Notices for Sunday 24 January 2021

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIONY! We wish you much joy as you celebrate a significant birthday.  Sorry that we can’t all sign a card but we send you much love and appreciation.  Sue and the team x 

FUNERAL¬†–¬†Carol Walter‚Äôs funeral will be held in St Mark‚Äôs Church on Wednesday 27th January at 3 pm.¬† Due to Coronavirus restrictions, we encourage those of you who would like to say goodbye to Carol, to support her family and one another through our grief and to recall times spent together, to join us via Zoom. Please contact Sarah via the office¬†¬†for the codes to access Zoom by¬†computer or telephone.¬†Shan¬†

IN MEMORIAM¬†‚ÄstSome of you will have known¬†Rev¬†Canon¬†Jane Sinclair¬†who was Canon Residentiary and Precentor at Sheffield Cathedral from 1993¬†until 2003.¬†Jane retired from her ministry as Canon of Westminster¬†due to¬†ill health in April 2020 and we have been notified that¬†Jane died¬†on Thursday 14th¬†January. Please pray for her partner Gillian and¬†other friends mourning her¬†death.¬†Shan¬†

LENT 2021 This year’s Lent groups with all be on Zoom. We are using some excellent material from USPG (2020) celebrating the diversity of the church and challenging us about how this relates to our local situation. The course is entitled Living with a World of Difference. If you are interested in taking part, please send an email to Sarah Rousseau,, letting us know, and also indicating the times of day and days of the week when you would be available. Please do this by Friday 29th January at the latest. We’ll let you know which group you’re in at the beginning of February. You can access the material by following this link to the Study and Learning menu on the church website If you are asking for a printed copy please make sure you ask for the 2020 Lent Course, Living with a world of difference. John Schofield 

Image of a block of Tony's Chocolonely brand chocolateFairtrade logoFAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 22 February to 7 March 2021 For two weeks each year thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid. Please get involved and look at the Fairtrade website But don’t wait til then Valentines Day is coming SOON and must be an excuse for buying someone a bunch of Fairtrade roses from one of the only 2 Fairtrade florists in UK. Go for Letterbox Fairtrade roses or buy from Sainsbury’s or Aldi who have a few flowers with the Fairtrade mark. Fairtrade wine available Sainsbury’s, Waitrose , Morrisons and Coop, and chocolate from Good Taste in Broomhill currently online due to Covid. Divine chocolate Tony’s Chocolonely and Choc Affair some of these also in local supermarkets. Dilys Noble

NEW SCM GROUP The young adults are excited to be starting a new Student Christian Movement group at St Mark’s. This group will meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4pm over Zoom and is open to anyone who is interested in taking part. Contact for Zoom details. Young Adults’ Core Team 


CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND MEDITATION¬†‚Äď If you are seeking a safe space to meet in silence and be still with God, have you considered¬†JULIAN PRAYER? During lockdown we are an¬†e-mail based¬†group which offers a weekly e-mail with a short reading or reflection which you can use as you wish to aid a period of silent or contemplative prayer. Once lockdown ends and it is safe to gather again, we will meet in church on a Monday evening at 6.30 pm. If you would like to integrate this form of prayer into your lifestyle, please e-mail or phone Shan.¬†¬†Tel 07598 156817¬†

NEW ADDRESS Roy and Beryl Barry’s family have been in touch to say that they have both moved and are now in a care home together and would be delighted to hear from St Mark’s friends. Their new address is: Troutbeck Care Home, Crossbeck Road, Ilkley, LS29 9PJ.  Briony and Shan. 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB¬†Issue 12 of ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Connect‚ÄĚ, the club newsletter, is NOW out. It’s a New Year number, full of interest, information and fun, and is edited by Carol Rowe. If you would like to receive a copy, please tell Sarah in the church office.¬†Rosalind¬†

MARK‚ÄôS MESSENGER¬†The Messenger has worked well for most people as a virtual paper in lockdown. While we are continuing to produce print copies for those who need them ‚Äď and for visitors and casual readers when lockdown is over – we have decided that in future most subscribers will continue to receive it by e-mail. If you are NOT on the subscriber list but would like to receive it, please email Sarah Rousseau at the office and she will add you to it.¬† We will continue to offer the Messenger free of charge – but do consider¬†making a donation¬†(again,¬†contact¬†the office) ‚Äď it‚Äôs an important part of our life as a community.¬†Frances Gray¬†¬†

ST MARKS WEBSITE¬†Can you help? It would be¬†really great¬†to have some help with putting content¬†(prewritten)¬†on the website ‚Äď I’d be happy to teach you how (via Zoom).¬†¬†Please contact me if you‚Äôre interested in knowing more.¬†Sarah R¬†

PHILIP’S EMAIL ADDRESS¬†I am no longer using the email address But if you want to get in contact with me, you can use my other account,¬†¬†Philip Booth.¬†

RENT FREE Two bedroom flat in Walkley available from next month. No rent needed, the only requirement is for you to cover your bills. More details from or 07506277658. Gary 

MARK‚ÄôS MESSENGER¬†Subscribers should now have had an email with the January 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¬†¬†¬†

TOP TIPS FOR MENTAL WELL BEING We all react differently to change in our lives and measures to limit the spread of Coronovirus have impacted on each of us in different ways. Send me your top tips for looking after your mental, physical or spiritual health and we will share them on the website over the next few weeks. Your coping strategy might be just what someone else needs to help them through a rough patch. Shan   

QUIET¬†PRAYER¬†or ‚ÄúHOME COMMUNION‚Ä̬†IN ST MARK‚ÄôS¬†We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able to attend pre-booked quiet¬†time¬†in St Mark‚Äôs. Please contact the office¬†and¬†suggest your availability.¬† An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. (¬†Sarah R¬†¬†¬†¬†

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¬†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¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

BROOMHILL COMMUNITY LIBRARY NEWS We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Co-op’s local causes in this round, which runs from now until 23rd October 2021. We shall be featured in Crookes, Broad Lane and Clarkson Street Co-op stores. However, you can shop at any Co-op and contribute to our cause. You can also encourage your friends and relatives anywhere in the country to nominate BCL as their cause too, by going to our dedicated page. We are currently open for order and collect Рand really looking forward to be allowed to offer browsing and computer use Рwe will do that as soon as we can, in line with government guidance. Kathy Harbord 

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