Weekly Update – 5th March 2017

NEW BISHOP OF SHEFFIELD See the PCC notice board, the green sheet and the website for updates.In a recent letter Bishop Peter (Doncaster) said; ‘During this first week of Lent Bishop Philip will be taking time for prayer and reflection on retreat. Having heard the criticisms and concerns, alongside the support and affirmation, he rightly feels he needs to spend time in prayer. He will not be making any public statement or entering into further correspondence at this time. I hope you will allow Philip this space and as such direct any further communication to me until the end of his retreat.’ Please hold both bishops and us in your prayers. Sue, Sarah & ShanCRC SEMINAR AND LIBRARY MORNING March 11th, 10.30am to 1pm. Can you see me home? We will explore Christian attitudes to assisted dying and care at the end of life. There will be a play for voices, followed by discussion with a panel of St Mark’s people and participants about issues raised. £3 on the door.

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

HOLINESS AND JUSTICE ART EXHIBITION Sheffield artist and pioneer minister Ric Stott will be launching the display of his work at the Whirlow Spirituality Centre on 11th March at 7pm. Refreshments will be served and there is no need to book. Sue

FRIENDSHIP CLUB in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 8 Mar: A BIG SING with Sarah C. All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426

BROOMFIELD ROAD CLOSURE on Sunday 12th of March Broomfield Road will be closed for a day for additional construction work on the hospital. We are working with them to minimise noise and disruption but please adjust any travel plans accordingly. They are hopeful this will be the final day of work. InnesST MARK’S IN PRINTGET YOUR COPY FOR EASTERWe 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, which features St Mark’s. See the sample copy by the library Sarah C.SOLD: ANTI-TRAFFICKING FILM will be playing at the Showroom, Tuesday 7th March, 6pm. Directed by Emma Thompson, the film raises awareness of child trafficking in Nepal. Proceeds from the screening are going to PHASE and Child Reach who work on this issue. Tickets £8.50/£6.30

WADJDA SCREENING on Sunday 12th March at 7.30pm, Broomhall  centre. It tells the story of an 11 year old girl who defies culture, religion, school and family members in her wish to ride a bicycle. Suggested donation £3. Sue

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 [email protected].


GRAHAM AND SUE MURRAYThank Pat Hunt and everyone who signed the card of good wishes given to them on the 68th anniversary of their wedding at Sheffield cathedral on the 26th of February 1949, they had a very happy dayLENT GROUPS 2017 A Pilgrimage Through Prayer. Signup sheets are now available at the back of church. Only a few places left.CARETAKERS EMAIL The St Mark’s Caretaker has a new email address. If you need to contact Tim then please use:

[email protected]

CHRISTIAN AID invites you to their annual Poverty and Pastries event at Central URC on Sat 25th March, 10am-12noon. This is a very friendly occasion, in preparation for Christian Aid Week 2017, May 14-20th. We will hear stories from refugees in Greece who are fleeing conflict and violence, and find out more about the climate change campaign, The Big Shift. Coffee and croissants provided! All welcome. Helen Hillman 0114 258 4241

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – We are blessed to have received promises for extra giving this year of approximately £7,700 (including recovered tax) towards our preferred target of £9,900.  We still hope to receive further promises as some church members are yet to respond.  Consequently, 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 in the foyer.  Thank you.  David Ryder. Treasurer.

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.


AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME in the diocese it feels like a good time to remember all that we love and appreciate about our female clergy. There’s cards for them at the back of church to write a note in…AnonDEMONSTRATION AT MORTON HALL DETENTION CENTRE. The UK detains asylum seekers and other migrants for indefinite periods. Join this protest demo  on Sat 11 March at Morton Hall Detention Centre where there have been two recent deaths.  Coach leaves Crucible Theatre at 10 am.  Contact [email protected]. More details on http://www.symaag.org.uk/events/. If you can support this demo financially, contact David Price.PEAK PILGRIMAGE We continue our pilgrimage on Saturday 11 March when we will walk from St Peter’s Alstonefield to St Giles Hartington, a walk of 6-7 miles. Please book on to the walk by Wed 8 March, we need to know if you need a lift or how many passengers you can offer lifts to.Phone 0114 2667316 or email [email protected] Thanks, Susan Whitmill

MARK OAKLEY’S LATEST BOOK The Splash 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

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

LIFE AND DEATH MATTERS CAFE A new season is beginning in Crookes at Salon de Café, 160a Crookes from Tuesday 7 March onwards 10.30am -12.  All are welcome.  Jane Padget

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