Weekly Update – 3rd March 2013

ELECTORAL ROLL 2013 Every six years, we are required to prepare a new Electoral Roll from scratch, rather than simply revise the existing one.  Please complete an Application Form and either place it in the designated box in church or give it to Peter Ryder, our Electoral Roll Officer, by 31 March.  The Electoral Roll is the membership list of St Mark’s, conferring rights to vote at the Annual Parochial Meeting and to serve on the Parochial Church Council.  The size of our Electoral Roll will also determine how many Deanery Synod representatives we are entitled to elect and it is Deanery Synod reps who vote for the Diocese’s delegates on General Synod.

LOOK OUT for Vicky Camber (Curate at Todwick), Beki Chapman (Reader-in-training) and Alison Creasey (Ordinand) who are undertaking placements at St Mark’s over the coming weeks.  Please say hello and help them to feel at home.

EXPERIENCING PESACH In place of our regular Maundy Thursday service, an opportunity to participate in a Passover-type meal presided over by Keith Sayliss of the local Reform Jewish Congregation.  In addition to the consumption of symbolic foods, a simple vegetarian supper will be served.  Thursday 28 March at 7.30 pm.  No admission charge, retiring collection.  Further details at the back of church, together with sign-up sheet.

LAY MINISTRIES The diocese offers a number of training courses for suitable candidates wishing to serve as Readers, Pastoral Workers or Parish Evangelists.  If you think this could be for you, please have a word with one of the clergy asap.  Selection evenings will take place on 14 March and 6 June.

PALM SUNDAY CHORAL SERVICE On Sunday 24 March at 6.00 pm, the choir will perform John Stainer’s ‘The Crucifixion:  A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer.’ This oratorio, scored for a SATB choir and organ, will feature David, Peter and James Ryder as soloists. The text was written by W J Sparrow Simpson and premiered within a series of Lenten services, as Stainer intended.  The work incorporates moments of true beauty and significant choral writing skill, including the anthem, ‘God so loved the world,’ and a number of his best-known hymns.  What better way to prepare for Holy Week!

POVERTY & PASTRIES On Saturday 16 March at Central URC, from 10.30-12noon, Christian Aid is running an open meeting looking forward to Christian Aid Week.  The focus will be on the IF campaign and how we can use our voices to end hunger. There will be a chance to share ideas of how to include CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE, so do come along. More info: Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241.

WHITE ENVELOPES New white envelopes are now available for those who make their donations weekly through the collection plate. They are at the back of the church, labelled with the donors’ names. Please collect as soon as possible.

If anyone else would like to join this scheme please contact me. (Judith@harbottle.demon.co.uk) Thank you. Judith Pitchforth.


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!

FOOD & FRIENDSHIP As part of Islam Awareness Week, an opportunity to sample cuisine from different Islamic countries around the world.  Tuesday 12 March at 6.30 pm, hosted at St Mark’s with dishes supplied by Abdool and his friends.  Signup sheet at the back.

JANET BROWN On 15 March, 5.30-7.00 pm, at the Beacon Methodist Church, Broomhill, there will be a celebration of Janet’s work with older people in the parish, prior to her retirement.  Invites are available and a retiring collection in appreciation of her work will be taken up this week and next.

PLEDGE APPEAL 2013 – UPDATE We have had 107 responses promising in total increased giving for 2013 of £16,700 (including recoverable tax) compared to our target of £13,000. Very grateful thanks to all who have responded so far. Further responses are still welcome and if you have not yet done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible. Spare pledge  forms can be found in the brown envelopes at the back of the Church. David Ryder – Treasurer.

‘CELEBRATING A 21st CENTURY FAITH’ A day to explore and share 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  (registration from 10.30) at Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS.  Please see booking forms at the back of church for more info.  CRC members get the reduced rate!

FOOD BANK Many thanks for donations.  Please keep them coming (box by the vestry with a list of suitable food).

MARKS MESSENGER out for March! In your pigeonhole or 60p on card stall.

FAITH AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE The first meeting of this new Committee (replacing the Social Responsibility Group)  will meet at 7.30pm on Monday 4 March in the Church Lounge.  It is an open meeting, so please come if you are interested. Any queries to Robert Beard who will be chairing the new group.

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

NURTURING COMMUNITY CINEMA The film for 5 March is ‘Song for Marion’, 6.00 pm at the Showroom. Meet 5.50 pm in the Box Office. There is also the option to see Hitchcock at 6.30 pm if anyone prefers. Drinks / food in the bar afterwards. Please contact me if coming, with film preference.

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.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, St James Street.  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.

CREATIVE EDGE Please see the poster in the foyer for information on how to get involved with this exciting project that champions inclusion and community within Sheffield City Centre and is based in the Cathedral’s Community Resources Centre.

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