Sunday 24th October – Trinity 21

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

St Mark’s needs your financial support in order to continue to develop our ministry and outreach.  More details here. Thank you.

THIS SUNDAY – 24 October – All Services open to everyone!

10am Parish Eucharist in building and on zoom

7pm Night Service –in building – Prayer for COP26

NIGHT SERVICE AT 7PM ON SUNDAY 24TH OCT is an opportunity for us to focus on and pray together for the COP26 global climate justice summit quietly and reflectively. It will be encouraging to have a good number of people coming together to pray specifically for this momentous meeting. Michael

ANNUAL SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AND REMEMBRANCE will be held on Sunday October 31 at 7pm in church and on zoom. Refreshments will be served from 6pm in church. Names of those who have died recently will be read out and there will be an opportunity to light a candle in memory of all those we hold in our hearts and minds but no longer see. This service is open to all, do pass the word around.    Sue, Shan and Beth

FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO WORSHIP IN THE CHURCH BUILDING – We are delighted to let you know that from now on there will be a service in the church building every Sunday at 10am. These services will continue to have contributors and attendees on Zoom in order to meet the different needs of our congregation. The clergy team and PCC.

NEW OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR – Zoë Varcoe has now formally started work in the office and is looking forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks. Jane

A HUGE THANK YOU to Jane who is now taking a well-earned break having held the fort in the office as acting administrator for much longer than she anticipated when she volunteered! In this time she has not only kept us afloat, but also helped us progress and develop some aspects of the role leaving it in a strong position for Zoë to pick up and continue. Thank you Jane from all of us, and we are delighted to know you are around to support Zoë if needed!  Sue, Shan, Beth and the PCC

S6 FOODBANK is again asking for donations here.  As well as regular donations it would be a good place to put any unneeded OAP winter fuel payments. Michael Miller

WANTING TO GET MORE INVOLVED OR MEET NEW PEOPLE – LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING 5 NOTICES:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE POSADA Sarah Rose is looking for volunteers who would like to record a day’s contribution for this year’s Posada.  It will be online again this year and will involve filming yourself.  If you feel unsure about this, then help with the filming can be organised.  It is open to all ages, so please do get in touch with Sarah if you would like to be involved this year. Email: [email protected]  

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 24th of October. Izzi

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!

Coffee, cake and +/- craft – We are re-launching the Knitting Group as an opportunity to meet for coffee and cake. Bring your knitting or other craft work or just join us for a chat. We meet on the first Saturday morning each month 10.30 to 12 noon in the church lounge. Please drop in – all are welcome. See you on the 6th November. Jennie Martin

THE BROOMHILL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE is about to start planning Festival 2022.  We would really welcome some new members.  If you would like to join the committee – or if you would like to organise an event – contact the Chair, Frances Gray at [email protected]  for more details

ELECTION TO GENERAL SYNOD – Following the recent elections, the candidates listed below have been elected to represent the Diocese of Sheffield at General Synod:

As members of the House of Laity: Mrs Anna De Castro, Miss Jane Patterson, Dr Cathy Rhodes, Mrs Michaela Suckling

As proctors (House of Clergy): The Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain, The Reverend Eleanor Robertshaw, The Reverend Canon Rick Stordy.

Please continue to hold them in your prayers as they consider and approve legislation, formulate new forms of worship, debate matters of national and international importance and approve the budget for the work of the church at national level.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SHEFFIELD-STAINED GLASS This YouTube link will take you to the excellent film presented by Richard Taylor of the stained-glass windows of St. Mark’s, St. John’s and St. Mary’s churches.  The film was made by Ed Armstrong supported by Philip Booth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT4OXS45nVE) Jane

DOXECOLOGY TOUR – An evening of modern worship including 13 new worship songs themed around creation, ecology, and Christian hope. Run by Resound Worship in partnership with Christian ecology charity A Rocha. Hosted by City Church Sheffield on November 5th at 7.45pm at the Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road, S11 8RN. For more information visit www.doxecology.org.

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                               

A KEPT MAN – SHEFFIELD UNIVERSITY DRAMA STUDIO – Tues 2nd November at 8pm.  ‘A Kept Man’ paints a powerful picture of the love affair between a gamekeeper and the Lord of the Manor, played out against the backdrop of the famous Oscar Wilde trials. This poignant and passionate new musical is by Sheffield artist Matthew Bugg, whose previous show ‘Miss Nightingale’ toured the UK five times before enjoying a season in the West End. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy an exclusive concert performance of the show before it goes into full production. Matthew Bugg will be joined on stage by other West End stars. To buy tickets visit https://performancevenues.group.shef.ac.uk/event/a-kept-man/

Wesley Hall Crookes – is looking for a part time interim families and community co-ordinator for a maternity cover. Applications closing on 2nd November. Please contact Matt on [email protected] for details.

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.

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.

https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/financial-support-for-st-marks/

LETTER FROM THE ENVIRONMENT GROUP AT ST MARK’S

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. https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/2021-progress-report-to-parliament/

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 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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