Weekly Update – 31st March 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Lent Course, especially Michael Bayley, as well as all the group leaders and hosts.  Also, thank you to all who have contributed to the worship over Holy Week, including members of the flower-arranging team.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 12-18 MAY Volunteers who helped out with house to house collections for Christian Aid last year will find letters in their pigeon holes at the back of church. New volunteers welcome, so if you’re interested in getting involved this year please get in touch with Helen (2584241) or Alison (2214578).

PARISH DAY On Saturday 18 May we’re building on our successful parish weekend with a parish activity day: Nurturing Community – ‘In the Spirit!’. The day will lead into the ecumenical Pentecost service the following morning with several of the day’s workshops contributing to the worship! The day will start at 9.30 am concluding with worship at 3.30 pm. The programme has been designed to ensure families can take part with workshops and other activities to attract younger participants. Crèche and play provision will also be available. Booking forms are available on the website and in the back of church. For more information ask any of the planning team – Ian, Sue, Shan, Anne, Tanya and Alistair.

CAKE STALL £53.70 has been paid in to Peter Woods ‘just giving’ site for VSO.  Well done and thank you! 

MINISTERIAL SUPPORT On Sunday morning, Sue will be  leading worship at St John’s Ranmoor, and Shan at St Swithun’s, the Manor.

CHURCH ELECTIONS for Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councillors will take place at the Annual Parochial Meetings.  Nomination forms can be found on the notice board in the entrance lobby. Who would you like to serve as a Churchwarden or represent you on the PCC? Are you willing to serve?

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL MEETINGS will be held on Thursday 25 April. There will be a shared supper at 7.00 pm, followed by the meeting at 8.00 pm. We will be reviewing the past year and looking forward to the next as well as electing two Churchwardens and up to 15 members of the Parochial Church Council. These are open meetings. Please sign up at the back if you are able to contribute some food.

LIONSTALE On 22 June St Mark’s will stage a community play to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  LIONSTALE follows parishioner Josiah and his rebellious daughter Emily through 160 years in the life of St Mark’s with the help of about 40 actors and singers.  Help is needed on and off stage.  Please see the flyers at the back of church and sign up if you would like to be part of this extravaganza! REHEARSALS

begin on Sunday 21 April, 2.30-4.30 pm in church (this will be the regular weekly slot!). If you’ve already signed up to do something, please come along.

REVIEW of this year’s Lent Course plus input from Ian on other burning issues in the Corinthian Correspondence on Sunday 21 April, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in the Upper Room.  All welcome!

OFFERTORY COMMITMENT CARDS For those of you who give money to the Church regularly via a standing order or other means, the PCC has agreed, initially for a trial period of three months, that small ‘commitment’ cards will be available for you to put in the collection plate during the offertory.  They can be picked up from a box at the back of church before the service. Please supply feedback on the commitment cards to either myself, the clergy or the Church Wardens. Thanks – David Ryder.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, Saturday 11 May 2013, 10.00 am-4.00 pm.  Non-members £15, CRC/PCN Members £13, Students £5.  Forms on the CRC table.

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS With effect from Sunday 23 March the email address of Michael and Pauline Miller will change to millers@mm1728pm.plus.com

ALFIE BOE Would you like to see Alfie Boe at the Motorpoint Arena on Friday 5 April? James and Jen Ryder have 2 spare tickets … price can be negotiated! Email james@ivyparkmedia.co.uk.
2 TICKETS FOR CITY HALL CONCERT, Saturday 20 April, 7.00 pm: Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony. £10 each. Please contact Briony (235 0174).

‘CELEBRATING A 21st CENTURY FAITH’ A day exploring how progressive churches express Christian faith ‘on the ground’. With contributions from churches across the country, including St. Mark’s, Saturday  20 April 2013 11.00 – 4.30 at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Please see booking forms at the back of church for more info.  Reduced rate for CRC members!

PAMELA MANN Many of you will remember Pamela Mann, who sadly died last week.  Her funeral will take place here this Friday at 2.30pm.

DRCONGO UPDATE: Many thanks to all at St Marks who contributed to the repairing and re-equipping of the school in Minova wrecked by the Congolese army in November. Between St Marks and two Sheffield schools we sent a total of $1500 which was put to good use. On 12 April I am taking part in a SPONSORED RUN to raise money to support the women affected by the atrocities in which over 125 were raped. The money will be split between providing ongoing medical support for them, and establishing longer term economic empowerment initiatives for women in Sopacdi.  There is a sponsor form at the back. I will visit Sopacdi in June, and will report back then. Thank you, Richard Hide

SEWING & KNITTING PATTERNS WANTED Some women at the Broomhall Welcome Place Drop-In are keen to learn to sew and knit and patterns for babies, children and adults are urgently required. Wool for baby items welcome. Bring to Church or we can collect.  Renate Smith 2216141 / 07974732715. Sewing Tutors also required on Wednesday afternoons,

3.00 – 5.00pm, Broomhall Centre.

A PUBLIC MEETING ON THE CUTS by Sheffield Equality Group will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday 11 April at the Quaker Meeting House.  Following short presentations on social security changes there will be discussion on how to support victims, lobby and inform Sheffield. If interested, please notify Joe Forde – joe.forde@tiscali.co.uk / 01246569424.

NEXT OF KIN The vicar is happy to hold confidentially details of next of kin for use in cases of emergency.

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