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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. 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.
ECO MEETING WITH PAUL BLOMFIELD MP for Sheffield Central on Wednesday 3 March 6pm on Zoom we will be holding climate focused meeting. If you would like to join members of the environment group in this meeting contact me at [email protected] We are going to send him questions in advance so if you have a question let me know. Michael Bayley
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
PALM SUNDAY GOSPEL Would you like to contribute to a recording for this year’s Palm Sunday Gospel? Contact Cate for more info [email protected]
SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) are holding a series of Zoom talks for Change. You can find out what they’ve been doing for the last year, and sign up for the talks on their website. Sarah R
FOOD POVERTY Sheffield City Council are consulting regarding Food Poverty; they are looking for comment and experiences to inform the work of the Scutiny Food Poverty Working Group. Please share this link with anyone you think might like to comment and give their views. Sarah R
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 “Let’s Connect”, number 13, is now out, edited by Mary-Jane and David Ryder. It’s full of nostalgia, fun and information. If you would like to receive a copy, please ask Sarah in the office. Rosalind
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
CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED – Time builders at St Mary’s Bramall Lane who already run a ‘social supermarket’ where those in need can choose their own shopping for £3 for 2 large bags of groceries (by referral or assessment), are now looking for clothes. Items can be dropped off to St Mary’s (Clough Road entrance) between 9.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday (ask for Lisa, Miya, Nadia or Judy). Sarah R
ZOOM TALK FOR SHEFFIELD LIBRARIES David Price is giving a talk on ‘Sanctuary in Sheffield: How Sheffield became a Cosmopolitan City’ at 11 am on Monday 1 March. It is free but you need to book up on eventbrite. David Price
THE GREAT BRITISH TECH APPEAL Your old phone or tablet could change a life! Donate your old phones and tablets to The Great British Tech Appeal and we’ll gift them to young people, supported by Barnardo’s, with 6 months free unlimited data. Go to the website to ask for a postage paid return envelope. 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
JOINED UP CONFERENCE 2021 – Saturday 6th March This annual conference for those involved in Children’s and youth ministry has gone online for 2021! If you are part of the CHYPS team or are interested in becoming more involved this is a great opportunity to gather with people from across the diocese and explore different aspects of faith and child development. For more information and to book your place go to eventbrite.
NEW CLERGY APPOINTMENT For the last few months the PCC have been working on our next steps forward as a church community, and have come to two decisions.
First, to appoint a new member of clergy to complement our team. The role will be advertised as ‘Liberal Theolgian’ and experienced priest, to emphasise that we are seeking someone who is a good communicator in the Liberal Theolgical tradition, and also able to support Sunday services and occasional offices. We are offering the house in Betjamen Gardens and a part time stipend. The advertisement will appear in the Church Times for the first time on Friday January 29th, both digitally and in print.
Second, PCC have appointed a Strategy Working Group to focus on St Marks strategy for the next few years. The group will be small enough to work effectively, but with representation from the different parts of our community. It will be chaired by an external consultant.
These are two important and exciting initiatives. Please hold both of these in your prayers over the next few weeks, and if you are aware of someone who might be just the right person for the role of Liberal Theologian at St Marks, please will you bring the advert to their attention. Thank you. Pat Hunt & James Oliver
FAIR TRADE Don’t forget Fair trade fortnight is NOW (22nd Feb – 7th March). Good Taste and Oxfam shops are open online and many great Fairtrade options in local shops- Morrisons, Sainsburys, M&S and Waitrose. Dilys