Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
SARAH ROUSSEAU If you would like to send a greeting to add to a card for Sarah, please send a short message to Shan. Sarah has brought so many gifts to her different roles here that it will be a hard task to replace her. She says that she has enjoyed her work and will miss you all terribly but that it feels like the right decision to leave now.
I am enormously grateful to Jane Padget who has agreed to come into the office to check emails and keep on top of booking enquiries. Please hold us all in your prayers as we consider the best way forward. Thank you. Sue
CONGRATULATIONS to all who were baptized or confirmed in St Mark’s recently. Please continue to pray especially for Alan, Arman, Behzad, Hadis, Saied and Saman, members of our congregation, and Clare, a member of St John, Ranmoor. Thank you to Cate for organising and hosting the Ascension Day service. The link below is a report about the service on The Church of England website under stories and features in the media and news section.
SUNDAY SERVICES and reopening for BOOKINGS
PCC met this week and affirmed that we want to open up the church for services and also for midweek groups and concerts.
We are preparing a questionnaire which will go out to everyone on our email list, asking for your input on service provision as we continue to plan for the future. This is our opportunity to shape the church, in the context of our parish and Mission Area, so let’s take time to reflect and share our vision of what the church can be (rather than simply what it has been).
THIS SUNDAY – 23 May: PENTECOST
8am BCP Communion Service in church – all welcome, no bookings needed
10.30am – a joint service across the Mission Partnership at St John’s Ranmoor. Gather at St John’s (no booking required) or via Zoom using St John’s zoom code (details in the Friday email) Enjoy a drink from the mobile coffee van outside St John’s after the service. Donations welcome.
Note, NO 10am Service at St Mark’s – we are joining with St John’s.
4pm Intergenerational Service on the Green celebrating Pentecost with a simple liturgy and some multisensory prayer stations. All are very welcome to join in! Let Jen know if you’d like to come but can’t walk around the Green because we could also bring the stations to where you sit. Jen Ryder;
7pm on Zoom – Bring & Share Service
30 May 8am on Zoom; 10am in church; 7pm night service on Zoom (Wholeness)
The pattern of services for June will be repeated over the summer months while we review and reflect and plan for the future.
More details in the Friday emails and on the website. Sue
TO BOOK OR NOT TO BOOK FOR SUNDAY SERVICES?
It really helps our planning if you book in for services, however we appreciate that some people are missing out because they miss the deadline. Numbers in the building are low so, if you would like to come on the day, without booking, please do. You will be asked to leave your name and contact details and, if the capacity of the building or green has nearly been reached, you may be asked to wait until those who have already booked have taken their places.
If you can, please book places for yourself or your household/bubble by sending an e-mail to the church office by Thursday – you will receive confirmation by Friday evening.
The office email is not checked over the weekend.
THY KINGDOM COME 13-23 May – from Ascension Day to Pentecost there will be 11 inter-generational outdoor prayer stations spread out across our Mission Area. The prayer stations are part of the Thy Kingdom Come global initiative where the Church encourages us to explore mission and evangelism. They can be found in the grounds of St John’s, Ranmoor and St Mark’s, Broomhill & Broomhall Hannah & Lu
SHEFFIELD FOREST CHURCH – will be meeting again on Saturday 22nd May at St Mary’s cemetery, Walkley at 4pm. We will be reflecting on the story of Pentecost and celebrating the birthday of the church. Wear something red, orange or yellow and bring some nibbles and a drink for after the service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH virtual study day – 26 May 10-4 Some of you will be aware of the Church of England’s extensive pack of resources to help congregations talk about sexuality. This preparation day is being run by the diocese for anyone interested in learning more. Living in Love and Faith (LLF) Diocesan Study Day Tickets, Wed 26 May 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite If you are interested but can’t make this time, please drop an email to the church office. There will also be an opportunity for us to engage as a Mission Area. Thank you. Sue
ALPHA CITY: HOW LONDON WAS CAPTURED BY THE SUPER RICH. Talk by Professor Rowland Atkinson of the University of Sheffield at 7 pm on Wednesday 26 May on zoom. If interested in this Church Action on Poverty meeting, please contact Briony Broome on email@example.com
CTBB NEWS The Trustees of CTBB met recently and decided that the time has come to draw this wonderful partnership to a close. We have not been able to attract new Trustees for some time and each church has faced its own challenges. Please come to a Zoom AGM on June 9 at 1.30pm to celebrate everything it has achieved and, especially, to thank Claire Brooks. Sue
WRITE A POSTCARD TO BORIS JOHNSON – Faith groups are coming together to make some specific asks of the G7 talks. Faith voices are calling for a global green and just recovery from the pandemic and action on climate change. To bring about climate justice, we will need fair and just finance. As such, we are particularly calling for:
- An end to all use of public money to subsidise fossil fuels.
- New and additional sources of finance for climate-related loss and damage.
St Marks Environment Group encourage everyone to write a postcard to Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing St, London SW1A 2AA, asking him to press for the above, or whatever you feel are the most urgent world climate issues ahead of G7 on June 11th. We are working with churches all over the country to give the same messages and show our concern for action. Let’s inundate him!
Postcards of the Church are available to pick up in the vicarage porch, or you can use your own. If you use social media – post a picture of yourself with your postcard and/or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. More about the G7 and its purpose and importance can be found here:
ECO CHURCH FESTIVAL –
Saturday 12th June 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. Free online event hosted by Sheffield Diocese. Inspiration and ideas on how we can be more eco friendly as a church and in our communities in interactive workshops including sessions suitable for all ages. For full details of the programme and registration go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-church-festival-with-churches-count-on-nature-2021-tickets-146787807283
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch
“Reconnecting with self, others, and God”
An event welcoming people and enabling them to reconnect with church in their own way. Starting and ending with a song, “Come all you people”. Prayer, reflection and creativity for you to dip in and out of as the spirit takes you. An ideal opportunity for new members of the congregation to meet existing members in an informal space. Activities also being organized by our Persian community, a great opportunity to learn more.
Please put the date in your diary and join together – in Church and on the Green. Jane Padget
UPDATE ON APPOINTMENTS:
LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN –The advert has been published in the Church Times – please keep the whole process in your thoughts and prayers.
MATERNITY COVER – We are advertising for someone to cover Hannah’s work between August and February. There are so many good things going on we hope that the right person will emerge. (Sue)
Thank you to everyone who supported those who undertook the virtual walk from Lands End to John O’Groats. Donations to date are £2,040. In addition, St Mark’s contribution to Busk Aid has raised £600 and e-envelopes £150. There are some envelopes still to be counted but the total raised to date is a magnificent £2,790.
Busk Aid Sheffield 2021 continues until May 31st. Daily music videos will be posted on https://youtu.be/Y-ysmrk5AJ4, the most eclectic set of musical performances you will ever see! Subscribe today. The Justgiving page for donations is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christian-aid-sheffield-busk-aid-2021
Dilys, Ceri & International Donations Committee
S6 FOODBANK – The S6 Foodbank relies on our goodwill and support to enable them to give everyone referred to them a balanced and nutritious supply of foods. Although we are beginning to meet in church, we are not restarting as a collection point so please continue to donate money via their website or food via their other donation points. Thank you.
GARAGE OR WORKSHOP TO RENT? Dave Baillie is looking for a space in the near future to run his bicycle repairs. It would be fine if it is an unused garage that is part of someone’s house. Please contact Dave on 0114 266 5160 or email@example.com
ST MARK’S GREEN MOWING – Additional volunteers wanted please to join the mowing roster, starting in May. We take it in turns to cut the grass with the church mowers, about 4 times a year. It’s great exercise that doesn’t involve a gym subscription fee(!). Please contact Martin on 07505 992922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MARK’S MESSENGER MAY EDITION IS OUT! If you are NOT on the subscriber list but would like to receive it, please email the church office. We will continue to offer the Messenger free of charge – but do consider making a donation (again, contact the office) – it’s an important part of our life as a community. Frances Gray
FRIENDSHIP CLUB “Let’s Connect”, number 16, May 2021, edited by Jean Baxter, is now available. It’s the usual splendid mixture of fun and information. If you would like to receive a copy, please e-mail the church office. Rosalind
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
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).
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
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.