Weekly Update – 4th September 2011

WELCOME whether you are new to St Mark’s or a regular.  Thank you for being here and sharing in this act of worship.

WENDY’S FINAL SUNDAY with us before returning to her legal studies will be 11 September.  There will be a parish ‘bring & share’ lunch in her honour on that day as well as an opportunity to contribute to a ‘thank you’ gift. TODAY is the last Sunday for this.

COMMENTS BOX for feedback on the services and other aspects of church life can be found at the back of church.  Why not suggest a hymn?

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

ST MARK’S NEW WEBSITE is live!  It is a magnificent achievement – an on-line portal into the rich and varied life of this church.  A massive thank you to Jon Hughes, Tanya Ralph, James Ryder, Alistair Sutcliffe and Liz Wallis as well as to everyone who has contributed text or photos.  Be sure to check it out: www.stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS – With Wendy’s imminent departure, we urgently need competent musicians willing to play and accompany singing during Night Service on an occasional basis.  Please contact Wendy or a member of clergy asap.  Thank you!

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 2011 donated £10,000 to the designated charities: Safe @ Last, Sheffield Women’s Refuge, Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and Twin & Twin Trading Ltd.  Well done everyone!

MARK THESE WORDS Lay and Local Preachers, Readers and Ministers are invited to a day looking at the theological and practical issues of preaching Mark’s Gospel with Revd Prof David Wilkinson and team from St John’s College, Durham on 5 November, 10am – 4pm.  Please see the booking forms at the back of church.

JOHN BELL of the Iona Community will lead a day here at St Mark’s with Jo Love on Saturday 1 October 2011, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm – ‘In Spirit and Truth: Belief, Worship and Discipleship.’  Places are filling up.  If you intend to come, please book asap to avoid disappointment.!

DIOCESAN DEVELOPMENT DAY on 1 October.  More details on the notice board and a sign-up sheet at the back.

BIG SING, songs and reflections, with John Bell on Sunday 2 October, 3.00 – 5.00 pm, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk St.  All welcome, admission free.  Organised by Churches Together in South Yorkshire.

SOLAR PANEL FUNDING APPEAL Following a positive response from Church members, PCC has agreed to launch an appeal for unconditional donations towards the cost of installing solar panels on the church roof. The target to raise is £40,000 and the individually addressed Appeal letters that were at the back of church have now been sent to Church members including a pledge form. Pledges of donations are invited – Sunday 16 October 2011 at the latest, please.  Please think carefully and prayerfully about supporting this exciting and innovative proposal for the Church to reduce its carbon footprint.  Thank you.

SERVERS & VERGERS We are looking for volunteers to join the existing teams.  If you would like to serve in the sanctuary or help set up for the service at the 10 o’clock Eucharist, please have a word with Jon Hughes or a member of the clergy.  Open to young and old, women and men.  Many thanks.

TWEETING St Mark’s now has a Twitter account.  Follow all the fascinating tweets and add your own; account name is @StMarksShef.

REMEMBERING DAVID STOKER Tim Moore has decided to commemorate the first anniversary of David Stoker’s death by raising money for The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust. He is doing the Great North Run and would welcome all donations either in person, or at: justgiving.com/Tim-Moore0.

DEC APPEAL for East Africa raised £2661 (including Gift Aid).  Thank you!

MARATHON SUPPORT for Ceri Gallivan who is undertaking the Great North Run in September to raise funds for the clinic in Malawi where she will be working for 6 months from January.  More information and to sponsor: www.mycharity.ie/event/gallivan/.

DISABILITY AND THE CUTS: the effect of public spending cuts on disabled people. A public meeting organised by Church Action on Poverty in Sheffield and Sheffield Centre for Independent Living (SCIL). Thursday 29 September, 7-9pm, Quakers Meeting House.  All welcome.

10,000 CLIMATE JOBS for Sheffield. Please sign the petition to trigger a debate in full council on the need to create these jobs in Sheffield.  We need 5000 signatures. Forms at the back of church by the Chapel.

LIONS For all eager big cats, this will be starting up again NEXT SUNDAY!

PRESERVES  AT HARVEST Once again we will be selling jams, chutneys and bottled fruit on Harvest Festival Sunday in support of Christian Aid. Please, wonderful jam makers, can you get busy so we have lots to sell. Many thanks. International Committee.


Please see  the notice on the board seeking temporary accommodation for two dogs (separately) or ask Sue for details.

THE WELCOME PLACE meets in the Broomhall Centre on Wednesdays, 3.00-5.00 pm.  Please call in if you can.


CONGREGATIONAL LIST (updated) is now available.  If you have consented to be on the public list, you can purchase a copy for a mere 50p.  See Anne.

WITH THANKS for Peri David’s recovery.  Prema would like to say thank you for all the support she received from people while her brother was ill.

SEPTEMBER MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe.  If not, then it is on the card stall at a mere 60p!

MESSENGER Contributions for the October issue of Mark’s Messenger are welcome and should be received before 15 September. Please send articles or other items to Carol Rowe ([email protected]).


BROOMHALL NEWS The September edition is available on the card stall.

SOUP RUN We are looking for some more volunteers to help with the Soup Run.  It is just once a month, as part of a good team. More information from Gary, or Jonathan Earle or [email protected] on 07751 788669. More men’s socks and coats gratefully accepted, too.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND, 21-23 September 2012 at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, and is open to all who attend St. Mark’s.  More details to follow.


CRC NEWS Details and Booking Forms for the forthcoming Marcus Borg Conference on 11-12 November are available on the CRC table.  Last few places!

SOUTH YORKSHIRE WORKPLACE CHAPLAINCY has vacancies for volunteer chaplains in Sheffield College and in the Fire Service. If interested, please contact David Whitehead on 07889 634221 or [email protected]

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