Weekly Update ~ 8th November 2015



NEWSLETTER NOTICES If you would like something in the newsletter please let Anne Padget know, with the wording, by 11am the Thursday before.  Many thanks. Anne Padget

ELECTRONIC VERSION of Sunday’s liturgy can be emailed to you in advance.  Please contact Anne in the office.

REFU-TEA Many thanks to all who contributed to this.  The total raised is £750 which means with gift aid we have sent £430 to each charity (Assist and UK Refugee Council).  The figure increased since Alice spoke last Sunday morning because everyone was super generous that day at all 3 services!  Rosie Hunt

PLACEMENTS During this month we have two people on placement with us at St Mark’s.  Sarah Colver is coming to the end of her curacy and will be working alongside Sue.  Sophie Bunn is a Medical student who will be using her community placement to help us reflect on our spiritual care of older people.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Wednesdays in the lounge at 1.30 p.m. 11 Nov: Carol Rowe will talk about “Life in an Orthodox Monastery”. All welcome. Modest charge.  Details from Rosalind Rogerson 268 1426.

WALKING 4,206KM FOR MIGRANTS THIS WINTERLizzie and Jon Bridge, with their children and some friends, are collectively walking and running a distance equivalent to the journey from Aleppo, Syria, to their homes in Crookes. They are looking for support with sponsorship / accompanying them on organised monthly walks.  For more info please see their Facebook page facebook.com/goamile, their website www.goamileintheirshoes.org, or the poster in the foyer, or get in touch with Lizzie Ilsley on 07790 486266 or lizilsley@yahoo.co.uk. Thank you.

NOVEMBER – GET MORE INVOLVED MONTH During November we make visible the ways you can get a bit more involved in the life of this community.  This isn’t to add pressure to already busy lives, but to share the load and give everyone the opportunity to play their part.  This week we’re focusing on practical tasks – gardening, church maintenance, mid-week welcomers, sound-desk operators. If you’d like to get more involved, please write your name and a contact on a post-it note and add it to the notice board at the back of church.  Thank you!  Sue

(SECOND) GARDENING  MORNING Many thanks to those who helped with last week’s gardening morning.  However, there is more to do! We have arranged a second gardening morning for Saturday 21 November, 9.30am – 1.00pm.  Please come if you can.

JOHN WOOD – SERMON BOOKLETS Series 1, 2, & 3of John’s excellent short collections are now available.  Helen Fisher will sell them (£1) in the narthex for the next three Sundays.

CHRISTMAS CARDS The International Committee will be selling Christmas cards on behalf of Oxfam and Traidcraft after the 10am service on 22nd / 29th November and 6th December.

INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS If there is a charity that you would like the International Committee to consider for next year please let Alison Tolson know.  Many thanks.

HOW UK ARE YOU? Today at 2pm and tomorrow at 7pm at St. Mark’s.  Find out what it’s like to apply to reside in the UK by taking the British Citizenship test and earning your passport! The event will end with a talk by Gina Clayton. Please see poster in the foyer.

APPEALS SEASON… Over the coming weeks we are aware of a number of appeals which will be taking place in church.  Please support any you can but don’t feel pressurised.  This notice is as much permission to ignore what’s going on as it is an invitation to be generous.

During November Rosie Hunt will be using St Mark’s as a collection point for a project gathering winter boxes for refugees in Sheffield.  See her fliers for details. Nov 22is our Stewardship Sunday where David Ryder and others will present the church’s finances and encourage us to make wise use of our talents (time and skills as well as money).

Nov 29 Sunday Lunch, with opportunity to donate to Ceri Gallivan’s projects in Uganda. Dec 6 The Lions will be making coffee that bit more special and selling cakes for Ceri in Uganda. From Nov 29, during Advent, we shall be promoting a Christmas pledge appeal from the S2 Foodbank (The Manor) and continue to support the S6 Foodbank (Broomhall) with selection boxes as well as extra food and volunteering opportunities. There’s a lot going on but there are a lot of us here too.  Thank you for your support.  Sue H

A PLAY FOR SYRIA   On Sunday 29 November at 6pm there will be a rehearsed reading of a new play by Frances Gray in aid of ASSIST/The Northern Refugee Centre, followed by food. If you’d like to be involved in performing, cooking or otherwise assisting please sign up on the sheets at the back of church or contact Frances ( play) or Vanessa ( food). There will be a rehearsal on the morning Saturday 28th (that’s it… no learning lines!)

MARK’S MESSENGER Subscription for the year from Oct 2015 to Sept 2016 is due at £6 a year. If you wish to renew your subscription, or would like to start subscribing please see Peter Whitmill.

GLOBAL JUSTICE NOW (formerly WDM) is holding a meeting with FOOD JUSTICE speaker Heidi Chow, recently returned from Ghana. Come and hear more about the battle for who controls food, and how AGROECOLOGY tackles climate change. The meeting starts at 7pm (6.45pm for refreshments) on Weds 18th Nov. at Central URC, Norfolk St, S1 2JB (More info on fliers at the back).

TIME FOR THE CLIMATE  Saturday 28th November.Sheffield Climate Alliance is organising an event as part of the Global Climate March in preparation for the Climate Summit in Paris. Join a mass sing and silent vigil in the middle of the afternoon beginning at 2pm.  Many faith leaders will be at the vigil and there will be stalls, refreshments and activities: ‘Climate Cake-Off’, Make a Wind Turbine, Face-painting, ‘Evil Frackers’ cycle rides, bands and choirs and a debate in Tudor Square, and indoor spaces nearby from 12 to 4.30pm. More details from www.sheffieldclimatealliance.net
CLIMATE POWER Without any consultation process the government plans to drastically cut the solar power feed-in tariff in January. There is a petition asking for there to be a parliamentary debate to examine the issue.  Please sign it.  In the last 3 months more power came from renewables than from coal or nuclear, and we need to keep on “greening” our electricity supply. https:// petition.parliament.uk/petitions/106791

CELEBRATE WITH CHORUS The next Chorus UK production is at the Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 13th December. Christmas Celebration promises to be yet another hugely enjoyable experience – with a 300 strong choir and a full orchestra to blow you away!  Please speak to Anne or Jane Padget, or Carol Rowe for more information or to get tickets.

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