Weekly Update ~ 3rd May 2015


ANNUAL REPORT This is now out and available.  You will find a copy at the back of church.

PENTECOST As usual, we shall be worshipping with our ecumenical partners in CTBB.  This year the service will be at Beacon in Broomhill Methodist Church, Fulwood Road on 24 May at 10.30 am (nb later time). This will be followed by a Bring & Share lunch and there will be no 10am Service here that day.

ASCENSION DAY This year the Ascension Day service on Thursday 14th May will be at 10.30am NOT in the eve.  All are welcome to attend.

NIGHT SERVICE SPECIAL EVENTS – ALL WELCOME Sunday 10th May, 6:30pm.  Seminar with Mark Newitt on how to lead worship.  You are quite welcome to bring your picnic tea if you wish to stay on for Night Service.

Sunday 17th May, 6:30pm Bring and Share Meal.  Family and friends welcome followed by Taizé service at 8pm for those who would like to stay.  More details of both events on www.nightservice.org.uk

MENTAL HEALTH – CHALLENGE OR OPPORTUNITY? This diocesan Study Day continues to grow in popularity and three more are planned; Saturdays 13 June, 5 September and 31 October. Next one at ‘The Church on the Corner’, 5 Buchanan Rd, Sheffield, S5 8AP.  For more info, please call 248 2364 / email Dorothy Cook, 4dorothycook@gmail.com

PCN’S SPRING CONFERENCE is at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, THIS SATURDAY 2015 at 11am.  It will be on the theme “A DAY IN THE FOUNTAIN: exploring poetry”. www.pcnbritain.org.uk.

CHRISTIAN AID NEEDS YOU! Many thanks to those who have already agreed to help with the house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week, 10th-16th May. We still need more collectors for some streets which we have not yet covered. Contact Helen Hillman 0114 2584241 CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Don’t forget BUSK AID in Barker’s Pool on Sat 9th May. Come and sing or play to get Christian Aid Week off to a good start. Collectors also needed. More details from Helen Hillman or Alison Trezise on jandatrezise@virginmedia.com

CHRISTIAN AID SUNDAY LUNCH May 10th: Everyone welcome to lunch to raise money for Christian Aid and learn more about this year’s appeal.

UNDECIDED VOTERS The Joseph Rowntree Trust have a website called “Vote for Policies” which might help  you decide which way to vote. The questions cover 10 topics, and for each you are given 5 sets of policies to choose from, without being told which party proposes them. At the end you get a party profile matching your selection. If you cover all 10 topics it takes about 50 minutes to complete.  http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

MUSICIANS: ST MARK’S NEEDS YOU! Do you sing in the shower? How would you like to sing in St Mark’s Choir instead? We rehearse weekly on Thursdays, 6.30-8pm to prepare for our contributions to Sunday morning worship. Do you play an instrument? How would you like to lead the music at a Sunday morning Service or a Night Service? St Mark’s is looking to hear more and more from our talented congregation, and to get all of our musicians involved! For more information please email the Director of Music (mua08mwm@sheffield.ac.uk).

WEDDING INVITATION Jonathan Williamson and Cath Osgerby warmly invite all at St Mark’s to their wedding service on 23 May at 2pm, and for cake and bubbly in the church afterwards!

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30pm in the church lounge. 6 May:  “Buskin’ Buddies”.  All welcome.  Modest charge. Details from Rosalind 268 1426
PARISH WEEKEND  – PROVING POPULAR! Bookings are going well for this and places are limited.  Come along to what will be a wonderful weekend together at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, on 18-20 September 2015!  Please see the flyers at the back.

LEARN AND BOOST CHURCH FUNDS Join one of our Enneagram Workshops.  Some people bid at the Auction of Promises for a place.  We now have three planned: 30 May , 18 July or 17 October. Come along and have fun and learn! (minimum £8 each – donations above very welcome to support church outreach and Parish Weekend).  For info have a chat with Jane or Anne Padget.

FUN, FITNESS & FOOD Please support a fund raising event at the Crosspool Beacon at Stephen Hill. Tues 12 May, 3pm – 4.30pm. Craft stalls, cakes to buy and refreshments to enjoy. All welcome. £4 tickets from Jane Padget.

NEW PUBLICATION John Wood has produced a booklet which is on sale for a £1.00 at the back of the Church. This is entitled ‘John Wood looks at the Bible’ and includes the sermon he preached at St Mark’s on his 90th birthday.  He hopes the contents will be of interest to friends at St Mark’ s and hopefully  intends to publish 5 other booklets in the series.

NEPAL There is a PHASE collection this week at the back of church for the people of Nepal following the earthquake.  There are also GiftAid forms.  Please fill one in if you are a taxpayer, meaning an extra 25% on top of your donation can be claimed.  For up to date info on the work in Nepal go tohttp://phaseworldwide.org/update-worst-earthquake-affected-areas-gorkha-sindhulpalchok/

ACCESS TO INFORMATION Our blue sheets are on St Mark’s Website.  Please only include details you are happy to be picked up by a Google search.  For more info, please see a member of clergy.

COMMENTS BOX is still at the back of church – we do take notice of them!

GREEN TEAM (or St Mark’s Environmental Group in more sober language) .  We are re-launching this on Wednesday, 6 May at 8pm at Rick Hughes house, 208 Ecclesall Rd.  Coffee and cake and choosing realistic ideas about what we can do about the planet rather than just worry.  We would be delighted to see you.  For more info contact either Rick Hughes (268 3370) or Michael Bayley (258 5248).

DIOCESAN VISIT TO GERMANY IN OCTOBER 2015 – COME AND JOIN US! The Diocese of Sheffield Hattingen Witten Link invites you to join a group visiting our partner diocese in Germany.  23rd – 31st October.If you would like to find out more, please contact Revd Sue Hobley, 01709 872299, or email vicar@wathparishchurch.co.uk

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY TREK – TOMORROW! Three routes available this year – 6, 11 and 16 mile round walks from St Luke’s, Lodge Moor. Registration & info at www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk. Congregational sponsor form available at the back. Volunteers needed to marshal and for registration desk. If you can help please contact Alison on 2214578.

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