Weekly Update – 28th August 2011

WELCOME whether you are new to St Mark’s or a regular.  Thank you for being here and sharing in this act of worship.

WENDY’S FINAL SUNDAY with us before returning to her legal studies will be 11 September.  There will be a parish ‘bring & share’ lunch in her honour on that day as well as an opportunity to contribute to a ‘thank you’ gift TODAY and next week.

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.  Why not suggest a hymn?

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

ST MARK’S NEW WEBSITE is live!  It is a magnificent achievement – an on-line portal into the rich and varied life of this church.  A massive big thank you to Jon Hughes, Tanya Ralph, James Ryder, Alistair Sutcliffe and Liz Wallis as well as to everyone who has contributed text or photos.  Be sure to check it out: www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – With Wendy’s imminent departure, we urgently need competent musicians willing to play and accompany singing during Night Service on an occasional basis.  Please contact Wendy or a member of clergy asap.  Thank you!

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 2011 donated £10,000 to the designated charities: Safe @ Last, Sheffield Women’s Refuge, Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and Twin & Twin Trading Ltd.  Well done everyone!


Susanna and Jonathan’s Wedding is this Friday at 1pm. We would love it if you could come to the marriage service and celebrate our wedding with us. Please stay for tea and cake afterwards as well.

POSTCARD FROM THE FRINGE There is a lovely postcard from Ian and Liz from Edinburgh on the notice board.


JOHN BELL of the Iona Community will lead a day here at St Mark’s on Saturday 1 October 2011, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – ‘In Spirit and Truth: Belief, Worship and Discipleship.’  Flyers available.  Book now!

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY on 1 October.  More details on the notice board and a sign-up sheet at the back.

SOLAR PANEL FUNDING APPEAL Following a positive response from Church members, PCC has agreed to launch an appeal for unconditional donations towards the cost of installing solar panels on the church roof. The target to raise is £40,000 and the individually addressed Appeal letters that were at the back of church have now been sent to Church members including a pledge form. Pledges of donations are invited – Sunday 16 October 2011 at the latest, please.  Please think carefully and prayerfully about supporting this exciting and innovative proposal for the Church to reduce its carbon footprint.  Thank you.

SERVERS & VERGERS We are looking for volunteers to join the existing teams.  If you would like to serve in the sanctuary or help set up for the service at the 10 o’clock Eucharist, please have a word with Jon Hughes or a member of the clergy.  Open to young and old, women and men.  Many thanks.

TWEETING St Mark’s now has a Twitter account.  Follow all the fascinating tweets and add your own; account name is @StMarksShef.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST (updated) is now available.  If you have consented to be on the public list, you can purchase a copy for a mere 50p.  See Anne.


3 pm – 5 pm here at St Mark’s. Open consultation with Al Huda, the group planning to convert the Old St Silas Vicarage into Muslim Prayer Rooms and community facilities. This is one of 3 open meetings which will be conversational with plans available for perusal. All warmly welcome.


DEC APPEAL for East Africa raised £2661 (including Gift Aid).  Thank you for your generosity.

MARATHON SUPPORT for Ceri Gallivan who is undertaking the Great North Run in September to raise funds for the clinic in Malawi where she will be working for 6 months from January.  More information and to sponsor: www.mycharity.ie/event/gallivan/.


DISABILITY AND THE CUTS: the effect of public spending cuts on disabled people. A public meeting organised by Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield and Sheffield Centre for Independent Living (SCIL). Thursday 29 September, 7-9pm, Quakers Meeting House.  All welcome.


10,000 CLIMATE JOBS for Sheffield. Please sign the petition to trigger a debate in full council on the need to create these jobs in Sheffield.  We need 5000 signatures. Forms at the back of church by the Chapel.


CHILDREN’S GROUPS OVER THE SUMMER A volunteer is needed for Creche on Sep 4th, please.  We’re asking for two volunteers each week to look after the older children – whatever you feel you can resource.  DVD’s available.  Please sign up.


LIONS For all eager big cats, this will be starting up again on September 11th.


PRESERVES  AT HARVEST Once again we will be selling jams, chutneys and bottled fruit on Harvest Festival Sunday in support of Christian Aid. Please, wonderful jam makers, can you get busy so we have lots to sell. Many thanks. International Committee.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED: Tuesday, 30th August 2011.  Amnesty International and other human rights groups around the world will observe this Day by holding vigils to call for justice for the Disappeared. The Sheffield Amnesty group will hold a vigil outside Sheffield Town Hall at 4.30pm on Tuesday, 30th August.  All are encouraged to come and support our fight for justice.


CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 2011 The house to house collection raised a fantastic total of £2,110. A big ‘thank you’ to all the collectors for your time, support and perseverance – every penny you collect really does count! Please find individual letters of thanks in the pigeon holes at the back of church.   Helen Hillman and Alison Tolson.


SOUP RUN VOLUNTEERS We are looking for some more volunteers to help with the Soup Run.  It is just once a month, as part of a good team. More information from Gary, or Jonathan Earle or [email protected] on 07751 788669. More men’s socks and coats gratefully accepted, too.


THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm.  Please call in if you can.


ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St Mark’s.  More details to follow.

CRC NEWS Details and Booking Forms for the forthcoming Marcus Borg Conference on 11-12 November are available on the CRC table.  Book early.



Please see  the notice on the board seeking temporary accommodation for two dogs (separately) or ask Sue for details.

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