Weekly Update ~ 27th September 2015

HARVEST SUNDAY will be celebrated NEXT SUNDAY.   It will be an All Age Celebration followed by a shared lunch. Harvest produce will be on sale after the Service so come ready to buy preserves!

Proceeds to Christian Aid.

HOME PRODUCE A reminder that if you’re making jams or chutney, please could you do extra jars for the Harvest Produce stall? Donations of empty jars would also be welcome. Thanks, Alison.

HARVEST LUNCH Please sign up asap if you can help. All are most welcome to stay to share soup, bread and autumnal puddings.

Grow Sheffield will be running a series of chutney workshops at St Marks this autumn, using produce harvested from the local area. Come along and join in, either to learn a new skill or share your expertise and take home a jar of apple chutney. Time 6.30pm to 9.00pm.
First date  THIS TUESDAY. Full details and to book your free  place contact Vanessa on 07958 472837 or [email protected]

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 30 September: “Songs of Praise”. All welcome.  Modest charge. Details from Rosalind 268 1426

REFUGEE CRISIS Following Sue’s sermon on  6 September, many members of the congregation saw a need for further discussion. There will be a meeting on the refugee crisis in the Upper Room on Sunday 11 October, with literature on display from 5.30pm and a prompt 5.45pm start.  The meeting will open with short talks on the issues and volunteering opportunities. Then there will be discussion about various forms of engagement. All welcome.


Spreading the net: communicating well  is taking place on 3 October, 9.30am – 4.00pm.  With places going fast, book now to avoid disappointment.  This year’s theme is the importance of good communications in mission and ministry and the keynote speaker for the day is the Revd Arun Arora, Director of Communications for the Church of England.  Workshops on: websites, social media, design and print, and ‘100 Ways to Get Your Church Noticed’ are particularly important for St. Mark’s at this time.  Places are limited so please let Anne know if you are interested. This year the Diocesan Development Day will take place at the New York Stadium, Rotherham.



My thanks go to Shan for holding the website together during the vacancy but this was only ever intended to be a temporary measure.  We are now looking for new volunteers – hopefully a small team – to maintain and develop the effectiveness of our website.  The website is often the first place people go to find out about a church so it is a vital part of our ministry and outreach.

We are also looking for someone to pick up Jen Ryder’s work on the St Mark’s Facebook page.

All enquiries via Anne in the office.  Sue H.


CONFIRMATION GROUP.  The first meeting will now be on Monday 5 October at 7.30pm in the Church Lounge.  Come along and help shape the nature of the course.  Not only for those who want to be confirmed but also an opportunity to take stock and dig deeper.  All welcome.  Sue H.

PARISH WEEKEND Thank you to all who contributed to another wonderful weekend away.  Particular thanks to members of the Planning Group who stepped up during my absence.  Mark Newitt and Anne and Jane Padget carried a great deal of the responsibility for which I am truly grateful.

The weekend away was a great opportunity for members of the different congregations to get to know each other better.  This doesn’t have to end now that we’re back!  I hope that we will continue to explore ways of meeting together and getting to know each other across the potential divides.  May we continue to actively nurture Shalom.

Sue H.

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

CRC SEMINAR AND LIBRARY EVENING will be happening THIS WEDNESDAY in the lounge, entitled: “Saved by a poem: the transformative power of words”, and will be led by John Hillman.  All welcome.  Please see the flyers at the back for more details.

MEMORIES Gary Grief is very keen to talk to anyone with memories of Sheffield during WWII. If you’d be happy to chat, please contact him on 231 6031.

WELCOME PLACE at the BROOMHALL CENTRE Come along on Wednesday afternoons for a cuppa, meeting up with people, sewing, chatting-or what you will! Please note the new time of 2-4pm.  See you there!

BICYCLE NEEDED for someone in our parish who is unable to buy his own.  If anyone has a spare men’s bike or knows where one can be sourced please let Anne in the office have the details.  Many thanks. Sue H.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL RESULT! At its meeting on Monday 7th the Broomhill Festival Planning Group gave each of the four Charities a cheque for £2000 and allocated £2000 to the Festival’s Community Fund following our 2015 Festival.  The Charities areBroomhill Community Library, BBEST Neighbourhood Plan, Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and Project BUZZ.  A huge thank you to the dedicated volunteers and all those who came to the Festival events and supported our fund raising.  Please visit the website for more  info and to keep in touch with the developing details of the 2016 Festival.


“RE-IMAGINING CHURCH No Longer Male and Female” is the next CRC conference on Saturday 24th October.  It is being put on in association with WATCH (Women and the Church).  Now that we have women bishops some may consider the journey to be over.  It is, however, just beginning.  Three women, Kathy Galloway, Emma Percy and Jelly Morgans, invite us to engage in conversation. Together we will dream dreams and explore strategies for the radical transformation of the church at every level and across denominations so that it more adequately reflects and embodies a ‘genderful’ God.  Please see the booking forms on the CRC stall for more info and to book your place.


CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY PILGRIMAGE on Saturday 10 October will visit  inspiring church projects in the South of the City. From 9.30 am to around 3 pm, starting and finishing at St James Norton. All welcome. Please contact Sarah Baker on 07949 682050 or [email protected]

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