Weekly Update 27th November 2016




Nicki Loomes will start on Monday 5 December.  We are fortunate that Anna S has agreed to continue until Christmas to ease the handover.  Thanks also to Anna Ryder who has been dealing with bookings.! Sue H.

CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  An updated congregational list is available for anyone whose name is on it.  If you would like a copy please email Anna in the Office. Printed copies available for 50p  Sue H

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE will continue for 2 more sessions before Christmas, on 29th Nov and 13th Dec and will resume on 10th  January. From 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30 pm. 30 Nov: Making seasonal decorations. Visitors welcome. Details: Rosalind on 268 1426

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY at St Oswald’s Church, Bannerdale Road, on Tuesday 6th December at 7.15 p.m. when “MarksThree” (aka Shelagh, Rosalind and David R) take part with Sonic Tonic in an evening of carols and songs. Tickets on the door £6.  Rosalind

WELCOME BACK , SHAN!  My sabbatical has been a productive but challenging time, reviewing my vocations. With mixed feelings, I have left Bluebell Wood where I was chaplain for nearly 3 years. I will return to my role as Assistant Priest here reflecting on the questions Sue posed in her Stewardship Letter: what do I need from St Mark’s and how do I contribute to its life? Thank you for sharing this journey as we discern our vocation together. Shan

COME AND SING CAROLS! THIS Sat, 3rd December churches in Sheffield are singing carols for Christian Aid in Fargate. St Mark’s will be singing from 2.30-3.30pm. Meet and leave bags at the URC on Norfolk Street opposite the Crucible Theatre from 2.15. Use the back entrance, through the parking space for M&S deliveries. Sign up on the list at the back of church-but come anyway! Instrumentalists particularly welcome. Helen 258 4241

CTBB CARDS – Volunteers needed to distribute to local homes please!  Kim

HANDEL’S MESSIAH – the only complete performance in Yorkshire this season – the Sheffield Bach Choir and the National Festival Orchestra with 4 soloists from London. Mon 5 Dec 7pmSheffield Cathedral, , Tickets from the Bach Choir website or from David Sanderson – £16, conc £13, students £6.

LIBERATING THEOLOGIES GROUP: This fortnightly Wednesday group has recommenced and is open to anyone wanting to study and discuss a variety of theologies. Next meeting on 7th December, from 11.45-1pm. Interested? Contact  Jeremy Clines on 0114 222 4098  University chaplain for more info.

LOGOS Friday 16 Dec at the Vicarage.

READING THE STORY 7.30 on Friday 9 December, in the church lounge. New members always welcome. We will have some discussion of 1 Samuel ch 13-15 (read at home) before reading together ch 16-20, the narrative about the rise of David, the battle with Goliath, the love of Jonathan, and the jealousy of Saul. Janet

SOUP RUN Any donations of tins of soup and of baked beans (with sausages or not) gratefully received. Feel free to have a chat with any soup run supervisor, if you want to know more. Many thanks. Gary

PLEDGES FOR 2017  – Please collect your Pledge Pack from the back of Church and complete the enclosed Pledge Form for 2017 asap.   Unfortunately, on the Form’s Commitment page, the tick boxes are misaligned with the giving amounts!  To avoid confusion please circle the amount rather than ticking a box.  Thank you.  David Ryder

ADVENTure two Advent study sessions using Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary to illustrate our own journey through this season.  Once again an opportunity to share with our friends from The Manor Parish.  Please take a flyer and sign up if you’re planning to attend.  Sue and Sarah

NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH 11 DECPlease sign up to contribute to this bring-and-share lunch, and to provide mince pies (preferably home-made) for the Carol Service on 18 December.

THANK YOU to all who contributed to last week’s wonderful lunch, cooks and washers up all! Briony


1) An open Julian Prayer Group will start on Mon 16th Jan at 6.30pm. A contemplative space with extended silence at its heart. Every Monday night from 6.30-7.30pm in the Chapel, just come along when you can. For more info see Cath W or Sarah C.

2) Intercessory prayer group(s); clergy have had several requests and there may be potential for more than one group. Please contact Sarah C if you would like to be put in touch with interested others.  We’re aiming for a January start date.

CAROL SINGING around residential homes – Wednesday 14th December. Meet at Hallamshire Care Home at 5.30pm or join in along the way!  All welcome. Ending in Broomhill with drinks in a local hostelry Sue 07904 284853



TOILET TWINNING 2.4 billion people do not have a loo with all that means. After the service TODAY there will be a stall to learn more about twinning your toilet. On Sunday 4 December after Night Service there will be a toilet themed quiz with prizes and the chance to donate or learn more about toilet twinning. Come prepared! Dorothy Gray

CHRISTMAS CARDS The International Committee are selling Christmas cards and other novelties after the service TODAY and on 4th December on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft. Jennie Martin

CHRISTIAN AID has produced FREE Advent colouring candles to help us journey prayerfully through Advent. Pick up your card from the Christmas card table TODAY, with its reflections for each week of Advent. Helen Hillman

SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD to the PRIME MINISTER, and include a message asking her to reflect on the language she uses to speak about REFUGEES looking for a safe place to call home. Suggestions from Christian Aid for the message, which you can copy or write in your own words on your card, will be available on the Christmas card table next Sunday 4th December. Helen Hillman

DEC 11 AMNESTY CARD WRITING to political prisoners – non-religious cards appreciated.  Details to follow. Robin Story

FOOD BANK I will not be able to deliver food bank donations to S6 from Christmas to mid March. If you are able to help please let me know. Jennifer Hurrell

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE – 24th Dec HELP NEEDED! We need more people to supervise the craft activities. If you can help please see Sarah C TODAY.

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