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THIS SUNDAY – 20 June
8am BCP in the building
10am Parish Eucharist on Zoom
4 pm Intergenerational Festival Service with Communion on the green
7pm Taize on the green
More details in the Friday emails and on the website.
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. As far as possible, 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 so whilst numbers in the building are low, if you decide 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 booked have taken their places. We look forward to seeing you.
SSHHH…! If you would like to contribute towards the card and leaving gift for Cate as she moves on to new adventures, please send messages for her card to Shan and financial contributions to David Armstrong via the church office (cheques to “St Mark’s PCC”). For bank transfers PLEASE ensure that your gift is referenced “Caitlin” and email David to say that you’ve transferred some money for this purpose. Our Bank details are on the website and Fri email. Closing date June 20th (Cate’s last official Sunday with us is June 27). Thank you!
FOREST CHURCH – The next Forest Church service will be a celebration of Midsummer on 19th June, 4pm at St John’s Ranmoor. The service will be happening outside the St John’s Parish Centre (just up the road from the church). Wear your party clothes and if you are able, bring some flowers we can use to make flower crowns! To book, please email [email protected].
Congratulations Rose Bridge!!
You may remember 11-year-old Rose’s illustration of ‘Birches, Wyming Brook’ which was used as the cover image for the October 2020 Messenger. Not only has it been accepted to be exhibited in London for the Royal Academy Young Person’s Summer Show, she has also won the prize for ‘most inspiring’ picture in her age group out of 33,000 submissions! As a prizewinner she will be invited to a special ceremony with the president of the RA as well as receiving a voucher for art materials and an RA art session for her school. Hannah
GINA CLAYTON’s FUNERAL Service will be here at St Mark’s on Saturday 26 June at 1.30pm. Places will be limited but if you would like to be informed of the possibilities of attending (on the Green or via Zoom) please email the office [email protected]. Known and loved by many for her commitment to legal support for refugees and asylum seekers through ASSIST and SYRLJ (South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice) Gina will be sorely missed. Her husband, Mike Fitter, is also well known to members of this community so please hold him in your thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness. Sue
COULD YOU HELP?
- 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. Contact Dave on 0114 266 5160 or [email protected]
- St Mark’s Green mowing – Additional volunteers wanted please to join the mowing roster. 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]
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – As the UK approaches hosting COP26 in November, the world will be watching to see how we’re going to become a global leader on climate. This gives Hope for the Future a crucial opportunity to use this time when politicians will be more aware of environmental issues to take our asks to them and encourage action.
Hope for the Future are aiming to raise £10,000 over the month of June so that they can expand their work, train more people, and take the opportunity the next 6 months provides them on engaging politicians on climate change. Follow the link to support the Build Back Greener campaign
PCN HOSTING DOM CROSSAN – Many members of St Mark’s and the CRC will recall the conferences led by John Dominic Crossan, one of the world’s leading biblical theologians. He has agreed to answer submitted questions and have a conversation on a wide range of topics on Zoom at an evening organised by PCN Britain on Wednesday 21 July at 7.30 pm. You are invited to join them. There is a modest charge of £5 for the event and bookings can be made on this link:
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 – We’ve received some great applications. Interviews Mon 21st & Thurs 24th June.
- Children & Families Worker – Interviews were held on Monday 7 June and subject to the necessary checks, we are delighted someone has been offered the post to cover Hannah’s maternity leave. Further details to follow.
- Administrator – the Operations Manager from Ecclesall Parish Church is helping us review our needs before we advertise for the role/s needed to fulfil them. We are grateful to Ecclesall for their generosity in releasing Rachel for 2 days to help us with this work. We’ll keep you posted.
Please keep these appointments in your thoughts and prayers. (Sue)
MARK’S MESSENGER JUNE EDITION IS OUT! In this issue, Cate says goodbye, Robin Story reflects on his faith journey, David Ryder reveals his passion for singing plus so much more. If you are NOT on the subscriber list but would like to receive it, please email the church office. We continue to offer the Messenger free of charge – but please 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 17, June 2021, edited by Carol Rowe, is now available. Full of information, merriment, and a puzzle or two. If you would like to receive a copy, please e-mail the church office. Rosalind
QUIET SPACE IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) are still able to attend pre-booked quiet time for prayer or reflection in St Mark’s. Please contact the office and suggest your availability. An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. ([email protected]).
WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU – 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],co.uk or by contacting one of the clergy. Specific requests will remain on the intercessory prayer list for 4 weeks. If the request needs 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.