Notices w/c 17 October 2021

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

THIS SUNDAY – 17 October – All Services open to everyone!

10am Parish Eucharist in church and on zoom

4pm Intergenerational worship on the Green

7pm Night Service – Taize prayer in building

NEW OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR Welcome to Zoë Varcoe who began her handover from Jane in the office on Friday 1 October. Zoë looks forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks. Jane

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE POSADA Sarah Rose is looking for volunteers who would like to take on a day for this year’s Posada.  It will be online again this year and will involve filming yourself.  If you feel unsure about this, then help with the filming can be organised.  It is open to everyone, so please do get in touch with Sarah if you would like to be involved this year. Email: [email protected]  

young ADULTS ‘Coffee after Coffee’ – This will be running every other week in the Upper Room after the 10am Sunday Service. If you are 18-30 and interested in discussing your faith with other young adults, please join us! The next session will be on the 24th of October. Izzi

MEAL PROVISION FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF A BABY – We are currently looking for meals for a family who have recently had a baby. If you can help, please find details regarding dietary requirements and delivery arrangements at   https://takethemameal.com/OOYE6002 or contact Shan.

Christian Aid – Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the church lunch and jam sale. We made £233.00 that has been sent to Christian Aid. Dilys

THANK YOU to everyone who helped with us celebrate harvest festival by facilitating worship, donating produce, making preserves, hosting lunch and helping to take things to the Archer Project. A real team effort. The clergy team.

WELCOME TEAM ARE LOOKING FOR MORE MEMBERS – If you’ve only recently come to St Marks, helping out on the welcome team is a nice way of becoming involved initially and getting to know other congregation members. Commitment is just once in 6 weeks and we’re flexible about swaps.  Please speak to Jean Baxter or e-mail her   [email protected] to learn more!

AN INTRODUCTION TO SHEFFIELD-STAINED GLASS This YouTube link will take you to the excellent film presented by Richard Taylor of the stained-glass windows of St. Mark’s, St. John’s and St. Mary’s churches.  The film was made by Ed Armstrong supported by Philip Booth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4OXS45nVE) Jane

SAFEGUARDING OUR COMMUNITY – In order to safeguard our community on zoom, we will no longer be admitting people we are unable to identify either by their name or visually via Zoom to our services. If you are unable to change your name on your device, and do not wish to have your camera turned on so we can see that we know you, please e-mail [email protected] telling me the name, number or letter you are entering under so we don’t exclude people we do know

THE BIG CONVERSATION Paul Blomfield is holding one of his annual community consultations, the Big Conversation, on Sunday 17 October at 6pm here at St. Mark’s.  Find out more about the Big Conversation on this links. https://www.paulblomfield.co.uk/the-big-conversation-report-2020/  

CATE’S LICENSING SERVICE – I will be licensed to my new role on Monday 18th October at 7pm in St Michael and All Angels, Kingstone. Unfortunately due to the size of the building and ministry area, I am not able to invite you to join me. As the church doesn’t have internet there won’t be a zoom/livestream, but I will be recording the service and will share the video with those who would like to watch it. Please do drop by whenever you’re in the area – I’d love to see you! With much love from rural Herefordshire, Cate x  Ps We wish Cate all the best in this next phase of her ministry. Her new address is The Rectory, Kingstone, Hereford, HR2 9EY and here-mail address is [email protected]    Shan & Sue

PCN BRITAIN invites members of St Marks to an evening webinar on Tuesday 19 October at 8pm. This is an international evening in honour of both Marcus Borg and Jack Spong in which our young speakers, Revd Deshna Shine from the USA and Bishop Jeremy Greaves from Australia will share their hopes for progressive Christianity on their continents and ours. If you wish to register for this free event, the PCN website link is here.

GLOBAL CLIMATE JUSTICE SUMMIT – Friday 22nd October: Film screening: ‘The Ants and the Grasshopper’

A documentary weaving together urgent themes of our time; climate change, inequalities, and ideas that groups around the world have generated in order to save the planet.   7.30 pm at the Sheffield Quaker Meeting House. Tickets from Eventbrite for the in person screening here.  There is also an option to watch the film online. For this option a link to watch the film will be sent to your email address on 22nd October 2021. The film can be watched from 6pm (GMT+1) on that day and will be available for the whole of the weekend until 23:59pm 24th October 2021. Donation suggestion of £3.50. For tickets click here.

Saturday 23rd October:  Day of workshops – ‘Thinking globally and acting locally; Discussions on climate justice’ Quaker Meeting House 10am – 4pm. 

Tickets for the Workshops from Eventbrite here.   Margot

COP26 – The Night Service at 7 PM next Sunday, 24th of October is an opportunity for us to focus on and pray together for COP26 quietly and reflectively. It will be encouraging to have a good number of people coming together to pray specifically for this momentous meeting. Michael

ANNUAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND REMEMBRANCE will be held on Sunday October 31st at 7pm in church and on zoom. Refreshments will be served from 6pm in church. Names of those who have died recently will be read out and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of all those we hold in our hearts and minds but no longer see. Sue, Shan and Beth

FRIENDSHIP CLUB   Now that the Lunch Club is up and running once more, Let’s Connect, our keep-in-touch newsletter, is retiring after twenty memorable issues since April 2020. Carol Rowe has edited this final number, with an autumn emphasis, a tribute to Mary Tattersall, items of nostalgia and travel, a puzzle and some laughs. If you would like to see it, please apply to the office. Rosalind

THE BROOMHILL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE is about to start planning Festival 2022.  We would really welcome some new members.  If you would like to join the committee – or if you would like to organise an event – contact the Chair, Frances Gray at [email protected]  for more details.                               

A KEPT MAN – SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY DRAMA STUDIO – Tues 2nd November at 8pm.  ‘A Kept Man’ paints a powerful picture of the love affair between a gamekeeper and the Lord of the Manor, played out against the backdrop of the famous Oscar Wilde trials.
This poignant and passionate new musical is by Sheffield artist Matthew Bugg, whose previous show ‘Miss Nightingale’ toured the UK five times before enjoying a season in the West End.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive concert performance of the show before it goes into full production. Matthew Bugg will be joined on stage by other West End stars.
To buy tickets visit https://performancevenues.group.shef.ac.uk/event/a-kept-man/

Wesley Hall Crookes – is looking for a part time interim families and community co-ordinator for a maternity cover. Applications closing on 2nd November. Please contact Matt on [email protected] for details.

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],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.

Coffee, cake and +/- craft – We are re-launching the Knitting Group as an opportunity to meet for coffee and cake. Bring your knitting or other craft work or just join us for a chat. We meet on the first Saturday morning each month 10.30 to 12 noon in the church lounge. Please drop in – all are welcome. See you on the 6th November. Jennie Martin

LETTER FROM THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP AT ST MARK’S

The Climate Emergency: A cause for hope and a call to action                          

The meeting of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 26) will have a powerful influence on the future of the planet. It is being hosted by the UK and will be meeting in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. The quality of the leadership UK brings to it will be critical and that depends not just on what we say but what we both plan to do and actually do. Fortunately, the Government has set itself a bold emissions reduction target of 63% from 2019 to 2035. Unfortunately, it still has to spell out adequately how it will achieve this target.

This is the conclusion of the Climate Change Committee in its report to Parliament Progress in Reducing Emissions published in June 2021. https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/2021-progress-report-to-parliament/

The Climate Change Committee is the official watchdog set up by the Climate Change Act of 2008 to ensure that the Government does not just do what is politically expedient, but what is necessary for the country and the planet.

The Progress Report offers more than 200 recommendations and places particular emphasis on the need for the Government to produce its Net Zero Strategy before COP26. The Report adds that the Strategy “will carry the greatest weight if it is accompanied by the Treasury’s Review of Funding.” This was due for publication in autumn 2020 but it remains unclear whether it will now be published prior to COP.

What we are asking you to do could be the key to giving the UK the authority and credibility it needs to guide the 197 nations at COP26 to agree to demanding decisions and commitments that are so desperately needed.

  1. We have been advised by Hope for the Future that the most effective thing to do is to write a letter to the Chancellor asking him to publish the Treasury’s Review of Funding and to send it to your MP asking him or her to send it on to the Chancellor. We understand that in this way it is more likely to come to the attention of Rishi Sunak rather than just one of his officials.
  2. If you wish to contact your MP in person, that would be even better.

 If you would like support with this, contact Hope for the Future https://www.hftf.org.uk/mps who have a brilliant track record in enabling constituents to have creative meetings with their MP.

If you want more background on, there is a pithy and informative Forward and an Introduction headed ‘Overall progress on climate policy: Net Zero and adaptation’ in the Climate Change Committee report “Progress in Reducing Emissions” pages 6 to 10 (see link above).

Please let us know how you get on – we would love to hear from you.

This comes from the Environment Group at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sheffield as part of their engagement with the Make COP 26 Count programme run jointly by Hope for the Future and US PG (Partners in Global Mission). Contact us at [email protected].

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