Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
EMERGING FROM LOCKDOWN TOGETHER
The PCC has 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 6 June. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY – 06 June
9.30 Family breakout space on zoom
10am Themed service Climate Justice on zoom
7pm Night service Communion in the building
|Date||8 am||10 am||4 pm||7 pm|
|13 June||–||Parish Eucharist in building
(Places in church just for families, everyone else on Zoom this week)
|–||Northumbrian Evening Prayer on Zoom|
|Parish Eucharist on Zoom||Intergenerational Festival Service on the green||Taize on the green or on Zoom (tbc)|
|Parish Eucharist in building
(Cate’s last Sunday)
|–||Themed Night service on Zoom|
|04 July||–||Themed Service on Zoom||–||Night Service Communion in the building|
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 a 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 20 (Cate’s last official Sunday with us is June 27). Thank you!
GINA CLAYTON died peacefully in hospital on Monday 31 May. 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. Details of her funeral arrangements to follow. Sue
OFFICE COVER We are 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 which raised £2,270. In addition, Busk Aid has raised £935, our e-envelopes £231.25 and a further £1,312.60 via other envelopes. The total raised to date is a magnificent £4,748.85. Dilys, Ceri & International Donations Committee
MISSION AREA YOUTH GROUP – this Sunday 6 JUNE 4.00 -5.00pm. Attention young people of the Mission Area! We’re running a new youth group with PIZZA! If you’re 11-18 years old and fancy getting involved in some activities (or just want to see what it’s like!) please come along to St John’s Parish Centre (by St John’s Church) at 4pm on Sunday. Lu and Revd Matt
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. Zoom details in Friday e-mail. 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 tosubsidisefossil 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:
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
BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 12 –20 June 2021
looks rather different this year as everything is being held outdoors.
Highlights include activities on St Mark’s Green such as the Green Top Circus (funded by St Mark’s as a gift to the community), stalls, refreshments and picnic for the climate.
The planned program and details of how you can book into workshops or activities
can now be found at http://www.broomhill-festival.org.uk/
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 please – 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. Contact Dave on 0114 266 5160 or email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – Closing date for applications today (4 June). Shortlisting on Sunday afternoon – we’ve received some great applications. Interviews w/c 21 June.
- Children & Families Worker – to cover Hannah’s maternity leave between August and February. Interviews w/c 7 June. Also very strong candidates .
- 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@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.