Weekly Update ~ 8th May 2016



DIANA BUTLER BASS NEXT SUNDAY 5.30pm in the upper room.  All welcome to an informal conversation with a leading voice in progressive Christianity on her brief visit to Sheffield… One night only! Sue

CTBB SHARED LUNCH will happen here at ST. Mark’s NEXT WEEK after the joint Pentecost service.  Please sign up on the flip chart at the back of church if you are willing to bring a first course. Briony Tayler.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK Christian Aid Week starts next Sunday 15 May. Please see fliers at the back. Helen Hillman, Sam Faulds & Alison Tolson

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT ST MARK’S! You have welcomed us so warmly and with such wonderful hospitality. Becoming the Associate Vicar feels very different to starting a placement as a curate, and demands a different way of attending to the community – so in many ways I feel like I’m starting all over again. But we are all very grateful for your support, and would ask that you continue to hold us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to settle in…. Sarah, Stephen and Aran (and Ellie too).

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Every Wednesday in the church lounge at 1.30pm. 11 May : “There’s  a song in the air”. Visitors welcome. Modest charge. Details from Carol Rowe on 266 5628.

JOURNEY TO JUSTICE need volunteer attendants for its human rights exhibition at the Art House, Carver Street, from Monday, 30 May to Friday, 24 June 2016.There are two sessions each day: 10.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 1.30 to 5.00 p.m. Training will be given. For details contact Robin Story (0114 236 2251 or story.robin@yahoo.co.uk).


NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you wish to put a notice in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget

GARDEN PARTY – HELP NEEDED! The Broomhill Festival is getting nearer and we now really need people who can either help to organise or simply be part of the team for the Garden Party on Saturday 18th June.  Please speak to Jane or Anne Padget for more details.  Many thanks.

FUNDRAISING FOR MIND TODAY I’ll be running the Leeds Half Marathon in aid of Mind who do brilliant work supporting people struggling with their mental health. You can still donate via https://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Moore50 Thank you! Sarah Moore.

AGM of SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) will be at 7 pm on THIS THURSDAY at the Quaker Meeting House. (Tea and coffee from 630 pm.) The keynote speaker is Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield Heeley, talking about  child refugees and the asylum scene more generally. All welcome.  David Price

GOSPEL CONCERT here at St. Mark’s on Friday 20th May at 7.00pm with the University of Sheffield Gospel Choir.  Come along for fun and fundraising!  Anne Padget

CLIMATE CHANGE – WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY? Speakers, Andy Atkins (A Rocha formerly CEO of Friends of the Earth), Bishop of Sheffield, Jo Musker-Sherwood (Hope for the Future), Nick Nuttgens ( Carbon Conversations). Monday 16 May 7.30 – 10pm at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church. Michael Bayley

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all at St. Mark’s who contributed to the Nepalese event.  We raised an amazing  £1000 for PHASE and for all those affected by the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, that happened a year ago. Many thanks. Dilys

PERSPECTIVES ON THE EU REFERENDUM A CTBB meeting is planned for 6pm on Sunday 5 June in the Upper Room.  There will be short talks by speakers from our congregations on aspects of the EU, and time for discussion. David Price 296 0806.

CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY AGM 2016 Tuesday 7th June 7 – 9pm.

Coffee/tea available from 6.30. Quaker Meeting House, Key note speaker: Rt. Rev David Walker, Bishop of Manchester. All are very welcome, to hear the speaker and to discuss our  activities, and plans for 2016-17. Please see the poster in the foyer for more details. Sibylle Batten


Sheffield Renewables has some Urban Community Energy Funding to install solar PV panels on schools but the schools are proving difficult to engage with. If you have any links with a school in Sheffield that doesn’t already have solar PV on the roof, please get in touch with julia@sheffieldrenewables.org.uk and she will let you know if the school is on their list. It could prove a good earner for them, as it has for St Marks. Michael Miller

PETITION FOR REFUGEES IN LESBOS My husband has been working with students from Sheffield University in Lesbos, where now they are no longer allowed access to the refugees and all the camps have been turned into detention camps for deportation.  He has since set up a petition against this. To find out more and to sign visit: https://secure.avaaz.org



Europe/?kzIXskb Thank you. Hannah Jones

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP There will be a bring-and-share picnic on St Mark’s Green on Friday, June 3rd at 7pm (in the lounge if weather is bad) followed by treasure hunt/ quiz/ games to launch the new International Fellowship. All welcome.  See fliers at the back.  Jennie Martin

SPECIAL PENTECOST SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY 4pm at Rotherham Minster.  The service will be led by Bishop Steven. This is a special service in celebration of Spirituality and Evangelism.

PIGEONHOLES Please note that at the back of church, underneath the library shelves, there are pigeonholes, labelled alphabetically.  These are for communications with members of the congregation.  Please check your pigeonhole regularly to see if there is anything there for you. Anne

THE NEW YOUTH WORKER for the Girls Group in Broomhall is Shaida Karim.  We send her our very best wishes as she starts this new chapter in the life of the group.  Sue

BROOMHALL BREAKFAST We are looking for more helpers for the Broomhall breakfast, which is on Friday mornings at St. Andrew’s URC.  If you would be interested, please contact Jane Harley at janie2375@gmail.com.  Manuch

CLEANER WANTED for elderly resident in a flat in Crosspool.  Please contact Caroline Fisher on 230 9824.

GIFT AID Thanks to all who have returned their signed yellow Gift Aid forms. If you have not yet done so, please do ASAP!  Thanks. Judith Pitchforth

THE CHAPEL CHOIR of Selwyn College Cambridge is making a short tour based in Sheffield next month. If anyone would like to host a member of the choir for the nights of 17 to 19 June please contact John Schofield (07957 346566) for details.

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