Weekly Update ~ 29th May 2016


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL is running between 8th and 19th June.   It is important to remember that a central reason for running this every year is to raise money for charity.  We are delighted to support four fantastic charities this year: The Sick Children’s Trust, Bluebell Wood Hospice, PACT and Friends of the Botanical Gardens so there is a strong focus on children this year. Therefore:

Tickets:  Please support as many events as you can and encourage all your friends to come to them.  There is a wide range happening all around Broomhill including a whole host of children’s activities.  All details for these can be found in the:-

Brochure:  Please take a brochure, which will tell you all about what’s on as well as giving you information about the charities.  Feel free to take several and give them away to others.  Details can also be found on the:-

Website:  www.broomhillfestival.org.uk is the address for the festival.  You can also purchase tickets here.

Facebook: The page for this year’s festival is Broomhill Festival 2016.  Please Like and Share the page and the events that are getting added to it.

Volunteers:  The volunteer spreadsheet is now up.  Please sign up to help out with any event(s) you can.  It’s a great way of contributing while getting to enjoy any number of events.

Many thanks.  Jane Padget

GARDEN PARTY – HELP NEEDED! We need our usual merry band of helpers to be part of the team for the Garden Party on Saturday 18th June.  There is now a sign-up sheet at the back of church.  Please put your name down for anything you can do.  Many thanks. Jane Padget


HOME PRODUCE for the Garden Party – your baking and preserves requested for this year’s stall – practically anything edible and home-made will sell! Guidelines available; any queries , or for more information, contact Rosalind, Mary-Jane or Briony, and please sign up if you would like to help on the day.

PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE THIS WEDNESDAY 1pm to 2pm in the Lady Chapel. A small group of us continue obstinately to lay before God our concern for what we are doing to the Earth and to pray that we, humankind, may come to our senses and preserve this marvellous planet. Do join us either physically by being there or  in spirit by using the informative and  inspiring Prayer Points available on the Pray and Fast for the Climate website. Michael Bayley

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP There will be a bring-and-share picnic on St Mark’s Green THIS FRIDAY at 7pm (in lounge if weather is bad) followed by treasure hunt/ quiz/ games to launch the new International Fellowship. All welcome.  Fliers at back.  Jennie Martin


Some of the St Mark’s congregation will remember Reid Humble. Reid and Charlotte moved to Cambridge in 2012 so that he could train for ministry at Westcott House whilst studying for a PhD. Reid has been appointed to serve his curacy at Rotherham Minster, and will be ordained deacon during a service at Sheffield Cathedral on Sunday 26th June at 10.30am. All are welcome. On Saturday 25th June at 4pm, 6 people will be ordained priest, including Lucy Bolster from The Vine, Sheffield and Steve Chapman from the Manor Parish. Sarah Colver

SHEFFIELD PRIDE – HELP NEEDED! We are planning to have a stall at Sheffield Pride (30th July) and are looking for volunteers to join a planning group – people of all sexualities welcome!  If you are interested please contact Sibylle Batten at sibylle.batten@gmail.com

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY AGM 2016 Tuesday 7th June 7 – 9pm.

Coffee/tea available from 6.30. Quaker Meeting House, Key note speaker: Rt. Rev David Walker, Bishop of Manchester. All are very welcome, to hear the speaker and to discuss our  activities, and plans for 2016-17. Please see the poster in the foyer for more details. Sibylle Batten

THE IMMIGRATION CRISIS AND SHEFFIELD Sheffield Amnesty Group is holding a panel discussion on 8 June at 6.00pm. in the Norfolk Lecture Theatre, Hallam University. Panel includes Sheffield City Council, academics and Amnesty International. All welcome. Robin Story

HISTORIC TROUBLEMAKERS WALKS round Sheffield city centre – A revival of the popular walks which David Price previously led based on his book Sheffield Troublemakers. 3pm – 4.30pm on Sundays 12 and 19 June starting at Paradise Square.  £5 for ASSIST funds. Asylum seekers etc free. Book a place on 296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com.

FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR ASSIST at 6.00pm on 25 June in Channing Hall, Surrey Street. There will be a glass of wine on arrival, a three course meal, musical interludes, a bar, a raffle and other entertainment. This will be one of the major events of the year for ASSIST. Tickets are £25 per person.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details.  Anne Padget

SOUP RUN would be very happy to take donations of tins. Baked beans, w/ or w/o sausages, and soup. See any soup run team leader for more details. Thanks. Gary Grief

HARVEST SERVICE will take place on Sunday 18th September this year.  A date for your diaries! Sue

WEBSITE PHOTOPGRAPHY Do you enjoy photography and would be interested in helping to contribute to the church website in this capacity?  Please speak to Sarah Colver, Rosie Hunt or Anne Padget if you would like more details. 

PERSPECTIVES ON THE EU REFERENDUM A CTBB meeting is planned for 6pm on NEXT SUNDAY in the Upper Room.  There will be short talks by speakers from our congregations on aspects of the EU, and time for discussion. David Price 296 0806.

HUMAN RIGHTS EXHIBITION From TOMORROW to Friday 24 June each week day 10.00am – 5.00pm at the Art House (behind St Matthews, Carver Street). Admission free. Robin Story

BISHOP STEVEN leaves the Diocese in the summer to become Bishop of Oxford.  If you would like to contribute towards a gift from the Diocese to thank him for his support and friendship, there will be a “bucket collection” in church on June 5.  A farewell service at the Cathedral will take place at 3pm on 17th July.  If you would like to attend, tickets can obtained at www.eventbrite.co.uk/    farewell-to-bishop-steven-and-ann-tickets-25347976480 or speak to Anne in the office.  Kim Willis


For a little while I’ve felt I’d like to be engaged with (i.e. not lead) some regular in-depth bible study. The aim would be to create a stimulating and challenging forum that takes a critical approach to scripture, but also reflects on the meaning for us today. Meeting monthly we would likely work through a book of the bible over an extended period. If you would be interested in attending please let me know. Mark Newitt

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