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THIS SUNDAY – 19 September – All Services open to everyone!
10am Parish Eucharist in the building and on Zoom
7pm Night Service – Taize Prayer in the building
DON’T FORGET THE PARISH DAY IS ON SATURDAY 18 (TOMORROW!) Time to catch up in a relaxed way and meet some people face-to-face for the first time! Opening prayers in church at 11am and low key activities all morning (including a chance to see our brand new film about the windows! If you want a seek preview of this excellent film here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4OXS45nVE) Also a world premiere of a second setting to a Rumi poem by Reuben Tozer-Loft at 12.30pm. Bring your own lunch to eat inside or out before the afternoon activities take place on the Green, ending with prayers at 2.30pm. All welcome! Sue
BETH KEITH’S LICENSING AS LIBERAL THEOLOGIAN will be at St Mark’s on Monday 27th September at 7.30pm. If you would like to come to the church just turn up on the night. If you would like to join the service by zoom you will need to register here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/licensing-service-for-beth-keith-at-st-marks-church-tickets-170144838793 so that you receive a zoom code for the service.
ROY BARRY’S FUNERAL SERVICE has been confirmed for Thursday 30 September at midday.
We are collecting donations for Afghan refugees, requested by local organisations, over the next few Sundays (including at the parish day on Sept 18). Items requested are:
- Toys – new or in good condition
- Toiletries (see Baby Basics website for more info)
- New underwear and socks
- Mobile phones and chargers
If you prefer to buy online, visit https://www.forcommongood.co.uk/ and search for Baby Basics Sheffield. Ceri Gallivan
RE-ADVERTISING FOR AN OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR
More information on the St Mark’s website https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/ Those interested need to apply by letter with CV to Revd Sue Hammersley [email protected] by the end of Sunday September 19. Interviews planned for Tuesday 28 September 2021 from 1pm onwards. Do hold us in your prayers. Sue
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CHURCHES – as part of an initiative within our mission area, we are holding some training sessions to increase awareness of the needs of people with dementia and their carers on Sun 10 October from 11.45 – 13.00 at St John’s Ranmoor and Sun 17 October from 11.45 – 13.00 at St Mary’s Walkley. Both venues are wheelchair accessible. All are welcome and there’s no need to book a place beforehand. Refreshments will be available. For more information, please e-mail Shan.
LUNCH CLUB COOK AT ST TIMOTHY’S, CROOKES
St Tim’s is looking for someone who can cook for their Lunch Club every Wednesday, to be served at 12.45pm. The job is 6 hours per week, £9.49 per hour, 9am to 2pm on Wednesdays plus 1 hour of shopping. This contract is fixed term for 6 months. Closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 30 September. For an Application Pack please email Siobhan Melville, [email protected], 07421 463541. For an informal chat about the post please contact Hannah Saunders, [email protected] Siobhan Melville
CATE’S NEWS AND ADDRESS – Cate was delighted and excited to share news that she will be licensed as Rural Pioneer and Priest-in-Charge of Cagebrook Benefice in Hereford Diocese on Monday October 18th. Her new address is The Rectory, Kingstone, Hereford, HR2 9EY and her e-mail address is [email protected] We wish her all the best in this next phase of her ministry. Shan & Sue
BROOMHILL COMMUNITY LIBRARY – Heritage Open Days events: Saturday 18th 2.00 – 5.00 pm BEE FRIENDLY EVENT with two Yorkshire beekeepers for all ages. Broomhill Litter Pick: Saturday 18th September 10.00 – 12.00. Meet at the rear of Broomhill Library to collect your kit and route. Then will take place on the third Saturday of each month once again. Broomhill’s ‘Dr Bike’ for all bike repairs will be at Broomhill Library on Saturday 18th 10.00 – 12.00. Bring along your bike for a free check-up and basic treatment on the spot. Kathy Harbord
CONGRATULATIONS to Oli and Marie Giles on the safe arrival of Isobel on Saturday 11 September. They are now members of St Mary’s Walkley but still support our Taize Prayer so we hope to see them soon. Sue and Shan
LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH DISCUSSION GROUPS
Want to explore issues of identity, gender, sexuality and relationships? Studying the Living in Love and Faith course produced by the C of E with friends from St John’s and St Mary’s is the ideal opportunity to do this. The course lasts five weeks and will be happening as follows:
Monday afternoons, 2.30pm at St John’s, Ranmoor, (20, 27 Sept; 4, 11, 18 Oct)
Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm on Zoom (22, 29, Sept; 6, 13, 20 Oct)
Thursday evenings, 7.30pm at St Mark’s, Broomhill (23, 30 Sept; 7, 14, 21 Oct)
Friday evenings, 6.30pm at St Mary’s, Walkley (24 Sept; 1, 8, 15, 22 Oct)
To book a place please drop an email to [email protected], letting us know which one you’d like to join. John Schofield
MARK’S MESSENGER SEPTEMBER EDITION IS PUBLISHED 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
Book now for CRCOnline Conference 2nd October 2021 – 2pm to 5pm
CRCOnline are pleased to announce that booking is now open for our first online conference.
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 (with Revd Sue Hammersley vicar of St Mark’s, Sheffield) and Making the most of the digital experience (with Dr Peter Phillips, Director of the Centre for Digital Theology, Durham). 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: CRCOnline conference Worship in a Digital Age
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
A WEDDING INVITATION TO OUR FRIENDS AT ST. MARK’S
Ceri and Suman are getting married on Saturday 9th October at 2pm at Sheffield Cathedral (as this is where Suman usually worships). We’d love all of our St Marks friends and family to come and celebrate with us (hopefully covid restrictions will allow this!)
We’d like to know numbers for tea and cake after the service.
Please email [email protected] if you’re coming! Ceri Gallivan
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.
LETTER FROM THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP AT ST. MARK’S
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.
- 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.
- 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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