Flowers donated and arranged by Jennifer Hurrell.
OCTOBER SERVICES IN THE CHURCH Unfortunately, on October 11 we are NOT able to hold the service in church but we will hold it on Zoom. The next services in the church will be 7pm Night Service on October 18, and the 10am APCM Service on October 25 (this service will also be on Zoom). Details of upcoming services are posted on this page on our website. Please keep checking back for updates. The clergy team.
OUR ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS (APCM) will be held straight after a shortened morning service on Sunday 25 October (at about 11am) and will also be held via Zoom. The notices which are pinned to the church door may be viewed here and here. Everyone is welcome to join us but only those on the Electoral Roll may vote or stand for PCC. Please do consider standing for PCC as it is one way of having a voice in how the church makes decisions. Please talk to either of the churchwardens for more information. Sue
THANK YOU SO MUCH! I was overwhelmed by the love, care and kindness that surrounded me during my final service at St Mark’s last Sunday. Thank you for the many thoughtful gifts and for the very generous cheque which I hope to spend on a new sofa: every time I sit down to relax, all wrapped up in my prayer shawl, I’ll remember you all! Stephen and Aran would also like to add their thanks for their cards and book tokens. We are truly grateful and have been so blessed by our time at St Mark’s. Please keep in touch if you’d like to – I’m keeping the same mobile phone number (Sarah in the office has it). Sarah C
CHALLENGE POVERTY WEEK – Church Action on Poverty is proud to be organising the first Challenge Poverty Week England and Wales, from 12 to 18 October. You can see a detailed list of events at www.church-poverty.org.uk/cpw Shan
MARK’S MESSENGER Subscribers should now have had an email with the links to the BUMPER October edition compiled by Hannah and the children of St Mark’s – please let me know if you haven’t received this and are expecting to. The September edition is available online, and did you know that there is a massive back catalogue of editions as far back as 2011!! are online too – why not have a browse – https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/category/messenger/ Sarah R
COVID-19 TRACK & TRACE Following Government guidance St Mark’s now has QR codes available for checking in when you visit. To find out more information about how these work, and to download the App to your phone please visit this page on our website. If you’d like more details please contact the office. Sarah R
NEW JOB & MOVING AWAY I’m going to be moving away from Sheffield, to a new job in London. I have a job as a therapist working at Kings College hospital in the major trauma/stroke department. I’m sad to be leaving Sheffield, especially St Marks as it’s been the first church I’ve ever felt so comfortable in and that I’m part of a family. I am very excited about my new job, city and finding a new church family in Bethnal Green. I will always have St Marks in my heart and will miss you all Lots of love Jo Strong My email address is email@example.com and i would love to keep in touch. Jo Strong
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR TECH TEAMS – A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR? As we continue to develop our worship both online and in the building, we would like to grow the teams who have been making this possible. If you, or someone you know, are confident with technology and would like to help with Zoom or with the sound desk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Role descriptions are available here. Cate
PRIVATE PRAYER IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) have begun to attend pre-booked quiet prayer in St Mark’s. Please contact the office to book but it is helpful if you suggest your availability. An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. (email@example.com). Sarah R
SERVICES IN ST MARK’S IN OCTOBER All 10am Services are continuing on Zoom, but we are also holding one service each Sunday, at different times, in the building. The following services will be in the building: 18 Oct Taize Night Service with Communion; 25 Oct 10am Parish Eucharist and APCM . Please contact the office to book a place at a service. Sarah R
4 CORNERS OF ENGLAND We are cycling the 4 corners of England because there’s no better way to get about in this country. We’re raising money so that the young people at Roundabout, can have access to this wonderful way of getting about. Our route takes us from Sheffield to Carlisle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, before turning south down the east coast all the way to Dover, then turning west along the south coast to the tip of Cornwall. You can donate to our fundraising page. Chris Ware & Oli Giles
VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE Sheffield’s Branch of Church action on Poverty. For more than a decade, Sheffield Church Action on Poverty has organised an annual pilgrimage designed to raise awareness and understanding of how poverty is affecting people in Sheffield.
Each pilgrimage has involved a circular walk around a specific area of Sheffield, stopping at different faith-based initiatives which aim to reduce the effects of poverty in the city to hear about their work. Changed circumstances mean that we can’t take you to the initiatives, so we are organising a “Virtual Pilgrimage” to bring the initiatives to you. We’re inviting you to take part by viewing short videos covering the work of several initiatives and then, if you want to ask questions or find out more, take part in a Zoom meeting with project organisers.
This year we’ll be visiting Help Us Help, an initiative to help the homeless and rough sleepers, Manor Church and Community Project, Parsons Cross Initiative, PXI, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and Attercliffe and Darnall Mission. Be open to being challenged and changed by what you see and hear by viewing the videos and taking part in the Zoom conference. The videos can be viewed now the playlist can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/yymsbu2z If you wish to attend the Zoom meeting please contact Briony Broome firstname.lastname@example.org Joe Forde
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 8, the mid-September number of “Let’s Connect”, the Friendship Club newsletter, is NOW out. If you would like to receive a copy, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind
STILL SEARCHING FOR A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR I’m still looking for a new driving instructor (automatic) as mine has now retired. Please could you let me know if you have any recommendations? Thank you. Cate
SERMONS AND SO MUCH MORE Did you know that you can find a whole back catalogue (back as far as 2010!) of Sermons from St Mark’s to read online? Visit https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/sermons/ to have a browse! 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