Notices for w/c Sunday 25 April

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


ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS  are well worth a read.  Please have a look here and come to our Annual Church Meetings at 11am on Sunday via Zoom. The APCM agenda can be viewed here (PDF). Thank you. Sue 


SUNDAY SERVICES  We are starting to hold services both in the building and on Zoom from this Sunday, gradually a new pattern will emerge. 


25 April: 8am Zoom; 10am followed by APCM (all on Zoom); 4pm Intergenerational Worship on the Green, with Communion; 7pm Night Service in the building.   N.B. Due to a lack of bookings, Night Service this week will now be Zoom Only

2 May: 10am in the building and on Zoom; Night Service Communion 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. 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. 


4pm, Sun 25th April – PRAYERFUL AFTERNOON ADVENTURES ON THE GREEN  We continue our tradition of occasional gatherings in the afternoon. As well as being more convenient for some families, it also enables other members of the ministry team and congregation to join us in a more intergenerational approach to worship.  To let us know you are coming, please email [email protected]   Hannah 


CONFIRMATION SERVICE Bishop Pete will be visiting us on Thursday 15 May (Ascension Day) for a 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 


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] 


CONGRATULATIONS Lu & Kat! as you entered your Civil Partnership on Wednesday 21 April.  We look forward to celebrating with you in due course but know that you have the blessing of this church community which has witnessed the blossoming of your relationshipWith love x 



A group from across the Mission Area who will be meeting on the Green at St Mark’s on Saturday for outdoor worship accessible for all ages. We will have a story, songs and multisensory prayer stations. Places are limited so please book directly with the group by emailing: [email protected]. Or ask Jen Ryder or Lu for more info.  The hope is to hold similar services at St John’s and at St Mary’s – more details to follow. 



christian aid logoCHRISTIAN 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 


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 


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.  

Frances Gray 


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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