Weekly Update – 4th March 2018

Notices for the week beginning Sunday 4th March 2018.

THE ELECTORAL ROLL is due to be revised at the end of March (please note that this is just a revision and not a new roll).  If you are not already on and wish to be please complete a form at the back of church and return it to me by Sunday 1st April. Peter Ryder

LENT SERMON SERIES continues today with the third of our four sermons on The Eucharist. The final sermon in the series will be on 18th March with the theme of Dismissal. Sue, Sarah, Anne & Jonathan

PALM SUNDAY DRAMATIC GOSPEL if you would like to help bring this reading to life on Sunday 25 March, please come along to the chapel after church on Sun 25 Feb or contact, k.edmonds@mmu.ac.uk Kim

NEW(ish) TO ST MARK’S? Pledge packs available if you wish to start supporting the church financially through regular direct debit payments or via the envelope scheme. Please talk to David Ryder, 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 67 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 are available in the foyer.

SUNDAY LUNCH 18 March: please sign up on the sheet in the Narthex if you’d like to bring some food. Or, just come and enjoy food and chat. Briony

MULTI-SENSORY ALL AGE SERVICE TODAY at 4pm. A reflective & interactive time of worship with the theme of journeys.  All welcome.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 pm in the lounge. 7 Mar:  “Round the World in a dozen songs” All welcome. Details: Rosalind 268 1426

SUNDAY LUNCH the next will be on 18 March, with an Irish theme! Details to follow.  Briony

FUNDRAISING NOTICEBOARD for Big Weekend Away Sign up for events and workshops. There’s also an offers and requests section, where you can request or offer a service/skill. This is a simple way to raise more money and get to know people better! Sue Sarah Shan

WHITE WEEKLY DONATIONS ENVELOPES for 2018/19 now available at the back of the church for collection – if you would like a box, and there isn’t one for you please let me know. Thanks. Judith 

OPEN YOUR GARDEN Could you share the pleasure of your garden for the Broomhill festival? Collect for your favourite charity (10% of donations to go to the festival).  Submissions deadline end Feb.  email rmstewart@doctors.org.uk or brenda@luddite1.plus.com Rhona/Brenda

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSE BOXES 2017 – a big thank you to box holders who donated £460-20 to the Children’s Society in 2017. If you haven’t got a house box and would like one please see me. Susan Whitmill

‘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 available soon.

FREE CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOPS in schools across Yorkshire.  Hope for the Future are offering 6th Form students the chance to engage with their MP over the challenges and opportunities of climate change.  For more info contact us at www.hftf.org.uk/schools or sarahr.hopeftf@gmail.com Sarah

BLUE SHEET NOTICES If sending notices for inclusion in the Blue Sheet please keep length to a maximum of 280 characters including spaces (about the length of this notice or less!) – if you need help with checking this please contact the office. Thank you!  Sarah R

DIOCESAN CONFERENCE 12-14 June.  If you would like to attend on behalf of St Mark’s please contact Sarah R in the office. Details on Diocesan website.  Sue/Sarah

HMP LINDHOLME is looking for people who can offer interesting talks.  Might this be you?  Contact Sarah Walsh, the Managing Chaplain, on 01302 524829.  Lindholme is a Category C/D prison, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN7 6EE.  Sue

MORE RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR LENT The Resurrection by Geza Vermes category C and In the Heart’s Time by Janet Morley category F, on display in Library now. Maureen

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

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY Book your place NOW!  Forms at the back of church. 21-23 Sept 2018 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire. Tanya

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is May 13-19. We need people to help with the house to house collection during that week. If you are able to help, please contact 0114 258 4241 or email helen@hillmans.demon.co.uk Helen Hillman POVERTY AND PASTRIES Christian Aid warmly invites you to this event in preparation for Christian Aid week, with its theme of justice for internally displaced people. Free coffee and croissants! Sat 3 March from 10a.m.-12noon at the Central U.R.C. Church in Norfolk Street.

TEA & TELL Healthwatch Sheffield are holding an event at The Quaker Meeting House on Thurs 8 Mar 2-4pm.  Seeking views of people with dementia & their families/supporters who have had home care/help in the last year. Judy Robinson

HAVE YOU READ? The archives of the Sheffield CRC-PCN group, 2005 to 2018. A collection of conversations, formal discussions and other writings. These tell of the energy and enthusiasm of thinking Christians and many of their insights have come through mutual respect, learning and questioning.  Well worth a read. Robin Story

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