Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
CHURCH ACTION ON POVERTY Following last Sunday’s special service, members of the congregation may wish to make a donation to Church Action on Poverty in support of its campaigning work. If so, please go to https://www.church-poverty.org.uk/
ZOOM WORSHIP We have been made aware that although the majority of people were able to hear the whole of the service on 31st Jan, several people reported being unable to hear the music and hymns. We are not sure what caused this and hope the problem will not continue. If you experience it again, please let us know (by emailing the office) so we can investigate the problem more fully. Sarah, Shan, Sue and Cate.
NEWS FROM ST ANDREW’S URC It is with sadness that we heard that James Dickson died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. James and Jean have been key members of St Andrews and close friends of St Mark’s through Church Together. We hold Jean and all our friends at St Andrews in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sue
LENT If you have signed up for a Lent group you should now have had an email confirming your group day and time. The host/faciliator will be in touch with you very soon with the Zoom information. Please ensure you’ve downloaded or ordered the material from USPG in advance of the course. For how to do this, visit https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/lent-2021/ John Schofield
WINDOWS OF LOVE our theme for this week’s service (14 Feb) will be love! Part of the invitation will be for you to create something either to display in your window, or to send to a loved one to let them know that you continue to love and hold them in your thoughts. For inspiration on what to create head over to https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/groups/children/
PANCAKE PARTIES Tues Feb 16th This year our pancake parties will be over zoom with a focus on Fairtrade Fortnight. There will be two sittings, all are welcome at either.
4.30pm – 5.30pm: Pancake agape service with a simple liturgy, suitable for younger children.
6.30pm- 8pm: Suitable for all ages, short liturgy, time to chat whilst making pancakes, pancake competition and quiz
It may be helpful to prepare your pancake ingredients in advance, but there will be time to make the pancakes during the party. Prizes for most unusual pancake filling (that you are willing to actually eat!) and most impressive pancake design at the 6.30pm sitting! Ceri Gallivan
EVENING PRAYER CANCELLED ON 16th DUE TO PANCAKE PARTIES
ASH WEDNESDAY To mark the beginning of the season of Lent we will be holding a joint mission partnership service over Zoom at 7.30pm. Details of how to join will be in the Friday email today. Cate
RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY The BAME Diocesan Working Group are having a service to mark Racial Justice Sunday which is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. 14 February at 4pm Please email Miriam Cavanagh if you would like to attend the service on Zoom Miriam.firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID STORIES FOR SHEFFIELD CITY COUNCIL As we approach 10 months of our live being turned upside down by this pandemic, we want to hear how you, the people of Sheffield, have been affected. Your stories may be sad, they may be brave, they may be hard to share or they may be really positive and inspirational. Read the stories published so far on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sheffieldcitycouncil/ If you’d like to tell us your story, in film or writing, please contact us at email@example.com.
NEW CLERGY APPOINTMENT For the last few months the PCC have been working on our next steps forward as a church community, and have come to two decisions.
First, to appoint a new member of clergy to complement our team. The role will be advertised as ‘Liberal Theolgian’ and experienced priest, to emphasise that we are seeking someone who is a good communicator in the Liberal Theolgical tradition, and also able to support Sunday services and occasional offices. We are offering the house in Betjamen Gardens and a part time stipend. The advertisement will appear in the Church Times for the first time on Friday January 29th, both digitally and in print.
Second, PCC have appointed a Strategy Working Group to focus on St Marks strategy for the next few years. The group will be small enough to work effectively, but with representation from the different parts of our community. It will be chaired by an external consultant.
These are two important and exciting initiatives. Please hold both of these in your prayers over the next few weeks, and if you are aware of someone who might be just the right person for the role of Liberal Theologian at St Marks, please will you bring the advert to their attention. Thank you. Pat Hunt & James Oliver
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 22 February to 7 March 2021 For two weeks each year thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. Please get involved and look at the Fairtrade website www.fairtrade.org.uk But don’t wait til then Valentines Day is coming SOON and must be an excuse for buying someone a bunch of Fairtrade roses from www.Arenaflowers.com one of the only 2 Fairtrade florists in UK. Go for Letterbox Fairtrade roses or buy from Sainsbury’s or Aldi who have a few flowers with the Fairtrade mark. Fairtrade wine available Sainsbury’s, Waitrose , Morrisons and Coop, and chocolate from Good Taste in Broomhill currently online www.goodtaste.org.uk due to Covid. Divine chocolate Tony’s Chocolonely and Choc Affair some of these also in local supermarkets. Dilys Noble
NEW SCM GROUP The young adults are excited to be starting a new Student Christian Movement group at St Mark’s. 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
FRIENDSHIP CLUB a new issue of “Let’s Connect”, number 13, is now out, edited by Mary-Jane and David Ryder. It’s full of nostalgia, fun and information. If you would like to receive a copy, please ask Sarah in the office. Rosalind
MARK’S MESSENGER VIA EMAIL 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
THE GREAT BRITISH TECH APPEAL Your old phone or tablet could change a life! Donate your old phones and tablets to The Great British Tech Appeal and we’ll gift them to young people, supported by Barnardo’s, with 6 months free unlimited data. Go to the website https://www.vodafone.co.uk/techappeal/ to ask for a postage paid return envelope. Michael Miller
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
ST MARKS LIBRARY did you know that you can view the library catalogue online? And if you’d like to order a book to be sent to you (cost £3) please contact the office. Check out the Library page of the website for more information. Sarah R
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. (email@example.com). 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
JOINED UP CONFERENCE 2021 Saturday 6th March This annual conference for those involved in Children’s and youth ministry has gone online for 2021! If you are part of the CHYPS team or are interested in becoming more involved this is a great opportunity to gather with people from across the diocese and explore different aspects of faith and child development. For more information and to book your place go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joined-up-conference-2021-tickets-128758846175
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
MARK’S MESSENGER Subscribers should now have had an email with the February 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