Weekly Update – 25th March – Palm Sunday

Notices relevant to the week beginning Sunday 25th March.

THE ELECTORAL ROLL is due to be revised at the end of March (please note that this is just a revision and not a new roll).  If you are not already on and wish to be please complete a form at the back of church and return it to me by Sunday 1st April. Peter Ryder

‘AGAINST THE GRAIN – AN EVENING WITH GARTH HEWITT’ on Sat 12th May (7:30pm) at St Mark’s Church. Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times. Tickets from Simon Ennals or Tanya Ralph after the service (£10). Tanya R

DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 12-14 June.  If you would like to attend on behalf of St Mark’s please contact Sarah R in the office. Details on Diocesan website.  Sue/Sarah

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the lounge. 28 March: Focus on Holy Week in film and music Details: 0114 268 1426 Rosalind

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES please do come along to one or more of the services during Holy Week, in preparation for the season of Easter.  There are fliers available now. The VIA DOLOROSA is a magnificent service of poems and choral music at 6pm TODAY. Please pass the word on.

GOOD FRIDAY FAMILY PILGRIMAGE Lynn Pocock & Jen Ryder are busy pulling this together and would be glad of some help on the day. You can never have too many hands when it comes to glitter and hot cross buns! See me or email: lynn_pocock@yahoo.com Lynn

MARK’S MESSENGER: Andrew Burdett is leaving Messenger team, so we are seeking a new volunteer editor to join the team. If interested, please contact us 0114 296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com David

MESSENGER NEXT EDITION please send contributions for the May Messenger by 12 April to Frances Gray (f.b.gray@sheffield.ac.uk) who will be finalising the May edition (there is no April edition). Rob Wilks

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY Book your place NOW!  Forms at the back of church. 21-23 Sept 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Tanya

FUNDRAISING NOTICEBOARD for Big Weekend Away Sign up for events and workshops. There’s also an offers and requests section, where you can request or offer a service/skill. This is a simple way to raise more money and get to know people better! Sue Sarah Shan

NEW(ish) TO ST MARK’S? Pledge packs available if you wish to start supporting the church financially through regular direct debit payments or via the envelope scheme. Please talk to David Ryder, Judith Pitchforth, or to clergy.

WHITE WEEKLY DONATIONS ENVELOPES for 2018/19 now available at the back of the church for collection – if you would like a box, and there isn’t one for you please let me know. Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

CANDLE MAKING WORKSHOP Tues 3 April in the Lounge 10 -3 drop in. Donations in aid of Parish Weekend. Please sign up at the back of the church. Sarah Frost

Exploring What Matters A course to bolster community and improve mental well-being, every Wednesday evening 7-9pm for 8 weeks from 25 April to 13 June at Broomhill Library.  Developed by Action for Happiness whose Patron is the Dalai Lama http://www.actionforhappiness.org it will be facilitated by Jane Padget and Wilma Scott.  Have a chat with Jane if you would like to know more ?

MISSION PARTNERSHIP NEWS St Mark’s is developing closer links with St Mary’s Walkley, St John’s Ranmoor, The Vine, Upper/Netherthorpe and St Timothy’s Crookes.  Three of these churches are looking for new clergy – St Tim’s has appointed Malcolm Lambert as a 3-year interim Vicar with oversight of the emerging Mission Partnership.  The Vine is readvertising and St John’s is shortlisting.  Please hold all these churches in your prayers. Sue.

WILFRED HATTON we are very sad to hear that Wilfred Hatton has died. He and his family worshipped with us around 2006-2009 and he was a much loved member of Lions. Please talk to Jen Ryder or Gary Grief for more information. Jen.

MOVING ON… As many of you know I’ve been on placement at St Aidan’s while training for ordination.  The experience has confirmed a growing sense of connection with the Manor Parish so I have decided to stay there when my placement ends at Easter.  I will keep in touch with St Mark’s and its wonderful people, thank you for your friendship. Sibylle

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK May 13-19. We need people to help with the house to house collection during that week. If you are able to help, please contact 0114 258 4241 or email helen@hillmans.demon.co.uk

ANNUAL REPORT AND APCM If you have been asked to write a report please let Sarah R have it by March 28.  On April 29 we receive the report and celebrate the life and activity of our church at our Annual Church meeting.  Please think if you would like to serve the church on the Parochial Church Council (PCC).  We elect members every year so whether you currently serve or not we shall be looking for nominations very soon.  If there’s someone you’d like to represent you, have a word with them too. Sue.

THE SANCTUARY, Chapel Walk. Official Opening on Fri 20 April at 12noon.  Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central will open this welcome centre for asylum seeker and refugees. For more information –  http://sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org/ Lu

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