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St Mark’s needs your financial support in order to continue to develop our ministry and outreach. More details here. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY – 21 November – All Services open to everyone!
CHRISTMAS AT ST MARKS – Click here to see how we can celebrate together this year.
THIS SUNDAY! – The 4pm service will be on the Green around a fire. All welcome. Please let me know if I can help make it accessible for you. Feel free to bring a soft toy for one of the prayer stations. Jen Ryder
COP26 – Salt & Light in a post COP26 World. Join Dr Cathy Rhodes and Fr Grant Naylor on Tuesday 23rd November at 7pm for a presentation and discussion on how we as Christians respond best to the Climate Crisis in the light of COP26. The Event will be held on Zoom, to book click here
NIGHT SERVICE DURING ADVENT – SUNDAYS AT 7PM
During Advent we are hosting three special services exploring the themes of silence, waiting, and song. Prayer installations will be set up in church. The services which start at 7pm will last about 45 minutes and include a time of silence. After the service you are welcome to join us in the pub.
28 Nov exploring silence (including a time of sharing)
5 Dec exploring waiting (including communion)
12 Dec exploring song (Taizé)
The first service on the 28 Nov will include a time of sharing about what silence means to us and how being in silence can help us to connect with God. You are welcome to bring along something to share; this could be some words, a poem, an image, or an experience you have had. Within the service there will be an opportunity to share this with others, or just to listen to what others have brought along.
ORGAN SCHOLAR – St Mark’s would like to appoint an organ scholar from December 2021 for 18 months, you will find more information here or speak to David Willington.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE POSADA Sarah Rose is looking for volunteers who would like to record a day’s contribution 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 all ages, so please do get in touch with Sarah if you would like to be involved this year. Email: [email protected]
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE – will be again selling charity Christmas cards, Advent calendars & wrapping paper after the 10am service on Sunday 21 and 28 November (cash only). If anyone on zoom would like to see what is available, please let Dilys know. Delivery may be possible. Dilys
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – Greeting cards campaign 2021. Join hundreds of thousands of Amnesty supporters around the world this winter by taking part in our annual Write for Rights campaign and showing your solidarity for 10 people and organisations enduring human rights abuses. YOUR WORDS ARE POWERFUL! Amnesty greetings cards will not be sold at St Mark’s this year, but can be bought from the amnesty shop here. This year there are two ways to take part:1) on-line here 2) At St Mark’s. A limited number of booklets will be available on Sunday, 21 and 28 November 2021 for you to write a card there and then or take away with you & return the booklet to St Mark’s later or pass it on to a friend. Robin Story
WREATH WORKSHOP – Would you like to learn how to make a Christmas wreath to take home? We are running a Christmas wreath making workshop on Saturday 27 November from 10am – 12 noon, in Church. Festive Refreshments and all materials included, but please bring secateurs. Cost £15, (in aid of parish funds). Numbers are limited. If you would like a ticket, please email [email protected] or see Mary-Jane, Jean Baxter or Margot Fox after the 10 am service in church
SUNDAY LUNCH – 28 November from 12.15pm. Everyone is welcome to stay for a variety of pasta dishes, with bread, and fruit to follow. Cost: £4 adults, children at parents’ discretion. Veggie options always available; please contact the cooks re. vegan or gluten free requests. A particular welcome to any who would like to get involved in offering lunch on a regular (monthly) basis, especially if you’re a recent arrival. Please note we shall be operating in a Covid-safe way, so please be prepared to follow guidance from cooks/hosts. Briony and Mary-Jane
NELLIE ALKER – Adrian and Christine would like to thank all those who kindly sent condolences on the death of Adrian’s mother. Nellie was laid to rest in the churchyard at her old church in Orrell, Lancashire, following a funeral well attended by her many friends and family there. We were able to give thanks for her many friendships at St Marks and her membership of the Lunch Club.
NEWS FROM ORDINANDS / PEOPLE IN TRAINING
- Lizzie Ilsley will be undertaking a placement at St Mary’s Walkley from the end of this month so you will not see her around St Mark’s as much.
- Dave Croft was an active member of St Mark’s back in the days of Adrian Alker and Jane Bolton. He has been accepted as a Pioneer Minister (designate) for the Redbridge Mission Base Station in London. He thanks those who remember him for sustaining him on his journey saying “your intellectual, radical yet Yorkshire grit and roll-your-sleeves up culture had a profound impact on me”.
We wish both of them well as they follow their calling to fulfil their vocations.
LLF FOCUS GROUP – Did you participate or facilitate an LLF Course in the Mission Area? CHANGE OF VENUE As part of the national evaluation of LLF, Church Army’s Research Unit (CARU) have been commissioned to research the experience of those who have participated in or completed the LLF course. CARU will be hosting focus groups across the country in Spring 2022 but we need your help in making sure the groups provide an important insight into the experience of being part of a course. Lu Skerratt-Love and John Tomlinson are the lead researchers on this project and are hosting a pilot focus group on Wednesday 1st December from 7-9pm at Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, Sheffield S3 7RZ. We would love for a small group to attend so we can hear your views. If you’d like to know more or are interested in participating, email Lu at [email protected]
REFLECTING ON COP26: Hope at Advent – The recent climate conference has carried our hopes and dreams that we might look forward to a world which can sustain us at 1.5 degrees rise – but the agreements reached do not take us there yet. This event for for everyone who would like a chance to share those hopes and disappointments, hear about the UK Net Zero Strategy from Tim Lennox (BEIS), and consider the Advent message of hope in relation to keeping up the vision and energy to effect change. Sunday 5th Dec, 5- 6.30pm, Upper room. Refreshments at 4.45. Booking not needed but helpful, click here. You are requested to wear a mask and to observe distancing. Margaret Ainger
ADVENT WINDOWS – We’re wondering whether it’s possible to do Advent Windows again this year. Lots of people who took part last year have had a change in circumstances (lovely new babies, moved house etc.) so we would need new people to take part. Let me know if you’re interested! Jen Ryder
FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH BUILDING – We are delighted to let you know that from now on there will be a service in the church building every Sunday at 10am. These services will continue to have contributors and attendees on Zoom in order to meet the different needs of our congregation. The clergy team and PCC.
S6 FOODBANK is again asking for donations here. As well as regular donations it would be a good place to put any unneeded OAP winter fuel payments. Michael Miller
COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES– Sarah Frost is studying for a Level 3 qualification in Complementary Therapies and is looking for people to practice. If you are interested in receiving a full or partial Swedish massage please contact Sarah on 07964173848 or [email protected]
WANTING TO GET MORE INVOLVED OR MEET NEW PEOPLE – LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING NOTICES:
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 21 November. Izzi
COFFEE, CAKE AND -/+ CRAFT – The Knitting Group is an opportunity to meet for coffee and cake. Bring your knitting or other craft work or just join us for a chat. We meet each month 10.30 to 12 noon in the church lounge. Please drop in – all are welcome. The next meetings are 4 Dec and 8 Jan. Jennie Martin
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!
ZOOM WELCOME TEAM ARE LOOKING FOR MORE MEMBERS – Would you like to be involved in the services from the comfort of your armchair at home? It is not an onerous job and can also be done from church if you prefer. If you think you might like to help, please contact Maria Oliver ([email protected] or text me 07732233618).
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.
SUNDAY LUNCHES – We’re hoping to host a simple Sunday lunch every month for anyone who would like to stay and get to know a few more people. Volunteers to cook and host are needed. Contact Dilys via the church office.
NATIONALITY AND BORDERS BILL -There is widespread concern at the implications for asylum seekers of this Bill, which will soon be considered by the House of Lords. With the support of some local MPs, SYMAAG is organising an email/letter writing campaign to the Lords about the Bill. If you would like to consider joining in this campaign, please contact David Price at [email protected] or 0114 296 0806.
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.
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.
SUPPORT US – To make a donation to support the mission and ministry of St Mark’s, text ‘STMARKS 5’ to 70085 to donate £5. This costs £5 plus std. rate message; you can give any whole amount between £1 and £20. https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/financial-support-for-st-marks/