Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
SARAH ROUSSEAU I am very sad to report that Sarah has resigned as Office Manager having served us so well in different roles for several years. She said that she has enjoyed her work and will miss you all terribly but that it feels like the right decision. It will take us a while to regroup so please hold us all in your prayers as we consider the best way forward. The office emails will still be checked once a day. Thank you. Sue
CONGRATULATIONS to all who were baptised or confirmed in St Mark’s by Bishop Pete on Thursday. Please continue to pray especially for 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 service.
SUNDAY SERVICES We are starting to hold services both in the building and on Zoom:
16 May: 10am in the building; 10am families on the green. 7pm Taize Service (on the Green?)
23 May: 8am BCP in church; Pentecost Mission Area joint service at 10.30am at St John’s Ranmoor and on Zoom); 4pm Intergenerational ‘T-Time’ Service on the Green; 7pm on Zoom
30 May: 8am on Zoom; 10am in the building; 7pm on Zoom
6 June 10am themed service on zoom, 7pm Communion in church.
More details in the Friday emails and on the website. Sue
BOOKINGS FOR SUNDAY SERVICES – If you wish to be in the building for a service, you will need to book seats for yourself or your household/bubble by sending an e-mail to the church office by Thursday of that week. Please state how many people will be attending. You will receive confirmation of your place 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
Virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats walk: Big thanks to everyone who has been walking to raise money for Christian Aid this week! We’ve walked a total of 510.56 miles as a congregation since Monday. We’ve crossed border into Scotland and are well on the way to reaching our goal of John O’Groats by Sunday! We’re only at 20% of our fundraising target though, so please share this page with anyone who might be interested in donating, thanks https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stmarksbroomhill2021
Busk Aid Sheffield 2021 is now live! From 10th May until May 31st there will be daily music videos posted on our new channel; 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
DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 17 – 23 May – A national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year, the Alzheimer’s Society is asking us to sign a petition urging the government to reform social care so families can care for loved ones with the dignity and support they deserve. To sign the petition, please search Dementia Action Week in your browser or press control and click on this link. Shan
DIVERSE THEOLOGY from the University of Sheffield and Diocese of Sheffield on Thursday 20 May 2021 at 4pm. Speakers will be Rev Prof Wil Gafney (Brite Divinity School) and Chine McDonald (author of God Is Not A White Man: And Other Revelations). Together, they’ll be discussing race, gender and the Bible. These two women will help us all explore the ways that women—and especially women of colour—have been overlooked and undermined through biblical interpretation. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-diverse-theology-a-conversation-on-race-gender-and-the-bible-tickets-150894209643
SHEFFIELD FOREST CHURCH – 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.
PENTECOST – Sunday 23 May at 10.30am – a joint service across the Mission Partnership at St John’s Ranmoor. Gather in person or via Zoom (more details in the Friday emails) Note, there will be no 10am Service at St Mark’s on SUNDAY 23 MAY. Sue
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 of is being run by the diocese for anyone interested in learning more.
If you are interested but can’t make this time, please drop an email to the church office and we will pass this on. There will 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 thank Claire Brooks. Sue
BROOMHILL FESTIVAL Watch this space! Outdoor events are being organized between Saturday 12 and Sunday 20 June – Don’t forget! St Mark’s Green has lots going on.
FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER – BY THE BOOK have made a new play on Zoom to raise funds for this year’s Broomhill Festival. It’s called THE BLACK BAG CLUB IN LOCKDOWN. Seven people get together on Zoom to read some Victorian poetry – how safe can you get? Except that all seven have a secret, and poetry can be very dangerous. Watch it now on the website, where you’ll also find details of how to donate. www.broomhill-festival.org.uk Frances Gray
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch
“Reconnecting with self, others, and God”
A communal event focusing on reconnecting and signs of hope.
An event welcoming people and enabling them to reconnect 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 off as the spirit takes you.
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)
MARRIAGE REGISTERS. There are significant changes in the way marriages will be recorded from now on. On Thursday I took our Register and Certificate stock to the Registry Office. We will still read Banns and conduct weddings in church but only a declaration will be signed on the day, the registers will now be online, completed by the Registrars, and certificates will need collecting at a later date. One advantage of the changes is that up to four parents may be included in the register rather than just the father. We will archive one register in the safe. Sue
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
PHILIP BOOTH – BBC RADIO 4 LISTENING PROJECT –As a result of my involvement with Radio Sheffield, I was asked to take part in a dialogue for the BBC Radio 4/British Library Listening Project, which pairs people up to have a discussion, which will then be kept as a sound archive at the BL. I was paired with a farmer from Northern Ireland and the general agenda was sexuality and religion – Keith, my opposite number had been brought up in the Salvation Army and like me has been involved in running a helpline, but specifically for farmers. The conversation lasted for 47 minutes, of which ten were broadcast on Radio 4 two and a half weeks ago. If you are interested, here is the link for the whole conversation:
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
SECRET GARDEN PROJECT Sheffield Hospitals Charity is turning a disused piece of land at the Northern General Hospital into a green, peaceful sanctuary where hospital staff and patients can go to escape the busy wards. We have worked with staff to design a space that meets their needs, and will be a community space where staff and patients can meet and relax. If you’d like to learn more and see plans for the garden go to https://www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk/Appeal/secret-garden-project
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. (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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