Weekly Update – 30th September 2012

PARISH WEEKEND A big thank you to everyone who contributed to this wonderful occasion, especially worship leaders, workshop/event conveners and members of the planning group.  A selection of photos are on display in the foyer and all the messages from delegates can be found on the prayer tree.  Both will be posted on the website. And what about the altar frontal!

LIVING THINKING FAITH is a six-week course running on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the lounge from 15 October.  It is for anyone who is interested in discovering more about the Christian Way as it is understood and practised at St Mark’s.  Flyers and sign-up sheet available at the back. All welcome!

GARDEN PARTY OR BROOMHALL EVENT? We’re considering how best to use our energies next year.  Shall we commit to another Garden Party or shall we focus instead on an event in Broomhall, possibly raising money for local projects there? We’d like to hear your opinions, especially if you give your time to the Garden Party, before we make our final decision. Please let us know what you think by coming to a meeting AFTER CHURCH TODAY Thanks!

CONSULTATION Ruth Shelton, former Social Responsibility Officer of Southwell Diocese and current Director of Emmanuel House Centre for the Homeless will join us on Saturday 17 November, 9.00am – 1.00pm, to help us think through our engagement with issues relating to social justice.  All welcome.


All donations will go to The Cathedral Archer Project – please bring tinned food (ring pulls if poss), pot noodles, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, and toiletries eg toothbrushes, deodorants.

After the Service the International Committee will once again be selling the homemade jams, chutneys and preserves you have made or donated.

HARVEST LUNCH after our Harvest Festival Service.  All welcome.  To help us cater, please sign names and numbers on the sheet at the back of church.  We’re inviting contributions of food from our international members and thank you to those who’ve already generously agreed.  If you think you could offer a dish, please have a word with one of us.  For dessert we’re asking for dishes using seasonal fruits. Thanks from Sue, Cathy & Briony.

JAM JARS are now available for those of you who need them to put preserves in ready for us to sell in October.

DIGGING DEEP Following the generous response to the bucket collection we have been able to donate £638 (mostly GA adding a further 25p for every £1) towards WaterAid’s ‘Digging Deep’ project in Malawi.  it will be matched by the UK Government enabling twice as many people to gain access to safe water.  Well done all!

SPONSORED RUN Tim Moore, James Ryder and Peter Ryder will be running the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 12K run / obstacle course on 13th October.  In memory of David Stoker they would like to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.  Please come find them at the back of church or go to www.justgiving.com/ProAktive-ProAktive to sponsor them.  Thanks.


EXPLORING SILENCE is a new Contemplative Prayer group that will be starting at St Mark’s.  There will be an introductory evening on Tuesday 13 November at 7.00 pm in the lounge.  After that the group will meet monthly beginning in the new year and probably on a Monday evening.  The Introductory Evening in November is an opportunity for a taster and to give input.  All welcome.  For more information or if you are unable to come in November but are still interested, please speak to Anne Padget or Margaret Stone.

THURSDAY DISCUSSION GROUP is looking at Richard Rohr’s book, “Falling Upwards: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”.  Open invitation, starting 11.15 am. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10.30 am for those who wish to attend.

MARKS MESSENGER is now out for the bargain price of 60p.  DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! Only £6 for the year.  Peter Whitmill.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY AND INFO showing instantaneous power, total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer.  Plus extra information about climate change and how we can improve our carbon footprint on the noticeboard below.

BROOMHALL STORIES The Launch event for this will be TONIGHT, 7 – 8.30 pm.  There will be a 30 minutes film about Broomhall, and an opportunity to discuss memories and hear more about the project.  Please see the poster in the foyer for more details or contact Chris Richardson on 07762 149059.

SCRIPTURAL REASONING A Lunchtime Series on the Gospels and Buddha’s Words will be held at 12.30 pm on 1, 2 and 3 October at the Burngreave Ashram, beginning with a communal lunch at 12 noon.  See poster in the foyer.

LIBRARY EVENING The next Library evening will be on Wednesday at 6.00pm with Canon Alan Billings on “Is religion good for social cohesion?”.  Please come along and enjoy the library and chat.

DEVELOPMENT DAY, entitled, ‘Salt and Light: Transformation of God’s World’ will take place on Saturday 6 October. The key note speaker is Ann Morisy, theologian and author.  Seminars will include sessions on global justice, the Bible and politics, understanding asylum and renewing the earth. For more details please speak to Shan or sign up on the sheet on the notice board.

FOOD MATTERS is an Ecumenical World Development Conference taking place at the Hayes, Swanwick, 1-3 OCTOBER.  Excellent speakers – further information on the notice boards.

POVERTY PILGRIMAGE Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield is holding its 4th annual Pilgrimage in the Heeley and Gleadless Valley area this year THIS SATURDAY. Amongst the speakers during our visits will be representatives from local food banks, an advice centre and Roundabout.  For further details, contact Sarah Baker on [email protected] .

TAX JUSTICE for the poorest communities both locally and globally.

The Christian Aid tax bus will be at Sheffield Cathedral on Wednesday 10 October from 4 pm with exhibition and international advocates to talk to.  Why not visit the bus then attend the Tax Justice Hearing between 7 and 9 pm to hear stories of how tax dodging is harming the poor. You will have an opportunity to respond. Look out for  cards you can sign here at St Marks.

TUC DEMONSTRATION in London on October 20th.  March with the Climate Bloc under the slogan “For a Future that doesn’t cost the Earth: Against Austerity for Climate Justice”. Meet 11 am at St Paul’s. For more details contact Michael Bayley (258 5248)

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