Weekly Update ~ 23rd August 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT!! We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev’d Sue Hammersley as the next incumbent of St Mark’s. Sue has been the Associate Vicar here for nearly five years and will be instituted and inducted as incumbent on Thursday 3 September at 7.30pm. We are really excited about Sue’s vision for our church and the skills and expertise she will bring to the role.

SUE’S INSTITUTION AND INDUCTIONThere will be celebratory food and drink after the service on 3rd September, from around 9.00pm.  If you’d like to help, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back.  Thank you, Briony.

PARISH WEEKEND –FUN FUND-RAISING AHEAD!For a little extra fun in raising funds for the Parish Weekend we shall be having a raffle on Sunday 6th September.  The prize will be half a crate, i.e. 6 bottles, of very lovely Prosecco, kindly donated by Jonathan and Cath Williamson from their wedding!  Tickets will be £1 each or £5 a strip. In addition we shall be doing a silver trail that day, so please save up all your bits of silver (and gold!) so we can see if we can make a trail go all the way around the inside of the church and what we might raisewith all our little coins together.  If you have booked a place, you should have received either an e-mail or a paper copy in your pigeonhole of further details, including workshops choices.  Please respond to these as soon as possible.  Also if people could pay their deposits and balances that would be helpful.  Thanks.

ENNEAGRAM FOLLOW-UP SESSION Following the success of the two Enneagram Days we have been asked to do a follow-up session for those who attended. This will take place NEXT SUNDAY at 5.30pm in the Upper Room.   Please speak to Anne or Jane for more details.

BAKED ALASKA: Riding Lights Theatre Company. Vivid, sharp and deliciously entertaining, Baked Alaska serves up the realities of climate change with flair and clarity about the temperatures involved. Highly recommended. Monday 21 September, 7:45pm, Christ Church, Pitsmoor. Tickets: £12/£9 (concessions). From (01904) 613000 / (0114) 242 5565 / ridinglights.org/baked–alaska.

AUGUST CRECHE  Although there will be crèche most weeks it is possible that on some Sundays all we can offer is a space in the lounge with toys.  We are looking for volunteers to join the crèche rota, please let Juliet Storey know if you are interested [email protected]

CONFIRMATION?  We will be running another series of discussions around the questions of faith that are most important to us.  If you’d like to be part of this, it’s open to everyone regardless of age or stage of faith.  6 Monday evenings from Sep 28 (avoiding half term).  Please book in with Anne in the office. Thanks! Sue.

NEWS Some of the congregation with long memories will remember Liz Gladwin. If so you may be interested to know that she is now Mrs Geoff Sankey, lives in Norfolk and has a different email address. If you would like contact details please ask Michael or Pauline Miller.


ELECTRICAL GOODS – DONATIONS VERY WELCOME We are still looking for a washing machine and TV for someone setting up a new home. Any offers to Anne in the office.  Thank you.

MIDWEEK SERVICES IN AUGUSTThere will be NO mid-week Communion services during August.  There will be Morning Prayer at 8.00am, Wednesdays.

GENERAL SYNOD A new 5 year term of office starts later this year.  Our Diocese has 3 Lay Representatives.  In the vote for Women Bishops, 2 of our 3 reps voted against this legislation.  In the next 5 years the issue of human sexuality is likely to be discussed.  The General Synod is the Church of England’s parliament and it is vital that the moderate, majority view is well represented (the extreme edges are much better at getting motivated not only to stand but also to vote for their candidates).  Can you think of someone who would be good for this role?  If so, speak to Anne Padget, 07736 527777.

CONTACT IN AUGUST Sue will be off for the month of August.  If you need to get in touch with someone please contact Sarah Moore: 07849 858867 or

[email protected]

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

PRAY  FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE  Tuesday 1 September 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the Lady Chapel with said prayers from 1.25pm to 1.40pm with the rest of the time in silence. Join the growing and vital movement. For more information contact Michael Bayley (258 5248).

MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL PATON John & Helen Hillman visited Michael last week in the nursing home in Surrey where he lives. Though frail in body and mind he is still himself. He asked to send his love to anyone in St Mark’s who remembers him.

BROOMHALL NEWS – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  There are two roles that Broomhall News would currently like help with; co-editor and layout person.  If either appeal or you would like more info, please contact Susi Miller on a Tues or Thurs on 272 9105 or

[email protected]

CROSSROADS Northern Bishops’ Mission 10-13 Sep 2015.  Sheffield Diocese will be hosting a delegation of Bishops from the North of England.  Hallam Deanery is organising a range of activities and here at St Mark’s we shall be organising an event entitled Stories of Inspiration on Friday September 11 at 7pm (note change of time) with Rt Revd Libby Lane, the first female bishop in England. This will bring together people from across the community to explore ideas of inspiration and leadership. We will start with a shared meal, so please let Sarah know if you are planning to attend so we know numbers for catering.

([email protected])

ALSO Neil Baldwin is coming as part of Crossroads.  You may be aware of him from the BBC TV Drama “Marvellous” where he was played by Toby Jones.  He will be speaking at St. Thomas’ Philadelphia on 12th Sept at 7.30pm.  Details on the card stall in the foyer.

HOT MEALS AND BABYSITTING If you would like some home cooked meals delivered to your door, or need any nannying / babysitting please get in touch with Anne in the office.  Many thanks, Rebecca Allen.

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