Weekly notices – 7 June 2020


Clematis in Dilys garden.

(virtual) flowers donated by Dilys Noble

 Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – [email protected] – 0114 266 3613.   

If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853 / 0114 266 0260.  

EMAIL WITH SERVICE DETAILS Every Friday an email is sent out with details of the coming week’s Services.  If you aren’t currently receiving this please contact the office by email to request inclusion.  If you seem to have stopped receiving it, also please contact the office.  Thank you! Sarah R  

FUNERAL AND MEMORIAL SERVICE  Following the sad news that Sheena Ritchie died last week, Sue Hammersley has been invited by the family to conduct a private funeral followed by a Memorial Service, once public gatherings are possible.  Thank you for holding Sheena’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this timeSue H 

PASTORAL CARE AT ST MARK’S We would like to thank Gill McGregor for the many years she generously served as pastoral care co-ordinator for St Mark’s. She has now stepped down and James Oliver is taking over. Both Gill’s retirement and James appointment will be formally marked once we are able to gather together. In the meantime, thank you to both of them. If you could offer some time to support us with pastoral care, please contact Shan for a conversation. Generosity of Spirit James Oliver has written a reflection entitled Generosity of Spirit. It can be found on our website here.   

PRAYER REQUESTS “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:1) Each week during morning and evening prayer, the clergy and pastoral care team utilises our pastoral care list to help us visualise and pray for each one of you. Prayer is a relational practice which, with the help of the Holy Spirit, offers us another opportunity to connect as part of the body of Christ. If you have a specific prayer request, of lament or thanksgiving, please let us know by e-mailing [email protected] or contacting one of the clergy. Shan   

NEXT EDITION OF MARK’S MESSENGER The latest edition of Mark’s Messenger has now been emailed out to all subscribers, if you haven’t received your copy or would like to subscribe please contact the officeSarah R 

SUMMER EDITION OF MARK’S MESSENGER Contributions are invited for the July/August double edition, please contact me before 15 June at [email protected] Rob   

FRIENDSHIP CLUB The latest Issue, number 4, of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, came out on 26 May, edited by Pauline Miller. If you would like to receive this, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind   

LOOKING FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION? We have a range of services on offer and know what some other churches are doing too – don’t miss Julian Prayer on a Monday. Do contact the church office for more information.  Sue H   

THE GOOD TASTE FAIRTRADE SHOP (in Broomhill) is still operating – you can currently order online/by email (teas, coffees, face masks, soap, gifts, socks, etc) but they also hope to re-open the shop itself from 1st June.  https://www.goodtaste.org.uk/ Rosie Hunt  

WHAT IS COMMUNION? John Schofield has written a piece which is on the website designed to help us think through what we are doing when we are taking part in a Zoom eucharist at home. It offers some resources, and the opportunity for a conversation. Please take a look and you may like to respond….?  

The BOOK GROUP reading Rowan Williams’ Being Christian starts on Thursday. It’s never too late to join! Please contact Sarah at [email protected]  if you’d like to join us. John Schofield 

UPDATE ON THE S6 FOODBANK The Broomhall Centre is now hosting our local spur of the Foodbank. They are receiving donations of food on Mondays and Thursday at 11am at the Centre. If you prefer to send money, please Gift Aid if possible. Details are on their website or follow this linkSarah R   

GOOD NEWS STORIES People might like to share good news stories, images, poetry and light hearted items. We will be collating these together with the weekly notices into a post for our website. If you have items you’d like us to consider for inclusion please send them to the office. Sarah R   

GREENBELT NEWS Sadly GB2020 has been cancelled but Sarah R has made available the recordings of the talks from the past years. You can download and listen to them as individuals, or maybe in a group. You’ll find them on the Greenbelt website. There’s also lots of talks available free on the Greenbelt website. Sarah Colver  

MINI-FOODBANK IN GHANA Thank you so much for the generous donations to the ‘foodbank’ in Ghana – we raised over £2,000 which is incredible and has enabled us to provide continuous food parcels and fresh water to the families who have most struggled during lockdown Rosie Hunt 

THANK YOU FAMILY CARERS As we move into Carers Week (8-14 June) Rosie has asked some of the families to create a piece of artwork to say thank you to people who care for members of their family – we think you’ll agree that it’s fantastic.  Please do read Rosie’s article about Carer’s week 

This week’s LONGER READ is from Janet and Nicky, and is a recipe for you to try……please do share photos with us if you try it out, or do you have a recipe to share?  

Lockdown recipe successes 

During lockdown it’s been quite clear what is the most interesting question of the day. What are we going to have for supper? With lots of time and a cupboard full of tins, we got inspired to have a go at some new culinary ideas, tackling most of Terrific tins: 10 delicious, affordable recipes (Lola Milne, Guardian 29/4/20). 

Perhaps our favourite was the Tomato, lentil and aubergine ragu. The ingredients are quite ordinary, but the combination works really well. Serves 6. 


tbsps Olive Oil 

2 finely chopped onions 

aubergines cut into chunks 

2 crushed garlic cloves 

½ tsp fennel seeds 

2 bay leaves 

Pinch of chilli flakes 

400g tins of beluga lentils (or simiar) 

400g tins of tomatoes 

200ml red wine 

Pinch of salt (optional) 

Serve with soft polenta or a hunk of bread. 

In a large frying pan, heat 2 tbsps olive oil, add two finely chopped onions and soften gently for 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, in another frying pan, heat 4 tbsp oil, add two aubergines, cut into chunks, with a pinch of salt (we always omit salt), and fry on high for 5-10 minutes, stirring often, until the aubergine is golden. Remove from heat.  The onions should now be soft; add to them two crushed garlic cloves, half tsp fennel seeds, two bay leaves and a pinch of chilli flakes. Fry for 2-3 minutes, then add 200 ml red wine. Bring to the boil and reduce by two-thirds. Finally, add two 400g drained tins of beluga (or similar) lentils, two 400g tins of tomatoes and the browned aubergineSeason, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve with soft polenta, or a hunk of bread. 

We made half quantities with regard to the tins but still used two aubergines (because they needed cooking). The result was delicious, and in fact was even better the next day, when we reheated it with slices of cold sausage (that needed eating up) and stirred it through pasta. We think that the key ingredient is probably the fennel seeds – a distinctive and robust flavour (don’t overdo it). Quick and easy to cook. 

There are lots more ideas on the original article.


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