Weekly Update – 26th February 2017

NEW BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD The PCC discussed the appointment at their last meeting and are responding in ways that will express concern and provide a basis for our future relationship with him. More details on the PCC notice board. Please hold him and us in your prayers. Sue, Sarah & Shan


CRC SEMINAR AND LIBRARY MORNING March 11th, 10.30am to 1pm. Can you see me home? We will explore Christian attitudes to assisted dying and care at the end of life. There will be a play for voices, followed by discussion with a panel of St Mark’s people and participants about issues raised. £3 on the door.


LENT 2017 A Pilgrimage Through Prayer. Signup sheets are now available at the back of church.


THE 2017 FLOWER ROTA If you would like to donate money for the flowers on a certain Sunday in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary please let me know. I will assume those already on the list wish to continue donating unless they say otherwise  Thank you Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242


ST MARK’S IN PRINTCOPIES AVAILABLE TODAY We now have more copies of Churches of the Church of England available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. This is a very interesting little book, which features St Mark’s. Sarah C.


SOLD: ANTI-TRAFFICKING FILM will be playing at the Showroom, Tuesday 7th March, 6pm. Directed by Emma Thompson, the film raises awareness of child trafficking in Nepal. Proceeds from the screening are going to PHASE and Child Reach who work on this issue. Tickets £8.50/£6.30

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE PARTY 28th Feb. Open House at the Vicarage from 6pm. Come to cook, share and eat pancakes together. Please bring your own drinks. Everybody welcome! Sue


PEAK PILGRIMAGE We begin our pilgrimage next Saturday 4 March when we will walk from Ilam to Alstonefield. A walk of 5-6 miles taking in 3 churches. Please book on to the walk by Wednesday 1 March, we need to know if you need a lift, or how many passengers you can offer lifts to. Phone 0114 2667316,or email [email protected] Susan Whitmill


FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m.1 Mar:  The Road to Santiago – Alison Tolson tells her story. All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.



THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS COMMITTEE are currently reviewing the work we do with our young people of all ages. If you would be interested in getting involved in this conversation or would like to explore getting involved with one of our groups then please contact Sarah

Colver [email protected].


KEYS  Please let Innes know exactly which keys you have been issued with and why.  Many thanks.  Sue


JULIAN PRAYER Is a time to meet together for silent meditation on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. No regular commitment needed, just drop in when you can. See our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL PLANNING MEETING TODAY This year’s festival will take place between Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th June 2017. The new planning group is organising a much simpler Festival with Saturday 17th June available for an event at St Mark’s.  Shall we do something different instead of the Garden Party?  Got ideas? Offers of help? Come along to an open meeting after church today or email Sue H and Shelagh Marston (chair).  (There’s a Sunday lunch today so you won’t have to rush home to cook!)



CHRISTIAN AID invites you to their annual Poverty and Pastry event at Central URC on Sat 25th March, 10am-12noon. This is a very friendly occasion, in preparation for Christian Aid Week 2017, May 14-20th. We will hear stories from refugees in Greece who are fleeing conflict and violence, and find out more about the climate change campaign, The Big Shift. Coffee and croissants provided! All welcome. Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241


PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – We are blessed to have received promises for extra giving this year of approximately £7,700 (including recovered tax) towards our preferred target of £9,900.  We still hope to receive further promises as some church members are yet to respond.  Consequently, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available in the foyer.  Thank you.  David Ryder. Treasurer.

MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Splash of Words: Believing in Poetry is now in the library. It has had marvellous reviews and is a very rewarding book. There are two copies but demand may be high up to Easter so please only borrow for two weeks at a time to give others a chance to look at it.  Maureen Bownas


CTBB GIRLS CLUB is now up and running again with a new leader Hannah Cawley. All girls age 10-16 welcome at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane on Wednesdays, 6-8pm, for craft, cooking activities, trips out, friendship and just chilling. Please contact Hannah on 07759140890, or Dilys on 07817651178 or just turn up (parental consent will be sought!) See you there!


CRAG CARBON COUNTER can help you measure your carbon footprint. To register go to our website www.crag.stmarkssheffield.co.uk – To find out more see the display in the corridor or contact Rick Hughes


LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – has now finished its season at St. Mark’s.  A new season is beginning in Crookes at Salon de Café, 160a Crookes from Tuesday 7 March onwards 10.30am -12.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget


OPEN SEMINAR: “WHY ARE SO MANY ERITREANS FORCED TO BECOME REFUGEES?” with Eritrean community speakers and Martin Plaut, former BBC East Africa correspondent. Organised by SYMAAG,  Sheffield University Migration Research Group and Sheffield Institute for International Development Thursday March 2, 6.30pm, Seminar room F 20, HIcks Building, University of Sheffield. Free entry. Reserve a place on http://www.symaag.org.uk/events/    David Price

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