STERNDALE SINGERS will be performing a concert of classical music in the church on 28 January at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and £5 for students. Visit www.sterndalesingers.org.uk for more Information

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