Weekly Update – 4th December 2016




Nicki Loomes will start on Monday 5 December.  Thanks to Anna S who will continue until Christmas and to Anna Ryder who has been dealing with bookings! Sue H.

CONGREGATIONAL ADDRESSES  An updated congregational list is available for anyone whose name is on it.  Please email Anna in the office if you would like a copy. Printed copies 50p  Sue H

CHRISTMAS CARDS The International Committee are selling Christmas cards and other novelties after the service TODAY on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft. Jennie Martin

TOILET TWINNING 2.4 billion people do not have a loo with all that means. TONIGHT after Night Service there will be a toilet themed quiz with prizes and the chance to donate or learn more about toilet twinning. Come prepared! Dorothy Gray

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY at St Oswald’s Church, Bannerdale Road, on Tues 6th December at 7.15 pm when “MarksThree” (aka Shelagh, Rosalind and David R) take part with Sonic Tonic in an evening of carols and songs. Tickets £6 on the door.Rosalind

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30 pm.7 December:  The Hazelnuts Choir. Visitors welcome. Details from Rosalind 268 1426

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – no session this week. Open on the 13th Dec then resuming on 10th  January. 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

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

CTBB CARDS – Volunteers needed to distribute to local homes please!  Kim

HANDEL’S MESSIAH  performance tomorrow night , Mon 5 Dec at 7pminSheffield Cathedral with Sheffield Bach Choir and the National Festival Orchestra. For tickets visit the Bach Choir website or see David Sanderson

LIBERATING THEOLOGIES GROUP: This fortnightly Wednesday group has recommenced and is open to anyone wanting to study and discuss a variety of theologies. Next meeting 7th Dec, from 11.45-1pm. Interested? Contact Jeremy Clines on 0114 222 4098.

READING THE STORY 7.30 on Friday 9 December, in the church lounge. New members always welcome. We will have some discussion of 1 Samuel ch 13-15 (read at home) before reading together ch 16-20, the narrative about the rise of David, the battle with Goliath, the love of Jonathan, and the jealousy of Saul. Janet

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICES & CONCERT dates for your diaries:  Three good opportunities to appreciate wonderful seasonal choral music and carols and reflect on the joy of Christmas: Sheffield Chorale’s Traditional 9 Lessons and Carols by candlelight at St John’s Ranmoor. Thurs 15 Dec 7.30 (free):  Abbeydale Singer’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ Christmas concert, here at St Mark’s Sat 17 Dec 7.30 (adv. tickets via Anna Ryder, Alice Newitt or David Ryder):  Our own, St Mark’s Carol Service, Sun 18 Dec 6.00 pm.  Thanks – David Ryder (in all three!).

LOGOS Friday 16 Dec at the Vicarage.

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

PLEDGES FOR 2017  – Please collect your Pledge Pack from the back of Church and complete the enclosed Pledge Form for 2017 asap.   Unfortunately, on the Form’s Commitment page, the tick boxes are misaligned with the giving amounts!  To avoid confusion please circle the amount rather than ticking a box.  Thank you.  David Ryder

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE – 24th Dec HELP NEEDED! We need more people to supervise the craft activities. If you can help please see Sarah C TODAY.

ADVENTure two Advent study sessions using Patriarchs, Prophets, John the Baptist and Mary to illustrate our own journey through this season.  An opportunity to share with our friends from The Manor Parish. Please take a flyer and sign up if you’re planning to attend.  Sue and Sarah

Please sign up to contribute to this bring-and-share lunch, and to provide mince pies (preferably home-made) for the Carol Service on 18 December.

CAROL SINGING around residential homes – Wednesday 14th December. Meet at Hallamshire Care Home at 5.30pm or join in along the way!  All welcome. Ending in Broomhill with drinks in a local hostelry Sue 07904 284853

ST MARK’S IN PRINTAGAIN! Churches of the Church of England: Director’s Choice‘ is being published soon. The publishers website (Scala) says: ‘The churches featured (including St Mark’s) in this beautifully illustrated volume have been drawn from each of the 42 dioceses to showcase their varied architecture, art and uses’. The RRP in January will be £12.95 but we have an opportunity to buy in advance in bulk at a reduced price. If you would be interested in buying copies please see Sarah C or David P today and we will try to get them before Christmas.


WANTED: Baby clothes and toys in good condition, for 3 months+ boy, also contributions towards a Christmas Hamper or a financial donation for an Asylum Seeker and family. Contact Renate Smith on renatesmith02@gmail.com or 07974732715. Items may be brought to church on Sunday 11 Dec.  Thank you!

ALSO NEEDED: Similar to the shoebox appeal last year, Rosie Hunt will be collecting small gifts for children and adults on Sunday 11th December.  The aim is to make a gift bag for each of 100 families supported by the Gateway Programme.  Any questions, contact Rosie – 07706 095663 or rosiehunt@hotmail.co.uk.  Many thanks.

CHRISTIAN AID has produced FREE Advent colouring candles to help us journey prayerfully through Advent. Pick up your card from the Christmas card table TODAY, with its reflections for each week of Advent. Helen Hillman

SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD to the Prime Minister, and include a message asking her to reflect on the language she uses to speak about refugees looking for a safe place to call home. Suggestions from Christian Aid for the message, which you can copy or write in your own words on your card, will be available on the Christmas card table TODAY. Helen

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN 2016. After Eucharist next Sunday, 11 December you will be able to sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists. It only takes a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who is being tortured or in solitary confinement and thinks they have been totally forgotten. Cards and details will be  available. Otherwise cards will be available on the table. Robin Story


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