Weekly Update – 9th December 2012

PLEDGE & STEWARDSHIP Please collect your pack from the back of church (if you are on the congregational list, there will be one addressed to you) and return your ‘stewardship’ response.  Thank you.

CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED A fresh look at the gospel stories of Jesus’ birth.  Discover how to read them as the evangelists intended.  A two-part seminar THIS MONDAY and 17 December at 7.30 pm in the lounge.  All welcome.

CTBB CHRISTMAS CARDS are now available for distribution.  Broomhall delivery is in hand, but we need to deliver to households in Broomhill.  Please collect a street bundle before you go.  Thank you!

CTBB ADVENT LUNCH There will be no lunch here TODAY as there will be a CTBB shared lunch at 12.15 pm followed by an Advent service at 1.45 pm at St Andrews.  Please come and join the festivities.

CTBB BREAKFAST CLUB is going from strength to strength, ably coordinated by Sarah Hall who leaves Sheffield after Easter.  To this end, we need to find a replacement.  Interested?  Please have a word with Ian, Shan or Sue.

NURTURING COMMUNITY The outings to The Showroom are proving to be a real success.  If you’d like to join us for the next movie come along at 6pm on 10 January (Paternoster Row, S1 2BX). Let Angela know you’re coming on 229 5182 or angela@smokingkipper.com.

HOT STUFF Soup Run is asking for tins of beans with sausages. Also donations of clothing plus bedding would be very gratefully received.  Gary.


Please sign up at the back if you would like to take part in any of these opportunities:

Broomhill and Broomhall residential homes Meet outside Eurospar at 6.00pm THIS TUESDAY.

Outside Eurospar on Saturday 22 December, 10.00 am – 12 noon. It would be great to have a jolly group of singers bringing festive cheer. Contact Anne.

THANK YOU to all who arrange flowers in church as well as to those who donate money for their purchase.

‘NO’ TO WOMEN BISHOPS Responses to General Synod’s ‘No’ vote continue to take shape.  This week, the House of Bishops will convene to consider options and the House of Commons will hold a debate.  Our PCC has written to the Bishops encouraging them to return the simplest possible legislation to enable women to become bishops.  Each of us is encouraged to contact our MP as a matter of urgency, encouraging her/him to attend the debate on 12/13 December and to contribute stressing that this is a matter, first and foremost, of justice and equality.

WOT NO WOMEN BISHOPS If you would like to contribute to a banner championing the ordination of women to the episcopate, please contribute to the collection box at the back of church.

GENERAL SYNOD Lay Representatives for Sheffield Diocese are Jackie Butcher (ja_butcher@yahoo.co.uk), Jane Patterson (janeepatterson@aol.com) and Elizabeth Paver (jr.paver@talktalk.net).

CHALICE ASSISTANTS There is brief meetings for new assistants after the 10 o’clock service next Sunday.

WEEKEND AWAY We’ve booked the Hayes Conference Centre again for 18-20 September 2015. A date for your diaries!

MARKS MESSENGER The bumper Christmas edition for December and January is now available!  A bargain at 60p.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS CARD CAMPAIGN After morning service TODAY at the back of church you can sign greetings cards to prisoners of conscience and detained human rights activists including journalists. It takes only a few minutes to send a message of hope to someone who may think they may have been forgotten.

SHEFFIELD YOUNG SINGERS will have their Christmas concert THIS THURSDAY  at 6.15pm.  Talented singers between 7 and 16 yrs old will be performing a popular programme, including John Rutter and Saints-Saens.  Tickets on the door and only £4 (£2 for under 16s).  All welcome.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ellen Bernstein who was ordained Deacon last month.  Ellen will serve her curacy at the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter, ministering also as a trainee chaplain in local schools.  We wish Ellen and Noel every blessing and there is a card to sign at the back of church TODAY. For photos of the ordination, visit

www.stpeter.org.nz/event_ordination.php ?gallery=ordinations&pg=17

FOOD BANK THANK YOU so much to everyone who has given to the food bank.  The organisers are very grateful. The box remains at the back with a list of suitable food which will go to the S6 Food Bank on a regular basis.  Thank you.

MOTHER AND CHILD concert with Sheffield University Chamber Choir will be held at St. Marie’s Cathedral THIS THURSDAY with music including Tallis and Rachmaninoff.  Tickets £12, £8 conc.  See poster in foyer for details.

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC Mark McCombs has been appointed our next DoM, commencing in January 2013.  Mark is a music post-graduate at Sheffield University and already directs a number of choirs within the university and beyond.  He comes to us from St Matthew’s, Carver Street, where he is currently an organ scholar. We greatly look forward to his arrival.

URGENT Transport needed all this week from Broomgrove Road to the Northern General Hospital so that Patricia Kelsey can visit her sister who is very ill.  All offers of assistance to Briony please (235 0174) Thank you.

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT For those fortunate not to need their Winter Fuel Payment – or too young to receive one – there is a way you can donate.Community Foundation Network has now launched its Surviving Winter campaign.  The campaign raises money to help the older and vulnerable stay warm this winter. Details at www.survivingwinter.org.uk

SARAH HALL, Minister at St Andrew’s URC, has accepted a new appointment in Southampton and will leave after Easter.  Sarah has contributed much to CTBB and Broomhall and will be greatly missed.

JOIN BREAST CANCER CARE to celebrate a magical evening of Carols by Candlelight at the Cathedral on THIS THURSDAY, commencing 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 (£4 concessions) can be booked via fundraisingnorth@breast cancercare.org.uk, calling 263 6471 or by speaking to Rosie Hunt.

ORDINATION of Michael Burn as Deacon will take place at 6.30 pm NEXT SUNDAY in Sheffield Cathedral.  He will be licensed to Rotherham Minster.  Our prayers and good wishes are with him.

WANTED Dust sheets, plastic sheeting, etc. to cover sofas for storage.  Please see Donna or Jez, mobile: 07412 447605. Ta.

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