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THIS SUNDAY – 22 August – All Services open to everyone!
10am Parish Eucharist in the building and on Zoom – Postcards from our Spiritual Journey.
7pm Night Service “Bring and Share” on the theme of Recreation – on Zoom.
SUNDAY 22 AUG NIGHT SERVICE – Tonight’s service will be a bring and share service on the theme of “recreation”. It’s the season for festivals and many are starting up as lockdown has ended. Share something of your experiences of celebrating festivals or recreation of any kind through poetry, readings, prayers, photos …Or just come and rest! Sue
HELP WITH THE PARISH DAY…
We are planning to create a community altar cloth on the Parish Day in September. Do you have any pieces of plain cotton fabric of any colour that we could use? We don’t need huge pieces, but Margot would love to hear from you if you have any scraps at least 6 inches that you are not needing. Email Margot on [email protected] Jane Padget
COMING SOON… Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch
“Reconnecting with self, others, and God”
An event welcoming people and enabling you to reconnect with church in your own way. Starting and ending with a song, “Come all you people”. Prayer, reflection, conversation 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 about their journeys. 11-1pm in Church and 1.30-3pm on the Green. Jane Padget
A MESSAGE FROM PAULINE MILLER I am now home from hospital and starting on the road to recovery – albeit somewhat slowly. Michael and I would like to send our warmest thanks to the St Marks community for all the expressions of love and concern that we have received. They have all been much appreciated. Pauline Miller
CONGRATULATIONS to Susanna and Jonathan, Mike and Pat (first time Grandparents!) and Rosie (first time Auntie!) on the birth of a beautiful baby boy, born on August 2nd 2021. Susanna and baby George are both healthy and well. A great joy and blessing, especially at this time in our family.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB “LET’S CONNECT”: Now in its 19th issue, yet another Let’s Connect has appeared, the regular newsletter of the Lunch & Friendship Club. It features some well-known personalities as well as several bear-related items, by way of amusement and information. If you’d like a copy online, please email the church office. Rosalind
CAR PARK BARRIER – Please note that from Monday 2 August there is a new padlock and a different code. A separate padlock and code will be used at weekends, when those using the church for e.g. a concert, can make use of the spaces. I shall give details to regular church users, but anyone else who needs to park should contact me on the dedicated email, [email protected] Thank you. Briony
LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH DISCUSSION GROUPS starting in September.
As promised, details about the four opportunities to take part in the Living in Love and Faith course. Each group is open to members of any of the churches across the Mission Area.
- 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)
If you would like to take part in one of these groups, please email [email protected] letting us know which one you would like to join. We will confirm your choice and give further details closer to the start of the course. John Schofield
MARK’S MESSENGER JULY/AUG 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
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. Donations at the end. More info from Dilys Noble
IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM The Johnson Government is making profound changes to Britain’s policies on immigration and asylum. How should we react? David Price is giving a zoom presentation on this theme for St Mark’s at 5.00 pm on Sunday 12 September. All welcome. A zoom link will be made available nearer the time. John Schofield
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
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
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.
LETTER FROM THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP AT ST MARK’S
The Climate: 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.
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.
- Please contact your MP by letter or preferably in person to ask them to bring pressure to bear on the Treasury to produce the Treasury Review of Funding as soon as possible, so that COP 26 may be a cause of hope. If you need help 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.
- Email Chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to put the money on the table to enable climate action both at home and abroad. You can write to him at [email protected]. Or you can add your name to the CAFOD petition making this ask at: https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/85465/action/1
If you want more background on this, 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.
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)