Weekly Update ~ 29th November 2015



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget


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


FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the church lounge. 2 Dec: “Christmas is coming” : DIY Art, words

and music.  All welcome. Modest charge.

Details: Rosalind on 268 1426.


 LENT 2016 Plans are underway to develop discussion groups based on Rowan Williams’ book Meeting God in Mark.  As Lent begins on Feb 10 there will be sign-up sheets for groups from Jan 10.  If you would like to host or lead a group, please have a word with Sue.


FILM NIGHT run by The Lions to raise money for Ceri’s projects in Uganda. Come along to a film night in the upstairs room on Friday 4th December. 2 films will be shown, 5pm Finding Nemo and 7:30pm Avengers Assemble. Suggested donations: £5 per adult, £3 student, £2 child (3-12yrs). Includes popcorn! All for a good cause, looking forward to seeing you there! Oli Giles


CHRISTMAS PARTY THIS SATURDAY Students and Young People Christmas Party. Dress Festive, bring a party game, bring some snacks/mulled wine, should be a fun night! Kicking off at 8pm at Jen Ryder’s house. Contact Oli Giles 07951548855 or Hannah Dawson ‪07866775805 for address/more info.


YOUR PLEDGES FOR 2016 Pledge packs for 2016 are available for all church members and if you have not got yours, please collect it from the table at the back of Church and return the Pledge Form and (if relevant) the Gift Aid Declaration Form to Judith Pitchforth as soon as possible (either via the collection box in Church or posting to her).  Thanks for your continued support. Judith Pitchforth


ADVENT DISCUSSIONS In partnership with the Manor Parish,  “Room in the Inn?” will provide the opportunity to explore issues of hospitality in the light of the refugee crisis.  Dec 6 at St Mark’s, Dec 13 at St Aidan’s, both start at 6pm.  Sign up sheet and fliers at the back of church.  Sue H


CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR CHRISTIAN AID. As usual, we’ll be bringing the Good News of Christmas to the centre of Sheffield. Please put the date in your diaries: THIS SATURDAY St. Mark’s has been allotted the slot 2.30-3.30pm which we’ll be sharing with Churches Together in Abbeydale, and will be by the big Christmas tree outside the Town Hall. We can leave bags etc at Central URC as usual. All welcome, singers & instrumentalists. Please sign the sheet in the narthex to say you’ll be coming. (We may need a few people to hold collecting boxes as well). Helen Hillman and Alison Tolson.


SUPPORT ASSIST! Come to the CAROL service at The Well Church, near Hunters Bar on Ecclesall Rd (S11 8PR) THIS SATURDAY from 3-5pm. Collection in aid of Assist. Helen Hillman




Next Sunday The Lions will be selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. During Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank and continue to support the S6 Foodbank with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities. Today and next Sunday Christmas Cards will be on sale on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service. Thank you for your support.  Sue H


A PLAY FOR SYRIA   TODAY at 6pm there will be a rehearsed reading of a new play by Frances Gray in aid of ASSIST/The Northern Refugee Centre, followed by food. ALL WELCOME!


CHRISTMAS HOSPITALITY We’re looking for a host, over Christmas, for a member of our Night Service congregation: 24 -27 December.  If you’re interested, please contact David Anson, 229 5478.


PRAYER, LUNCH AND SEMINAR The next event to be held at the Burngreave Ashram will be on Monday 7th December at 12noon.  The Seminar theme is inspiration and there will be a vegetarian lunch.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more information. Anne


PRAY AND FAST FOR THE CLIMATE The prayers will take place THIS TUESDAY in the Chapel from 1pm – 2pm. This will be during the Paris talks so please pray for them wherever you are.


RESPONSE CARDS If you’d like to see what people wrote on Pledge Sunday is response to Sarah’s invitation to grow the life of this community see the notice board at the back of church. Please speak to Anne or Sue about how you would like to get involved. Thank you!  Sue


CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Yes, it’s that time already! The small Christmas Tree is out TODAY and the big tree will be out on Sunday 20th December.  If you can help to decorate either tree on either or both Sundays  after church, please let Anne know. 


SUNDAY LUNCH TODAY will be in support of the project that Ceri Gallivan is working on in Uganda.  All are welcome to stay – a good round off to helping with those trees!


SOUP RUN is in need of tins of beans – with or without sausages. If you’re able to pop 1 or 2 in your shopping, we’d be very grateful. See Gary for more details. Thanks


CHOROS AMICI present ‘The Bethlehem Star’, a varied programme of Christmas music in St Mark’s on Sat 5th Dec at 7.30 pm.  Highly recommended.  For tickets (£9 adults, under 16 free) call 07726313749 or on door. Refreshments (donations to Oxfam Syria Crisis Appeal)


CELEBRATE WITH CHORUS The next Chorus UK production is at the Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 13th December. Christmas Celebration promises to be yet another hugely enjoyable experience – with a 300 strong choir and a full orchestra to blow you away!  Please see flyers in the foyer or speak to Anne or Jane Padget, or Carol Rowe for more information or to get tickets.

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