Weekly Update ~ 25th October 2015



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne in the office know, with the wording, by 11.00am on the Thursday before, to allow time for formatting and printing.  Many thanks. Anne Padget

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

“REFU-TEA” FUNDRAISER All welcome for tea, cake and a chat in support of refugees from 2pm-4.30pm THIS SATURDAY in St Mark’s Lounge. Afternoon tea will be served to raise money for the UK Refugee Council and Assist. Please come with an appetite and whatever you can afford, and lend your support to the growing refugee crisis. Children’s activities will be provided. Also, if you think you might be able to bake a cake for this event, please let us know.  Contact Alice (deasyalice@hotmail.com), Rosie (rosiehunt@hotmail.co.uk) or Donna (donna_yeates@hotmail.com).

COMMEMORATION This year’s service when we remember and give thanks for our loved ones who have died will take place next Sunday at 6.00 pm. If there is someone you would like to be included, please add his or her name to the list at the back.

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?  During October we invite everyone to wear a name badge.  This isn’t just for the benefit of newcomers but also for those of us who can’t remember names terribly well.  Please participate!  You might also like to use the following as a bit of fun and to help us open up new conversations:


Find out what others do to help look after the environment.  Does anyone re-use tea bags?  Thanks! Sue

SUNDAY LUNCH TODAY Please join us today for our Sunday Lunch.  ALL welcome.


FAMILY FARMERS In this ONE WORLD WEEK support FAMILY FARMERS not CORPORATE CONTROL OF FOOD. Sign a card today to your MP to ask the government to support agro-ecology,  which enables small-scale farmers to build sustainable food systems and keep control of their livelihoods.


ECO-CONGREGATION ASSESSORS’ VISIT David Hughes and John de Carteret are visiting St Mark’s TODAY to review what progress we have made in the last few years towards the goal of bringing care for the environment into our worship, management of the church and grounds, and work with the community.  We hope to renew our status as an Eco-Congregation.  We need to show that this is important to many of us, not just a few.  After today’s10am service they would like to talk informally to members of the congregation and then meet members with a specific interest in this area.  Please come and share your ideas in one of these formats.


PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE will happen NEXT SUNDAY in the Lady Chapel at about 12.15pm after the interment of John Roach’s ashes.


GARDENING MORNING There is a lot of work to do at this time of the year in tidying the church grounds (sweeping leaves, for example). Please join us this Saturday, 9.30 – 1.00. If possible, please bring tools such as rakes, garden brushes, etc. Tea and coffee provided!

PLACEMENTS During November we have two people on placement with us at St Mark’s.  Sarah Colver is coming to the end of her curacy and will be working alongside Sue.  Sophie Bunn is a Medical student who will be using her community placement to help us reflect on our spiritual care of older people.


CARETAKING We would really like some more caretakers for the concerts we hold here in church.  We currently have two, but the more we have the easier it is for people to be on a rota and to work together.  If you would like to earn some extra money as well as getting the opportunity to see concerts and events for free here please get in touch with Anne in the office.  Many thanks.


CERI GALLIVAN Would you like to send Ceri a message in Uganda? I’m sending a parcel soon and have put some postcards at the back for anyone to write on which I’ll send. Thanks!’ Jen Ryder



MARK’S MESSENGER The subscription for the year from October 2015 to September 2016 is now due with the cost being £6 for the year. If you wish to renew your subscription and have not yet already paid for the year, or you would like to start subscribing please see Peter Whitmill.


INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS If there is a charity that you would like the International Committee to consider for its donations next year please let Alison Tolson know.  Many thanks.


NEED A BABYSITTER Gary’s 21 yr old daughter is looking for babysitting opportunities to supplement her income.  If anyone thinks they might like to take her up on this, please feel free to get hold of Gary (231 6031 /

Work on the memorial garden Careful maintenance work on the Memorial garden is underway. Using some money from a legacy, we will be doing two phases of work. This month we are clearing weeds and taking out some of the very old roses and unhealthy Box hedge. We will then review what’s left and in Spring think about new planting. If there are plants in the Memorial garden that are particularly important to you, or if you want to know more about the work, do come and talk to me. Nicky Woods


THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to the Produce Stall this month.  Alison Tolson


IT’S A BIT LIVELY OUTSIDE is a play about the Sheffield blitz being performed at the University Drama Studio THIS THURSDAY TO SATURDAY at 7.30. Tickets are £9/£7 but group booking would call for a discount! If anyone wants tickets they can contact me jenniemartin49@gmail. Gary Grief has a starring role and Dez and I are in it too. Jennie Martin



6.30pm – 9.30pm. If you would like to attend, please contact: office@assistsheffield.org.uk or tel: 0114 275 4960


FORTHCOMING CHORAL CONCERT IN CHURCH  The Sheffield Chorale’s Autumn Concert is on Saturday 7 November 7.30 pm here at St Mark’s.  The title is “Gloire a Dieu” as they will be singing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Parry’s Songs of Farewell.  Tickets are £10/£8 (concessions) and £6 Students with under 16s free. Apply to David or Peter Ryder or buy on the door.

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