Do read to the end, not all new notices are at the beginning! 😊
THIS SUNDAY – 5 September – All Services open to everyone!
10am Parish Eucharist on Zoom
7pm Night Service: Communion – in the building
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
We have been unable to appoint after our first round of interviews so please have a think about how you might be able to promote this again. As you know we are looking for someone with excellent administrative skills. Duties include introducing a church management system, promoting and managing our room hire, working with volunteers and supporting the staff team. 25 hours per week at £12.50 per hour. 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
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
PHASE CONCERT FOR NEPAL – Friday 3rd September 2021 at 7.30pm. Live 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
CLIMATE JUSTICE. Take part in the call for climate justice on 5 September. Young people are set to walk through Sheffield as part of their national, cross-country relay to COP26 to draw attention to the devastating effects of climate change. The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) started the walking relay at the G7 in Cornwall in June and it will end in Glasgow at the end of October, ready for the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) in November. The purpose is to #RiseToTheMoment and raise awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action, requiring bold commitments at COP26. More information here: The Diocese of Sheffield (anglican.org) Michael Bayley
CATE’S NEWS AND ADDRESS – Last week 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. She is moving to Hereford in a week and her new address will be 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
SHEFFIELD FOREST CHURCH – SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER AT 2.30PM
After a summer break, we’re back! Join us for Forest Church on the theme of Creation at the Garden Church in Walkley (Walkley Community Garden, Morley Street S6 2PL) for time to be and worship in God’s creation. Bring a drink and a snack for after the service! Our services are intentionally all age and LGBTQ+ affirming, so whatever stage of life or journey you’re on – you’re so very welcome! For more information, you can find us on facebook or email [email protected]. Lu Skerritt
SOUNDS OF THE SPIRIT: All are welcome to an evening of sounds from different faith traditions – Qur’anic recitation, Hindu chanting and dancing and Sacred Harp singing. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church at 7.30 pm on Monday 13 September. This is part of the Nether Edge Festival. David Price
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
Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring your 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
CONGRATULATIONS to Hannah Jones, Phil and Sam on the safe arrival of Cecilia Marion on Tuesday 17 August. Ceci has already joined us on Zoom and we look forward to meeting her in person.
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
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.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83666878434 Meeting ID: 836 6687 8434 John Schofield
CRCOnline are pleased to announce that booking is now open for our first online conference to take place on Saturday 2 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
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.
- 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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