Weekly Update – 30th October 2016



ALL SOULS A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for loved ones who have died will be held TONIGHT at 6pm. There is a list on the prayer table if you would like to add any names that you would like us to read aloud. This Service is open to all, please do come along if you can.   Sue

WELCOME TEAMS are a great way of getting to know members of our congregation! We’re looking for extra volunteers to join the rota. This is an important and fun part of our ministry so have a chat if you’re interested! Sarah M.

JIM COTTER TABLE In the chapel there is now a small octagonal table. This was Jim Cotter’s, who used it for communion services at his home. He gave it to Judith Daly and she has asked St Mark’s whether we can care for it and make use of it.  It has already been greatly valued for our weekday communion services.

MESSAGE FROM CERI Part of my work in Uganda this year is setting up a research project to explore hospital staff and student attitudes towards gender based violence. We are hoping this can lead to development of education, training, policy and services. GBV is a huge problem with 62% of women in Uganda reporting having had either sexual or physical violence in their life. We are looking for a small amount of money to get the project started. See www.gofundme.com/NoGBV if you feel you can donate. Thanks very much! Ceri Gallivan

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesday at 1.30 pm in the church lounge. 2 Nov: Chris and Amanda play piano duets.Visitors welcome.  Details from Rosalind 268 1426.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Community Consultation: NOV 7 at 6pm Beacon at Broomhill.  The Festival Committee is conducting an open review with all who are interested in the future of the Festival.  St Mark’s is a key player.  If you want to see the festival continue, come along to the meeting or let Jane Padget know in advance: jane@evaconsulting.co.uk.  The current committee is NOT in a position to run another festival so this meeting is make or break.  Sue

REFUGEE CRISIS underwear, nappies, baby bottles, baby foods, stationery, towels, winter clothes, evaporated milk, juices in cartons and chocolate are needed. If you can help to sort and box the clothes on the weekend of 5/6 November from 11 am until 5 pm, contact Abdool Gooljar aq.gooljar@isb-sheff.org.uk.  Robin Story

READING THE STORY The next session will be in the church lounge at 7.30pm on Friday 11 November. We will read together I Samuel ch. 8 -15 (the rise of the monarchy and the story of Saul). New members welcome; bring your own bible. For further details contact Janet Morley at morleyjanet@ymail.com.

SAFE PLACE TO CALL HOME is a roadshow being put on by Christian Aid.  One event is happening at St. Mark’s in the Upper Room, Monday 14 November at 7.30pm.  It is an opportunity to deepen our knowledge of and our relationship with the work of Christian Aid, with regard to refugees from war and those fleeing domestic violence in Latin America. It is also an opportunity to find out how we can get more involved.  The event is free.  To register go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safe-place-to-call-home-roadshow-sheffield-tickets-27485267174 All are welcome. Paul Furbey

ANNE PADGET will be leaving as Administrator from the end of this month.  We wish her every success in her new role with Chorus UK.  There is a card to sign at the back of church – but don’t tell Anne, we want it to be a surprise!!! (No chance of that!)  Sue

CHURCH OFFICE While we are looking for a new administrator, Anna Sandersfield will be in the office on Mon, Wed and Fri mornings. Please bear with us during this time of transition. Many thanks Sue.

NEWS FROM LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE EVERY TUESDAY in the lounge between 10.30am and 12noon.  On Tuesday 8th November Adrian Scott will be at the cafe. Our cafe will follow the usual format with Adrian stimulating the talking with poetry.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

CAR PARK For those who use the car park during the week, the code for the barrier padlock has NOW changed.  This will happen periodically to prevent misuse of the car park.  If you wish to know the new code, please speak to Sue or Sarah.

AN APPEAL for refugees in Jordan and Greece has come our way. Abdool, from the Broomhill Mosque, is taking containers of supplies to those countries in time for the winter. So donations would be greatly appreciated, especially winter clothing, bedding, nappies, toiletries and women’s underwear. There is a collection centre, or donations can be taken to the sorting centre, and volunteers are also needed to sort through the donations – details on the poster in the entrance hall. More information at https://www.familiesrelief.org.uk/events-page/storage-help/, or speak to Gary. ALTERNATIVE CHALICE  with non-alcoholic wine is available at Communion.  Please indicate to the chalice assistants if you would like this. Sue

MICHAEL AND FLEUR BAYLEY invite members of the congregation to cake and a drink after the 10am service next Sunday, November 6, to help Michael celebrate his 80th birthday.

PRAY FOR THE CLIMATE THIS THURSDAY, November 3 at the 12 noon service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel. Michael Bayley

STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT WALK  To all new and returning students, we will be going for a short(ish) walk in the peaks on Saturday the 5th of November. We will meet outside of church at 12pm, and either all get the bus into the peaks or car-share if we have enough car space for everyone. After the walk, we go the Norfolk Arms for a drinks and a card game or two, then the ‘Great Fire of Ringinglow’, a bonfire which the pub hosts at 6pm (lighting fire at 7pm) – with food, snacks and hot drinks and great views of the city to admire any fireworks going off. Hope to see you then! Contact scmsheffield@gmail.com for more info/questions, or see Oli, Sophie, Marie, Chris or Andrew.

MARK McCOMBS is on sabbatical for October, November and January, but back for December.  We wish him every success as he concentrates on his studies and welcome Fraser Wilson as his stand-in during this time. Sue

SOUP RUN Any donations of tins of soup and of baked beans (with sausages or not) gratefully received. Feel free to have a chat with any soup run supervisor, if you want to know more. Many thanks. Gary

FOOD BANK I will not be able to deliver food bank donations to S6 from Christmas to mid March. If you are able to help please let me know. Jennifer Hurrell

NAME BADGES For the month of October we are invited to wear a name badge to help us learn new names and remember old ones! Do take part!  Sue

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