Notices for Sunday 16 August 2020


Flowers (virtual) donated by Leni Oglesby 

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – – 0114 266 3613.  If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sarah Colver on 07975 689403 or Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853. 

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  

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. ( Sarah R 

SERVICES IN ST MARK’S All Services are continuing on Zoom, but during August we are holding one service each Sunday in the building.  You can find out which services, and read more information about how this is working here. Please contact the office to book a place at a service.  Sarah R 

SERVICE BOOKLETS During August we are trialing how services look as we return to the building. Part of this is experimenting with how we display our liturgy over Zoom and on the new church projector. In order to do this well, we are now using PowerPoint in place of our usual service booklets. PDFs of the slides are available as usual on the website. Sarah R 

ST MARKS QUESTIONNAIRE LAST CHANCE – DEADLINE TOMORROW (Monday 17th) You should have received (by email) an invitation to give us feedback on Services and Worship with St Mark’s during the last few months.  If you have not received the email and would like to contribute your thoughts please contact the office. Thanks. Sarah R  

LEBANON APPEAL – following the explosion in Beirut, please consider supporting those affected by the disaster. Immediate needs include medical care for the injured and food, water and shelter for those whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. As the country faces further economic collapse, people are facing starvation as thousands have lost their livelihoods. There are a number of charities through which you can donate to help recovery in Beirut and to provide resources for those in need. Christian Aid has launched an appeal, please visit their giving page. Whether you choose to donate online, by post, by telephone or over the counter, please give generously. Thank you. The International Committee. 

THANK YOU to everyone who has cooked and delivered meals to members of the congregation recently. They have been much appreciated and made a big difference to those who have received them. We are continuing to offer this hospitality so let us know if you think someone would appreciate this support for a few days or a few weeks. Shan, James and the Pastoral Care Team. 

NEW SHORT FILMS The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN Britain) has commissioned 5 short films with big challenges for religious faith. You can view the films here: Members of St Marks are invited to join PCN Britain. Robin Story ( convenes the local Sheffield group and Adrian Alker chairs the national team of trustees, if you wish for more information. Adrian will be showing two of the films and leading a discussion in a Zoom meeting on Tuesday 25 August at 8.00pm. If you wish to join the meeting (maximum of 12 people) please contact Adrian on Adrian 

SERMONS  Whilst we undertake our pilgrimage at home during August, each person preaching will share a reflection about their favourite or much loved place, possibly a place that helps them feel closer or connected to God. If you would like to listen to an alternative sermon linked to the lectionary readings, you might consider accessing the video sermons being offered by The Bishop of Sheffield’s senior staff. These are available from Thursday each week and can be found at The Clergy Team 

STILL TIME TO SEND YOUR PILGRIM POSTCARDS  During August we are exploring the theme of ‘Pilgrimage’ together. If you’d like to share your pilgrim place, you can send it to and we’ll make it into a postcard.  Sarah R

There is still time to send 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, postcards are being uploaded to our website every morning, you can see them by clicking here and then clicking on ‘continue reading’ for each. Cate 

CREATIVE WRITING & STORY TELLING WELLBEING GROUP Aged 50 or over? Join a Zoom creative writing group where you will be helped, encouraged and guided to capture YOUR story….no experience necessary.  7 sessions for about 90 minutes each being run by Age Better in Sheffield and Sheffield Mind, commencing 11am Tues 8 Sept, running for 6 weeks.  Register your name and contact details at or call 07900 743 926.  Claire Brooks 

SINGING FOR WELLBEING GROUP Aged 50 or over? Join a FREE Zoom Singing Group; harmonise with an experienced voice coach, have some fun, meet new people and most importantly, help to de-stress!  No experience necessary, all voices welcome.  7 sessions for about 90 minutes each being run by Age Better in Sheffield and Sheffield Mind, commencing 10.30am Weds 19 Aug, running for 6 weeks.  Register your name and contact details at or call 07900 743 926.  Claire Brooks 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB : the 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    

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, 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   

LONGER READ – this week comes from Anne Lawton in Ireland. Anne had more to say about her Pilgrim Postcard, so we thought it would make a lovely ‘longer read’ this week.

This is my pilgrim postcard.  It is my new postcard in a short series of postcards dotted throughout my life timeline; they are places where I go to find peace for my head, body and spirit.  A comfort blankie in times of need. If I cannot physically get to them, I visualise them. 

This postcard is the walled garden in Farmleigh, an historic estate of 78 acres within the vastness of Phoenix Park, Dublin.  I discovered Farmleigh by accident during lockdown. There I can be with trees, two horses, six cows and all is harmonious. I love to sit on a wooden bench in the herb garden of the walled garden, which has the beautiful, old, glasshouse within it and flowering herbs.  The Canterbury bells welcome me as I enter the herb garden and I greet them as I smell each little plot of herb friends and follow the gravel path to sit on the solid, wooden bench.  The bench affords me a view of the little Grecian temple roof with its dragon weathervane on the other side of a tall yew hedge; I can see the tree tops of mature trees and the tall chimney pots of Farmleigh house.  The past is peaceful here.  From my first visit, I soaked in the feeling of love and happiness which this place is steeped in.  This is a place of peace.  Whoever created this garden was a happy, joyful soul or souls and this garden was created and nurtured with love.  The warmth and joy seep into my bones as I sit immersed in love and history and beauty.  I never want to leave.  I could happily sleep inside the greenhouse such is the feeling of warmth and peace here.  The walled garden is a diamond set within a jewel.  I sit on the wooden bench, sometimes completely alone in the garden, or hearing others quietly talking as they amble around the garden, catching glimpses now and then of a head or movement, but it is not intrusive.  All is tranquil.  The air is different.  We are in a timeless space as we drift around. 

On that first evenings visit as I was leaving Farmleigh quite literally locked in and I had to be let out by the gatekeeper in the little lodge house, I apologised to him saying I did not realise how late I was, but couldn’t tear myself away from the feeling of peace and joy in the walled garden, adding the hands which created it must have belonged to happy souls.  He smiled and said he had worked for over 20 years in Farmleigh and always felt the same, indeed had said it to colleagues who thought he was fanciful.  He said very few people over his twenty years had commented on how they felt the connectedness to the past in the way both he and I described, of the love and friendship of the gardeners still alive and planted into the very soil there.   

It gives me a safe space anchoring me to Mother Earth yet showing me the possibilities and promises of the life yet to come. 

Anne Lawton 


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