Weekly Update – 23rd December 2012

PLEDGE & STEWARDSHIP Packs have now been mailed out.  If you haven’t received one, please collect an A5 envelope from the back of church.  Please don’t forget to return your Pledge Response.  Thank you. 

CTBB BREAKFAST CLUB is going from strength to strength, ably coordinated by Sarah Hall who leaves Sheffield after Easter.  To this end, we need to find a replacement.  Interested?  Please have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY BOXES Please let Susan Whitmill have your boxes as soon as possible.  Many thanks.

THANK YOU to everyone who helps with the Wednesday Lunch and Friendship Club which is source of blessing for all who attend.

ALL CREDIT TO YOU St Mark’s and its members have increased Sheffield Credit Union’s capital by £12,353 since we launched the campaign on Sunday 14 October 2012. If you somehow missed the bandwagon, there is always time to join. Details from Robin Story or www.sheffieldcreditunion.com.

FANFARE A competition has been set up to compose a fanfare to be performed at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the rebuilding of St Mark’s Church next year.

The competition is for a short fanfare for brass quintet duration approximately ½ to 2 minutes. A prize of £150 is offered. Deadline for submission April 30th 2013.  Entries in Sibelius, Finale, or pdf format, or as manuscript, should be sent to:

Fanfare Competition, St Mark’s Vicarage, 4 St Mark’s Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2SG.

‘NO’ TO WOMEN BISHOPS The House of Bishops released a statement after its meeting earlier this week in which it outlined a consultation process for enabling a ‘new legislative package’ to be presented at the July 2013 meeting of General Synod.   The statement goes on to say that ‘[f]or any such proposals to command assent, the House believes that they will need (i) greater simplicity, (ii) a clear embodiment of the principle articulated by the 1998 Lambeth Conference “that those who dissent from as well as those who assent to, the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate are both loyal Anglicans”, (iii) a broadly-based measure of agreement about the shape of the legislation in advance of the beginning of the actual legislative process..  To read the full statement, visit www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/news/2012/12/statement-from-the-house-of-bishops-on-defeat-of-women-bishops-legislation.aspx 

WOT NO WOMEN BISHOPS If you would like to contribute to a banner championing the ordination of women to the episcopate, please contribute to the collection box at the back of church.


CHRISTMAS DINNER will be served at 1.00 pm in the lounge THIS TUESDAY! It has been extremely popular with a wide range of people over the last 2 years -. For the bargain price of £5 per person (£2.50 for U16s) you can enjoy a 2 course dinner in the company of friends (some of whom you may not have met yet). 

ART EXHIBITION In the Parlour Cafe on Broomspring Lane.  This is being given by the Sheffield Jesus Centre and showcasing artwork from Jan, Anna and Charis Kurpiel.  The cafe is open every day next week, except Christmas Day between 11am and 2.30pm.  MICHAEL’S ORDINATION – THANK YOU I would like to thank all those who supported me in the Cathedral last Sunday, all those who sent cards and good wishes and all those who assured me of their prayers.  Michael Burn.

NURTURING COMMUNITY If you’d like to join us for the next movie outing at the Showroom come along at 6pm on 10 January (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX). Let Angela know you’re coming on 07939 959450 or angela@smokingkipper.com.

MARKS MESSENGER The bumper Christmas edition for December and January is now available!  A bargain at 60p.

FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to the food bank.  The organisers are very grateful. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food which will go to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  Thank you.

SARAH HALL, Minister at St Andrew’s URC, has accepted a new appointment in Southampton and will leave after Easter.  Sarah has contributed much to CTBB and Broomhall and will be greatly missed.

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton will join us now on Saturday 2 February 2013, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Mark McCombs has been appointed our next DoM, commencing in January 2013.  Mark is a music post-graduate at Sheffield University and already directs a number of choirs within the university and beyond.  He comes to us from St Matthew’s, Carver Street, where he is currently an organ scholar. We greatly look forward to his arrival. 

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP will be looking at Images of God.  For more info please pick up a leaflet at the back of church.

HELP PROTECT THE NHS http://action.38degrees.org.uk/ccg_postcode is a petition to help protect the NHS as the Clinical Commissioning Group is set up in Sheffield.  Can you sign this?  Michael Miller will be taking a small group to deliver the Sheffield petition, with supporting material including potential additions to their constitution, so the more signatures the better.  Many thanks.

ATTENTION ALL LIONS! We are planning a weekend away in the spring for lots of fun and exciting adventures. The proposed date is 12-14 April 2013. More details to follow but save the date!

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT For those fortunate not to need their Winter Fuel Payment – or too young to receive one – there is a way you can donate. Community Foundation Network has now launched its Surviving Winter campaign.  Details at www.survivingwinter.org.uk

BRINGING FAITH INTO FAIRNESS: Putting the Fairness Commission into Practice is the title of an event organized by Sheffield Faiths Forum on Wednesday 30 January in the Town Hall Reception Rooms, 6.00 – 8.00 pm.  If you are interested in going or would like further information, please contact Mike Fitter on mikefitter@blueyonder.co.uk.

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