Weekly Update – 25th March 2012

THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in organising the Community Consultation on 10th March, especially to David Price.  Over 40 residents and representatives of Broomhall and Broomhill gathered for an informative, edifying and fruitful day. 

VOLUNTARIES The angular, anguished prelude on the tune to our first hymn before the service contrasts with the calm longing of Bach’s well known prelude on the Lutheran hymn, known in English as the Passion Chorale, afterwards.

CONGRATULATIONS to Reid Humble who has been recommended to train for ordained ministry within the Church of England.  He will commence this Autumn.  Also to Anne Padget who has been appointed the Lay Chair of Hallam Deanery Synod.  She will serve alongside the new Area Dean, the Rev’d Dr James Grenfell.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Mark’s on Sunday 20 May at 5.00 pm.  This represents an important development in Shan’s ministry so please make every effort to be there.  Thank you.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST is to be updated.  If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details, please fill in a form at the back of church.

LOCUM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Martin Lightowler has agreed to direct on Sunday mornings from 15 April until the end of July and possibly beyond.  Look out for him in the choir on Palm Sunday!

CHURCH CLEANING Next week, we say farewell to Caroline and Margaret of Jeeves Cleaning Services after many years.  Please sign their ‘farewell and thank you’ card.  From the beginning of April, church cleaning will be undertaken by Tim Moore and John Whitmill.  Let’s support them! 

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS will be held on Wednesday 25 April.  There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm.  All welcome.

ELECTORAL ROLL, the church’s membership list, is being updated. If you are not on the Roll, please complete a form which is available at the back of Church and place it in the box provided.   The Roll will be closed on 10th April until after the Annual Church Meetings.  Peter Ryder, Electoral Roll Officer.

LENT LUNCHES will be served every Thursday at 12.30 pm throughout Lent.  Please see the flyers.  If you can provide bread on 29 March, please sign up on the sheet. All welcome.

DISCUSSION GROUP takes place after a quiet communion on Thursday mornings. For the next few weeks it will concentrate on Janet Morley’s new book.  Please note, this group is in addition to the ‘Practising Hopefulness’ Lent groups.  All welcome.

PASSION SUNDAY Tonight the choir will be singing Faure’s Requiem, as well as Vos Omnes, Rutter’s Benedictus and John Ireland’s Greater Love Hath No Man, as part of the Passion Sunday service at 6.30pm.  All welcome.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism.  It promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day.  Details at the back of church.


MARK’S MESSENGER: If you are proposing to contribute to the May edition, please consult with David Price and submit copy by 16 April or earlier if possible ([email protected]). 

ST MARK’S WEEKEND There is now someone at the back of church every Sunday to take bookings as well as further payments for those who have already booked.  Details and application forms are available.  This is definitely an event for ALL the church community!  Everyone who books will be given a PAYMENT CARD. This will state how much you have paid / are to pay.  Please bring them every time you make a payment.  Thanks.

MIDWEEK WELCOMERS If you would be willing to welcome visitors to St Mark’s and can spare 2 hours per fortnight please have a word with Anne.

SEWING Broomhall Welcome Place is making aprons and we’re looking for suitable cotton fabric. If you enjoy sewing, please come to the Broomhall Centre on Weds 3.00-5.00 pm (bring your own work along) as there are always people wanting a little guidance. Thanks! Sue.

HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH ST. MARK’S SOLAR PANEL SCHEME? You may, for example, have volunteered your time or contributed financially. Would you be willing to spare a couple of hours to participate in a discussion group? No specialist knowledge needed; just a willingness to share your thoughts, experiences and motivations. A free lunch will be provided.  Up to £5 in travel expenses can be claimed so please keep travel tickets/receipts. The first discussion session will be from 13:00-15:00 tomorrow, in St. Mark’s. If you think you would like to know more OR if to attend a discussion on an alternative date please contact Aimie Hope: 07783387228

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TROUBLEMAKERS’ WALK: Following the Auction of Promises, this walk will be held at 3.00 pm on Sunday 22 April and 3.00 pm on Sunday 6 May starting at Paradise Square. The charge is £5.00.  If you are interested but did not bid for it at the auction, please contact David Price ([email protected])

A NEW ‘HOMELESS’ HOSTEL Kevin Bradley of St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queen’s Road has launched an appeal for a new 50 bed hostel for the homeless. To support this worthy cause, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Kershaw is arranging a sponsored 250 mile cycle ride across Scotland in May. Please donate by going to www.justgiving.com/andykershaw01

MENTAL HEALTH COURSE is being run by the Diocese of Sheffield.  ‘This interactive course helps churches to explore the unique contribution they can make to improve the lives of individuals and families facing mental health issues.’ (Bishop Steven). For more details please see the flyers at the back of church.

GET INVOLVED with the work of Parliament.  A free workshop for voluntary groups on how to engage with Parliament’s work and processes for the benefit of your community.  20 April 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane. To book a place and for further information, please contact 020 7219 1650 or [email protected]

2012 PLEDGES We are still about £2,000 short of our target for increased given income in 2012.  Consequently, if you have yet to respond or are not in our pledged giving scheme and would like to join, please return a pledge form as soon as possible to either David Ryder or Judith Pitchforth.  Spare forms are at the back of church.

HOME SWEET HOME? Come along to this new discussion course to explore the changes to Sheffield and our communities.  Please see details on the poster in the foyer.

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