May we wish you a truly blessed Easter
With love from the whole team at St Marks x
Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
SARAH ROUSSEAU is off work until April 6. Emails will be answered, but not quite so quickly so please be patient with us! Many thanks, Sue
THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in our Holy Week and Easter services. A particular thank you to everyone who has helped with the planning and delivery of services, my colleagues Cate, Shan, Hannah and David W the team behind the scenes, Sarah, Tim, David A, Leo and Mike. Thank you to the Churchwardens for their constant support and encouragement and thank you to each and every one of you – your loyalty, friendship and prayerful support means so very much! Sue.
EMPTY TOMB SERVICE The 7pm Service on 11 April will be an ‘Empty Tomb’ service, holding a space for the post-resurrection low in which we acknowledge our shared experience of loss over the past year. Cate
KIRSTY MASSEY We wish Kirsty well as she finishes her placement with us and returns to her work and studies. It has been a delight to share with Kirsty and we wish her well in her ministry. Cate
LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN we are delighted that our preferred candidate has accepted this position and we are hoping that he will be able to join us in the autumn! A full announcement will be made as soon as possible (but be patient. Thank you. Sue, Pat and John.
SUNDAY SERVICES All the Zoom codes for regular services are the same week by week. On April 11 we shall hold services on Zoom but from April 18 we hope to resume a pattern of services in the building. More details in the Friday emails. Sue
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
CHRISTIAN 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
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.
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
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. Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk 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@example.com). Sarah R
ST ANDREW’S TENNIS CLUB ADJ. 142 GRAHAM ROAD, at the junction of HANGINGWATER ROAD SHEFFIELD 10.
A small friendly club, for ALL the family. Members are of all ages and playing standards and are asked to help with day to day running of the club and with basic maintenance. Social Tennis only. Courts may be booked for single and double games and there are four social session each week open to all seniors. Under 16’s may only join with an appropriate adult and must be supervised. Season runs from after Easter to end of October 2021. The courts are the only Italian Clay courts in Sheffield and there is a small clubhouse and toilets
Membership Secretary:- Stephen Wilfin 07966 016989
Club Secretary: – Alan Mitchell 07757 353744
SPECIAL HALF PRICE RATES THIS YEAR
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
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
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 office@stmarkssheffield,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