Notices for Sunday 23 August 2020

Flower(virtual) donated by James Ryder   Flower display in church

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – [email protected] – 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. ([email protected]). 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 on our website – Please contact the office to book a place at a service.  Sarah R 

FAMILY PRAYER ADVENTURES – LIVE!  Families are invited to gather on the Green for worship and a BYO picnic on Sun 23 or 30 August at 12 noon for a 12.15 start. Due to COVID restrictions we are limited to 6 households per session so please book via the office. It would be really helpful if you could indicate whether you are flexible about which Sunday you can attend. Sarah C 

Couple standing in front of town hallCONGRATULATIONS! to Sue and Sibylle who were finally able to have their relationship legally recognised as they registered and celebrated their civil partnership on Friday. We send them our love, blessings and best wishes for the future. Shan, Sarah, Sarah and Cate.

FAREWELL This Sunday we bid a fond farewell to our organ scholar Mandy Kan who is returning home to Hong Kong at the end of this month. Mandy will be playing the closing voluntary live at the 10am service in the building. Please join us in wishing her all the best and safe travels home. The Staff 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 ([email protected]) 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 [email protected] Adrian  

BABY NEWS! We are delighted to introduce the latest member of St Mark’s: Ruth Sheila Williamson, born on 29th July. We are all happy and healthy and doing very well. Jonathan & Cath Williamson. Baby photograph

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 

Neck lanyard with sunflower picturesSUNFLOWER LANYARDS You may notice some people in church or out and about wearing a green lanyard with yellow sunflowers on. This is a discreet way some people might show that they are exempt from wearing a face mask and/or they have a hidden disability. They can be bought online or are often given away for free in larger supermarkets. Sarah R 

ST MARKS QUESTIONNAIRE Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire and gave their thoughts.  The response has been fantastic, and the results will now be collated and shared with the team to build on for the future.  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 and link to their giving page is as follows: 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. 

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 [email protected] and we’ll make it into a postcard.  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 informationpostcards are being uploaded to our website every morning, you can see them by clicking here and then clicking on ‘continue reading’ for each. They are also on display in the church for those visiting. Cate 

CREATIVE WRITING & STORY TELLING WELLBEING GROUP Aged 50 or over? Join 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 [email protected] 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, runnning for 6 weeks.  Register your name and contact details at [email protected] 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 [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   

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK THANK YOU In 2019 St Marks House to House collection raised £1443.57p; Big Brekkie and Afternoon Tea Parties and bring and Buy £542.30p, and CAW church lunch £153.50p a total of £2139.37p. This year 2020 in lockdown with no opportunity to door to door collect, hold  Brekkies or Tea parties  we raised £1565.00p. So thank you to all who reached out digitally to neighbours and friends; to those who ran sponsored events and to those who simply donated,  I think you all deserve a great big 🙏🙏Dilys and the International Committee.

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