Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
SARAH ROUSSEAU remains off work. Emails will be answered, but not quite so quickly so please be patient with us! Many thanks, Sue, Shan and Cate.
THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in our Holy Week and Easter services. A particular thank you to everyone who has helped with the planning and delivery of services, my colleagues Cate, Shan, Hannah and David W the team behind the scenes, Sarah, Tim, David A, Leo and Mike. Thank you to the Churchwardens for their constant support and encouragement and thank you to each and every one of you – your loyalty, friendship and prayerful support means so very much! Sue.
EMPTY TOMB SERVICE The 7pm Service on 11 April will be an ‘Empty Tomb’ service, holding a space for the post-resurrection low in which we acknowledge our shared experience of loss over the past year. Cate
BOOKINGS FOR SUNDAY 18 APRIL – If you wish to be in church rather than on Zoom at 10am on Sunday 18th April, you will need to book seats for yourself or your family group by sending an e-mail to the church office by Wednesday 14th. Please state how many people will be attending. You will receive confirmation of your place by Friday evening.
The 7pm Night Service of Taizé prayer will also be gathering in person on the Green. Please book in by Wednesday 14th.
APOLOGIES if you did not receive the Friday e-mail over the last couple of weeks but we hope we have sorted the glitch and normal service has been resumed.
KIRSTY MASSEY We wish Kirsty well as she finishes her placement with us and returns to her work and studies. It has been a delight to share with Kirsty and we wish her well in her ministry. Cate
LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN we are delighted that our preferred candidate has accepted this position and we are hoping that he will be able to join us in the autumn! A full announcement will be made as soon as possible (but be patient). Thank you. Sue, Pat and John.
SUNDAY SERVICES All the Zoom codes for regular services are the same week by week. On April 11 we shall hold services on Zoom but from April 18 we hope to resume a pattern of services in the building. More details in the Friday emails. Sue
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 10-16 MAY 2021 There are many options within the campaign this year and nothing is finalised until we see where the Covid restrictions are at the time. We will definitely be offering Christian Aid e-envelopes to the congregation via St Mark’s weekly newsletter and asking for volunteers to deliver ” DELIVER ONLY ENVELOPES ” in streets around the parish. We have not completely ruled out deliver and collect (if Covid allows at the time) by collectors who wish to do that, particularly on their own street.
We are hoping to organise a congregation accumulative John O’Groats to Land’s End sponsored walk and there will be a “Zoom Celebrity Bake Off” and anything else you might like to suggest!!
Please, please email me fundraising ideas and especially PLEASE offer to deliver envelopes. It can add to your Land’s End to John O’Groats target or even towards Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Service, there is no lower age limit as there is no collecting involved.
Dilys & International Donations Committee
EILEEN STAMPER MEMORIAL LECTURE Those of you who remember Eileen will know she had 3 main passions: The Vacation Term for Biblical Studies, theological books and women’s involvement in ministry and teaching. This year, the Vacation Term have chosen to have an Eileen Stamper Memorial lecture in her memory. The lecture is entitled “Faith and doubt in Eastern Christian Interpretation of Scripture: The case of the Apostle Thomas” and the lecturer is Dr Mary Cunningham from the University of Nottingham. I think Eileen would have approved! Shan
FRIENDSHIP CLUB “Let’s Connect”, number 15 Easter 2021 edited by Pauline is now available. It’s full of images, brain teasers and articles including lunch club helper’s thoughts about the last year of lockdown. If you would like to receive a copy, please e-mail the office.
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 (again, contact the office) – it’s an important part of our life as a community.
BACK IN THE UK – I’m back in the country, and specifically I’m to be found at 8 Ball Road, S6 4LY (if people want to come and shout through the letterbox at me). Alternatively you can shout down the phone at me, on 0114 231 3196, or 07506 277658. Gary Grief
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). Sarah R
ST ANDREW’S TENNIS CLUB ADJ. 142 GRAHAM ROAD, at the junction of HANGINGWATER ROAD SHEFFIELD 10.
A small friendly club, for ALL the family. Members are of all ages and playing standards and are asked to help with day to day running of the club and with basic maintenance. Social Tennis only. Courts may be booked for single and double games and there are four social session each week open to all seniors. Under 16’s may only join with an appropriate adult and must be supervised. Season runs from after Easter to end of October 2021. The courts are the only Italian Clay courts in Sheffield and there is a small clubhouse and toilets
Membership Secretary:- Stephen Wilfin 07966 016989
Club Secretary: – Alan Mitchell 07757 353744
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
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