Weekly Update – 8th July 2012

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s Broomhill Festival in whatever way.  It’s too early to say how much has been raised for the designated charities, but we do know that the ‘Garden Party’ grossed over £3000.  Whatever the final figure, Festival events yielded social capital in abundance – bringing together people of all ages and outlooks to celebrate life.

GRAND PRIZE DRAW A list of all the winners of this year’s Festival Grand Draw plus their prizes can be found on the Festival notice board.  Were you lucky?

A BIG THANK YOU for the thoughts, prayers, cards and presence of so many friends from St Mark’s at last Sunday’s ordination service. We are sorry if we did not get much chance to chat with you after the service, but it meant so much to both of us that you were with us on the day. Love from Ian and Ann.

WHY DON’T WE …? Ian is going to preach three sermons over the summer in which he will address some of the questions about worship he has been asked recently:  22 July – ‘Why don’t we always use authorised liturgies?’; 5 August – ‘Why don’t we regularly recite the creed?’; 19 August – ‘Why don’t we sing some of the familiar hymns?’

NEW CONGREGATIONAL LIST is now out!  If you are on the list and would like a copy, please see Anne.

BBQ & OLYMPICS TODAY! Don’t forget that after today’s service there will be a BBQ on the green and then our very own MADCats Olympics.  All are welcome to take part and Go for Gold – or just have fun in the MADness!

CONGRATULATIONS to Alice and Mark Newitt on the birth of a baby daughter, Francesca Grace.

ST MARK’S WEEKEND! Only 12 weeks to go!  Are you among the 90+ who have already booked?  If not, please complete an application asap.  Don’t forget, there are some GREAT DISCOUNTS (under 5s-free; 5-18 year olds-£50; students – £50; non-residents-£70) Bursaries also available.

PREPARING FOR ADVENT An open invitation to anyone who would like to help plan this year’s pre-Advent course (Sunday morning sermons and Sunday evening seminars) based on taking a fresh look at the traditional Advent themes of Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement – Thursday 19 July at 12.30 pm for a working lunch (please bring something to eat) at the vicarage.

HOME DONATIONS We are meeting TOMORROW NIGHT at 7.30 pm to discuss allocations for the UK based charities and causes which we will support this year. These are difficult times for charities, and even the small amounts we give can make a difference, perhaps through matched funding. If you would like to suggest any charities, how about coming to the meeting to tell us about them, or failing that, let us have full details? Please contact Miranda Myers on 2680043, or e mail [email protected].

MESSENGER is out now!  Subscribers’ copies are in the pigeonholes, and spares are on the card stall as usual. Only 60p!  A bargain!


SEPTEMBER MESSENGER More time to gather your ideas and articles for the next issue. Please send items to David Price by 15 August. ([email protected]).

LIBRARY EVENING Wednesday 18 July at 7.00 pm Dr Philip Lewis, from the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, and Interfaith Advisor to the Bishop of Bradford will be talking on ‘The Challenge of Religious Diversity’.  Philip Lewis is an international expert on Islam and interfaith matters and will help us explore issues associated with creating communities where members of different religious traditions and none can live together peaceably and to mutual enrichment.

MARY SHARROCK, who lives in The Glen Nursing Home, Dore, is one of the people who receives home communion on a regular basis. She values immensely this link with the congregation and life of St Mark’s, and it is of great importance to her that she feels she is remembered. If you would like to send a message to Mary please get in touch with Helen Hillman.

BROOMHALL CHILDREN from Springfield School will be performing at the Crucible on Thursday 12 July at 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm within a compelling jazz opera, ‘Shadowball’, telling the story of Negro League baseball players and their jazz compatriots who struggled to achieve their dreams.  Let’s fill the Crucible! www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/


WARM HOMES, HEALTHY PEOPLE is the title of a FREE half day event THIS THURSDAY, 9.00am – 1.00pm at Sheffield Cathedral to provide an overview of fuel poverty in Sheffield and what we can do to tackle it.  Please see the poster and booking form in the foyer for more details.

CAKE SALE next week (15th July), after the 10am service.  There will be cakes to have with your coffee after the morning service, all to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

CAN YOU HELP? Are you a regular Sunday worshipper at St Mark’s with a convivial manner and able to take a good photo?  If so, please have a word with Ian, Sue or Shan.

WILLIAMSON HARDWARE A planning application has been lodged to develop the unit in Broomhill shopping precinct currently occupied by Williamsons, together with the one above (Wealth Management & Growth Ltd).  This has raised concern that the lease of this long-established, community-serving, family-run business may not be renewed in late 2013 when the current one expires.  It is thought that one of the largest UK supermarket chains wants to open a store in the area.  To find out more and register your views, log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and follow the path: Planning & Development > Planning Online > Planning Applications Online > enter code: 12/01352/FUL.

PV OUTPUT DISPLAY, showing instantaneous power together with total energy generated and CO2 savings, has been installed in the entrance foyer above the community notice board.

RECESSION AND ECONOMY On 9, 10 & 11 July, the Multi-faith Chapel and Library will be running 3 lectures at the New Roots cafe on this subject, by Raslan Alzuabi, Chris Sissons and Abdool Golljar.  All welcome to come and voice your views.  See poster in the foyer for more details.

SCRIPTURAL REASONING A lunchtime series by the Multi-faith Chapel and Library will be running at the New Roots cafe from October until next July. See poster in foyer for more details or contact Nirmal Fernando: [email protected] / 07932 017929.

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