Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
EMERGING FROM LOCKDOWN TOGETHER
PCC met last week and affirmed that we want to open up the church for services and also for midweek groups and concerts. We have sent out a questionnaire to everyone on our email list, asking for your input on service provision as we continue to plan for the future. This is your opportunity to shape the church, in the context of our parish and Mission Area. Please take time to reflect and share your vision of what the church can be (rather than simply what it has been) and submit your responses by Sunday 6th June. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY – 30 May – Trinity with a focus on Black Lives Matter
8am on Zoom; 10am in church; 7pm night service on Zoom (Wholeness)
The pattern of services for June will be repeated over the summer months while we review and reflect and plan for the future.
More details in the Friday emails and on the website. Sue
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. Numbers in the building are low so, if you would like 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 already booked have taken their places.
If you can, 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.
CARD FOR SARAH ROUSSEAU Sarah brought many gifts to her different roles and we would like to acknowledge this and thank her. If you would like to send a greeting to add to a card for Sarah, please send a short message, photo or picture to Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk by Monday 31st May. Thank you. Shan
OFFICE COVER I am enormously grateful to Jane Padget who has agreed to come into the office to check emails and keep on top of booking enquiries. Please hold us all in your prayers as we consider the best way forward. Thank you. Sue
CHRISTIAN AID DONATIONS UPDATE
Thank you to everyone who supported those who undertook the virtual walk from Lands End to John O’Groats. Donations to date are £2,270. In addition, St Mark’s contribution to Busk Aid has raised £710, e-envelopes £231.25 and a further £1093 via envelopes with a few more envelopes still to be counted. The total raised to date is a magnificent £4,304.25.
Busk Aid Sheffield 2021 continues until May 31st. Daily music videos are being posted on
The Justgiving page for donations is here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/christian-aid-sheffield-busk-aid-2021
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, especially, to thank Claire Brooks. Sue
WRITE A POSTCARD TO BORIS JOHNSON – Faith groups are coming together to make some specific asks of the G7 talks. Faith voices are calling for a global green and just recovery from the pandemic and action on climate change. To bring about climate justice, we will need fair and just finance. As such, we are particularly calling for:
- An end to all use of public money to subsidise fossil fuels.
- New and additional sources of finance for climate-related loss and damage.
St Marks Environment Group encourage everyone to write a postcard to Boris Johnson at Number 10 Downing St, London SW1A 2AA, asking him to press for the above, or whatever you feel are the most urgent world climate issues ahead of G7 on June 11th. We are working with churches all over the country to give the same messages and show our concern for action. Let’s inundate him! Postcards of the Church are available to pick up in the vicarage porch, or you can use your own. If you use social media – post a picture of yourself with your postcard and/or email it to email@example.com. More about the G7 and its purpose and importance can be found here: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Reclaim-our-common-home/What-is-the-G7-Summit-2021
ECO CHURCH FESTIVAL –
Saturday 12th June 9.30 am – 1.30 pm. Free online event hosted by Sheffield Diocese. Inspiration and ideas on how we can be more eco friendly as a church and in our communities in interactive workshops including sessions suitable for all ages. Programme and registration https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eco-church-festival-with-churches-count-on-nature-2021-tickets-146787807283
PICNIC FOR THE CLIMATE.
Sunday, 13 June arrivals 12 – 1pm on St Mark’s Green.
Head down after the service, bringing your own rug & sustainable picnic for an opportunity to chat about how we can respond to the climate emergency following our own Climate Change Service. Facilitators will guide our conversations!
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
COULD YOU HELP?
- Plant stall at Broomhill Festival. We will be selling plants from 2-4 pm on Saturday 19 June. Ideally, please bring plants on Saturday 19 June before 11am. If you need to drop them off in advance, please leave them outside the west end of church, instead of on the vicarage drive. More helpers are needed – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
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
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@example.com).
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 office@stmarkssheffield,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.