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Virtual flowers donated by Helen Orton
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 for the next few weeks – 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@example.com for more information. Hannah
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE – 3.30pm Sun 6 Dec As with every year, we are thrilled to confirm that this service is open to everyone in the community and we need your help to get the message out! There will be a zoom service for those who wish to gather, and this will also be streamed live. We will be preparing Christingle Resource bags for collection from the green on Sat 5 Dec. During collection there will be an invitation to tie a red ribbon (provided!) to represent our love for the world and place within this community. This will mark the beginning of ‘dressing the green’ throughout Advent as a festival of light and hope for our local community. (More on this to follow soon!)
Please encourage your friends and family to complete this form by Sun 29 Nov, so that we can prepare the bags and allocate times for people to collect safely.
You can also join us in supporting The Children’s Society this advent by following this link: https://thyg.uk/CUS042189
ST MARK’S ADVENT RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE are now available online, lots to do and get involved in, please do take a look. We’d love to see what you create, you can email photographs to the office and we’ll feature them in the weekly newsletter. Hannah and the team
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
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 We’ve had 25 households sign up to do an Advent Window! Watch this space for how/when to view them. Jen Ryder
SILVER ECO-CHURCH AWARD FOR ST MARK’S It is only the third such award in the diocese. The application was submitted by our environmental group, with help from other people, but there are only three of us and there is a lot of work to do, for example the diocese will be committing to becoming net carbon neutral by 2030. We will need to be part of that and it will be testing. Possible areas of work we have in mind are:
- Helping St Marks work towards the Gold eco church award. This will be a challenge and your involvement could help us get there.
- Arrange a meeting with Paul Blomfield MP, whose constituency covers St Mark’s, to seek his advice, amongst other things, about what we could do to prepare for the vital 26th UN Climate Change Conference taking place in November 2021 in Glasgow.
- Working with St John Ranmoor and St Timothy’s, Crookes as much as possible.
- Working on the Crescent garden, especially with the children and exploring the possibility of a church allotment or cooperating with Broomhill library on their garden.
If you would like to consider joining us please contact the office – we’d love to hear from you. Margot Fox, Michael Bayley & Kathy Harbord.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and request the link.
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@example.com– 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
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sarah R
BAGS FOR LIFE Two tough canvas bags, one is 32W x 40H x10D cms, other 48W x 32 H x 10W cms, plus a Waitrose 6 bottle carrier. All hardly used, can deliver to a good home. Contact us on email@example.com Pauline & Michael
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
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 10, the mid-November 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
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 – https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/category/messenger/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Role descriptions are available here. 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
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@example.com); Stephen – Flat 6, 36 Millhouses Lane, Millhouses, Sheffield, S7 2HB (email firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 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
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