Please read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
THANK YOU FROM RENATE & IAN Thank you to everyone for your good wishes on our Golden Wedding Anniversary. As our families are very far away it was wonderful to sing our family hymn with our lovely Church Family at St Mark’s. The Reflection on Love was joyous and hopeful. Thank you.
PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL Would you like to contribute to a recording for this year’s Palm Sunday Gospel? Contact Cate for more info email@example.com
ZOOM WORSHIP – We have been made aware that although the majority of people were able to hear the whole of the service on 31st Jan, several people reported being unable to hear the music and hymns. We are not sure what caused this and hope the problem will not continue. If you experience it again, please let us know (by emailing the office) so we can investigate the problem more fully. Sarah, Shan, Sue and Cate.
NEWS FROM ST ANDREW’S URC It is with sadness that we heard that James Dickson died in the early hours of Tuesday morning. James and Jean have been key members of St Andrews and close friends of St Mark’s through Church Together. We hold Jean and all our friends at St Andrews in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sue
ECO MEETING WITH PAUL BLOMFIELD MP for Sheffield Central on Wednesday 3 March 6pm on Zoom we will be holding climate focused meeting. If you would like to join members of the environment group in this meeting contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are going to send him questions in advance so if you have a question let me know. Michael Bayley
SCM GROUP The young adults are excited to be running a Student Christian Movement group at St Mark’s. This group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4pm over Zoom and is open to anyone who is interested in taking part. Contact email@example.com for Zoom details. Young Adults’ Core Team
CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AND MEDITATION – 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. Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk Tel 07598 156817
FRIENDSHIP CLUB a new issue of “Let’s Connect”, number 13, is now out, edited by Mary-Jane and David Ryder. It’s full of nostalgia, fun and information. If you would like to receive a copy, please ask Sarah in the office. Rosalind
MARK’S MESSENGER ONLINE 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 – 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 (please visit our giving page) – it’s an important part of our life as a community. Frances Gray
CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED – Timebuilders at St Mary’s Bramall Lane who already run a ‘social supermarket’ where those in need can choose their own shopping for £3 for 2 large bags of groceries (by referral or assessment), are now looking for clothes. Items can be dropped off to St Mary’s (Clough Road entrance) between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday (as for Lisa, Miya, Nadia or Judy). Sarah R
ZOOM TALK FOR SHEFFIELD LIBRARIES David Price is giving a talk on ‘Sanctuary in Sheffield: How Sheffield became a Cosmopolitan City’ at 11 am on Monday 1 March.
It is free but you need to book a place on eventbrite. David Price
THE GREAT BRITISH TECH APPEAL Your old phone or tablet could change a life! Donate your old phones and tablets to The Great British Tech Appeal and we’ll gift them to young people, supported by Barnardo’s, with 6 months free unlimited data. Go to the Vodafone Tech Appeal website to ask for a postage paid return envelope. Michael Miller
ROGET’S THESAURUS We have just replaced our 1962 edition (Longmans, 1309 pages, binding a bit battered); can anyone use it? Pauline uses a Thesaurus every day for crosswords, and I sometimes for finding the precise word or a synonym. I bought it as an A level Eng Lit student! Email me if you’d like it – firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Miller
PHILIP’S EMAIL ADDRESS I am no longer using the email address email@example.com. But if you want to get in contact with me, you can use my other account, firstname.lastname@example.org Philip Booth.
ST MARKS LIBRARY – did you know that you can view the library catalogue online? And if you’d like to order a book to be sent to you (cost £3) please contact the office. Check out the Library page of the website for more information. Sarah R
QUIET PRAYER or “HOME COMMUNION” IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able to attend pre-booked quiet time in St Mark’s. Please contact the office and suggest your availability. An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. (email@example.com). 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,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
JOINED UP CONFERENCE 2021 – Saturday 6th March This annual conference for those involved in Children’s and youth ministry has gone online for 2021! If you are part of the CHYPS team or are interested in becoming more involved this is a great opportunity to gather with people from across the diocese and explore different aspects of faith and child development. For more information and to book your place go to eventbrite.
MARK’S MESSENGER Subscribers should now have had an email with the February 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. Sarah R
NEW CLERGY APPOINTMENT For the last few months the PCC have been working on our next steps forward as a church community, and have come to two decisions.
First, to appoint a new member of clergy to complement our team. The role will be advertised as ‘Liberal Theolgian’ and experienced priest, to emphasise that we are seeking someone who is a good communicator in the Liberal Theolgical tradition, and also able to support Sunday services and occasional offices. We are offering the house in Betjamen Gardens and a part time stipend. The advertisement will appear in the Church Times for the first time on Friday January 29th, both digitally and in print.
Second, PCC have appointed a Strategy Working Group to focus on St Marks strategy for the next few years. The group will be small enough to work effectively, but with representation from the different parts of our community. It will be chaired by an external consultant.
These are two important and exciting initiatives. Please hold both of these in your prayers over the next few weeks, and if you are aware of someone who might be just the right person for the role of Liberal Theologian at St Marks, please will you bring the advert to their attention. Thank you. Pat Hunt & James Oliver
FAIR TRADE Don’t forget Fair trade fortnight 22nd Feb – 7th March. Good Taste and Oxfam shops are open online and many great Fairtrade options in local supermarkets Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S and Waitrose. Dilys
THANK YOU so much for your lovely feedback from the service last Sunday. It was a joy to share intergeneration worship together; demonstrating our own love for one another through gathering, even as we explored the theme! We thought you might like a little follow up in the notices…
So here are some of the photos used during the prayers which were sent from all the families and were of places around Sheffield that are particularly special to them. In particular, the park is a very special place for one family and brought great delight when it magically appeared on the screen mid-service!
We also thought we would share some of the heart – themed creations that emerged over the last few weeks! Hannah Jones