Weekly Update – 2nd December 2012

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED A fresh look at the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth.  Discover how to read them as the evangelists intended.  A two-part seminar on Mondays 10 and 17 December at 7.30 pm in the lounge.  All welcome.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available for distribution.  Broomhall delivery is in hand, but we need to deliver to households in Broomhill.  Please collect a street bundle before you go.  Thank you!

CTBB ADVENT LUNCH There will be no lunch here NEXT SUNDAY as there will be a CTBB shared lunch at 12.15 pm followed by an Advent service at 1.45 pm at St Andrews.  We will be taking food down and would like volunteers to cook meat and veggie lasagnes as well as offer salads and bread.   Please sign up at the back of church if you can help.

CTBB BREAKFAST CLUB is going from strength to strength, ably coordinated by Sarah Hall who leaves Sheffield after Easter.  To this end, we need to find a replacement.  Interested?  Please have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

NURTURING COMMUNITY If you’d like to join us THIS THURSDAY we will be seeing ‘Skyfall’ at the Odeon at 7.00pm (meet 6.50pm in the foyer). Meet beforehand at the Showroom at 6.00pm for bite to eat / drink or speak to Angela on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com.


Please sign up at the back if you want to be part in any of these opportunities:

Christian Aid – This annual Sheffield churches’ event will take place in Fargate THIS SATURDAY. All singers and musicians are welcome, and we also need one collector. Last year’s carol singing raised £1,400, so if you can spare an hour between 2.30 and 3.30pm please contact Alison (tel: 221 4578).

Broomhill and Broomhall residential homes on the evening of Tuesday 11 December.

Outside Eurospar on Saturday 22 December, 10.00 am – 12 noon. It would be great to have a jolly group of singers bringing festive cheer. Contact Anne.

ARCHBISHOPS’ COUNCIL met in Sheffield on 27-28 November.  Here is an excerpt from a press release: ‘many council members commented on the deep degree of sadness and shock that they had felt as a result of the vote and also of the need to affirm all women serving the church – both lay and ordained – in their ministries.  In its discussions the Council decided that a process to admit women to the episcopate needed to be restarted at the next meeting of the General Synod in July 2013. There was agreement that the Church of England had to resolve this matter through its own processes as a matter of urgency. The Council therefore recommended that the House of Bishops, during its meeting in a fortnight’s time, put in place a clear process for discussions in the New Year with a view to bringing legislative proposals before the Synod in July.’

GENERAL SYNOD Lay Representatives for Sheffield Diocese are Jackie Butcher (ja_butcher@yahoo.co.uk), Jane Patterson (janeepatterson@aol.com) and Elizabeth Paver (jr.paver@talktalk.net).

CHALICE ASSISTANTS There are brief meetings for new assistants after the 10 o’clock services TODAY and on 16th.

HOT STUFF Soup Run is asking for tins of beans with sausages. Also donations of clothing plus bedding would be very gratefully received.  Gary.

WEEKEND AWAY We’ve booked the Hayes Conference Centre again for 18-20 September 2015. A date for your diaries!

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN. After morning service on 9 and 16 December you will be able to sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience & detained human rights activists. Details at the table. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they have been forgotten.

CHRISTMAS CARDS and other goodies will be on sale in aid of Oxfam & fair trade at the back of church TODAY.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Bernstein who was ordained Deacon within the Anglican Church of New Zealand on 24 November.  Ellen will serve her curacy at the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter, ministering also as a trainee chaplain in local schools.  We wish Ellen and Noel every blessing.  For photos of the ordination, visit


FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to the food bank.  The organisers are very grateful. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food which will go to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  Thank you.

BURNGREAVE ASHRAM SEMINARS THIS WEEK at 12.30pm: ‘Faith Movements in Sheffield – their Origin & Development’ & ‘Listening to Other Faiths’. See flyer in the foyer.All welcome. Multifaith Chapel & Library Group will happen after the Wednesday seminar.

MARKS MESSENGER The bumper Christmas edition for December and January is now available!  A bargain at 60p.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT For those fortunate not to need their Winter Fuel Payment – or too young to receive one – there is a way you can donate. CFN –  Community Foundation Network – has now launched its Surviving Winter campaign, to help older and vulnerable people who cannot afford their fuel bills. The campaign raises money to help people stay warm and well this winter. Details at www.survivingwinter.org.uk

CONGRATULATIONS! to Andy and Roz Thomas on the birth of their baby, Olivia Jane, on the evening of Monday 19 November, weighing in at 6lbs 8oz.

SARAH HALL, Minister at St Andrew’s URC, has accepted a new appointment in Southampton and will leave after Easter.  Sarah has contributed much to CTBB and Broomhall and will be greatly missed.

JOIN BREAST CANCER CARE to celebrate a magical evening of Carols by Candlelight at the Cathedral on Thursday 13 December, commencing 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 (£4 concessions) can be booked via fundraisingnorth@breast cancercare.org.uk, calling 263 6471 or by speaking to Rosie Hunt.

NIGHT SERVICE PRAYER BOOK by Mark Newitt and Jen Ryder is for sale for £5.  If anyone would like a copy, please get in touch with Tanya (2326696 or tanyakralph@hotmail.com).

ORDINATION of Michael Burn as Deacon will take place at 6.30 pm on 16 December in Sheffield Cathedral.  He will be licensed to Rotherham Minster.  Our prayers and good wishes are with him.

WANTED Dust sheets, plastic sheeting, etc. to cover sofas that are going to be stored over the winter.  If you are able to help please speak to Donna or Jez, mobile: 07412 447605.  Many thanks.

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