Weekly Update – 9th June

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael Bayley on the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

FAREWELL to Alison Creasey who completes her placement from the Yorkshire Ministry Course with us today.  Over the past weeks, she has thrown herself into the life of St Mark’s and been a blessing to many of us.  We offer Alison our thanks, prayers and good wishes for her future ministry.

VACANCY Following Jen Ryder’s decision to vacate the position, we are looking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced person to coordinate our work with students and young adults.  The post is for eight hours per week, commencing 1 September 2013.  For an informal conversation, please contact Jen Ryder (07845 464712) or Ian (0114 267 0362).  Further details and an application form can be downloaded here.  Closing date: Sunday 23 June.

PONDERING THE PARABLES Thursdays at 11am.  All Welcome.

LIONSTALE flyers and posters are now available at the back of church.  Please take some and use them to publicize the performance within the community and among your friends.  Tickets are also now on sale! Thank you.


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL has now begun, 7-23 June.  There are lots of events taking place at St Mark’s and we urgently need volunteers to help staff them and the Art Exhibition. Are you able to help? Please visit the display in the foyer and sign up for as many slots as you can.  Please remember, there will always be a supervisor in place to support.

GARDEN PARTY THIS SATURDAY! Time is flying past and we still URGENTLY need you to have a SPRING CLEAN and bring in all your good quality, unwanted treasures. We also need help to run the stalls. If you’d like to help please speak to Sue 3276908, Caroline 2309824 or Pete 2664667. Thank you!

PLUS CAKES NEEDED for the Garden Party Café THIS SATURDAY.  We need your help to make sure the café is a big success again this year. Are you able to help by baking something for us?  We especially need tray bakes, small cakes or small biscuits.  You can either leave your contributions in the Church beforehand, labelled for the café, or bring them along on Saturday morning. Thanks you!  Mary-Jane Ryder.

HOME PRODUCE We shall welcome cakes, bread, biscuits, preserves of all kinds. Anything you like making, we can sell! Offers of food – and help on the day – to Briony Tayler: 2350174 or email [email protected] Thank you.

THE FLOWER ROOM is once again full of unclaimed containers. Please collect yours from the table in the foyer or the Flower Room. Thank you. Briony.

400 PARTS PER MILLION of CO2.  For the first time in human history the concentration of Carbon Dioxide has passed 400 parts per million.  This means the world is most likely committed to an increase in surface temperature of 3oc – 5oc compared to the pre-industrial era.  This would have catastrophic consequences.  See the Climate Notice Board.

CRC CONFERENCE Val Webb, a lay theologian, scientist and artist on tour from Australia, will speak on ‘In Defence of Doubt’ at an evening conference on Thursday 27 June, 7.30 – 9.30 pm; tickets: non-members £7; CRC/PCN members £5; students £3.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

SEMINAR & LIBRARY EVENING The next Seminar & Library Evening will be on Wednesday 10th July at 6.30pm.  It will be with Revd. Dr. Jan Berry and is entitled “Changing Times, Changing Rites?”, when she will be discussing contemporary spirituality.  For more information, please see the flyers on the CRC stall.  All welcome.

ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE To celebrate its 10th and St Mark’s 50th Anniversary CRC has invited James Crossley of Sheffield University to deliver a day conference on ‘The Legacy of Mark’s Gospel,’ – Saturday 14 September, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm; tickets: non-members £12, CRC/PCN; members £10; students £5.  Booking forms on the CRC display.

CAROL WALTER has temporarily moved to Jasmin Court (tel 278 1595), 40 Roe Lane S3 9AJ after a fall. She would be very pleased to receive cards and visits.

BOOK SALE An opportunity to pick up some ex-library books at a bargain price.  Minimum donation: 50p (but please be generous!).

BEING HONEST TO GOD 8-10 November 2013. Hayes Conference Centre.  Speakers: Simon Barrow, Jan Berry, James Crossley, Elaine Graham, Richard Holloway and Martyn Percy. Details from Robin Story or http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/events.

Residential and day places are nearly all taken – book NOW to avoid disappointment!

IAN MAHER will be ordained Priest by Peter, Bishop of Doncaster, on Tuesday 2 July, 7.30 pm, at Holy Trinity, Millhouses.  Please pray for Ian, Ann and the Cathedral community, where Ian ministers.

MICHAEL PATON, former vicar of St Mark’s, is now living at Manormead Care Home, Tilford Road, Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6RA. A few of us visited him recently and feel he would much appreciate the occasional card from anyone who would like to make contact.

DARNALL DEMENTIA AWARENESS GROUP are running a training event at on Friday June 21st from 10 a.m – 12.30 p.m. St. Columba’s Church, 503, Manchester Road, Crosspool.  This workshop is ideal for friends, carers and family members of people with dementia, or for anyone who wants to understand dementia better. There is no charge, but places are limited.  To book a place please ring Kate Hill on 267 0006.

KING EDWARD’S PRAYER GROUP Last meeting of the year Thurs 27 June at 1.45pm; all welcome. For further info contact Lorna Cudmore on 230 8504.

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