Notices for Sunday 15 November 2020

Virtual flowers donated by Helen Fisher

Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! ?  


PAM McCLEAN – Some of you will remember David and Pam who worshipped and actively and efficiently contributed to the life of St Mark’s for many years. Pam was involved with several areas of church life including junior church. After living with dementia for 6 years, Pam died on Thursday 22 October. May she rest in peace. There will be a small family funeral in Yeovil. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and those who cared for Pam. Shan 




CHILDREN AND FAMILIES’ PROVISION Sadly we have had to suspend our ‘Gatherings on the Green’ for the time being. In place of this there will be a family breakout zoom (details in the Friday email) at 9.30am each Sunday for a short liturgy and reflection/idea that you might want to take outdoors and explore further together throughout the day. Please contact me – [email protected] for more information. Hannah 

LIGHTS OF HOPE As the nights draw in and lockdown restrictions increase, we invite you to pause with us every Thursday at 7pm and make space for hope by placing a light in your window. As you place your light, you may wish to say: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1.5 ESV)  

ST MARK’S ADVENT WINDOWS This year as well as having windows lit for Advent in the church (more on that later), we are also looking for volunteers to decorate their front windows of their house to tell the Christmas story.  If you’d like to be involved (and we hope you will), please see the poster (view larger version here) and contact me for more information and to sign up.  Jen Ryder 

PRIVATE PRAYER IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able 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 protected]). Sarah R 

VIRTUAL POSADA 2020 – PLEASE sign up. Posada is going online this year! This is a really lovely opportunity to share hospitality throughout the community by creating little videos for each day of Advent. Full details and support on what and how to make videos will be provided! Email me SOON to get involved [email protected] Hannah Jones 



TOGETHER AT CHRISTMAS Being unable to all worship together in the building each week has impacted on different people in many different ways.  One impact has been not having the same sense of community with the wider congregation.  Whilst there are lots of friendships and groups (eg, lunch club, the children and families), we felt it would be nice for people to have the opportunity to link in with others over Christmas.  We’re inviting you to make a phone-call, a ‘doorstep visit’ or send a card (or any other creative ideas) to one other household over Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  We will link people up fairly randomly, though with some thought for geographical closeness.  If you would like to be part of this, could you email Rosie  [email protected]before Friday 11th December.  If you know of someone who would value this but may not read the email, please do let them know too). Rosie 



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’S GREETINGS CARDS CAMPAIGN We are now at the start of this year’s campaign and things will have to be different from selling Amnesty cards at the back of church and handing out case sheets of this year’s  victims of human rights infringements.  You can purchase cards directly from Amnesty here and download/read the case sheets for Writing for Rights here. Robin Story

THURSDAY ZOOM SOCIALS  Let’s use lockdown as a chance to meet new people and reconnect with others in the church community. We’d like to offer you two opportunities starting on Thursday 19th November. 

11.30 am – Join with those who gather for the Thursday mid day eucharist and spend 30 minutes together before the service. No obligation to stay for the worship although it would be lovely if you do. Shan 

7.30 pm for one hour. We’ll split into small breakout rooms. Absolutely everyone welcome – if you’re new to St Mark’s or if you’ve been coming for 50 years, if you’re bored of your own company and feel like you have nothing to say or if you have children and pets who will want to join in! Ceri 

Both of these will initially run for three weeks. If they are valued and sustainable, we will plan further dates.  The Zoom codes will be publicised in the Friday email, or you can email the office ([email protected] and request the link.  Shan and Ceri

CHILDRENS & YOUNG PEOPLE REGISTRATION The registration form for children and young people’s provision has gone online. If you haven’t already done so please follow the link  to register your child/ren asap so that we can continue to share news and include you in our fellowship.  Hannah Jones 

BROOMHALL GIRLS YOUTH GROUP are looking for Female Youth Workers and Volunteers to help provide a safe, inclusive space for girls and young women between the ages of 10-18 to meet together, relax, socialise and learn new skills. The group runs on Wednesdays between 4pm and 8pm. More information can be found on their Facebook page, or contact Sahra Ahmed (Youth Worker) at [email protected] or Hannah Jones (Chair of Trustees) at [email protected] Hannah J 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 9, the mid-October 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 

RE-CYCLING PLEA  In preparation for future children’s provision we would be very grateful if you could save your foil milk bottle tops and mince/apple pie cases and round camembert/brie cheese boxes! Please contact me to arrange collection – thank you! Hannah Jones 

MARK’S MESSENGER Subscribers should now have had an email with the November 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 

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 [email protected]. Role descriptions are available here. Cate  

BAPTISM GROUP We will be running a baptism group for anyone who is interested in being baptized or who would like to explore some of the basics of our faith. Talk to one of the clergy to find out more, or email the office to express your interest in joining the group. The Clergy Team

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 to have a browse! Sarah R  

CONTACT DETAILS FOR SARAH & STEPHEN COLVER As we leave St Mark’s we have so much to be grateful for, including such generous leaving gifts; but most of all we give thanks for you all, such a wonderful community of faith, hope, love and joy.  We will miss you very much, but if you’d like to keep in touch please do. Sarah – 25 Oldridge Close, Holme Hall, Chesterfield, S40 4UF  (email [email protected]); Stephen – Flat 6, 36 Millhouses Lane, Millhouses, Sheffield, S7 2HB (email [email protected]).  Sarah 

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 [email protected], 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     

THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN How are you spending the latest lockdown? Watching too much TV? Christian Aid has produced a beautiful film Thank You for the Rain that tells the story of Kisilu Musya, a smallholder farmer in Kenya who has used his camera to capture the life of his family, and the human costs of climate change. The film is a call to action to all who care about God’s creation and justice for all people. But for many of us it’s hard to know what to do. 

Why not watch it as a family or ask some friends to do so around the same time and have a family or Zoom discussion afterwards reflecting on what can be done. CAid have provided a sheet with some useful thoughts. Enjoy the film  Dilys 

You can view the film hereFor more discussion ideas and information on hosting a watch party please read this excellent article.  




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