Notices w/c 8 August 2021

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

THIS SUNDAY – 08 August – All Services open to everyone!

8am BCP in the building

10am Parish Eucharist in the building and on Zoom – Postcards from our Spiritual Journey & welcoming Sarah Rose as Children’s and Families worker covering Hannah’s maternity leave.

7pm Night Service Evening Prayer on Zoom





More details in the Friday emails and on the website. 


A NEW OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR – St Mark’s has advertised for an Operations Co-ordinator, to replace the Parish Administrator / Office Manager role.  It’s gone out in the diocesan e-bulletin and to local churches as well as Voluntary Action Sheffield.  Please feel free to promote this within your own networks.  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 Those interested need to apply by letter with CV to Revd Sue Hammersley [email protected] by the end of Sunday August 15.  Interviews planned for week beginning Monday 23 August.


Michael Miller has let us know that Pauline had surgery on Friday 23 July and is recovering well according to the doctors.  She will be recuperating at home. We send her our love and wish her the very best recovery.

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 the baby 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

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

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

WELCOME – to Beth Henshaw, a Centenary Project children’s worker living in Aston and based at St Leonard’s Thrybergh who is undertaking a placement with us over the next 3 months as she explores aspects of vocation and calling. Beth is looking forward to joining us via zoom and at worship in church or on the green and we look forward to learning from one another.  Shan & Sue

FUNDRAISING TEA PARTY Huge thanks to all who carried furniture, erected gazebos, baked, sang and came along on Saturday. The sun shone, there was lots to eat and people seemed to have a good time. All this generosity has resulted, with online donations, in a total for HFT of £400 – quite magnificent!  If there is anyone out there who still wishes to donate here is the link:  The money raised will help support work in the local region and they are most grateful to everyone – thank you.

  Briony, David, Susanna and Helena                      

LIVING IN LOVE AND FAITH How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ? What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church? These are important questions which the C of E is looking at and will be debating over the next year. In our Mission Area there will be opportunities for doing the LLF course together (face to face or on Zoom) starting in the middle of September. This will be a good way of both studying the areas in question and contributing to the debate and getting to know one another better across the three churches. Look out for more details.       John Schofield

PLEASE HELP On Sunday 25 July after the service a kind person said that they would like to join the St Mark’s Environmental Group. I have completely forgotten her name, but we would love to have you as a member of the group. Could you please contact me on [email protected] or ring me on (0114) 258 5248. Michael Bayley

NEW DEAN OF SHEFFIELD ANNOUNCED – The new Dean of Sheffield will be the Revd Canon Abigail Thompson. The Dean heads up the ministry of Sheffield Cathedral, also undertaking diocesan and civic duties in the city and across the wider area. Abi has been in the Diocese of St Albans since February 2018 where she is currently the Acting Dean and Sub-Dean of St Albans Cathedral. Abi said: “Sheffield Cathedral is the place where I was ordained deacon in 2006 and I got married here in 2010. I’ve made vows here, I’ve wept into the stone floor, I’ve rejoiced here and I’ve lit candles here for people I have loved and lost. I share these very personal connections with you because I know that I am only one of thousands of people who have experienced the deepest of emotions and sought sanctuary within these old walls. Sheffield Cathedral is a holy place because of the people who have come here to find peace, to pray, to worship and to seek the true and living God.  I am blessed and honoured and totally thrilled that this is the place where I will soon daily say my prayers and get to love and serve the people of this great city, this wonderful Cathedral and the whole Diocese of Sheffield.”


The Anglican Chaplaincy Trust at the University of Sheffield are appointing an Anglican Chaplain (self-supporting), for a September start and are helping find suitable accommodation for a commuting arrangement.

The anticipated post-holder intends to live part-time in Sheffield and travelling here each week. Their preference is for either: i) a studio flat; ii) a small self-contained area in a larger home with shared kitchen as long as it is en-suite. They may, alternatively, consider lodging somewhere for 1-2 nights per week typically.  If anyone has any suggestions of suitable accommodation please contact the coordinating chaplain, Jeremy Clines ([email protected])

Michael Bayley’s Sermon on 25/07 -a link to the CAFOD Petition – COP26 This year, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate talks, 31 Oct – 12 Nov.  Urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to:

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – As the UK approaches hosting COP26 in November, the world will be watching to see how we’re going to become a global leader on climate. This gives Hope for the Future a crucial opportunity to use this time when politicians will be more aware of environmental issues to take our asks to them and encourage action.

Hope for the Future are aiming to raise £10,000 over the month of June so that they can expand their work, train more people, and take the opportunity the next 6 months provides them on engaging politicians on climate change. Follow the link to support the Build Back Greener campaign  



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.  More info from Dilys Noble


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

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Parish Day- September 18 – 11am-3pm – bring own lunch

Connecting Space

“Reconnecting with self, others, and God”

An event welcoming people and enabling them to reconnect with church in their own way.  Starting and ending with a song, “Come all you people”.  Prayer, reflection 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.

Please put the date in your diary and join together – in Church and on the Green. Jane Padget

DAVID PRICE’S TALK “The Johnson government: immigration and asylum” will be on Sunday 12th September at 5pm on Zoom. More details 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:

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!) Ceri Gallivan

CHURCH ARMY have commissioned their Research Unit to investigate how attenders in the Church of England have experienced church during the recent coronavirus lockdowns. 

As a prolonged season of restricted worship comes to an end, a new kind of church is being imagined and discussed – locally and nationally. Our hope for this project is that it will gather and amplify the reflections and experiences of ordinary Church of England attenders – those who’ve thrived at online services, those who’ve found it difficult, and those who’ve started engaging with church for the first time during lockdown.  

Initial data collection for this research is being carried out via a survey which is open to all worshippers in the Church of England. Please click here to take this ten-minute survey and add your story to those already gathered. Willing participants may also be given the opportunity to take part in further focus groups and interviews, giving them the chance to share their story in their own words and reflect in conversation with others. 

If you or someone you know would like to take the survey but finds it difficult to access the internet, please email or telephone the project researcher, David Lovell, to arrange delivery of one or more paper copies of the survey. David can be reached at: [email protected] or on 0114 252 7287 between 9am and 5pm.

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] 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 the walk to save the Planet

The Young Christian Climate Network are organising a relay walk from G7 in Cornwall to COP26 in Glasgow to raise awareness of the climate crisis and ask the government for specific actions. The route passed through Sheffield on the 5th and 6th of September.

To join in or for more information see the YCCN website: or Emma Castle [email protected]




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