This week’s (virtual) flowers donated by James Ryder
Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – email@example.com – 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.
THANK YOU FAMILY CARERS Please do read Rosie’s article about Carer’s week on our website. Sue
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 x Sue H
ALMOST THE BROOMHILL FESTIVAL is launched this week. Go to www.broomhill-festival.org.uk for art and writing competitions, music, puzzles PLUS the launch of a new book of poems by John Birtwhistle AND a Zoom play in which everybody (including you) gets to play Oscar Wilde – it will be available exclusively from the website from Friday 19 June at 7.00pm. Frances Gray , Chair.
FESTIVAL SERVICE Sunday 21 June 10am – celebrating our relationship with each other and the natural world. Rachael Hand and Sue
EMAIL WITH SERVICE DETAILS Every Friday an email is sent out with details of the coming week’s Services. If you aren’t currently receiving this please contact the office by email to request inclusion. If you seem to have stopped receiving it, also please contact the office. Thank you! Sarah R
DEBORAH SUNDAY we heard this week 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
FUNERAL AND MEMORIAL SERVICE Following the sad news that Sheena Ritchie died last week, Sue Hammersley has been invited by the family to conduct a private funeral followed by a Memorial Service, once public gatherings are possible. Thank you for holding Sheena’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this time. Sue
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. Shan
PRAYER REQUESTS “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone” (1 Timothy 2:1) Each week during morning and evening prayer, the clergy and pastoral care team utilises our pastoral care list to help us visualise and pray for each one of you. Prayer is a relational practice which, with the help of the Holy Spirit, offers us another opportunity to connect as part of the body of Christ. If you have a specific prayer request, of lament or thanksgiving, please let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting one of the clergy. Names will remain on the prayer list for 4 weeks. If there is a need for the individual to remain on the prayers for longer, please have a conversation with one of the clergy team. Thank you. Shan
NEXT EDITION OF MARK’S MESSENGER The latest edition of Mark’s Messenger has now been emailed out to all subscribers, if you haven’t received your copy or would like to subscribe please contact the office. Sarah R
SUMMER EDITION OF MARK’S MESSENGER Contributions are invited for the July/August double edition, please contact me before 15 June at email@example.com Rob
FRIENDSHIP CLUB The latest Issue, number 4, of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, came out on 26 May, edited by Pauline Miller. If you would like to receive this, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind
LOOKING FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION? We have a range of services on offer and know what some other churches are doing too – don’t miss Julian Prayer on a Monday. Do contact the church office for more information. Sue
WHAT IS COMMUNION? John Schofield has written a piece which is on the website designed to help us think through what we are doing when we are taking part in a Zoom eucharist at home. It offers some resources, and the opportunity for a conversation. Please take a look and you may like to respond….?
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 link. Sarah 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
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:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-urban-house-asylum-seekers Thank you. With love and support for Manuch and all at SYMAAG for their tireless campaigning. Sue
This week’s LONGER READ is an update from The Children’s Society via Susan Whitmill.
There is a lot going on at TCS and as we all adjust during these strange times, we are still working hard to support the young people who need us, perhaps even more so during these time of isolation and disconnect.
We have our new Take a Pew series where senior clergy from across the country are posting short videos sharing their thoughts about the current situation and their involvement with TCS. So far we’ve had the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York (designate). We have Canon Sophie Jelley, Bishop Designate for Doncaster on 11 June and several senior figures will be joining us in the coming weeks.
We also have our new Community Awareness Network, where we are asking people to be a lifeline for young people in their area, learn how to recognise signs of abuse and exploitation and know what to do if they think a child is in danger, particularly during lockdown. We can make a difference during this time and people can Sign up here.
Our virtual Facebook Coffee and Chat sessions are still happening at the regular time of Wednesdays at 1.30pm https://www.facebook.com/groups/VirtualCoffeeandChat/ This week we focused on our work with young carers with our Chief Executive Mark Russell hosting and chatting with one of our young carers, with other current topics each week.
And our free resources to support young people and adults around mental health and wellbeing can be found via this link.