Notices for Sunday 21 June 2020


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(virtual) flowers donated by Rhona.

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – – 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 is sent out every Friday – please contact the office if you would like to be included in the mail out.  Sarah R 

NEWS FROM ROSIE RICHARDS Rosie’s long-awaited move to her daughter’s in Ireland is now happening.  Today might be her last Sunday in Sheffield but she is hoping to continue to join us on Zoom.  Whilst Rosie values our love and prayers she asks that we don’t call her or send cards because she is preoccupied with all the arrangements.  However, she is giving her new address to Sarah in the church office and in a couple of weeks she would love to hear from everyone!  Rosie, we will miss you, but you go with all our love  Sue H 

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL WEEKEND!  Go to Click on 19 June – A Play in Lockdown anytime from 7pm on June 19 and find out how to donate to Samaritans.  Try the other tabs for poetry, music, art and puzzles. Three award-winning writers for free! Frances Gray, Chair. 

FESTIVAL SERVICE Sunday 21 June 10am – celebrating our relationship with each other and the natural world. Rachael Hand and Sue H 

RE-OPENING CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER – PCC met on 17th June and discussed the process for re-opening church for private prayer. A working group is now looking at how this can be achieved. We will let you know as soon as maintenance work is complete and appropriate measures are in place to enable you to visit church. Clergy team 

DEBORAH SUNDAY Whave heard that Deborah died in the Hallamshire hospital on Monday 8 June.  Deborah had been an occasional member of St Mark’s and a regular attender of the Pilgrim course.  Her faith was vibrant and infectious and, although her health was not good, she was full of life.  Andrew Perrins, a member of the 8am congregation, has kept in touch with Deborah but didn’t know that she had gone into hospital, so news of her death has come as a shock.  We hold all who mourn her loss in our hearts.  This photo was taken by Shan at a wonderful Christmas meal held here at St Mark’s.  Sue  

JOHN GILES We have received news that one of our previous Vicars, John Giles, has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Luckily he is strong enough to be able to try chemotherapy to control the illness. John is fine in himself, even upbeat, just feeling very tired and lacking energy.  Please hold him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

MEALS FOR LOCAL FAMILY We’re cooking meals for a family in our church community who are having long term symptoms after having covid-19. They live in Crookes. Please contact me at if you can help. Thanks! Jen Ryder  

From Manuchehr: URBAN HOUSE SUPPORTERS urgently need clothing for asylum seekers; please contact Sarah R in the church office.  To donate funds please use this link: Thank you. With love and support for Manuch and all at SYMAAG for their tireless campaigning.  Sue  

HEALTHWATCH SHEFFIELD is doing a survey about the impact of COVID 19 on mental and physical health as well as their experience of how other services worked. Healthwatch wants to use the survey results to feedback people’s experience to decision makers so they can use this information in future planning. Please consider completing the survey at – Thank you. Judy Robinson 

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.   

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU – Each week during morning and evening prayer, the clergy and pastoral care team pray for each one of you. If you have a specific prayer request for the pastoral care team or for intercessions at services, please let us know by e-mailing office@stmarkssheffield, or by contacting one of the clergy. Specific requests will remain on the intercessory prayer list for 4 weeks. If there is a need for the request to remain in the prayers for longer, please have a conversation with one of the clergy team. Thank you. Shan    

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

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  

This week’s LONGER READ is an update from David Willington.  David, and the whole staff team have been on a bit of a journey with regard to the use of music in our services during lockdown.  We thought you might like to read about this;  

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Since lockdown started we’ve been doing our best to provide an opportunity for communal worship. Zoom’s been the answer for us, and we’ve done our best to provide music for the services. We’ve learned a lot about recording, and in particular recording in lockdown conditions. We’ve also made extensive use of music from other sources. A few weeks ago we realised that we weren’t licensed to use YouTube clips in general. As this was where I’d been finding almost all the music we used it presented something of a problem. However, we are allowed to use music from a specific YouTube channel if we have the explicit permission of that channel owner. 

My most reliable source of music was First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Other than they have a huge number of decent quality recordings I don’t know anything about them. Luckily when I asked them if we could use their recordings they said yes, and that’s the reason for their regular appearance in our services.

Other sources of music have been forthcoming. The musicians of St Martin in the Fields are making recordings weekly that are licensed for use in the CofE church services. They’ve only been doing this for a few weeks (it’s a project specifically for the Covid period) and there aren’t many recordings available but the quality is excellent and the list of available resources is growing. St John’s Ranmoor have also made their recordings available, and my son’s piano teacher has also said we can use her YouTube channel although it’s not as directly relevant to the church setting. I’ve approached the BBC about using Songs of Praise recordings but it turns out all the clips available on YouTube are pirated copies that we’re not licensed to use. I’ll continue to look for other sources, but the resources (in-house and external) mean that we’re able to continue providing music for services.

I owe a huge amount to the choir and other musicians who’ve contributed to the recordings we’ve made, and in particular to David Sanderson and Andrew Sanderson for their arrangements of music, to Mike Willis who mixes the various individual recordings into the final version that’s used in services and to Zulf (my youngest) who helps me with a basic recording that others can build on. He’s getting quite adept at setting microphone levels, mixing tracks and learning treble parts very quickly. 

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