Notices – 26 July 2020

Notices for Sunday 26 July 2020

Wild flower meadow

Wild flower meadow; photograph by Sandra Newton

(vitual) flowerdonated by Renata Smith 

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk – 0114 266 3613.  If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sarah Colver on 07975 689403. 

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  

WHEN WILL ST MARK’S RE-OPEN? Please contact the office (by email) or see the Friday email for more information. Clergy team 

RUTH BIRD We are sad to hear the news of Ruth Bird’s recent death. Her profession was nursing and the training of nurses, and she spent a short time working in a hospital in Nazareth.  Ruth was a long standing member of St Mark’s congregation but changed her place of worship when she decided to follow John Giles in his move to the Cathedral in the late 1980s. Her loving nature, her steadfast faith and her support of the Church will long be remembered. May she rest in peace. Ruth’s funeral will be held at the Cathedral on Friday August 7th at 2.15 pm. Anyone wishing to attend should get in touch with the cathedral office beforehand. Eve Saunders

PILGRIM POSTCARDS  During August we will be exploring the theme of ‘Pilgrimage’ together. If you’d like to share your pilgrim place, you can send it to office@stmarkssheffield.co.ukand we’ll make it into a postcard. We will need: a picture of your pilgrim place which you have either taken or made and short message (100 max) which explains why this place is special to you. See here for more information. Cate 

T-Time Service for Pride 5pm THIS SUNDAY You are welcome to join us as we gather over zoom for worship at 5pm. The prayer stations can be found here and explored before we gather for closing worship and informal time together. Hannah

THE LIT COLLECTIVE (TLC) Sheffield are excited to invite you to our first online festival, which centres and celebrates womxn writers of colour. This is happening over next couple of days at https://tlcsheffield.com/ Hannah

FAMINE IN YEMEN Double Your Donation If you have not already donated and would still like to please click on the link https://donation.dec.org.uk/coronavirus-appeal. The British Government has offered to match pound for pound up to the first £5million donated. Thanks. St Mark’s International Donations 

THANK YOU My family and I been on the receiving end of some extraordinary generosity over the last few months as I have been recovering from COVID. I’d like to thank everyone who has made us a meal, dropped by with snacks and tea and and sent words of encouragement and support. It has made a huge difference and we are truly grateful for the friendship of the St Mark’s community.  I will endeavour to get your pots and pans back to you as soon as I can! Lizzie, Jon, William and Rose  

PASTORAL CARE FOR OLDER PEOPLE – Please look here to see how Claire Brooks, Our Community Worker with Older People, funded through Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall, is managing to continue to enhance lives and offer support during the current crisis. Her report was written for the CTBB AGM held this week. 

READY, STEADY, COOK – Could you offer to cook an extra portion for someone on their own or a meal for a family? We would like you to consider offering your hospitality to members of the congregation who would value our support at present. It can be a oneoff contribution or a regular commitment which will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Please e-mail shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk if you are able to help. Thank you. Shan 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB : the very latest Issue, number 6, of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, is now out, edited by Carol Rowe. If you would like to receive this, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind    

NEWS from Anna and Anne: We are getting married and it’s all terribly exciting! It is also going to be a bit different to what we originally planned, but in many ways, it will be more fun, not less! We will get married in a small ceremony on 25th July, and we feel very grateful to be able to do it this year.  However! We are planning a bigger celebration for our first anniversary on 24th July 2021. You are all invited to join us on that day. You can find all the details including new RSVP form on our website: www.25072020.comWe look forward to celebrating with all our family and friends, at the time when – we hope – it will be safe and enjoyable for everybody to participate.  Anna and Anne 

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 – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KLDGG7D Thank you. Judy Robinson 

S6 FOODBANK is still running from the Broomhall Centreopen Mon 11am – 1pm to give out food parcels and on Mon/Thur1011am for donations. Any dry goods including toiletries are welcome. If you need a food parcel or are recommending someone, you must phone in advance. The Foodbank Hub Line is 0114 321 0733. There is a Hub Support Line 321 0734 which gives wider advice, e.g. universal credit, debt relief, getting back into work etc. The number of people using the food bank has gradually increased during lockdown as has the number of people bringing donations. https://sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk/ 

THE BROOMHALL CENTRE hopes to reopen in September and wants to keep the Foodbank, moving the stores currently spread out in the main hall into a shipping container at the back of the building. They are working out how to operate safely which will involve extra cleaning time and supplies and more careful advice to users, but they are sure there will be people keen to start meeting again and have a large space where they can socially distance.  

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   

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   

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   

SLIGHTLY LONGER READ – THIS WEEK AT ST MARK’S 

In August we will be able to hold some services in the building, and we are also welcoming people for Private Prayer (if you’d like to express your interest for one of the services, or arrange to come for private prayer please contact Sarah R – office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk). 

In readiness there are lots of things going on in the building, and Tim and John are working hard with the cleaning and other maintenance jobs.  As well as the new AV system being installed, like many places we have been putting in reminders to socially distance – this includes a two metre wide Celtic cross expertly hand drawn by Hannah (and then made into a non-slip floor sticker), which you’ll be able to see in various places round the building. 

Footprint floor stickers in aisle of church

Rainbow floor stickers

Celtic cross floor sticker

Floor sticker in front of the sanctuary

For those unable to visit at the moment I thought you’d like to see two of them, Sue and I stuck them down this week; also the colourful smaller reminders (which we haven’t stuck down yet).

Celtic cross image on floor of chapel

Celtic cross in the chapel

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