Weekly Update – 24th June 2012

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Broomhill Festival in whatever way.  It’s too early to say how much has been raised for the designated charities, but we do know that the ‘Garden Party’ grossed over £3000.  Whatever the final figure, Festival events yielded social capital in abundance – bringing together people of all ages and outlooks to celebrate life.

IAN MAHER Having bid farewell to Ann and Ian last Sunday, Ian will be ordained Deacon in the Cathedral next Sunday at 10.30 am.  All welcome, but arrive early!

CONGRATULATIONS to Alice and Mark Newitt on the birth of a baby daughter, Francesca Grace.  Please sign the card at the back of church.

WORKER WITH STUDENTS & YOUNG ADULTS As many of you will know, Jelly is leaving us over the summer.  Our PCC has decided to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to coordinate our work with students and young adults.  This post is for eight hours per week, commencing 1 September 2012.  For an informal conversation, please contact Jelly or Ian.  Further details and an application form can be downloaded from the church website.  Closing date: 30 June.

ECCLESFIELD CHURCH TOUR will take place on Sunday 15 July at 1.00pm.  Meeting place is St. Mark’s car park.

LENT & ADVENT You are invited to a planning meeting at the vicarage THIS WEDNESDAY at 7.00 pm.

SUNDAY 8 JULY will be a special day: all-age worship (including the baptism of Rose Bridge (Lizzy Ilsley’s daughter), parish lunch,  St Mark’s very own Olympics.) More details soon.  Please aim to be there.

MUSICIANS For the above service there is a 9:00 rehearsal.  If you’re available please tell David Sanderson TODAY.  We might be able to get parts out by next Sunday.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 14 weeks to go!  Are you among the 80+ who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) as well as reductions for all ages.

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne: 50p for a printed version or free for e-mail.

WILLIAMSON HARDWARE A planning application has been lodged to develop the unit in Broomhill shopping precinct currently occupied by Williamsons, together with the one above (Wealth Management & Growth Ltd).  This has raised concern that the lease of this long-established, community-serving, family-run business may not be renewed in late 2013 when the current one expires.  It is thought that one of the largest UK supermarket chains is looking to open a convenience store in the area.  To find out more and register your views, log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and follow the path: Planning & Development > Planning Online > Planning Applications Online > enter code: 12/01352/FUL.



CHRISTIAN AID Sheffield Night Hike will take place on 7 July from Lodge Moor to Hathersage.  Further details from Alison (221 4578) or Helen (258 4241).

SINGERS New repertoire!  Martin is doing a one-off choir rehearsal on Thursday 5 July (7:30-9:30) to learn
Handel – Zadok the Priest and Laurisden – O Magnum Mysterium (and a bit of work on Byrd – Ave Verum) for future use.
Even if you sing with the choir only occasionally, it would be good to learn these pieces.  All singers welcome.
A BLOOMING GREAT TEA PARTY is being organised by the South West Sheffield Fundraising Group for Marie Curie Cancer Care.  It will be held at the Community Room, Ecclesall Library, between 9.30 am and 1.00 pm on Saturday 30 June.  Tombola, Name the Teddy, cakes etc.  All welcome.

ATTENTION CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, Church Action on Poverty is holding a Christmas Card Competition.  Can you design one that brings a message of hope and justice? Please see www.church-poverty.org.uk/kindleaflame for details or follow the link on the St Mark’s website.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMODATION Do you know of any shared student accommodation with a room that is still available for a full year.  If so, please contact Greg Sherwood at [email protected].

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.



LIBRARY EVENING Wednesday 18th July at 7.0pm Dr Philip Lewis, from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Bradford will be talking on ‘The Challenge of Religious Diversity’.  Philip Lewis, an international expert on Islam and interfaith matters, will help us explore issues associated with creating communities where members of different religious traditions and none can live together peaceably and to mutual enrichment.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.

ST MARK’S SOLAR PANEL SCHEME I, and all the Photovoltaics for Future Societies team at The University of Sheffield, would like to thank all of you who were able to attend the discussion group on March 26th for sharing your thoughts and experiences.  A printed copy of the report is available for discussion participants and can be found in the pigeonholes at the back of church. The report is also available online and can be accessed at: http://goo.gl/5LHH2 Any feedback or comments would be most welcome and will be used in the development of a more in-depth report. Please email: [email protected]

WARM HOMES, HEALTHY PEOPLE is the title of a FREE half day event on Thursday 12th July, 9.00am – 1.00pm at Sheffield Cathedral to provide an overview of fuel poverty in Sheffield and what we can do to tackle it.  Please see the poster and booking form in the foyer for more details.

SHEFFIELD STREET PASTORS is part of a national initiative in a number of city and town centres.  Interested in joining a team? There is a training session Saturday 7th July for new volunteers.  See www.streetpastors.co.uk or Tricia Watts on 07931562442 or see info in the foyer.

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