Weekly Update – 5th February 2012

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

IAN MAHER will be ordained Deacon this June before commencing a curacy at the Cathedral. This is an excellent opportunity for Ian and one that should complement his chaplaincy work at Sheffield Hallam University.

POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK 28 January to 5 February. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking Barriers’ ‘Our world is filled with barriers between people. Churches and community projects can break these barriers. They can challenge prejudice, enable excluded people to live full lives, and build a fairer world.’ We will engage with this theme during the service.

LENT LUNCHES These will take place every Thursday at 12.30 pm throughout Lent, beginning on 1st March. They will follow the Holy Communion and Discussion group and, in turn, be followed by a Lent group at 1.30pm. Please see the flyers at the back and if you can also bring food or help to wash up please sign up on the sheet. All welcome.

LENT COURSE this year is entitled ‘Practising Hopefulness’. This will follow on from last year’s successful course ‘The Practice of Paradise’. However, attendance last year is not a pre-requisite! Groups will start in the week beginning 27 February for 5 weeks. There is a flyer in your service sheet with details. Please see the lists at the back of church and sign-up if you are interested.

BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION If you are interested in finding out more about either of these Christian rites, please come along on Sunday 19 February at 11.30 am or 7.30 pm. Alternatively, have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

PASSION SUNDAY The choir will be singing Faure’s Requiem this year as part of the Passion Sunday Evening service, as well as some other pieces. If you wish to be part of the choir for this please come along on a Thursday at 7.00pm. All welcome.

CHURCH CLEANING Following a review of arrangements, we are able to offer an employment opportunity of up to 12 hours per week at a rate of £7.60 per hour, preferably to person/s associated with St Mark’s or familiar with church life. Job sharing welcome. Further work may be available. For additional details, please contact Michael Hunt (285 1473; mhunt.springcottage@virgin.net), or Anne Padget, in the church office.

CONTACT DETAILS Tim and Sarah Moore moved a while ago but have somehow missed updating a few people. Their contact details are: 308 Bole Hill Road, S6 5DF, 0114 2331912. timandsarahmoore@gmail.com Renate Smith also has a new e-mail address: renatesmith02@gmail.com and a new landline: 0114 221 6141

EILEEN STIRLING died peacefully a little over a week ago. A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St Mark’s THIS TUESDAY at 1.30 pm. We give thanks for her full and fruitful life, offering our condolences to Charles, Julia and Alex.

SHELVING Plans are being drawn up to remake the bookshelves on the chapel side of the Narthex so that they can be used as an extension to the library. If this raises questions or concerns, please have a word with the Vicar or Churchwardens.




FEBRUARY MESSENGER is now available and waiting in your pigeonholes if you subscribe, or on the card stall at 60p!

PLEDGES 2012 – UPDATE from the Treasurer. 90 responses have now been received promising additional giving of £6,646 (including recovered tax) towards the required target of £9,500 for 2012. This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.  However, further pledges are still needed if we are to maintain the work and service of this Church. Our cost budget has not increased over last year’s level but we need additional giving because our existing given income has been significantly reduced due to lost givers and reduced circumstances of others. Consequently, please think prayerfully and carefully about your response and return your pledge form as soon as possible. If needed, spare forms can be found at the back of the church. Thanks, David Ryder

URGENT APPEAL FOR NEW GIVERS The above notice highlights our urgent need for increased regular income. If you are a regular member/attendee and not in any of our formal giving schemes please consider completing a pledge form in order to start and return it to Judith Pitchforth, Assistant Treasurer, as soon as possible. Also, if you are a tax payer, please give by Gift Aid (by completing the declaration on the Pledge Form) so that we can claim from HMRC, at no extra cost to you, an additional 25p on every £1 you give. Pledge Packs (including Pledge Forms) are available at the back of church. Thank you in anticipation. David Ryder, Treasurer

TO PV PANEL DONORS – If you have not already done so, please collect from your pigeon hole at the back of Church, a personal letter from the Vicar and Treasurer which requests a response from you.  Thanks.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND 21-23 September 2012. Further details and application forms are now available! Please take them away with you and see the display at the back of church. This is definitely an event for ALL the church community – please book early!

AUCTION OF PROMISES To ensure that everyone who wishes to go on the Parish Weekend can do so, we are holding a special fund-raising event after the PANCAKE PARTY on 21 February.  Please take a flyer away. Tickets for the evening are now available at only £2 from clergy / staff & the churchwardens after church, or from the office or on the door.

STEWARDSHIP RESPONSE There are lots of ways in which we can become more involved at St Mark’s, whether we have only recently started coming or have been a part of the church community for some time. Please complete a yellow Stewardship Response and place it in the box at the back church. Thank you!

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE This will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and is entitled Relating to the Other: A New Vision for Religious Pluralism. As always, it promises to be a stimulating and enjoyable day. Please note, the date has now been changed to Saturday 19 May. Details at the back of church.

CHURCH & COMMUNITY IN BROOMHILL & BROOMHALL On Saturday 10 March, members of St Mark’s, St Andrew’s and the Beacon at Broomhill are joining with local community representatives for an event at St Mark’s Church to explore the role which our churches play in the local community and how it might develop in the future. This will run from 9.45 am to 2.30 pm. If you would like to know more or to participate, please contact David Price (296 0806 or davidprice2@googlemail.com) by 27 Feb.


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