Weekly notices – 3 May 2020

(virtual) flowers donated and chosen by Doreen Godden.Flower bloom

ANNUAL REPORT This year’s annual report is available to read on our website, please visit http://stmarkssheffield.co.uk/minutes-agenda It’s a little different this year, we hope you enjoy reading it.  Sue and Sarah R

PRAYERS A number of people are asking why we are only saying first names in the prayers at present as it means they don’t know who they are praying for. Our services are now on the website and therefore available to a much wider community, so we need to be conscious about confidentiality and respecting anonymity. Prayer is one way of communicating with God and is not intended to be our primary form of communication with one another. Please be assured that if someone from within the congregation is very sick or has died, we will do our best to let you know through other routes. Shan

MARK’S MESSENGER The latest edition of the Messenger will be emailed out to all subscribers on Monday 11 May, as usual it will appear on the website a few weeks later.  If you wish to subscribe, please contact the office for information (and costs).  Sarah R

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is fast approaching! From May 10th – 16th we will need to participate in new and inventive ways of fundraising to replace our usual door to door collections. E-Envelopes: You can email a personalised message to friends, family and colleagues from the Christian Aid website – https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk/ St Mark’s Christian Aid Zoom Quiz: Saturday May 16th 8.30pm for a 9pm start. Put the date in your diary! Encourage friends and family to join your team. Buy your quiz snacks and drinks on your next shopping trip/online delivery! Email [email protected] with your team members names to receive a zoom link! Donations to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stmarksbroomhill 

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 C

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

PCC 5 POINTS from the recent PCC meeting are available on our website. You can view them on the PCC page.

ST MARK’S ‘SLEEP IN’ TODAY (Friday) Everyone is welcome to join in with this fundraiser in aid of the Cathedral Archer Project (CAP) to help them to maintain their support of homeless people in these challenging times. What do I do?

  • Find somewhere different to sleep in your house or garden.
  • You could put a tent up, build a den or sleep in your lounge or any room other than your usual place.
  • Make sure you take appropriate photos to share! (don’t forget to send copies to the office so we can share in next weeks newsletter)
  • Share the link below so that people can sponsor your ‘sleep in’
  • Families can all sleep together and maybe involve pets too!

We are planning a Zoom for 6.30pm TONIGHT, please do join us (contact Maria or the church office for the login details).  Emily Bowes from CAP will tell us what’s happening with them and then we can have a chat – it would be great if you can join us from where you’ll be spending the night! The link for donating is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stmarks-sleepin – please share with anyone who might be willing to sponsor your ‘sleep in’  For further information contact Maria Oliver – [email protected]  Maria

New baby lying on back

MORE BABY NEWS – We are delighted to announce the arrival of Brendan Ian on Easter morning – he’s already attending a few (virtual) services! Ben and Jacque

WE ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST even when we can’t make physical contact and there are many ways of keeping in touch and helping each other. Do you know anyone who’d value a regular conversation by telephone.? No-one should feel isolated.  Please contact the church office if you’d like a call. Clergy Team

FRIENDSHIP CLUB Issue 2 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

GORGEOUS TREE PEONY Wendy Maas has grown an incredible tree peony, we thought you’d like to see the wonderful flower heads. Sue H

MEAL HELP Hospitality and sharing food is an important aspect of St Marks communal life. At present we are looking for people to prepare and deliver a meat free, non-spicy meal to the doorstep of a couple who would benefit from this gift, especially over the next month or so.  Please contact Sarah R in the office or Shan by e-mail for more details. Shan R

MINI-FOODBANK IN GHANA Families in Ghana are currently finding it difficult to feed themselves and their children.  Our link (by funding Abura Literacy School) is enabling us to facilitate a mini-foodbank for the families in the local community.  Most of these families earn their living through selling oranges, or water, and they currently can’t do this.  The children normally receive a hot meal at school, which is currently closed.  Please donate anything you can to enable these families to have food and water at the moment. Rosie Hunt https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/coronavirus-support-ghana

Wicker basket containing small knitted heartsKNITTED HEARTS & FACE MASKS People in the knitting group have been knitting hearts to give to very ill people in ICU as a gesture of love and comfort. A matching heart is given to the relatives. Some of us have also sent them to family members we are unable to see at present.  I have got out my sewing machine and some oddments of cotton fabric and interfacing, and been making some face masks; my sewing machine needs an overhaul, so the results aren’t very professional. These are for if it becomes recommended that we should wear them. I’ve made a few, so if anyone would like one, let me know. Maybe for a donation to Christian Aid? (It’s Christian Aid week next month and many of the fund raising events won’t be possible this year). They are washable.  Jennie Martin  EDITORS NOTE: Jennie has supplied the pattern for the knitted hearts – if anyone would like a copy please contact the office. There are lots of patterns for the masks online if you do a search. Sarah R


UPDATE FROM CERI Most of you will know that I worked at Bwindi Community Hospital in South West Uganda between 2015-2017 and now help to run REACH Bwindi, a UK charity supporting the hospital. People have been asking me how the hospital has been affected by the corona virus pandemic. Confirmed cases remain fairly low in Uganda but the cost of medication and PPE has risen by over 100% and travel restrictions mean that most patients can’t access healthcare unless they live in one of the few villages within walking distance of the hospital. Community nurses have started to deliver medication for long term conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes and HIV to patient’s villages. This will not be an easy task with a large mountainous catchment area, in rainy season and an early curfew! It will also not be an inexpensive task. Please see https://reachbwindi.com/bch-covid-19-appeal/ for more information. If you haven’t been affected financially by the pandemic and can afford to give, then any support would be greatly appreciated.

Couple on their wedding day SAD NEWS Some of you will remember Jane and Anthony Stretton, married here in 2009.  Jane called to say that Anthony died on April 24 from a fall.  Sarah R has her contact details if you would like to be in touch.  Holding them in our prayers.  Sue



Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week –
[email protected] – 0114 266 3613.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 this Google Drive.  There’s also lots of talks available free on the Greenbelt website

If you would like to speak to a member of the clergy please call 

Revd Sue Hammersley on 07904 284853

or Revd Sarah Colver on 07975 689403

FINALLY – One of the ways that people around the world are amusing themselves during lockdown is trying to recreate famous artworks with things they find about the house.  The Rousseau household accepted this challenge a few weeks ago and we thought you might enjoy the results!  Have you had a go at similar?  What new hobbies have you been trying?

Self Portrait by Freda Kahlo

Sympathy by Briton Riviere

Plague Doctor – Wellcome Trust Collections

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