Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
THIS SUNDAY – 18 July
8am BCP in the building
10am Parish Eucharist on zoom
4pm Intergenerational worship on the green – open to everyone
7pm Taize Night service on the green
TO BOOK OR NOT TO BOOK FOR SUNDAY SERVICES?
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 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. NB We are no longer sending out confirmatory e-mails.
THANK YOU for all your kind messages and the generous farewell gifts, Cate
We look forward to meeting and welcoming Sarah Rose as the Children & Families Worker to cover Hannah’s maternity leave. Sarah’s official start date is 1st August but she will be around and getting to know people before Hannah finishes.
The post of Liberal Theologian has been offered to someone and we will be able to announce who it is on July 25. Please pray for them and their household as they make plans to move. We are hoping they will be able to start in early October.
THANK YOU for all your kind messages and the generous farewell gifts, Cate
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:
INVITATION TO BRENDAN’S BAPTISM – Ben and Jacque would love to invite the St Mark’s community to join them in welcoming Brendan to the Church at his baptism on Sunday 25th July at 3pm, followed by food and partying. All welcome – more info & RSVP: tinyurl.com/brendansbaptism
FUNDRAISER! The Tayler family invites you all to an Hft teaparty, in aid of the work of this national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities and autism.
On the Green, by permission, it’s on Saturday 31 July, from 3pm to 5pm. Enjoy a cream tea, coffee, cake, home-made lemonade. Well-known musicians will provide a musical treat, there will be a Prize Draw and a tea-themed Quiz. Offers of baking, prizes and help on the day to Briony, please.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Out now, the Midsummer edition, number 18 of “Let’s Connect”, edited by Mary-Jane and David Ryder. This issue contains humour, a wordsearch, poems, recipes, a reminder how times have changed, and “A Point of View” by Dog (while Mabel takes a rest). If you would like to receive a copy, please e-mail the church office. Rosalind
NEW DEAN OF SHEFFIELD ANNOUNCED – The new Dean of Sheffield will be the Revd Canon Abigail Thompson. The Dean heads up the ministry of Sheffield Cathedral, also undertaking diocesan and civic duties in the city and across the wider area. Abigail, or Abi as she is known, has been in the Diocese of St Albans since February 2018 where she is currently the Acting Dean and Sub-Dean of St Albans Cathedral. Abi said: “Sheffield Cathedral is the place where I was ordained deacon in 2006 and I got married here in 2010. I’ve made vows here, I’ve wept into the stone floor, I’ve rejoiced here and I’ve lit candles here for people I have loved and lost. I share these very personal connections with you because I know that I am only one of thousands of people who have experienced the deepest of emotions and sought sanctuary within these old walls. Sheffield Cathedral is a holy place because of the people who have come here to find peace, to pray, to worship and to seek the true and living God.
I am blessed and honoured and totally thrilled that this is the place where I will soon daily say my prayers and get to love and serve the people of this great city, this wonderful Cathedral and the whole Diocese of Sheffield.”
ACCOMMODATION SEARCH FOR UNIVERSITY CHAPLAIN
The Anglican Chaplaincy Trust at the University of Sheffield are appointing an Anglican Chaplain (self-supporting), for a September start and are helping find suitable accommodation for a commuting arrangement.
The anticipated post-holder intends to live part-time in Sheffield and travelling here each week. Their preference is for either: i) a studio flat; ii) a small self-contained area in a larger home with shared kitchen as long as it is en-suite. They may, alternatively, consider lodging somewhere for 1-2 nights per week typically.
If anyone has any suggestions of suitable accommodation please contact the coordinating chaplain, Jeremy Clines ([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
PHASE CONCERT FOR NEPAL
Live music returns to church on Friday 3rd September 2021 at 7.30pm Music from Sheffield Sinfonietta conducted from the Harpsichord by Gordon Busbridge. No ticket required – just come along and bring your friends. More info from Dilys Noble
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch
“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
CRCOnline are pleased to announce that booking is now open for our first online conference to take place on Saturday 2nd October 2021 2pm to 5pm.
Our theme will be Worship in a Digital Age and our keynote speaker will be Stephen Burns, Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity, Melbourne. We will also have two shorter inputs on Sacramental Worship and the Digital Church and Making the most of the digital experience. Plus breakout rooms for further discussion and a final panel session.
Please see the link below for full details of the event and how to book:
We’re looking forward to stimulating inputs and discussions and hope you’ll be able to join us. Please do advertise the event to your networks if you feel able. John Schofield
MARK’S MESSENGER JULY/AUG EDITION IS SLIGHTLY DELAYED! Due to the WiFi difficulties completing our next edition has been delayed. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. 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
CHURCH ARMY have commissioned their Research Unit to investigate how attenders in the Church of England have experienced church during the recent coronavirus lockdowns.
As a prolonged season of restricted worship comes to an end, a new kind of church is being imagined and discussed – locally and nationally. Our hope for this project is that it will gather and amplify the reflections and experiences of ordinary Church of England attenders – those who’ve thrived at online services, those who’ve found it difficult, and those who’ve started engaging with church for the first time during lockdown.
Initial data collection for this research is being carried out via a survey which is open to all worshippers in the Church of England. Please click here to take this ten-minute survey and add your story to those already gathered. Willing participants may also be given the opportunity to take part in further focus groups and interviews, giving them the chance to share their story in their own words and reflect in conversation with others.
If you or someone you know would like to take the survey but finds it difficult to access the internet, please email or telephone the project researcher, David Lovell, to arrange delivery of one or more paper copies of the survey. David can be reached at: [email protected] or on 0114 252 7287 between 9am and 5pm.
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],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.