Notices Sunday 5 July 2020

Photograph of field of sunflowers

Photograph by Sarah Rousseau

(virtual) flowers donated by Mabel Padfield 

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk – 0114 266 3613.  If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sarah Colver on 07975 689403. 

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 R 

HOLIDAYS please note that Sarah R and Tim are on leave for the week beginning Monday 6 July, the office emails and answer phone will be monitored. 

RE-OPENING CHURCH FOR PRIVATE PRAYER  PCC met on 17th June and discussed the process for re-opening church for private prayer. A working group is now looking at how this can be achieved. We will let you know as soon as maintenance work is complete and appropriate measures are in place to enable you to visit church. More information can be found on this page of our website. Clergy team 

SAD NEWS FROM RENATE Annegret, my sister in South Africa, died peacefully in her sleep on July 1st, after a long battle with cancer.  She died at home with her daughter by her side, a great comfort in these difficult days.  I would like to thank everyone at St Mark’s for their prayerful support over a long period of time.  It has been a source of comfort and being part of the community at St Mark’s continues to be a great source of strength and inspiration. With gratitude and love Renate 

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL EXHIBITION OF CHILDRENS ART The entries for the children’s art competition are now up in the windows of the library, do pop up and take a look. Kathy Harbord. 

CTBB AGM & QUIZ You are invited to join us for the Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall AGM & Quiz on Wednesday 15 July at 2pm over Zoom. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/ctbbquiz or email office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk. Or visit https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/ctbb-agm-quiz/ for more information. Cate You are invited to join us for the Churches Together in Broomhill and Broomhall AGM & Quiz on Wednesday 15 July at 2pm over Zoom. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/ctbbquiz or email office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk.

READY, STEADY, COOK – Could you offer to cook an extra portion for someone on their own or a meal for a family? We would like you to consider offering your hospitality to members of the congregation who would value our support at present. It can be a oneoff contribution or a regular commitment which will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Please e-mail Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk if you are able to help. Thank you. Shan 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB A new Issue, number 5, of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, is now out, edited by Mary-Jane and David Ryder. If you would like to receive this, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind   

NATIONAL CARE HOME OPEN DAY would have been Friday 26th June. It’s a day about connecting people so why not read the article written by Jennifer and Helen about way they have adapted the support offered to some of our local care homes. You can read the article on our website hereShan 

NIGHT SERVICE Due to Covid-19, we will be extending the trial of a 7pm start until things are more settled. Cate 

From Manuchehr: URBAN HOUSE SUPPORTERS urgently need clothing for asylum seekers; please contact Sarah R in the church office.  To donate funds please use this link: 
https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-urban-house-asylum-seekers Thank you. With love and support for Manuch and all at SYMAAG for their tireless campaigning.  Sue  

NEWS FROM ROSIE RICHARDS Rosie’s long-awaited move to her daughter’s in Ireland has now happened but she is hoping to continue to join us on Zoom.  She will be in quarantine for a few weeks, but she has given her new address to Sarah in the church office and she would love to hear from everyone! Sue H 

HEALTHWATCH SHEFFIELD is doing a survey about the impact of COVID 19 on mental and physical health as well as their experience of how other services worked. Healthwatch wants to use the survey results to feedback people’s experience to decision makers so they can use this information in future planning. Please consider completing the survey at – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KLDGG7D Thank you. Judy Robinson 

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   

UPDATE ON THE S6 FOODBANK The Broomhall Centre is now hosting our local spur of the Foodbank. They are receiving donations of food on Mondays and Thursday at 11am at the Centre. If you prefer to send money, please Gift Aid if possible. Details are on their website or follow this linkSarah R   

GOOD NEWS STORIES People might like to share good news stories, images, poetry and light hearted items. We will be collating these together with the weekly notices into a post for our website. If you have items you’d like us to consider for inclusion please send them to the office. Sarah R   

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LONGER READ THIS WEEK is from Cate about our August theme of ‘Pilgrimage’ – 

A couple of months ago one of my friends (a vicar in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire) had shared a lovely video about creating a prayer space at home. I started thinking about sacred space within the ordinary – some of you have commented about how I’ve arranged my little study when presiding at our Zoom Eucharist: a small table carefully set up, a bunch of fresh flowers, pictures in the background, and my stole hung over the back of my chair.  

This discovery of sacred within the ordinary has been a joy, and led me to a book which has been on my shelf for a while: Every Place is Holy Ground: Making a pilgrimage through everyday places by Sally Welch. I began wondering if there was a way for us as a community to share in a pilgrimage of our own. When going on holiday or visiting our usual pilgrim places might not be possible, was there a way for us to still find space to ‘pilgrimage’ together? 

I shared this idea with members of the team, and it evolved into the idea that we could theme August around ‘Pilgrimage’. We’ll begin exploring this idea during the Themed service on 19th July. 

Part of our shared pilgrimage together is going to be the project Pilgrim Postcards: Messages from Thin and Much Loved Places.  We’d like to invite you to share images and stories of the places that are important to you. This could be somewhere that feels ‘thin’ and where you feel close to God, somewhere that holds a special place in your heart, or somewhere that you love to visit. It could be somewhere nearby and everyday (e.g. a local park, your garden, or even your favourite armchair), somewhere far away and exotic – or somewhere in between! 

If you’d like to share your pilgrim place, you can send it to office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk and we’ll make it into a postcard. We will need: 

  1. A picture of your pilgrim place which you have either taken or made 
  2. A short message which explains why this place is special to you 

As an example, Sarah Rousseau has already made her postcard: 

These postcards will be shared on our website and in our building during August. We will be formally launching this project during the 19th July Themed service, but you’re very welcome to begin sending us your pictures and stories as soon as you’d like. We’d ideally like to have all contributions by Sunday 9th August. 

Pilgrimage, however, isn’t just about the place – if you’ve ever come across The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer you’ll know that part of pilgrimage is to pass time on the journey with others by telling stories to each other. It would be lovely if – during our pilgrimage together – we could share our stories: of life, of lockdown, of prayer, and of pilgrimage. 

I look forward to journeying together with you in pilgrimage this August. 

With love,  Cate 

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