Weekly Update – 5th February

NEW BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD is to be the Rt Revd Philip North, currently the suffragan Bishop of Burnley. See the St Marks website for more details. Bishop Philip has arranged a meeting with all women clergy in the diocese on Tuesday morning. Please hold him and us in your prayers. Sue, Sarah and Shan 

THE NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH will be on February 26. A great way to get to know a few more people.  Do stay if you can. We ask for donations to help cover the cost of the meal but your first one is always free! Come anyway!  Sue


READING THE STORY The group will meet for the last time before Lent on Friday 10 February in the church lounge at 7.30pm. We will conclude the story of Saul, reading chapters 29-31 of 1 Samuel and ch.1 of 2 Samuel. New members are welcome; the group will then resume after Easter on the second Friday in May (12th). Please contact Janet Morley for details.


CRAG CARBON COUNTER can help you measure your carbon footprint. To register go to our website -www.crag.stmarkssheffield.co.uk – To find out more see the display in the corridor or contact Rick Hughes


FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. in the church lounge. 8 Feb:  “Keep moving” – armchair exercises with Mary-Jane. All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426.


ST MARK’S IN PRINTCOPIES AVAILABLE We now have more copies of Churches of the Church of England available, RRP £12.95, our price only £10. This is a very interesting little book, featuring St Mark’s. Sarah C.

LENT 2017 is fast approaching so please let Sue or Sarah know if you would like to host a Lent Group at your home.  The theme for our Lent groups this year will be A Pilgrimage Through Prayer which we will be sharing with our partner churches in The Manor Team.  Flyers at the back of church. 

PEAK PILGRIMAGE- A LENT GROUP WITH A DIFFERENCE We are planning to walk this 36 mile path from ILAM to the plague church at EYAM, in stages, over 6 Saturdays in Lent starting on 4 March. This is an opportunity to walk, talk and share, and on the way visit 12 very different churches in stunning countryside. Please join us for some or all of this rewarding pilgrimage. We will be at the back of church with more information. Peter and Susan Whitmill


KEYS  We need to ensure that our records of keyholders are up to date so please would you let Innes know exactly which keys you have been issued with and why.  Many thanks.  Sue


JULIAN PRAYER Is a time to meet together for silent meditation on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. No regular commitment needed, just drop in when you can. See our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.


THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS COMMITTEE are currently reviewing the work we do with our young people of all ages. If you would be interested in getting involved in this conversation or would like to explore getting involved with one of our groups then please contact Sarah Colver sarah@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th June 2017. The new planning group is organising a much simpler Festival with Saturday 17th June available for an event at St Mark’s.  Shall we do something different instead of the Garden Party?  Got ideas? Offers of help? Come along to an open meeting after church on Feb 26th or email Sue H and Shelagh Marston (chair).  (There’s a Sunday lunch that day so you won’t have to rush home to cook!)


LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE  – Tuesdays 10.30am -12 in the lounge.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget


POOR CHURCH:TRANSFIGURED CHURCH Church Action on Poverty Service 4.00 pm, 26th February 2017 St Marie’s Cathedral Norfolk Row, Sheffield Speaker: Revd Keith Hebden Director

of the Urban Theology Union What does it mean to be a transfigured and transformed Church – one  that not only serves the poorest and most vulnerable, but includes them at its very heart?


THANK YOU to all Children’s Society box holders for donations totalling £514.09,a valuable contribution to the Society’s ongoing work helping this country’s most vulnerable children . If you would like to support the society by having a box please see me. Susan Whitmill.



There will be a bring and share meal followed by an open meeting at 6pm on Sunday 12th February- a time to explore ideas and hopes for the nurturing and development of night service. Everyone Welcome. Sue and Sarah


PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – To date 71 responses have been received with total extra giving of £7,600 (including recovered tax) promised towards our target of £9,900. They include 4 new pledges and 26 increases.  This is very encouraging and grateful thanks to all who have responded so far.   We still need further increased income of £2,300 and therefore, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available at the back of the Church.  Thank you.  David Ryder. 

MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Slash of Words: Believing in Poetry is now in the library. It has had marvellous reviews and is a very rewarding book. There are two copies but demand may be high up to Easter so please only borrow for two weeks at a time to give others a chance to look at it.  Maureen Bownas


CTBB GIRLS CLUB is now up and running again with a new leader Hannah Cawley. All girls age 10-16 welcome at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane on Wednesdays, 6-8pm, for craft, cooking activities, trips out, friendship and just chilling. Please contact Hannah on 07759140890, or Dilys on 07817651178 or just turn up (parental consent will be sought!) See you there!


THE 2017 FLOWER ROTA If you would like to donate money for the flowers on a certain Sunday in memory of a loved one or for an anniversary please let me know. I will assume those already on the list wish to continue donating unless they say otherwise  Thank you Mary-Jane Ryder 230 3242

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