If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853.
Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week –[email protected] – 0114 266 3613.
(virtual) flowers donated by Judith Price.
MARK’S MESSENGER The latest edition of the Messenger has now been emailed out to all subscribers, if you haven’t received your copy please contact the office to check your email address. If you wish to subscribe, please contact the office for information (and costs). Sarah R
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 [email protected] or contacting one of the clergy. Shan
ANNUAL REPORT This year’s annual report is available to read on our website on Sunday, please visit http://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/minutes-agenda It’s a little different this year, we hope you enjoy reading it. Sue and Sarah R
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who responded to Christian Aid Week appeal by donating through e-envelopes, and resending them to friends. family and local residents. Also to everyone who donated a bit extra in response to my 26 kilometre rowing marathon (2 hours 19 mins and 18 secs, and 1400 calories). Dilys
CHRISTIAN AID QUIZ Please join us on Saturday 16th at 8.45pm via Zoom for a virtual Pub Quiz (see link on Friday email). A further opportunity to donate to Christian Aid and enjoy time with friends. It’s not too late to donate or send an e -envelope to help Christian Aid protect vulnerable people through soap, clean water, medical supplies and LOVE. Ceri & Dilys You can make donations directly on the Christian Aid website or via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StMarksBroomhill
KEEPING IN TOUCH even when we can’t make physical contact and there are many ways of and helping each other to stay connected. Do you know anyone who’d value a regular conversation by telephone.? No-one should feel isolated. Please contact the church office if you’d like a call. Clergy Team
TUESDAY NIGHT SERVICE Unfortunately Anne has decided to cancel this service. Her own health has not been very good and we have advised her to look after herself first. If you know of people who are looking for quiet spaces for contemplation, we do have plenty of different services on offer – be in touch with one of the clergy and let us know what you are looking for. Anne, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sue H
A Notice from Manuchehr from SYMAAG Urban House, Wakefield, provides accommodation on behalf of the Home Office for asylum seekers. 270 people live in rooms shared with strangers, with communal toilets and showers in appalling conditions. During this lockdown SYMAAG has expressed outrage that no measures have been taken to account for the increased risk of illness. There are pregnant women among the residents, there is no special food and little fresh fruit for them. There 15 children, four toddlers, four children under ten, and young teenagers. SYMAAG has launched an emergency appeal: We are going to provide weekly (every Saturday) food, fruit, toiletries, hygiene products, ready-made soup packs, biscuits, chocolate, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, children`s and women`s supplies and other materials. WE NEED MONEY, VOLUNTEERS TO FIND SUPPLIES AND PACK THEM AND DRIVERS TO TAKE THEM TO WAKEFIELD To donate use this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-urban-house-asylum-seekers To offer to volunteer, please contact Sarah R in the church office. Thank you. With our love and support to Manuch and all at SYMAAG for their tireless campaigning. Sue
PRAYERS As our services, including prayers, are now available on the website, we have decided that it is better to just pray for people by first names. Please be assured that if someone from within the congregation is very sick or has died, we will let you know through other routes. Shan
MEAL HELP A young mum in Hunters Bar is having her second baby via C section with very limited support and no family in this country. I am setting up a rota of people who can bring her a meal. Please let me know if you’d like to help! [email protected] Thank you. Jen Ryder
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 https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/what-we-are-doing-when-taking-part-in-a-zoom-eucharist/
BOOK GROUP Would you be interested in joining a book group to read together Rowan Williams’ book Being Christian? It’s thoughtful, short and available as paperback, Kindle edition and audiobook. If so, please let Sarah know at [email protected] and we will be in touch. John Schofield
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: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/philadelphianetwork/s6foodbank 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
MORE BABY NEWS! Congratulations to Sarah and Ambrose on the birth of Caitlin on February 19. She’s already been listening in to Sunday Services! Sue H
STILL MORE BABY NEWS! Congratulations to proud grandfather Andrew Sanderson on the safe arrival of Kath’s son, Finn (meaning ‘bright’ or ‘fair’, from the same root as Fiona). Finn, Kath and husband Jon are all doing very well.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 3 of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, is now out, edited by Jean Baxter. If you would like to receive this latest issue, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind
MINI-FOODBANK IN GHANA Families in Ghana are currently finding it difficult to feed themselves and their children. Our link (by funding Abura Literacy School) is enabling us to facilitate a mini-foodbank for the families in the local community. Most of these families earn their living through selling oranges, or water, and they currently can’t do this. The children normally receive a hot meal at school, which is currently closed. Please donate anything you can to enable these families to have food and water at the moment. Rosie Hunt https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/coronavirus-support-ghana (updated link)
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 this Google Drive. There’s also lots of talks available free on the Greenbelt website
LONG READ this week is news of knitting projects from Rosalind Rogerson.
The Knit and Natter group, aka the Craft Group, keeps in touch by email, and marks the loss of its first-Saturday-in-the-month meeting with coffee, thoughts of fellow members and knitting! Having emailed news of my knitting exploits recently, I was encouraged to share this with readers of the Good Newsletter.
You will be amused/bemused to hear that I have had two commissions this week. One is compete, the other is work-in- progress….
A good friend decided she would like to thank her local postman by giving him a red knitted hat with a crown (Royal Mail logo) on, to acknowledge his work during the current crisis. She sent me some red yarn, and some yellow wool. I call the red “yarn” because it’s certainly not wool. It knits up very loosely. I got a pattern off the Internet and started: K2 P2 rib for many inches.
When the wool arrived there came in addition a little present of name tapes. Remember Cash’s name tapes for school clothing? Everything had to be labelled, including your knickers. Well, my good friend had ordered some name tapes which say “Hand Knitted by Rosalind Rogerson”. How pompous is that?? She always was a bit OTT, and lovely with it.
Meanwhile, it’s the evening before VE day, and the friend is gearing up to play the trumpet for various VE gatherings in Ecclesall where she lives: the Last Post, “For he’s a jolly good fellow” for a man in her street who is 80, the National Anthem, and “We’ll meet again”, at different times of the day. She decides that what she really needs is a poppy to wear, and hints that a knitted poppy would be rather nice.
Back to the Internet for a poppy pattern. I’ve never knitted a poppy before. Out of many possible patterns, I choose one which turns out to have misleading instructions; a bit of trial and error sorts that out. It gets rather late, but the show must go on. I finish the knitting and the sewing up, go to bed, then get up early (for me) to sew a safety pin on the back – AND one of my name labels!!!
I count the labels, and there are 72. So, that’s one for the poppy, one for the red hat, if I ever get it finished. Only 70 further projects to go….