Weekly Update – 7th January 2018

St Mark’s Notices for week beginning 7th January 2018

THANK YOU to Tim Gregory who has decided that the time has come to step back from his role as Children’s Outreach Worker.  Tim has built up good relationships with local schools for which we are very grateful. Sue and Sarah

CAKE SALE NEXT SUNDAY after the morning service on 14th Jan to raise funds for the Broomhall Breakfast. Donations of cakes very welcome on the day. Even if you can’t bake, please bring money to buy some for your afternoon tea!! Sarah C & Manuch

THE NEXT SUNDAY LUNCH is on 21 Jan, when we shall be joined by friends from The Beacon & St Andrew’s. Soup, bread and cheese, puddings. Offers of soup to me by email, please. Briony

‘WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGINS’ a play by Riding Lights at St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor on 18 Jan at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 from new-wine.org/adventure begins or from St Luke’s Office on 230 3199. Sarah C

BROOMHALL GIRLS YOUTH CLUB is looking for new committee members to help run the club. We meet about four times a year in the evening . If interested please contact  Isabel Lloyd-Jones (268 3370  or ialj0201@virginmedia.com evenings only) for more information. Hannah

ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER will be on Sat 16 June THIS YEAR. Can you help? We would like a small group to meet early in the soon to plan and to delegate! please contact Sarah C.

CASTLETON WEEKEND away aimed at students, young adults and friends 23-25 Feb. Fellowship, faith and fun. Put it in your diary! For more info see Oli, Chris or Ceri or find the Facebook event. Ceri.

CRC VACANCY CRC are seeking a new administrator, please see details on the Church website. Sarah R

RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS in Jan 2018 The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) will be collecting your Christmas cards, fairy lights and wrapping paper for recycling with collecting boxes in Sainsbury’s stores..But hurry, you have only until Mon 8 Jan to drop them off. Michael & Pauline Miller

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL SOUVENIR BROCHURES from 1998, 2000 to 2014 inclusive, 2016 available – please contact me before Mon 15 Jan. Judith@pitchforth.me.uk Thanks Judith.

ROY BARRY was 90 on 4 January. There’s a card at the back of church if you’d like to sign it. The Barry’s contact details are on the parish list, and emails can be sent to tinsbarry@gmail.com Roy is still in hospital in Leeds.

FLOWER ROTA It is flower rota time again – I’m presuming you want your same slots? If not let me know soon. There are some free slots if anyone would like to donate flowers for a Sunday. Mary-Jane.

SIGNS OF HOPE about the climate. Look at the climate notice board on your right just before you go out of church for 7 things to encourage you. Michael

EILEEN STAMPER Eileen’s funeral will be at St Mark’s on Thursday 18 Jan at 2.30pm followed by cremation at Hutcliffe Wood. Refreshments will be served in the lounge following the service in church.  If you have a memory or thought towards her eulogy, please let me know by 14 Jan. Thanks. Shan.

LENT 2018. This year we are planning something slightly different for our Lent groups. As usual we are inviting you to join a home group but the material for our discussions will be the BBC TV series, “Broken”.  This hard-hitting drama follows the life of a Catholic priest serving an urban parish and highlights many social issues.  Each week we shall watch an episode and consider the question, “where is hope to be found?” Flyers and sign-up sheets will be available on Sun 21 and we are currently looking for hosts and facilitators.  For information contact Sarah R in the office.

MARK’S MESSENGER Next edition is Feb, editor is Frances Gray contributions welcome – deadline 15 Jan.

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE are urgently looking for a new Chair of Trustees to take over from Michael Bayley who will be stepping down early this year. We’d like to broaden our base of trustees, so someone from outside of St Mark’s would be ideal. Suggestions about whom to approach, or more information please contact me on 258 5248 or mjbayley@btinternet.com. Michael.

LOST PROPERTY Have you lost anything which may have been left in the church?  We are going to be putting all found items out on a table in the corridor, please claim your items.  Anything not claimed by 31 Jan will be disposed of (to charity if appropriate). Sarah R

SHEFFIELD NHS CHANGES Not everyone is aware that major changes are planned for Sheffield NHS ‘urgent care’ (care that is ‘urgent’ but not ’emergency’).  Both the Walk-In Centre on Broad Lane and the Minor Injuries Unit at the RHH are due to close. Two new ‘Treatment Centres’ will open at the NGH in addition to extended services at GP practices.  Further details from ww.sheffieldsaveournhs.co.uk or www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk Closing date for CCG consultation and survey response is 31 Jan. Helen Orton

 ‘AGAINST THE GRAIN – AN EVENING WITH GARTH HEWITT’ on Saturday 12th May (7:30pm) at St Mark’s Church. Drawing on his extensive catalogue of songs old and new, Garth sings of hope and justice for uncertain times. For more details contact Simon Ennals or Tanya Ralph. Save the date – tickets will available in church nearer the time.

PLEDGE RESPONSES FOR 2018 – So far only 46 pledge forms have been returned so if you have not done so, please return your 2018 pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving).  Packs (including a pledge form) are available in the foyer. Please talk to David Ryder/Judith Pitchforth, treasurers, or to clergy.

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