Weekly Update – 24th July 2016




to David and Mary-Jane Ryder who are celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. The organ voluntaries, two of the hymns and the anthem today were chosen by them from their wedding service – 40 years ago this day!  Please stay for celebratory refreshments (bubbly!) after the service. David & Mary-Jane Ryder

Wedding Alistair Sutcliffe and Elisabeth Rutherford are getting married in St Bene’t’s Church, Cambridge at noon on Saturday 6th August. They would be delighted to welcome any members of the congregation (who find themselves in Cambridge!) to join them for the service and celebratory drinks.  Do please hold them in your prayers.  Alistair Sutcliffe

And also to Jonathan Williamson who is commencing Lay Reader training and to Cath Williamson who has been accepted on the Graduate Diploma Course in Theology at Mirfield, alongside Kim Willis.  We wish them all well as they embark on their studies.   Sue and Sarah

PRAY FOR THE  CLIMATE The monthly prayer for the climate is moving from the 1st day of the month to the 1st Thursday of the month. It will be incorporated into the 12 o’clock Holy Communion. Therefore the August Pray for the Climate will be on Thursday, 4 August at 12 o’clock Communion in the Lady Chapel. Michael Bayley

BROOMHALL GALA will take place on Saturday 13th August.  There will be activities and tea / coffees / cakes at the Broomhall Centre between 1.00pm and 4.00pm.  If you would like help in any way, please contact Elizabeth Draper at elizdraper504@btinternet.com Most of all though, please come along and support it and bring your friends.  Sue


  • Sheffield Pride on 30th July in Endcliffe Park,12 – 7.00pm.  Admission free.We have a stall in the park and some people will take part in the Pride March. All welcome.
  • Sunday 31st July 10am service Guest preacher Jayne Ozanne , chair of Accepting Evangelicals, lay reader in Oxford Diocese and member of General Synod followed by Bring and Share BBQ and games on the green. All welcome. Bring your own meat/veg option for the BBQ. Please sign up today if you can offer bread, salad, cake.
  • Night Service at 8pm will also be LGBT+ themed.  Sibylle & Anne Padget

‘HANDY PERSON’ NEEDED: the Church at St John’s and the Ranmoor parish centre have a vacancy for a handyperson to work up to 20 hours on set days per week at a rate of between £8-£10 per hour depending upon experience. The work involves low level maintenance and upkeep at both the church and the parish centre. The closing date to apply is 7th August.  For more details please contact Revd Neil Bowler on Tel: 230 1199. Sue H

HELPING ASYLUM SEEKERS It is good to have asylum seekers within our congregation. We are looking for more volunteers who can help with signposting people to appropriate sources of help and in other ways. Training and support are available.  Please contact David Price  davidprice2@googlemail.com

LIZ ANSON SABBATICAL Liz is taking a short break from her duties as Night Service Chaplain but don’t be surprised if you see her in the congregation from time to time! Sue


ARE YOU FREE SOMETIMES ON THURSDAYS? We now have the Communion Service (followed by coffee/chat ) at 12 and know of people who would like to attend but need transport. If you could help them and us, by joining a rota please contact Sarah C.  Thanks.

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP is taking a break for the summer during August and September, and hopes to return with renewed vigour in the Autumn when the new students arrive. Many thanks to Wu-Long for his wonderful cooking and hosting at our last meeting. More information from Helen Hillman 258 4241

THANK YOU from CHRISTIAN AID to all who helped with the house-to-house collection in May. Together we raised £1314.73, which with Gift Aid is worth £1506.49 to this important charity working alongside partners in some of the poorest communities in the world. Please collect your thank you card from your pigeonhole. Helen Hillman

MARK’S MESSENGER The edition for July/August is now out.  If you would like to contribute an article to the Messenger, please get in touch with Carol Rowe at carol@oaktreelane. fsworld.co.uk who is the editor for the September edition.  Anne Padget

NADIA BOLZ-WEBER, Lutheran pastor from Colorado, will be speaking here at St Mark’s on her whistle-stop tour of the UK.  Thursday 1 September, 7:00pm for 7.30pm. You can add your name to the waiting list via a link on the St Mark’s website (best way). If you are having difficulties please ring the Church Office. Register now for the best chance of getting a waiting list place. She has opened up new venues so we anticipate some tickets may be returned…


Reading the Story Janet Morley is putting together a bible reading group for ordinary readers that will focus on the poignant human stories of the Old Testament, reacting personally to what we hear and exploring the impact of the stories on our culture. Please see the flyers at the back of church.  Janet Morley

Logos – a new group for members of St Mark’s who would like to expand their knowledge of the Bible in a small discussion group.  The group will meet monthly starting on the third Friday in September at 7.30pm in the Vicarage and will begin by exploring John’s Gospel with the help of Ian Wallis.  If you’d like to know more or are interested in joining, contact Mark, mark.newitt@gmail.com.

Thursday Social  Fancy a chat and a chance to get to know people a little bit better?  Kim and Mike will be in The Stags Head Pub, Psalter Lane, 7:30pm till 9pm on a Thursday each month – next date: 28th July. Mob 07967 829561.  Kim Willis


S2 FOOD BANK trip to Cleethorpes

Sheffield Taxi Drivers have offered their services again, participants have started booking, but raising the £3k-£4k to achieve last summer’s success will be a challenge.  The partnership with groups in Broomhill made a big difference last year – please help in whatever way you can, including fund-raising events.  To donate go to their Facebook page at http://m.gofund.me/28arg84 or pick up a donation form at the back of church. Sue


WAITROSE GREEN TOKEN COLLECTION this month includes St. Andrew’s Child Contact Centre.  Something to think about whilst enjoying your shopping! Elizabeth Draper


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