Notices w/c 13 June 2021

Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning!


THIS SUNDAY – 13 June  

10am Parish Eucharist (in building just for families) everyone else on Zoom this week 


PICNIC FOR THE CLIMATE 11.30 to 1pm meet on St Mark’s green to eat your picnic lunch in family groups / bubbles. There will be the opportunity to talk about what we could be doing to respond to the climate emergency, for example politically and our own lifestyle. We will have suggestions to make about how we can work out our own household footprint. When we have eaten, we will move into the Count on Nature.  

Churches Count on Nature is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England and the Church in Wales. During a week in June, it brings local people together to discover the wildlife in their local church yard, recording the species they find. We have all sorts of identification guides and knowledgeable folk to help us enjoy our church grounds and really get to know the wildlife sheltering there. We need your help – adults and children – to put together a survey which we will send in to be part of the UK effort. Do join us and have some fun as we do it. 


7pm Northumbrian Evening Prayer on Zoom 



More details in the Friday emails and on the website.   



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. 


Congratulations Rose Bridge!! 

You may remember 11-year-old Rose’s illustration of ‘Birches, Wyming Brook’ which was used as the cover image for the October 2020 Messenger. Not only has it been accepted to be exhibited in London for the Royal Academy Young Person’s Summer Show, she has also won the prize for ‘most inspiring’ picture in her age group out of 33,000 submissions! As a prizewinner she will be invited to a special ceremony with the president of the RA as well as receiving a voucher for art materials and an RA art session for her school. Hannah 




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’s FUNERAL Service will be here at St Mark’s on Saturday 26 June at 1.30pm.  Places will be limited but if you would like to be informed of the possibilities of attending (on the Green or via Zoom) please email the office [email protected]   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.  Sue 


BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 12 –20 June 2021 

This 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  



  • 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 [email protected] 
  • 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 protected] 
  • 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 [email protected]  


FOREST CHURCH – The next Forest Church service will be a celebration of Midsummer on 19th June, 4pm at St John’s Ranmoor. The service will be happening outside the St John’s Parish Centre (just up the road from the church). Wear your party clothes and if you are able, bring some flowers we can use to make flower crowns! To book, please email [email protected]  

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – As the UK approaches hosting COP26 in November, the world will be watching to see how we’re going to become a global leader on climate. This gives Hope for the Future a crucial opportunity to use this time when politicians will be more aware of environmental issues to take our asks to them and encourage action.  

Hope for the Future are aiming to raise £10,000 over the month of June so that they can expand their work, train more people, and take the opportunity the next 6 months provides them on engaging politicians on climate change. Follow the link to support the Build Back Greener campaign 

PCN HOSTING DOM CROSSAN – Many members of St Mark’s and the CRC will recall the conferences led by John Dominic Crossan, one of the world’s leading biblical theologians. He has agreed to answer submitted questions and have a conversation on a wide range of topics on Zoom at an evening organised by PCN Britain on Wednesday 21 July at 7.30 pm. You are invited to join them. There is a modest charge of £5 for the event and bookings can be made on this link: 


A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch 

Connecting Space  

“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  



  • Liberal Theologian – We’ve received some great applications. Interviews w/c 21 June. 
  • Children & Families Worker – Interviews were held on Monday 7 June and subject to the necessary checks, we are delighted someone has been offered the post to cover Hannah’s maternity leave. Further details to follow. 
  • 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 protected]).     


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 [email protected], 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.  

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