Weekly Update – 5th May 2013

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ELECTIONS The following elections were made at the Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Gary Grief and Mike Hunt; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Deni Ennals, Geoff Fisher, Helen Gregory, Rick Hughes, Jane Padget, Tanya Ralph, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Charles Stirling, Alistair Sutcliffe, Briony Tayler, Catherine Trickett, David Trickett, Rosie Moffatt.  We offer them all our congratulations, thanks and support.

ANNUAL REPORT reviewing the life of St Mark’s over the past twelve months is available, as are copies of the Financial Statements for 2012.

PARISH DAY On Saturday 18 May we’re building on our successful parish weekend with a parish activity day: Nurturing Community – ‘In the Spirit!’. The day will lead into the ecumenical Pentecost service the following morning with several of the day’s workshops contributing to the worship! The day will start at 9.30 am concluding with worship at 3.30 pm. The programme has been designed to ensure families can take part with workshops and other activities to attract younger participants. Crèche and play provision will also be available. Booking forms are available on the website and at the back. For info ask Ian, Sue, Shan, Anne, Tanya and Alistair.

NEIL KRAUSE, a former member of St. Mark’s now living in Australia, is seriously ill and will undergo surgery in May.  Please keep Neil and Suzanne in your prayers.


MICHELLE WATTAM, an experienced health professional working with older people, has agreed to be our next Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Officer.  Thank you, Michelle, we look forward to working with you to make St Mark’s a safe, affirming and fruitful place for all.

GROWING IN FAITH Please pray for Tibbie Fisher, Samuel Hand, Tim Lennox, Delia Stanway and Chris Speddings as they prepare for Confirmation in St Columba’s, Crosspool on Thursday 16 May at 7.30 pm. If you are thinking of going along to support them please sign your name on the sheet at the back of church.  We shall formally congratulate them at our Pentecost Service.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE ‘Christian Beginnings: Why Jesus didn’t die out,’ led by internationally acclaimed biblical scholar Gerd Lüdemann, THIS SATURDAY.  Forms on the CRC table.

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST is looking for a couple of extra cooks. You’ll be part of a fabulous team serving a full English breakfast to people who really appreciate a good meal on Friday mornings.  More info: Sue ASAP at [email protected]

CONGRATULATIONS to Dilys and Lewis Noble, who became grandparents on 19th April to Florence May, weighing in at 8lbs.  Baby and parents, Joe and Jojo, are doing well and we wish them all the best.
MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

ASCENSION DAY There will be a special service on THIS THURSDAY at 7.30 pm followed by a buffet supper hosted by the International Committee in support of Christian Aid.  Tickets: £5 waged; £3 concessions.

BROOMHALL BLITZ ON LITTER If you are concerned about the increase of litter in Broomhall and have an hour or so to spare today you are invited to join teams of volunteer street-cleaners.  Meet at the Broomhall Centre on Broomspring Lane at 12noon or 2.45pm.  I’m hoping to go after taking a wedding!  Sue

NEXT CINEMA TRIP is Friday 10th May at the Showroom: ‘Mud’ at 20.15 (finish 22.30). Meet from 6pm in the bar for drinks and food. Please contact Angela [email protected]/07939959450 or for further details.  Future dates for the diary: Fridays 14th June, 19th July.

WATCH Following the session run by Beryl Adamson of Women and the Church earlier this year, we are pleased to announce the launch event of a Sheffield branch on 8 June from 10.30-3.00 at St Mark’s. Keynote speakers, Revd Rachel Weir (National Chair) and Ann Cryer (former MP for Keighley and Vice-President of WATCH). Further information: Sarah Moore on 233 1912 or [email protected].

PONDERING THE PARABLES After Holy Communion on Thursdays,11.00am.

VISIT TO PARLIAMENT Monday 24 June with Paul Blomfield MP.  See flyer.

DIOCESAN 10 DAYS OF PRAYER Ascension to Pentecost.  Please collect a flyer from the card stall.

The AGM of SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday 14 May at the Quaker Meeting House. Several asylum seekers will speak about their experience in their home country and in the UK. Tea/coffee from 6.30. All welcome.

LIONSTALE On 22 June St Mark’s will stage a community play to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Please see the flyers and sign up. Rehearsals are on Sundays, between 2.30-4.30 pm in church.

GARDEN PARTY – June 15. We’ve usually been battering you for books and bric-a-brac items since Christmas but time is flying past and we now URGENTLY need you to have a SPRING CLEAN and bring in all your good quality, unwanted treasures.  If you’d like to offer your time to help on the day please speak to Sue 3276908, Caroline 2309824 or Pete 2664667.  Thank you!

MORE WAYS TO HELP CHRISTIAN AID Support Christian Aid by baking cakes to bring to church on Sunday 12 May to sell and eat. BUSK AID. Musicians, and people to hold donation tins, are invited to take part in Christian Aid’s busking event in Barker’s Pool THIS SATURDAY 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.  Further details about both events from Alison 221 4578 or Helen 258 4241, or Alison Trezise, [email protected].

ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF is the title of a big campaign by Christian Aid and others to put pressure on world leaders to tackle world hunger. Show your support in advance of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland by travelling to London on June 8th. Look out in the next weeks for more information and for cards to send to David Cameron.

CHRISTIAN AID MAY DAY WALK on Monday 6 May. There’s a group of ten of us so far for the 5, 10 or 15 mile walk. The 5 mile walk is suitable for families with young children. There’s space in cars if you need a lift. Further details/to register:

www.sheffieldmaydaytrek.org.uk or contact Ceri ([email protected]). To sponsor walkers, please sign the Form in church or to go: www.justgiving.com/ SheffieldMayDayTrek2013.

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