Weekly Update – 6th May 2012

ELECTIONS The following elections were made at the Annual Meetings: Churchwarden: Gary Grief and Mike Hunt; Deanery Synod Rep (to join Anne Padget): Jennifer Hurrell; PCC Lay Representatives: Philip Booth, Deni Ennals, Simon Ennals, Geoff Fisher, Joe Forde, Rick Hughes, Pat Hunt, Jane Padget, David Price, Tanya Ralph, David Ryder, Peter Ryder, Prema Salt, Charles Stirling, Alistair Sutcliffe, Briony Tayler, Catherine Trickett, David Trickett.  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 2011.

LENT & HOLY WEEK Please complete a Worship Review slip and place it in the box at the back of church.  Thank you.

SHAN will be ordained Priest by Bishop Steven in St Mark’s on Sunday 20 May at 5.00 pm.  ANNE will also be licensed as a Reader by Bishop Steven at this service.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE will be with Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University.  It promises to be a stimulating and  enjoyable day.  Details at the back of church on the CRC Table.

ONE SHEFFIELD MANY CULTURES Celebration of the city’s unity, with multi-cultural acts and dance groups from local schools. Saturday 19 May, 12 noon – 4.00 pm, Barker’s Pool.

SUNDAY 8 JULY will be a special day: all-age worship (including the baptism of Rose Ilsley … parish lunch … St Mark’s very own Olympics.) More details soon.  Please aim to be there.

CONGREGATIONAL LIST If you are new to St Mark’s or have changed any of your contact details recently, this is the LAST WEEK that you can fill in a form. If you are unsure if you are currently on the List, please look at the names at the back.

MAY MESSENGER is now out for 60p! Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes.

SOUP RUN This is a service that is greatly appreciated by those who turn up, and some of our stocks are getting low. We now have plenty of tins, but if anyone could supply any clothes  – especially men’s socks and jumpers – all donations would be gratefully received. Many thanks. Gary.

SUNDAY LUNCH Due to falling levels of attendance, Sunday lunch will be served around once a month for the time being.  There will be a Sunday Lunch TODAY. Please contact Alan Yearsley (Alan_yearsley@hotmail.com; 07958 079048) if you may be able to help with cooking or hosting. Thank you.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported the work of USPG by providing or enjoying the Lent lunches. £172 will go to them as a result of your generosity.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND Only 20 weeks to go!  Are you among the 75 + who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap so we know how many rooms to reserve.  Don’t forget, there are some great discounts (under 5s – free; 5-18 year olds – £50; students – £50; non-residents – £70) as well as reductions available for all ages if that would enable you to come.  See the stall in church.



7TH MAY – MAY DAY TREK. A number of the congregation and clergy are taking part in this, so if you would like to collectively sponsor them please fill in the sponsor form at the back of church.

12TH MAY – BUSK AID is taking place outside John Lewis so if you’re in the city centre next Saturday please go and support the musicians.

13TH – 19TH MAY – CHRISTIAN AID WEEK. Collectors will find their envelopes at the back of church. There are still one or two roads not covered so if you would like to volunteer for the house to house collections please speak to Alison (2214578) or Helen (2584241).

7TH JULY – SHEFFIELD NIGHT HIKE from Lodge Moor to Hathersage. Further details available from Alison and Helen.
TROUBLEMAKERS’ WALK will be held at 3.00 pm TODAY and 13 May, starting at Paradise Square. The charge is £5.00. If you are interested, but did not bid for it at the Auction, please contact David Price davidprice2@googlemail.com. ECCLESFIELD CHURCH TOUR will take place on Sunday 15th July at 3.00pm.

CARDS, COFFEE & CAKE Saturday 19th May, 10am – 12noon,1 High Wray Close, Millhouses Lane.  Coffee time is here again for the Goodwill Children’s Homes in South India.  Last year we raised over £1000 – can we do it again?!

ROUNDHEADS AND CAVALIERS TOGETHER! Royalist or Republican, the Jubilee Bank Holiday is definitely an excuse for a party. Bring your picnics and your friends and we’ll all eat together on the Green on 3rd June, after the 10am service. Tables, chairs and soft drinks provided, plus children’s activities. Then we are all invited to continue the festivities in Broomhall on 4th June. More details on the posters in the entrance hall.

GARDEN PARTY on 16 June at 2.00pm –  this year it helps to kick off the Broomhill Festival!  We need your help; volunteers on the day and donations of 2nd hand books and quality gifts.  This is an event for all the family with music, games, food & drink and market stalls.  Please speak to Caroline F., Peter R., or Sue H. for more information.

IDAHO 2012 The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) aims to raise awareness of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  To mark this event, the Centre for HIV and Sexual Health and Sheffield City Council are arranging a ‘One-minute NOISE’ on Thursday 17 May – to proclaim that homophobia and transphobia are unacceptable and have no place in our society. Key speakers.  Peace Gardens at 5.15 pm; 1-minute noise at 6.00 pm.

SHEFFIELD PRIDE Saturday 2 June, 12-7 Endcliffe Park.  We have the opportunity to show a Christian presence at Sheffield’s largest festival for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Last year St Andrew’s Psalter Lane invited St Mark’s to help run a stall.  Can you help?  It’s guaranteed to be fun!  Please see Sue asap.

VAT Abolition of VAT exemption on listed buildings (cf the Budget), will have a serious impact on churches. Please register your disagreement by signing the E- petition: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32229.  It will be even better if you could write a letter  to your local MP with a copy to George Osborne – there is an excellent draft letter at the back of church. You can download a copy from St Mark’s website. The letter has a place for examples. In Sheffield, St Peter’s Greenhill may well be thwarted in its plans to install a more efficient boiler, which would make a useful contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as a consequence of this change.

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