Notices for w/c Sunday 2 May

Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊 


HEARTFELT THANKSWords cannot express how touched and moved I am to receive a Communion Set, flowers and a card from St Marks at the APCM on Sunday.  What overflowing generosity and incredible thoughtfulness.  I will treasure the beautiful Communion Set always. 

With heartfelt thanks, and with love to you all.  Pat 


UPDATE ON APPOINTMENT OF LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN  I am terribly sad to have to report that the person we were hoping would join us in September has, after much soul-searching, decided to withdraw from this post.  We will regroup, review and readvertise so please hold the whole process in your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you. Sue 


SUNDAY SERVICES  We are starting to hold services both in the building and on Zoom: 

2 May10am in the building and on Zoom; Night Service Communion on Zoom 

9 May: 10am on Zoom – Themed Service for Christian Aid; 7pm in the building 

16 May: 10am in the building; 7pm Taizé Service (on the Green?) 

23 May: 8am BCP in the buildingPentecost in the Mission Area (joint service at 10.30am); 4pm Intergenerational Service on the Green; 7pm on Zoom 

30 May: 8am on Zoom; 10am in the building; 7pm on Zoom 

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. 


CONFIRMATION SERVICE Bishop Pete will be visiting us on Thursday 13 May (Ascension Day) at 7.30pm for a baptism and confirmation service, which will be held in the building with Communion. Places will be limited so please contact the office if you wish to attend. This service will also be shared via Zoom. Cate 


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CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  10-16 MAY 2021 St Mark’s very own Christian Aid e-envelopes are now available: 

Please send this out to friends and family, and use it yourself if you can, to help to build a church total as I doubt the “deliver only” envelopes are going to bring home the bacon in the same way as collecting!   

Lands End to John O'Groats Virtual Walk for Christian Aid

LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS TOGETHER… A virtual walk for Christian Aid week!  From Monday May 10 until Sunday May 16, we are aiming to walk the distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats as a congregation. All you need to do to participate is count the number of miles you walk each day during the week (on a phone app, a map or estimation) and email or text Ceri each day ([email protected]). We will update the total miles walked, and how close we are to John O’Groats, every day on our sponsorship page –   Please share this fundraising page widely! Everyone is very welcome to participate, from a short walk to the shops, half a mile to school or a ten-mile countryside walk! 

Obviously, the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats depends on what route you take. It is 603 miles as a straight line but the traditional distance by road is 874 miles, which is what we will be aiming for. Please join us, otherwise Ceri and Dilys will have to walk 437 miles each!  


We still need 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.   

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, Ceri & International Donations Committee 


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 


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 protected] 


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 protected] 


THANK YOU for all the wonderful cards, messages, blessings, prayers, love, gifts, flowers and kindness we have received on the occasion of our Civil Partnership last week. We are so thankful to be part of such a wonderful, generous and flourishing church community. With love and much gratitude. Lu and Kat Skerratt-Love 


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:  Philip 


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: 


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.  


THY KINGDOM COME 13-23 May we are exploring ways to share a time creative prayer across the Mission Area between Ascension and Pentecost. More details to follow next week. Hannah 


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. [email protected] 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 protected]). 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 [email protected], 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 


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