Notices for Sunday 27 September 2020

Flowers donated and arranged by Judith Pitchforth

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – – 0114 266 3613.  If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853.  

An 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 R  

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. ( Sarah R 

SERVICES IN ST MARK’S IN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER All 10am Services are continuing on Zoom, but we are also holding one service each Sunday, at different times, in the building.   Read more on this page.   The following services will be in the building: 27 Sept 10am Parish Eucharist; 4 Oct 10am Harvest Festival (and farewell to Sarah Colver)11 Oct 8am BCP Holy Communion; 18 Oct Taize Service with Communion.  Please contact the office to book a place at a service.  Sarah R  

8am SERVICES In addition to worship in church, we are pleased to be able to continue offering a BCP service of Holy Communion on Zoom at 8am each month. So, on October 11 the service will just be in church and THIS WEEK and October 25 just on Zoom (the code remains the same). The clergy team.  

HARVEST PRODUCE This year we are not collecting harvest produce but we would encourage you to give whatever you can to The Cathedral Archer Project, who work with people who are homeless or vulnerably housed; or Christian Aid who work with the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Sue 

Apple prayers

APPLE PRAYERS FOR HARVEST – During our harvest service, we will be using our time of prayer slightly different. We will be asking those in the building to write their prayers onto paper apples – prayers of lament, thanksgiving and hope for loved ones, situations around the world. These will then be laminated and hung on trees on the green as a sign of our gathered community praying together. We would love to include those who will be attending digitally. If you would like to email your prayers by 5pm on Wednesday 30 September, they will be put onto apples and brought forward during the service. Hannah Jones 

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT ST MARKS As we settle into Autumn term, St Mark’s provision for children and families is rapidly developing; making a range of opportunities to worship and connect with God and each other. We will be sharing our experiences and more news in the October Messenger. In the meantime, for more information about what’s on, go to children and families’ page websiteHannah Jones 


CONGRATULATIONS TO HANNAH JONES on receiving her certificate in Children’s Ministry (via Zoom) at the Authorization Service on Thursday.  It was an honour to be there with her and it is a delight to be working alongside her.  Thank you, Hannah, for all your imagination and creativity which is a blessing to all of us, not just our families.  Sue 

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 youor someone you know, are confident with technology and would like to help with Zoom or with the sound desk, please email descriptions are available here. Cate  

4 corners

4 CORNERS OF ENGLAND We are cycling the 4 corners of England because there’s no better way to get about in this country. We’re raising money so that the young people at Roundabout, can have access to this wonderful way of getting about. Our route takes us from Sheffield to Carlisle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, before turning south down the east coast all the way to Dover, then turning west along the south coast to the tip of Cornwall. You can donate to our fundraising page here: Chris Ware & Oli Giles

OUR ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS (APCM) will be held straight after a shortened morning service on Sunday 25 October (at about 11am) and will also be held via Zoom.  The notices which are pinned to the church door may be viewed here and here. Everyone is welcome to join us but only those on the Electoral Roll may vote or stand for PCC.  Please do consider standing for PCC as it is one way of having a voice in how the church makes decisions.  Please talk to either of the churchwardens for more information.  Sue  

ST MARKS ELECTORAL ROLL is the list of members who can vote at our APCM and stand for the PCC or Synod.  This is not the same as the congregational list or email circulation. In order to qualify to be on the electoral roll you must be baptized and either live in the parish or worship regularly at St Mark’s.  The notice which is pinned to the church door can be viewed here. The Roll is a public document so if you would like to check whether you are already on it you can find the list of names here. The form you need to complete to join the Electoral Roll is here (PDF) and here (word). The deadline for returning forms is midday on Thursday October 8.  Please return all forms to me via the church office. Thank you.  Peter Ryder 

VIRTUAL HERITAGE TOUR OF ST MARKS for Heritage Open Day this year we were lucky enough to have Ed Armstrong produce an excellent video showing off the wonderful building of St Mark’s.  ‘Starring’ some familiar faces, please do check out the video – see below.   Sarah R 

NEW BOOK Andy Thomas, our former organist, has just published a book entitled ‘Resounding Body: Building Christlike Church Communities Through Music’ here’s the blurb – “In many churches, music leaders perform a vital function. They help to build churches as the “body of Christ”, living Christlike communities. However, resources can be in short supply.  Combining theological reflection with practical advice, Andy Thomas, an experienced leader of music in churches, shows how music-making can help to transform individuals and communities into the body of Christ. This valuable book encourages music leaders to step up and persevere in low-resource contexts, and challenges all those who lead music in worship to refocus on building communities, not just on producing musical results. It is essential reading for all who lead and direct music in congregations and local churches, as well as clergy, elders, worship committees and educators who oversee and support them.”   You can find more information and purchase the book here –  Philip Booth  

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 8, the mid-September 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 


TOILETRIES FOR REFUGEES IN GREECE With the organisation Choose Love I’m currently helping to organise collections of toiletries to be sent to the refugees in Greece.  If you would like to contribute any items (shampoo, shower gel, soap bars, toothpaste, roll on deodorant and size 4/5 nappies needed), please contact me directly for more information.  Sarah R 

DOROTHY GRAY HAS MOVED Richard and I moved to Ripon on 18 September. I have been attending St Marks since September 2013 and it has been a rollercoaster for me ever since! I have been sprung clean in my beliefs and am a better Christian as a result. Thank you all for making me feel part of your community. St Marks congregation must be one of the best for seamless service and teamwork. Thank you all for your prayers and support especially when I was unwell and awkward. If any of you are in Ripon give us a call (Sarah R has my number). Yours gratefully Dorothy Gray 

SEARCHING FOR A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR I’m still looking for a new driving instructor (automatic) as mine has now retired. Please could you let me know if you have any recommendations? Thank you. Cate 

GATHERINGS ON THE GREEN – A number of activities/services are starting to take place on the Green, particularly for those who find it more difficult to access the building and Zoom.  For more information please contact Hannah Jones 

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 onlineVisit to have a browse! Sarah R 

PILGRIM POSTCARDS All the postcards are now available to view in the church if you are able to visit (look for the stand at the front of church), or they are also available to read online at Some lovely stories and images. 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 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    


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