Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – firstname.lastname@example.org – 0114 266 3613. If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853.
An email with service details is sent out every Friday – please contact the office if you would like to be included in the mail out. Sarah
FAREWELL SARAH It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Sarah Colver this coming Sunday but with delight that she has been appointed Vicar of Old Brampton and Great Barlow and Priest-in-Charge of Loundsley Green (LEP) in the Diocese of Derby. We know what a wonderful priest she is and how lucky her new parishes are to benefit from her ministry. Your words in her card are heartfelt and will surround her with love as she prepares to move on. The church will be as full as we can safely allow it to be on Sunday but please join us on Zoom if you are able to. Go with our love and our very best wishes Sarah. You will be missed. Sue and the team x
OCTOBER SERVICES IN THE CHURCH Unfortunately, on October 11 we are NOT able to hold the service in church but we will hold it on Zoom that morning AND on October 25 (the code remains the same). The clergy team.
OUR ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS (APCM) will be held straight after a shortened morning service on Sunday 25 October (at about 11am) and will also be held via Zoom. The notices which are pinned to the church door may be viewed here and here. Everyone is welcome to join us but only those on the Electoral Roll may vote or stand for PCC. Please do consider standing for PCC as it is one way of having a voice in how the church makes decisions. Please talk to either of the churchwardens for more information. Sue
ST MARKS ELECTORAL ROLL is the list of members who can vote at our APCM and stand for the PCC or Synod. This is not the same as the congregational list or email circulation. In order to qualify to be on the electoral roll you must be baptized and either live in the parish or worship regularly at St Mark’s. The notice which is pinned to the church door can be viewed here. The Roll is a public document so if you would like to check whether you are already on it you can find the list of names here. The form you need to complete to join the Electoral Roll is here (PDF) and here(word). The deadline for returning forms is midday on Thursday October 8. Please return all forms to me via the church office. Thank you. Peter Ryder
HARVEST PRODUCE This year we are not collecting harvest produce but we would encourage you to give whatever you can to The Cathedral Archer Project, who work with people who are homeless or vulnerably housed www.archerproject.org.uk; or Christian Aid https://www.christianaid.org.uk/ who work with the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Sue
APPLE PRAYERS FOR HARVEST During our harvest service, we will be asking those in the building to write their prayers onto paper apples – prayers of lament, thanksgiving and hope for loved ones, situations around the world. These will then be laminated and hung on trees on the green as a sign of our gathered community praying together. We would love to include those who will be attending digitally. If you would like to email your prayers to Sarah R in the office, they will be put onto paper apples and added to the trees next week. Hannah Jones
MARK’S MESSENGER The September edition is now available online, the October edition will be emailed to subscribers early next week. Sarah R
COVID-19 TRACK & TRACE Following Government guidance St Mark’s now has QR codes available for checking in when you visit. To find out more information about how these work, and to download the App to your phone please visit this page on our website. If you’d like more details please contact the office. Sarah R
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AT ST MARKS As we settle into Autumn term, St Mark’s provision for children and families is rapidly developing; making a range of opportunities to worship and connect with God and each other. We will be sharing our experiences and more news in the October Messenger. In the meantime, for more information about what’s on, go to children and families’ page website. Hannah Jones
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR TECH TEAMS – A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR? As we continue to develop our worship both online and in the building, we would like to grow the teams who have been making this possible. If you, or someone you know, are confident with technology and would like to help with Zoom or with the sound desk, please email email@example.com. Role descriptions are available here. Cate
PRIVATE PRAYER IN ST MARK’S We are pleased that individuals (& households) have begun to attend pre-booked quiet prayer in St Mark’s. Please contact the office to book but it is helpful if you suggest your availability. An email will be sent outlining the necessary precautions. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sarah R
SERVICES IN ST MARK’S IN OCTOBER All 10am Services are continuing on Zoom, but we are also holding one service each Sunday, at different times, in the building. Read more on our website. The following services will be in the building: 18 Oct Taize Night Service with Communion; 25 Oct 10am Parish Eucharist and APCM . Please contact the office to book a place at a service. Sarah R
4 CORNERS OF ENGLAND We are cycling the 4 corners of England because there’s no better way to get about in this country. We’re raising money so that the young people at Roundabout, can have access to this wonderful way of getting about. Our route takes us from Sheffield to Carlisle to Berwick-upon-Tweed, before turning south down the east coast all the way to Dover, then turning west along the south coast to the tip of Cornwall. You can donate to our fundraising page. Chris Ware & Oli Giles
VIRTUAL HERITAGE TOUR OF ST MARKS for Heritage Open Day this year we were lucky enough to have Ed Armstrong produce an excellent video showing off the wonderful building of St Mark’s. ‘Starring’ some familiar faces, please do check out the video – see below. Sarah R
NEW BOOK Andy Thomas, our former organist, has just published a book entitled ‘Resounding Body: Building Christlike Church Communities Through Music’ here’s the blurb – “In many churches, music leaders perform a vital function. They help to build churches as the “body of Christ”, living Christlike communities. However, resources can be in short supply. Combining theological reflection with practical advice, Andy Thomas, an experienced leader of music in churches, shows how music-making can help to transform individuals and communities into the body of Christ. This valuable book encourages music leaders to step up and persevere in low-resource contexts, and challenges all those who lead music in worship to refocus on building communities, not just on producing musical results. It is essential reading for all who lead and direct music in congregations and local churches, as well as clergy, elders, worship committees and educators who oversee and support them.” You can find more information and purchase the book here. Philip Booth
VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE Sheffield’s Branch of Church action on Poverty. For more than a decade, Sheffield Church Action on Poverty has organised an annual pilgrimage designed to raise awareness and understanding of how poverty is affecting people in Sheffield.
Each pilgrimage has involved a circular walk around a specific area of Sheffield, stopping at different faith-based initiatives which aim to reduce the effects of poverty in the city to hear about their work. Changed circumstances mean that we can’t take you to the initiatives, so we are organising a “Virtual Pilgrimage” to bring the initiatives to you. We’re inviting you to take part by viewing short videos covering the work of several initiatives and then, if you want to ask questions or find out more, take part in a Zoom meeting with project organisers.
This year we’ll be visiting Help Us Help, an initiative to help the homeless and rough sleepers, Manor Church and Community Project, Parsons Cross Initiative, PXI, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and Attercliffe and Darnall Mission. Be open to being challenged and changed by what you see and hear by viewing the videos and taking part in the Zoom conference. The videos can be viewed now and the Zoom meeting will take place on Wednesday October 7 at 7.30pm The Video Playlist can be accessed at: https://tinyurl.com/yymsbu2z If you wish to attend the Zoom meeting please contact Briony Broome email@example.com The event will be hosted by Dr Joe Forde, Chair of Sheffield’s branch of Church Action on Poverty. Joe Forde
FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 8, the mid-September number of “Let’s Connect”, the Friendship Club newsletter, is NOW out. If you would like to receive a copy, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind
STILL SEARCHING FOR A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR I’m still looking for a new driving instructor (automatic) as mine has now retired. Please could you let me know if you have any recommendations? Thank you. Cate
SERMONS AND SO MUCH MORE Did you know that you can find a whole back catalogue (back as far as 2010!) of Sermons from St Mark’s to read online? Visit https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/sermons/ to have a browse! 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