LENT GROUPS This year’s Lent groups with all be on Zoom. We are using some excellent material from USPG celebrating the diversity of the church and challenging us about how this relates to our local situation. The course is entitled Living with a world of difference. If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to Sarah Rousseau, email@example.com, letting us know, and also indicating the times of day and days of the week when you would be available. We’ll let you know which group you’re in at the beginning of February. You can access the material by following this link to the Study and Learning menu on the church website https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/lent-2021/ John Schofield
IN MEMORIAM – Some of you will have known Rev Canon Jane Sinclair who was Canon Residentiary and Precentor at Sheffield Cathedral from 1993 until 2003. Jane retired from her ministry as Canon of Westminster due to ill health in April 2020 and we have been notified that Jane died on Thursday 14th January. Please pray for her partner Gillian and other friends mourning her death.
ALSO Carol Walter who attended St Mark’s from 1996 until she had to move into a care home when she was no longer able to live independently as a result of dementia. Several members of the congregation maintained contact with Carol and her sister has let us know Carol died peacefully on 4th January. Her funeral will be arranged by St Mark’s. May she rest in peace. ALSO Richard Gray, Dorothy’s much-loved husband, died suddenly after surgery in the middle of December. They recently moved to Ripon where Dorothy is being well supported but she is grateful for our prayers. Shan
NEW SCM GROUP The young adults are excited to be starting a new Student Christian Movement group at St Mark’s. Starting THIS SUNDAY, this group will meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4pm over Zoom and is open to anyone who is interested in taking part. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details. Young Adults’ Core Team
CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND MEDITATION – If you are seeking a safe space to meet in silence and be still with God, have you considered JULIAN PRAYER? During lockdown we are an e-mail based group which offers a weekly e-mail with a short reading or reflection which you can use as you wish to aid a period of silent or contemplative prayer. Once lockdown ends and it is safe to gather again, we will meet in church on a Monday evening at 6.30 pm. If you would like to integrate this form of prayer into your lifestyle, please e-mail or phone Shan. Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk Tel 07598 156817
NEW ADDRESS Roy and Beryl Barry’s family have been in touch to say that they have both moved and are now in a care home together and would be delighted to hear from St Mark’s friends. Their new address is: Troutbeck Care Home, Crossbeck Road, Ilkley, LS29 9PJ. Briony and Shan.
THANK YOU to Rosie for coordinating Together at Christmas and everyone who participated in this and in building connections with local care homes. We have received some lovely feedback from those who were on the receiving end of phone calls, doorstep visits, gifts from the craft group or cards. About 100 households were in touch with someone in one way or another either through this or via lunch club. This activity is not just the “work of Christmas” so if you are able to, please continue to be “the word made flesh” representing St Mark’s within the congregation and beyond. Let me know who you are connecting with and if I can support you or those you communicate with in any way. Thank you. Shan
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 12 of “Let’s Connect”, the club newsletter, is NOW out. It’s a New Year number, full of interest, information and fun, and is edited by Carol Rowe. If you would like to receive a copy, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind
MARK’S MESSENGER The Messenger has worked well for most people as a virtual paper in lockdown. While we are continuing to produce print copies for those who need them – and for visitors and casual readers when lockdown is over – we have decided that in future most subscribers will continue to receive it by e-mail. If you are NOT on the subscriber list but would like to receive it, please email Sarah Rousseau at the office and she will add you to it. We will continue to offer the Messenger free of charge – but do consider making a donation (again, contact the office) – it’s an important part of our life as a community. Frances Gray
EPIPHANY HOUSE BLESSING One tradition during Epiphany season that some Christians take part in is to chalk your home with the blessing of 20+C+M+B+21. This marks the journey of the magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar) visiting the Christ Child and an invitation for our homes to be blessed with God’s love and protection. If you would like to take part in this ritual (or adapt it for what works for you) please use this document as you wish. It includes an explanation of the tradition which you might like to share with your neighbours and a short liturgy. If you need some chalk please contact me. Lu Skerratt
VOLUNTEER VACCINATION STEWARDS NEEDED Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust are now recruiting Volunteer Vaccination Stewards for the vaccine centres at the large scale site and the hospital centres being run by STH. Information about the role and the link to apply can be viewed here http://bttr.im/hy7ss
PHILIP’S EMAIL ADDRESS I am no longer using the email address email@example.com. But if you want to get in contact with me, you can use my other account, firstname.lastname@example.org Philip Booth
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THE READING GROUP has found Tom Wright’s book, God and the Pandemic¸ so interesting (even though only 76 pages) that we’ve decided to give it more time. So if you’d like to join us for 40 minutes at 7.30pm on 13, 20 and 27 January please let Sarah in the parish office know and then I’ll be in touch. John Schofield
MARK’S MESSENGER Subscribers should now have had an email with the January edition – please let me know if you haven’t received this and are expecting to. Did you know that there is a massive back catalogue of editions as far back as 2011 online too – why not have a browse. Sarah R
TOP TIPS FOR MENTAL WELL BEING We all react differently to change in our lives and measures to limit the spread of Coronovirus have impacted on each of us in different ways. Send me your top tips for looking after your mental, physical or spiritual health and we will share them on the website over the next few weeks. Your coping strategy might be just what someone else needs to help them through a rough patch. Shan
QUIET PRAYER or “HOME COMMUNION” IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able to attend pre-booked quiet time in St Mark’s. Please contact the office and suggest your availability. An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sarah R
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,co.uk 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
BROOMHILL COMMUNITY LIBRARY NEWS We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Co-op’s local causes in this round, which runs from now until 23rd October 2021. We shall be featured in Crookes, Broad Lane and Clarkson Street Co-op stores. However, you can shop at any Co-op and contribute to our cause. You can also encourage your friends and relatives anywhere in the country to nominate BCL as their cause too, by going to our dedicated page. We are currently open for order and collect – and really looking forward to be allowed to offer browsing and computer use – we will do that as soon as we can, in line with government guidance. Kathy Harbord
CHRISTMAS STAMPS As in previous years I’m collecting your stamps for charity (this year the RNIB – Royal National Institute of Blind People). As we can’t meet up at the moment for me to collect them, it would be great if you can hold on to them for now – they can be sent at any time of year and I have a large envelope from the RNIB waiting for them. Thanks. Sarah R
No flowers at the moment, but the snow has been so beautiful
(stay safe if you have to go out and about – it’s icy too!).