Notices for Sunday 22 November 2020

Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning!¬†ūüė䬆

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Virtual flowers donated by Helen Orton 

PAM¬†McCLEAN¬†‚ÄstSome of you will remember David and Pam¬†who worshipped and¬†actively and efficiently¬†contributed to the life of¬†St Mark‚Äôs 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 protected]¬†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:¬†¬†¬†

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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¬†



Promotional image for 'Lights of Hope': a window with a lit lamp over a night sky background



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:¬†‚ÄúThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.‚Ä̬† (John 1.5 ESV)¬†¬†



ST MARK‚ÄôS 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.‚ÄĮ 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‚Äôs, 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‚Äôs, 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôd like to offer you two opportunities starting on Thursday 19th¬†November.¬†

11.30 am РJoin 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.¬†¬†

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‚Äôre inviting you to make a phone-call, a ‚Äėdoorstep visit‚Äô 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 ‚Äst[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¬†

PRIVATE PRAYER IN ST MARK‚ÄôS¬†We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able to attend pre-booked quiet prayer in St Mark‚Äôs. 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¬†

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 protected]¬†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 ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Connect‚ÄĚ, the Friendship Club newsletter, is now out. If you would like to receive a copy, please tell Sarah in the church office.¬†Rosalind¬†

MARK‚ÄôS¬†MESSENGER¬†Subscribers¬†should now have had an email with the¬†November edition¬†– please let me know if you haven‚Äôt 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 ‚Äď why not have a browse –¬†¬†¬†¬†Sarah R¬†

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR TECH TEAMS ‚Äď 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¬†¬†

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‚Äôs 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‚Äôd like to keep in touch please do.¬† Sarah ‚Äď 25 Oldridge Close,¬†Holme¬†Hall, Chesterfield, S40 4UF¬†(email¬†[email protected]); Stephen ‚Äď Flat 6, 36 Millhouses Lane, Millhouses, Sheffield, S7 2HB (email¬†[email protected]).¬†¬†Sarah¬†

WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ‚ÄstEach 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 here.  For more discussion ideas and information on hosting a watch party please visit here.


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