Weekly Update ~ 2nd August 2015



ANNOUNCEMENT!! We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rev’d Sue Hammersley as the next incumbent of St Mark’s. Sue has been the Associate Vicar here for nearly five years and will be instituted and inducted as incumbent on Thursday 3 September  We are really excited about Sue’s vision for our church and the skills and expertise she will bring to the role.


SUE’S INSTITUTION AND INDUCTIONThere will be celebratory food and drink after the service on 3rd September, from around 9.00pm.  If you’d like to help, please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back.  Thank you, Briony.


PARISH WEEKEND – 18-20 SEPTEMBER 2015!  THE LATEST! The deadline has passed for bookings, but there are still a couple of places left, so if you would like to come, please speak to Anne ASAP – we’d love to have you!  We are also now at the stage of spending money in preparation for the weekend, so if people could begin to pay their deposits and balances that would be helpful.  Watch out for more information re: workshops etc. soon!


CONTACT IN AUGUST Sue will be off for the month of August.  If you need to get in touch with someone please contact Sarah Moore: 07849 858867 or



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


COMMENTS BOX is still at the back of church – we do take notice of them!

MIDWEEK SERVICES IN AUGUSTThere will be NO mid-week Communion services during August.  There will be Morning Prayer at 8.00am, Wednesdays.


CAR PARK BARRIER PADLOCK  The padlock prevents unauthorised parking during weekdays.  One has been stolen because it has been left, in position, open and with the correct code showing.  Even when the barrier itself is left open the padlock must be closed and the numbers turned round.


GENERAL SYNOD A new 5 year term of office starts later this year.  Our Diocese has 3 Lay Representatives.  In the vote for Women Bishops, 2 of our 3 reps voted against this legislation.  In the next 5 years the issue of human sexuality is likely to be discussed.  The General Synod is the Church of England’s parliament and it is vital that the moderate, majority view is well represented (the extreme edges are much better at getting motivated not only to stand but also to vote for their candidates).  Can you think of someone who would be good for this role?  If so, speak to Anne Padget, 07736 527777.


LOOKING FOR ELECTRICAL GOODS We are still looking for a fridge freezer, washing machine and TV for someone setting up a new home. Any offers to Anne in the office.  Thank you.


ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our blue sheets are on St Mark’s Website.  Please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For more info, please see a member of clergy.


CONGRATULATIONS on the safe arrival of Chloe Elizabeth Jenkins to Sarah & Matt on Tuesday 21st July.  We wish them all health and happiness.

AUGUST CRECHE  Although there will be crèche provision most weeks it is just possible that on some Sundays in August all we can offer is a space in the lounge with toys.  We are currently looking for volunteers to join the crèche rota, please let Juliet Storey know if you are interested julietstorey@hotmail.com


WESLEY HALL, CROOKES, are looking for someone with the passion and expertise to work with us in developing our mission and ministry to young people aged 9-16. 16 hours per week, with potential to rise to 21 hours per week

For more details please see the poster in the foyer or contact Neil Harland on 07967 271986 / youth@wesleyhall.org.uk

CONFIRMATION?  We have an adult candidate for Confirmation on November 29 and will be running another series of discussions around the questions of faith that are most important to us.  If you’d like to be part of this, it’s open to everyone regardless of age or stage of faith.  6 Monday evenings from Sep 28 (avoiding half term).  Please book in with Anne in the office. Thanks! Sue.

PICNIC TEAS ON ST MARK’S GREEN from 6:30pm on Sundays during August (not Bank Holiday weekend). Please bring everything you would need for your picnic plus a bit extra.  All welcome, no need to stay for Night Service which will also be on the Green from 8pm. (Indoors if wet.)

ROTA FOR SERVERS We are looking for more people to be servers.  If you would like to know more about serving the church in this way, please speak to Anne in the office.

MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came to lunch last week or donated beforehand. We raised £315 for Bwindi Community Hospital, which is amazing! Let me know if you’d like to be on my blog/email list while I’m away (email cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk or go to cerigallivan.wordpress.co.uk to sign up)

SOUP RUN continues over the summer, so donations of soup and/or beans with sausages are still gratefully received. Also, (men’s) clothes – especially coats, gloves and socks – are still in demand, as is any bedding.  Gary is happy to give more details and says ‘Thank you’.

NATIONAL TRUST COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT Open Day Tuesday, 11th August from 1pm to 3.30pm. Come along and visit us at Hagg Lane Allotments (Plot 2, Back Lane) Crosspool. Meet the volunteer team and see what we are growing. The plot is organically run and includes a forest garden area. Tea and coffee will be available. Details from Peter Whitmill – Tel. 266 7316.

INCREDIBLE EDIBLE TODMORDEN A visit on Sunday, 30 August. We have booked a guided tour of the  community at Todmorden who are an inspiration  to those who want to make our  towns a joy to  live in. The tours cost £6 per person for those who can afford it. We have booked a tour for 2.00pm and plan to picnic there. We can car share cars. Please contact Michael Bayley (258 5248) ASAP if interested.

CROSSROADS Northern Bishops’ Mission 10-13 Sep 2015.  Sheffield Diocese will be hosting a delegation of Bishops from the North of England.  Hallam Deanery is organising a range of activities and here at St Mark’s we shall be organising an event on Friday Sep 11 at 7.30pm with Rt. Revd Libby Lane, the first female bishop in England.  More information to follow.




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