Notices w/c 31 Oct 21

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

Don’t forget the clocks go back so please adjust your watches accordingly!

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

 THIS SUNDAY – 31 October – All Services open to everyone!

8am BCP on Zoom

10am Parish Eucharist in building and on zoom

7pm Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance in building and on zoom

More details on the website. We also send out an email on a Friday, if you would like to receive it please contact Zoë to be added to the list: [email protected]

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

NELLIE ALKER – has died peacefully in Grange Crescent Care Home at the age of 104. Adrian and Christine would like to thank all those at St Marks who have known Nellie over the years. Her funeral service will be back in Lancashire where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband Bill.

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. Tickets here.

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 5 at 7.45pm at the Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road, S11 8RN. For more information click here.

COP26 CAMPUS VIGIL – The chaplaincy at Sheffield University is hosting a vigil during the COP26 talks, from 12pm to 1.30pm on Monday to Friday 01–12 November, on the Students’ Union concourse. This is open to students, staff and the general public.  Beth

ST JOHN’S COMMUNITY CINEMA – Tickets for the Ranmoor, Mary Poppins Returns (PG) on Saturday 12th November 2021.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

SHEFFIELD BACH CHOIR – will present John Rutter’s REQUIEM and several of his shorter works in St Mark’s Church on 13 November at 7:30. It will be a shorter concert with no interval, and tickets are just £7.  Go the choir’s website or see David Sanderson to get a ticket. David

MISSION AREA – Remembrance Day Tour of the 43 War Graves in Walkley Cemetery on Sunday the 14th November 2021 at 2.00pm. Meet inside the cemetery gates of Nichols Rd S6 5DU. Questions- Bill 07767690511. Sue

LLF FOCUS GROUP – Did you participate or facilitate an LLF Course in the Mission Area? 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 in the Lounge at St Mark’s. We would love for 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]

ADVENT WINDOWS – We’re wondering whether it’s possible to do Advent Windows again this year. Lots of people who took part last year have had a change in circumstances (lovely new babies, moved house etc) so we would need new people to take part. Let me know if you’re interested! Jen Ryder

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


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 7th November. 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. Jane

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.

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.

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