Weekly Update – 4th February 2018


FUNDRAISING FOR THE PARISH WEEKEND starts very soon with a Shrove Tuesday PANCAKE PARTY in the lounge from 5.30 to 7.30pm Bring your own bottle and small cash donation to cover the fillings in the pancakes. Please could some people make me batches of 10 pancakes in advance to be warmed up on the evening. Thank you Mary-jane  followed by AUCTION OF PROMISES at 8pm – See flyer for more details and how to offer a ‘service’ for auction.

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY itself is from 21-23 Sept 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Please put the dates in your diary now! Tanya

CHRISTMAS STAMPS Thank you to all who left stamps over Christmas.  I’ve just sent off two massive bags to the RNIB.  A display of some of the international stamps is in the lounge for those interested. Sarah R

CASTLETON WEEKEND away aimed at students, young adults and friends on 23 – 25 Feb. Fellowship, faith and fun. Email Ceri to book your place (cerigallivan@hotmail.co.uk). For more info see Oli, Chris or Ceri or find the facebook event.

NEXT MESSENGER: Andrew Burdett would very gladly welcome material contributions for the March edition of the Messenger. Deadline: 11 February. Email: messenger@andbur.uk

ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER on Sat 16 June. Can you help? We now have some volunteers but need a few more to join the group who will plan and delegate! Our first meeting will be Weds 21st Feb at 7.30pm. Please talk to me asap. Sarah C.

NEW(ish) TO ST MARK’S? Pledge packs are available all year round for people who wish to start supporting the church financially through regular direct debit payments or via the envelope scheme.  Please talk to David Ryder or Judith Pitchforth, or to clergy.

PLEDGE RESPONSES FOR 2018 –  Regular, pledged giving is the best way for St Mark’s to manage our finances.   So far only 64 pledge forms have been returned so, please return your 2018 pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Packs (including a pledge form) are available in the foyer.

CRC SEMINAR MORNING Sat 17th Feb, 10-12 in the Upper Room. Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt will be talking about issues around LGBT parenting, and their recent book on the subject, Pride and Joy.

PENNY RALPH (Tanya’s mum) died suddenly following a very short illness.  Please hold the whole family in your prayers as they come to terms with their loss.  Her funeral will be held at St Mark’s on Thursday 8 February at 2pm.

LENT 2018 – sign-up sheets available TODAY. We’ve planned something slightly different this year and invite you to join home groups based around the BBC TV series, “Broken” – a drama following the life of a Catholic priest serving an urban parish with many social issues.  Each week we shall watch an episode and consider, “Where is hope to be found?” See flyers for more details and sign up today! Sue/Sarah

‘AGAINST THE GRAIN – AN EVENING WITH GARTH HEWITT’ on Sat 12th May (7:30pm) at St Mark’s Church. Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times. Info from Simon Ennals or Tanya Ralph. Tickets will available in church nearer the time.

THE INACCURATE CONCEPTION Hallam ’89 Theatre Club are staging this humorous take on a school nativity at the University Drama Studio 8 – 10 Feb  and we are performing!  Tickets from Eventbrite, 0114 233 5333 or from us. Dez & Jennie Martin

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wed 7th Feb at 1.30 in the Lounge: Chris Hobbs (local historian) will talk about ‘Sheffield’s Shocking Past’. All welcome. Details from Carol 266 5628

STORIES FOR THE SOUL at St Bartholomews Church Centre, The Vine. Dementia friendly and spiritually storytelling sessions starting Feb 22 (places limited). £62.50 for 5 sessions (carers free).  To book email Carrie carriegodlyplay@thevinesheffield.org.uk or call 07989 612676

ACCOMMODATION URGENTLY NEEDED The arrangement offered to Fatih, Nantanet and baby Rodi is coming to an end and all concerned are looking for more suitable housing. If you are able to accommodate them, even in the short term, please talk to Oli and Marie or contact Robert Beard on arjay61@hotmail.com. Many thanks. Sue

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 16 – 24th June.  By the community for the community.  There will be the usual mix of concerts, library events, history walks and open gardens and also this year some exciting talks and demonstrations.  Keep it free.  Offers for open gardens will be appreciated.  The website is now live – www.broomhill-festival.org.uk Shelagh Marston. 266 4449.

TRANSPORT COORDINATOR   we have a small number of people who require transport to church on a regular basis. Briony has coordinated this for some time, and needs to step back from the role.  If you are able to help please contact me.  Sarah C

ANOTHER JOB OPPORTUNITY WITH CRC we are seeking to recruit a curator/researcher for the creation of an online library of liturgical, spirituality and theological resources. This is a part-time post (max 10 hrs per week), for up to one year, the full details on the church website or contact me. John Schofield.


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