HOLY WEEK AT ST MARK’S Information about the planned Holy Week activities across the Mission Area is now available on the St Mark’s website here.
PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL Would you like to contribute to a recording for this year’s Palm Sunday Gospel? Contact Cate by Sunday [email protected]
GOOD FRIDAY This year we will be holding a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’, beginning at 9am with Morning Prayer and ending with Evening Prayer at 5pm. Throughout the day we will be holding spaces for gathered reflection (over Zoom, at 9.45am, 12noon & 3pm) as well as sharing ideas for personal reflection in the between spaces. Join us for the whole day, for part of the day, or through prayer by working through the resources in your own time. Further information will be available on the church website in due course. Cate
All-age gathering (readers needed) The first of our gatherings will be intergenerational creative prayer, followed by breakout spaces for those who want to socialise. Please contact Hannah Jones if you would like to help with the readings [email protected]
Walk of witness –12.30pm Sue has decided to use the 3 hours at the foot of the cross as an opportunity to walk our parish boundary. She has invited friends from Broomhall and the Severn Road Mosque to join her. The intention is for this to be a silent walk of solidarity with all those who live within the parish, of all faiths and none. We have a remarkably diverse parish which includes two Universities, an enormous hospital, care homes, businesses, a school and lots of people at home. If you would like to join Sue, she will start on St Mark’s Green, after the midday reflection (which she will offer from church) leaving at 12.30pm.
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ELECTORAL ROLL 2021 If you would like to vote for members of our PCC*, nominate them, or even stand for PCC yourself, you must be on the church’s Electoral Roll (NB you can be on the roll of more than one church). This list is updated each year in time for our APCM* (April 25) and every 6 years must be started from scratch. We do not transfer your details between this list and our list of contacts (Congregational List) so please check to see whether you are on it. It is easy to get on the roll, just fill in this form here (PDF) to print and post, or here (Word) to complete and email. The deadline for this year’s roll is Thursday 8 April. Please return all forms to me via the church office ([email protected]). The notice which is pinned to the church door can be viewed here.
You can check if you are already on the roll on our website here (if you are on the list you do NOT need to complete a form this time). Thank you. Peter Ryder
*PCC – Parochial Church Council – elected members of the congregation who make decisions on behalf of the church.
*APCM – Annual Parochial Church Meetings – every year the whole church has the opportunity to meet, review our finances and activities, elect churchwardens and members of the PCC. This is how we hold each other to account and it’s really important.
MARK’S MESSENGER – MARCH EDITION has now been sent out to all subscribers, if you didn’t receive your copy, or would like to be on the distribution list please contact the office. Sarah R
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. Frances Gray
ONE PHOTO OF YOUR YEAR As the APCM is coming soon (25 April), I’m starting to put together the Annual Report, and I’m looking for photographs of YOUR year. The Annual Report is a public record of the year of St Mark’s, and we’d like to include photographs from YOU to help illustrate the remarkable year it’s been. Please send ONE photograph you feel you’d like to share (please ensure you have permission if anyone else is in the photo) with ONE line of explanation, to me ([email protected]) by Monday 15 March. I will try to include as many as possible. Sarah R
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
SCM GROUP The young adults are excited to be running a Student Christian Movement group at St Mark’s. This group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 4pm over Zoom and is open to anyone who is interested in taking part. Contact [email protected] for Zoom details. Young Adults’ Core Team
STEP INTO SPRING – John Hall is taking part in a charity effort which involves walking 10,000 steps a day during March, to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. If you would like to support John, he is able to receive cheques, made payable to “Marie Curie”. (Online donations are not appropriate.) This is not quite sponsorship in the usual sense, but is an opportunity to encourage John in his support for an organisation which means a lot to him. Marie Curie nurses and hospices have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic, providing vital care and support, and a listening ear to people in need. You may post cheques to John at 10 Storthwood court, Storth Lane, Sheffield S10 3HP.
SYMAAG Talks for Change: From 7 pm to 8.30 pm on Thursday 25 March, there will be a Zoom Meeting on the Right to Work for asylum seekers. At present asylum seekers cannot work. The meeting will explore the implications of this restriction and the campaign for change. Open to all. If interested, please book ticket on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symaag-talks-for-change-2-right-to-work-tickets-144031894273
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
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Yet another “Let’s Connect”, number 14, is now ready. If you would like to receive a copy, please ask Sarah in the office. Rosalind
GREAT BRITISH TECH APPEAL Were you able to respond to this? Michael sent a smartphone and knows of two friends who did, but he would be very interested to report back on how many phones/tablets/laptops St Marks was able to donate. If you can please drop him an email to [email protected] or a text to 07812 930092. He will add it up and share the info. Michael Miller
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
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],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