Notices w/c 26 September 2021

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

THIS SUNDAY – 26 September – All Services open to everyone!

8am BCP on zoom

10am Parish Eucharist with baptism in the building and on Zoom 

7pm Night Service – Themed service on the green






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

NIGHT SERVICE around the Fire: Night Service this Sunday (26th) will be on the green around a firepit – a simple service with some liturgy, singing and silence. Come at 6.30pm to help light the fire and/or toast marshmallows or 7pm for the service. Dry firewood is welcome!  Jen Ryder

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 so that you receive a zoom code for the service.

ROY BARRY’S FUNERAL SERVICE has been confirmed for Thursday 30 September at midday both in the building and on zoom. Please join Zoom on mute by 11.50 am. The Meeting ID is: 842 7740 0877 or you can join using the following link.

HALLAM ’89 THEATRE CLUB (the amdram group that Dez and Jennie Martin are involved with) are presenting The Railway Children on Sunday, 3rd October at 3.00pm and 6.00pm, at Crookes Club, Mulehouse Road. Tickets and further information from or contact Dez and Jennie.

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


Our donations will go to The Archer Project as usual this year as their need continues to be as great as ever. All items must be new and in date and they urgently need   

Tinned food:  soups, stewed steak, fish, meats, ravioli, baked beans, meatballs, tomatoes, vegetables, desserts and fruit.

Other food: Cereals, sugar, tea bags, coffee, biscuits, pot noodles, cuppa soups, orange juice, squash, snacks.

Toiletries: razors, shaving foam, tooth brushes, shower gel, shampoo, spray deodorants.

Bedding & Clothing: Sleeping bags, socks, hats and gloves are also welcomed.

AFTER THE SERVICE we will be serving a simple soup and roll lunch with donations to go Christian Aid. Come and meet up with old friends and make new ones. We may also have some homemade jams and chutneys to sell.   International Committee.

HELP NEEDED – Could you help by taking the harvest donations to 10 Joiner Street, Sheffield, S3 8GW between 9am and 12 pm  Monday to Friday. If so, please let Shan know.

ELECTIONS FOR GENERAL SYNOD – The 2021 elections to each of the three houses of The General Synod (Laity, Clergy and Bishops) is being held online this year. All licensed clergy and lay deanery members are encouraged to vote. Sheffield’s seat allocation is 1 bishop, 3 clergy and 4 lay representatives. Voting closes on Friday 8th October. Please hold the candidates who will ultimately represent the concerns of our communities and Diocese at national level in your prayers.                                           


We are collecting donations for Afghan refugees, requested by local organisations, over the next few Sundays. Items requested are: 

  • Toys – new or in good condition 
  • Toiletries (see Baby Basics website for more info) 
  • New underwear and socks 
  • Clothes 
  • Mobile phones and chargers 

If you prefer to buy online, visit and search for Baby Basics Sheffield.  Ceri Gallivan

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.


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

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

MEAL PROVISION FOLLOWING THE BIRTH OF BABIES – We are currently looking for meals for two families who have recently had babies. If you can help, please find details regarding dietary requirements and delivery arrangements at and or contact Shan.

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


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], 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.






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.

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 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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