Weekly update – 29 Oct 2017

NOTICES

EXPLORING FAITH: a new course for all who would like to consider their faith in more depth, is starting on Mon Nov 6 at 7.30 pm and will run for 6 weeks. Whether you are new to faith, new to St Mark’s, thinking about confirmation or considering your vocation, this group will be a good opportunity to learn and grow together. Please sign-up at the back of church, Sue and Sarah

PILGRIM: the group which meets on Thursdays at 5pm is going to continue. This is a space to learn from one another using the CofE Pilgrim booklet series as a guide for conversation. Interested in joining? See Sue/Sarah

FRIENDSHIP CLUB: no club on Wednesday 1st Nov. Back as usual on Wednesday 8th. ALL PARENTS/CARERS If your child attends one of our groups please complete a 2017 registration form TODAY if you haven’t already done so. Thank you. Sarah

BROOMHALL CENTRE UPHOLSTERY MORNING: Broomhall Centre Sat 4 Nov 9am-1pm 40 chairs need recovering, come and help and learn to upholster at the same time. Just turn up or contact Jillian Creasy on 07581 282953

MARTIN LUTHER: John Schofield will lead a CRC Seminar evening on 1st November at 7pm on Martin Luther: Revolutionary. And Radical? All welcome – £3 on the door.

COMMEMORATION SERVICE for ALL SOULS 6pm TODAY: all are welcome to come and remember loved ones who have died. A list is on the prayer table to add names of those you would like to be remembered aloud. Please hold all who are bereaved in your thoughts and prayers. Sarah/ Sue

SERVICE OF CELEBRATION SCCCC at Sheffield Cathedral 7.00pm TOMORROW. Recognising 50 years of helping older people in Sheffield. The Archbishop of York and Bishop Pete will be in attendance alongside representatives of CTBB Work with Older People. Rob Wilks

FUND RAISING BY EMILY THATCHER: A COFFEE & CAKE MORNING at St Mark’s on 25 November at 10am will raise funds for a colleague whose family were severely injured in the Manchester Terror attack and will need their home adapting for when they leave hospital. Help will be appreciated with baking, setting up or just being there! Contact: emily_woofy@hotmail.co.uk

I will also be WALKING a 70 mile section of THE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL from 1- 5 November 2017. For more information please see https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gabbyandmartinhibbert. Thanks.

REFUGEES: “Why are so many Iranians forced to become refugees?” Meeting hosted by SYMAAG, Amnesty International Sheffield and SU Politics Society. Thursday 2nd November 6-8pm University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 5. All welcome. Manuch

OFFICE: Please note that our administrator Sarah Rousseau is on honeymoon until Nov 8. The office will be staffed, but please bear with us.

DO YOU SOMETIMES STRUGGLE TO HEAR THE SERVICES AT ST MARK’S? If so, please talk to or email Tanya (tanyakralph@hotmail.com) or Tim (caretaker@stmarks.co.uk) about your difficulties as we are undertaking a review. Details of what you struggle to hear, where you sit in church, if you find particular speakers difficult or when particular sound desk operators are on duty – all info welcome. Tanya

SUNDAY LUNCHES: Thank you to the cooks who have provided delicious lunches recently. The next two are planned for 12th Nov and 3rd Dec – unless anyone offers to cook something in between? See Briony.

BACH FOR NEPAL CONCERT: A concert of music by J S Bach will be held at St Mark’s, on Friday 3 Nov at 8.00 p.m., in aid of PHASE Worldwide, the medical charity working in the remotest areas of Nepal.

THIS BOOK IS DANGEROUS “read it if you dare” Archbishop Tutu The Undergound Church by Robin Meyers. In library now. Category E Maureen Bownas

ST JOHNS CHURCH, RANMOOR: Please keep the churchwardens and members of St John’s in your thoughts and prayers. They are currently undergoing serious repairs to their church ceiling. Several pre-booked events are now being held here, so ensure all St Mark’s events are booked in with the office. Sue

JENNY CARPENTER would be delighted to see friends from St. Marks at the Service of Thanksgiving for the life of her late husband, Joe, at The Beacon Methodist Church, Broomhill on Wed 8 November at 2pm. This will follow committal and cremation at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 1.15 (family and close friends only). Both services will be led by Rev. Dr. Inderjit Bhogal OBE.

RACHEL MANN will be leading a session for St Mark’s, CRC and the new “Open Sheffield” network on Sat 2nd Dec; ‘Celebrating Our Gifts: The joy of being Christian & LGBTQIA.’ Canon Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, writer and poet. Her latest book is Fierce Imaginings: The Great War, Ritual, Memory & God. Bookings open soon and more info to follow. Sue

BIG WEEKEND AWAY 2018 21-23 September 2018 is the weekend that the St Mark’s congregations will be ‘Embodying Hope’ at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. More details to follow but please put the date in your diary now! Tanya

PATRICIA SIMEON was released from Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre following a successful campaign. Thank you to all who signed the petition. We need to keep her (and so many others like her) in our thoughts and prayers as she continues to seek asylum in this country. Sue H

CHRISTIANITY AND INNER LIFE: CRC Autumn Conference Nov 11 10-4. Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer and teacher exploring how ancient insights might be revitalised by the new. Booking forms and more details on CRC stand. John Schofield

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