Weekly Update – April 2nd

LAUNCH OF ISLAM AWARENESS WEEK. All are cordially invited to the launch of the 2017 Islam Awareness Week on Monday, 3 April 2017 at 6.30 p.m at 6&8 Chippingham Place, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield S93SA. The theme is “More in Common” and the aim is to break down barriers at this particular time. Robin Story NEW GROUPS After Easter we hope to develop groups to have oversight of the areas of study/learning and liturgy/worship. These will include PCC members and other people who are interested. If you would like to be part of one of these groups please see Sue/ Sarah


SOUTH SUDAN AND EAST AFRICA FAMINE APPEAL Thanks to all who have contributed towards this, we have been able to send to Christian Aid £874.40, which will hopefully be in time to attract matched funding from the government. There’s still an opportunity to contribute to the fund through the bucket collections today and every Sunday until the end of Lent. Don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation if you can.


CHRISTAN AID WEEK this year is May 14-20th, which will soon be upon us! Many thanks to those who have already agreed to help with the house to house collection in the parish. This is a good way to witness to our commitment, as Christians and as members of St. Mark’s, to supporting the poorest communities in God’s world. If you are interested in joining in, please contact Helen Hillman 01142584241;helen@hillmans.demon.co.uk


1 MAY- MAY DAY TREK registration is now open. 2 routes of 6 and 11 miles leaving St Luke’s Lodge Moor from 9:30am. All money raised supporting Christian Aid and CAFOD’s response to the refugee crisis and other projects around the world. To register email pfurbey@christian-aid.org Paul Furbey

WEEK of PRAYER 3rd-10th APRIL Bishop Peter has invited the whole diocese to participate in a week of prayer for unity, healing and reconciliation, leading up to the Chrism Eucharist on Mon 10th April at 7pm in the Cathedral. See www.sheffield.anglican.org/news for more details. Sarah

TAIZÉ PRAYER at Sheffield Cathedral on Monday 3rd April at 7:30pm, song practice from 6:45pm. All welcome. Mark

GOOD FRIDAY 9.30AM SERVICE We need a team to run the craft activities and serve refreshments. The service was greatly valued by those who took part last year. Please see Sarah C or Lynn P if you can help us this time around. Thanks!

CHURCHWARDEN As many of you will be aware, I will be stepping down as Churchwarden from April to focus on my studies. I have found this to be an incredibly rewarding role at what has been a challenging but exciting period for St Mark’s and would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in taking on this position at the APCM. Sarah Moore

MARK’S MESSENGER Thank you to Carol Rowe, who has been one of the Messenger editors since 2011but has now left the editing team. The May Messenger will be edited by Frances Gray, who would welcome articles. If you are interested in joining the editing team, please contact Frances or David Price.

SHEFFIELD CARERS CENTRE The Board of Trustees for the Centre will need a new Treasurer from Summer 2017. If you have good accountancy skills and are interested, please email Rosie – rosiehunt@hotmail.co.uk. Many thanks.

JULIAN PRAYER Is a time to meet together for silent meditation on Mondays 6.30 – 7.15pm in the chapel. No regular commitment needed. See our flyer or speak to Cath W or Sarah C.

PEAK PILGRIMAGE We conclude our pilgrimage on Saturday 8th April when we will walk from Curbar to Eyam a walk of 7- 8 miles. On the way we will visit the churches at Grindleford,, Stoney Middleton and the Plague Church at Eyam. Please book on to the walk by Wednesday 5th April and let us know if you need a lift or can offer lifts. Phone 0114 266 7316 or email Susan Whitmill pandswhitmill@btinternet.com

PLEDGE APPEAL FOR 2017 – We are blessed to have received promises for extra giving this year of approximately £7,700 (including recovered tax) towards our preferred target of £9,900. We still hope to receive further promises as some church members are yet to respond. Consequently, if you have not done so, please return your pledge form as soon as possible (even if you are unable to increase your giving). Spare Pledge Appeal packs including a pledge form are available in the foyer. Thank you. David Ryder. Treasurer.

REFUGEE APPEAL Abdool from the Broomhill Mosque is close to filling the last of 5 container-loads of aid to go to refugees – this one is bound for Greece. He’s appealing for donations so he can bulk-buy the foodstuffs they so desperately need. If you feel able to give, feel free to talk to Gary, or go to http://familiesrelief.org.uk/ to donate online.

CRC SPRING CONFERENCE. Val Webb is returning to lead a day on Memories Metaphor Myth: talking of God in the 21st century addressing the key issue of how we credibly talk about (and to) God. Booking forms online (stmarkscrc.co.uk) or on the CRC stand at the back of church.

MEMORIAL GARDEN If you have not walked past the garden recently, do have a look. It is full of colour. Shelagh M

APCM The Annual Parochial Church Meetings will take place on SUNDAY 23 APRIL at 11.15am after a shorter 10.00am Eucharist. These will be followed by a Bring & Share Lunch, to which all are welcome. The sign-up sheet will be available soon. Sue / Briony PCC 2017-2018 At our APCM we will be electing PCC members for the next year. The PCC makes decisions on a broad range of issues affecting church life and helps to shape the vision and strategy of what we do at St Mark’s, so we’re keen to invite people of all ages and stages of life to stand for election. Nomination Forms are at the back – please put them in the box provided. Current PCC members are happy to chat to you informally if you’d like to know more about what is involved. Sarah Moore

ELECTORAL ROLL The electoral roll is due to be revised at the end of March (please note that this is just a revision and not a new roll). If you wish to stand for PCC election you must be on the electoral roll. If you are not already on and wish to be so please complete a form at the back of church and return it to Peter Ryder by Sunday 2nd April.

S6 FOODBANK Thank you to those who donated Easter eggs. Please note Palm Sunday is the last day for these. Jennifer Hurrell.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB meets in the church lounge on Wednesdays at 1.30 p.m. 5 April : MarksThree presents words and music for Holy Week and Easter All welcome. Details from Rosalind on 268 1426

PRAYER STATIONS to augment our worship during Lent, a number of prayer stations linked to our theme of pilgrimage will be found in church. They offer an opportunity for all ages to encounter faith in an alternative tangible, meaningful, experiential, and reflective way. Shan

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