Weekly News

Weekly News

St. Mark’s News from the Pew Sheet for the 12th Sunday after Trinity  (19/08/18)


Reading Circle: Janet Pazio has offered to facilitate a Reading Circle for those wishing to read through a book as a group and come together to debate and reflect on its content. Janet can give your more information; the initial meeting will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 29th August in the Lady Chapel.

Jerusalem 2018:  For those of you who have booked flights to Tel Aviv this October, it’s time to think about some further practicalities. Terry is inviting the group to gather at 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel this Thursday (23rd August) so that the pilgrims can think through a few things. If you can’t make this date, fear not! The content will be communicated to you nonetheless.

Harvest Supper: This year’s Harvest Supper will be enjoyed in the church hall on the evening of Saturday, 20th October. Tickets will be on sale soon but in the meantime please put the date in your diary.

Harvest Offering:  This year, we will celebrate Harvest on Sunday, 7th October within our FIRST SUNDAY service. This is always an opportunity to increase our giving to the local Food Bank; however, as in some former years, we would also like to support the essential work of WATER AID. We will take a special collection will be taken on the day for this aid agency.

Wedding: Our next wedding will be at 12.00 noon this coming Saturday (25th August). Please pray for James and Lucy as they prepare for their Big Day!

Artwork for Windows: The stained glass window original artwork as mentioned in this month’s LION can now be seen framed and displayed by the font. The book on Shrigley and Hunt Ltd may be borrowed for home-reading but please let one of the clergy know that you have it.

Choir:  We are blessed at St. Mark’s with a committed choir which, under the leadership of Adam, really enhances our times of worship together. We are always in need of strengthening the numbers, especially, but not exclusively, with male voices. If you think you might like to join the choir or perhaps know someone that may, please have a word and promote things as best you can.

Jewellery Required:  There is an appeal for jewellery of all styles to help our future fundraising events; any donations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

PCC Meeting:  At our last PCC meeting we failed to set the date of the next one, so, would PCC members please put Thursday, 6th September in their diaries? We will meet again at 7.00pm for a short Holy Communion before tackling the business. Minutes of the last PCC meeting will be coming out this week.

2019 Confirmations:  Terry has requested Bishop Geoff to confirm candidates here at our 9.30am service on Sunday, 19th May next year. Those interested in discovering more about confirmation should talk with one of the clergy.

Petition:  We are asked by Keith Davies (our local Christian Solidarity Worldwide Rep) to sign an on-line petition calling upon the Nigerian government to work to free Leah Sharibu, a 15 year-old Christian girl held captive by Boko Haram because she’ll not renounce her faith. I signed this on Tuesday; please do so if you can…


Keith Davies will be coming to speak to us about the work of CSW on one Sunday in October.

Deanery News:  Some of you will remember Karen Petherick who did a placement with us here a few years ago. Following her ordination and licensing to the Hanley Team Ministry, she is now (having changed category from non-stipendiary to stipendiary) joining Fr Chris at Bradwell and Porthill. It will be good to have Karen as a neighbour!

Advance Dates:  At a recent PCC meeting, we decided on a few dates which you might like to put into your diary?….
6th October – Evening Organ Recital by Ashley Mellor
20th October –  Organ Concert 10.30am: Table Top Sale (Church) 12.00 – 3.00pm
17th November – Christmas Fayre (Church)