Weekly Notices – 24 May 2020

Credit for image Photo by Tim Mossholder

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk – 0114 266 3613. 

If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call Revd Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853/ 0114 266 0260.

(virtual) flowers donated by Susan Whitmill.

PRAYER REQUESTS First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone (1 Timothy 2:1) Each week during morning and evening prayer, the clergy and pastoral care team utilises our pastoral care list to help us visualise and pray for each one of you. Prayer is a relational practice which, with the help of the Holy Spirit, offers us another opportunity to connect as part of the body of Christ. If you have a specific prayer request, of lament or thanksgiving, please let us know by e-mailing office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk or contacting one of the clergy. Shan

DR JOE!  Joe Forde passed his PhD Viva (on Zoom) on Monday 18 May. He wants to thank all at St Marks for the support and encouragement he has received. “It has surprised me how much people have been interested in my studies.   It has been a very supportive environment with wonderful people. I feel privileged to be part of this community.” Well deserved, Joe!  If you would like to know more about Joe’s research into the church’s role in alleviating poverty he would be more than happy to talk to you about it.  Sue  

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who responded to Christian Aid Week appeal by donating through e-envelopes, and resending them to friends. family and local residents. Also an ENORMOUS thank you to Dilys and Ceri for the activities they arranged.  We don’t know how much was raised by direct donations but through JustGiving we made £1,505 – Well done to all concerned. Sue H

LOOKING FOR QUIET CONTEMPLATION? We have a range of services on offer and know what some other churches are doing too – don’t miss Julian Prayer on a Monday. Do contact the church office for more information.  Sue H 

THE GOOD TASTE FAIRTRADE SHOP (in Broomhill) is still operating – you can currently order online/by email (teas, coffees, face masks, soap, gifts, socks, etc) but they also hope to re-open the shop itself from 1st June.  https://www.goodtaste.org.uk/ Rosie Hunt

Photo by Sarah Rousseau

HOME BAKERS St Mary’s Bramall Lane are raising funds for their emergency food delivery scheme by selling flour and yeast!  The money raised will go to support deliveries to vulnerable families across the city, over 300 households last week alone.  You can order online at www.breadforsheffield.wixsite.com/flour and collect in person from a number of locations (including St Mary’s).  Happy baking! Sue H

WHAT IS COMMUNION? John Schofield has written a piece which is on the website designed to help us think through what we are doing when we are taking part in a Zoom eucharist at home. It offers some resources, and the opportunity for a conversation. Please take a look https://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/what-we-are-doing-when-taking-part-in-a-zoom-eucharist/  and you may like to respond….?

BOOK GROUP Would you be interested in joining a book group to read together Rowan Williams’ book Being Christian? It’s thoughtful, short and available as paperback, Kindle edition and audiobook. If so, please let Sarah know at office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk and we will be in touch. John Schofield 

UPDATE ON THE S6 FOODBANK The Broomhall Centre is now hosting our local spur of the Foodbank. They are receiving donations of food on Mondays and Thursday at 11am at the Centre. If you prefer to send money, please Gift Aid if possible. Details are on their website, or follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/philadelphianetwork/s6foodbank Sarah R 

GOOD NEWS STORIES People might like to share good news stories, images, poetry and light hearted items. We will be collating these together with the weekly notices into a post for our website. If you have items you’d like us to consider for inclusion please send them to the office. Sarah R 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 3 of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, is now out, edited by Jean Baxter. If you would like to receive this latest issue, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind 

A Notice from Manuchehr from SYMAAG Urban House, Wakefield, provides accommodation on behalf of the Home Office for asylum seekers.  270 people live in rooms shared with strangers, with communal toilets and showers in appalling conditions.  SYMAAG has launched an emergency appeal: We are going to provide weekly (every Saturday) food, fruit, toiletries, hygiene products, ready-made soup packs, biscuits, chocolate, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and other materials. We need money and volunteers to find supplies and pack them, and drivers to take them to Wakefield.   To donate use this link:
https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-urban-house-asylum-seekers To offer to volunteer, please contact Sarah R in the church office.  Thank you. With our love and support to Manuch and all at SYMAAG for their tireless campaigning.  Sue 

Greenbelt news Sadly GB2020 has been cancelled but Sarah R has made available the recordings of the talks from the past years. You can download and listen to them as individuals, or maybe in a group. You’ll find them on the Greenbelt website. There’s also lots of talks available free on the Greenbelt website. Sarah Colver 

LONGER READ this week is some advice for teachers from both 1879 and 1915, sent by Pauline and Michael Miller – I think you’ll agree that (thankfully) things have changed a little!! 


    1. Teachers each day will fill lamps, and clean chimneys before beginning work.
    2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s session.
    3. Make your pens carefully; you whittle nibs to the individual taste of the children.
    4. Men teachers may take one evening a week for courting purposes or two evenings to attend church regularly.
    5. After ten hours in school, you may, spend the remaining time in reading the bible or other good books.
    6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly, conduct will be dismissed.
    7. Every teacher should lay aside, from each pay, a goodly sum for his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society.
    8. Any, teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool and public halls or gets shaved in a barber’s shop, will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity, and honesty.

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    1. You will not marry during the term of contract.
    2. You are not to keep the company of men.
    3. You must be home between the hours of 8pm and 6am unless attending a school function.
    4. You may not loiterdown townin ice cream parlours. 
    5. You may not travel beyond the city limits without the permission of the chairman of the board.
    6. You may not ride in a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.
    7. You may not smoke cigarettes.
    8. You may not dress in bright colours.
    9. You may not under any circumstances dye your hair.
    10. You must wear at least two petticoats and your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches (5crn) above the ankle.
    11. To keep the school room clean, you must sweep the floor at least once daily, scrub the floor with hot soapy water at least once a week, clean the blackboard once a day and start the fire at 7am so that the room is warm when the children arrive.

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