Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
WANTING TO GET MORE INVOLVED OR MEET NEW PEOPLE – LOOK AT THE NOTICES FLAGGED UP FOR YOU (they’re quite a long way down!)
THIS SUNDAY – 28 November – All Services open to everyone!
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.
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE – will be again selling charity Christmas cards, Advent calendars & wrapping paper after the 10am service on Sunday 28 November (cash only). If anyone on zoom would like to see what is available, please let Dilys know. Delivery may be possible. Dilys
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
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:
- on-line here
- At St Mark’s. A limited number of booklets will be available on Sunday 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
UPDATE REGARDING PARISH WEEKEND 16 – 18 September 2022 – Due to financial constraints within church and for some individuals, the PCC has decided that, instead of going away to Swanwick, our parish weekend will be based at church. Please save the date to join in what is always a fun filled weekend. Further details to follow.
EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH BUILDING – In addition to the service in the church building every Sunday at 10am, we will now be holding night service in the building every Sunday evening and an additional BCP service in the building at 8am on the 4 Sunday in the month. Please continue to check the website for details of the services that will also be available on Zoom. The clergy team and PCC.
CHRISTMAS AT ST MARKS – Click here to see how we can celebrate together this year.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC EVENTS IN DECEMBER
Abbeydale Singers – Christmas Concert
Here at St Mark’s Broomhill on Saturday 11th December 2021 at 7.30 pm
An enjoyable mixture of sacred and secular Christmas carols and songs.
Tickets at £15 adults, £12 concessions, £6 students available in advance
from David Ryder (in St Mark’s Choir) or bought on the door on the night.
The Sheffield Chorale – Carols by Candlelight
A traditional service of nine lessons and carols. A lovely selection of old and new carols.
St John’s Ranmoor on Thursday 16th December 2021 at 7.30 pm
Free entry but with a retiring collection in aid of Baby Basics and S6 Foodbank.
NEWS FROM ORDINANDS / PEOPLE IN TRAINING
- Lizzie Ilsley will be undertaking a placement at St Mary’s Walkley from Sunday 28th November 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 in 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 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 is 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
SHEFFIELD BACH CHOIR – are singing Handel’s MESSIAH (complete) on Monday 6 December at 7pm in Sheffield Cathedral. Tickets are £16 (£13 concessions) from www.sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk, at the door, or contact David Sanderson. Handbills are available in the church porch.
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 5 Dec. 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).
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.
This is the first of 5 brief articles about St Mark’s 2022 budget.
As Sue mentioned in the Friday email a few weeks ago the PCC has been looking at the budget for 2022. The most striking feature of next year’s budget is that it includes a significant deficit:
How have we moved so quickly from a position of an expected surplus this year (2021) to a significant deficit next year (2022)?
The short answer is that income has reduced over the last couple of years with several very generous givers moving away.
During the pandemic this was not a major problem as we had corresponding savings such as lower heating costs, lower staff costs with two members of staff leaving and there being gaps before they were replaced. This reduced expenditure to match the reducing income.
However, we are now using the building again and we have a full staff team so the expenditure savings have gone and the reduced income is now very visible.
We have managed to contain the overall expenditure increase in 2022 to 1.6% with this being concentrated in a few places. Many expenditure budget lines have no increase at all and a few have even reduced.
While we can manage a deficit for one year it is not sustainable in the long term. We need to increase our regular income significantly during 2022 to avoid having to make difficult cuts in 2023.
For further information on any Stewardship matters please contact either David Armstrong, Treasurer, or one of the Stewardship team (Briony, Nana or Lu) emails to the church office will be forwarded to them.
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.