Weekly Update – Sunday 24th & 31st December 2017

Please note: These Blue Sheet Notices are for Sunday 24th and 31st December 2017.  The next new Blue Sheet will be produced for Sunday 7th January 2018.

A CHRISTMAS CARD FOR ALL On a notice board in the Lounge is a giant card, please write your Christmas message for the whole congregation. Cards from former church members will also be displayed here – please take a look and contribute.  Sarah R

‘WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGINS’ a play by Riding Lights at St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor on 18 Jan at 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 from new-wine.org/adventure begins or from St Luke’s Office on 230 3199. Sarah C

FAMILY EVENTS OVER CHRISTMAS New Year’s Eve Service 31 Dec at 4pm – a reflective and interactive service suitable for all.  Epiphany get together 7 Jan at 3pm – a social event with festive refreshments, craft and games. All Welcome! Bring friends! Jen Ryder

PIGEON HOLES are under the library shelves, please check yours for Christmas correspondence, magazines and pledge packs! Sue

PLEDGE PACKS have all been distributed, one way or another.  We look forward to receiving completed forms at your earliest convenience. Thank you! Judith P & David R

USED STAMP COLLECTION There will be a box on the corridor table for you to place your used postage stamps (with approx. 1cm of envelope around please) in aid of the RNIB.  Thank you. Sarah R

CHRISTMAS THANK YOU to everyone who has helped in any way to prepare for our Christmas Services. We have had wonderful comments from visitors about how much our services have been appreciated, a real team effort! Thank you all. Sue, Sarah & Shan

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH at St Mark’s for folk who would otherwise be on their own or have difficulty catering for themselves. Places still available, contact Vanessa 07958 472837 or email [email protected] Vanessa Senger & John Schofield

MARK’S MESSENGER DOUBLE EDITION is now out. Copies in the card stall & pigeon holes. Next edition is Feb, editor is Frances Gray contributions deadline 15 Jan. Frances

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE are looking for a new Chair of Trustees to take over from Michael Bayley who will be stepping down next year. We’d like to broaden our base of trustees, so someone from outside of St Mark’s would be ideal. Suggestions about whom to approach, or more information please contact me on 258 5248 or [email protected] Michael

NOW IN LIBRARY The Collage of God category Q Mark Oakley’s reflections on ‘the myriad experiences of human living, imagination, silence and prayer’. For anyone who has prayed ‘Lord, I think I believe. Help my unbelief’ Maureen

THE ST MARK’S WEBSITE NEEDS YOU…..Would you like to volunteer a couple of times a month and join the small group of people who add events, posts and generally keep the website looking tidy. No previous experience needed. All you need is access to a PC/laptop and a small amount of IT skills.  For more information, please contact  [email protected] Mike

THE BIG WEEKEND AWAY 2018 21-23 Sept 2018 is the weekend that the St Mark’s congregations will be ‘Embodying Hope’ at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire.  Please put the dates in your diary now! Tanya

ST MARK’S GREAT GET TOGETHER 2018 will be on Sat 16 June. Can you help? We would like a small group to meet early in the New Year to plan and to delegate! please contact Sarah C.

CLOTHES FOR SOUP RUN A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who’s brought items. Space is quite tight so we’re having to limit ourselves to coats (men’s), hats, socks, gloves and sleeping bags. Other clothes can be donated to your favourite charity, or spare bedding can go to St Vincent’s Furniture Store (please email [email protected]).  Again, thank you. Gary

PHOTO EXHIBITION IN AID OF PHASE “Resilience at the top of the world” A superb exhibition of photographs from Nepal at the Blue Moon Cafe near the Cathedral on through Nov to early Jan. Pictures for sale with profits to Phaseworldwide.org A Photo would make a great Christmas present! Dilys

BROOMHALL GIRLS YOUTH CLUB is looking for new committee members to help run the club. We meet about four times a year in the evening . If interested please contact  Isabel Lloyd-Jones (268 3370 evenings only or [email protected]) for more information. Hannah Jones

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