Weekly notices – 31 May 2020


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(virtual) flowers donated by Carol Rowe 

Please contact the church office if you have any notices for next week – [email protected] – 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. 

EMAIL WITH SERVICE DETAILS Every Friday an email is sent out with details of the coming week’s Services.  If you aren’t currently receiving this please contact the office by email to request inclusion.  If you seem to have stopped receiving it, also please contact the office.  Thank you! Sarah R 

SAD NEWS  We heard on Thursday morning that Sheena Ritchie died peacefully overnight.  Sheena was known and loved by many at St Mark’s and St Andrew’s URC, and the wider Broomhill Community and will be sorely missed.  We will endeavour to keep you informed but, of course, at this time funerals are restricted to very few attendees so please hold Sheena’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they decide the best way to honour her life and mourn their loss 

PASTORAL CARE AT ST MARK’S We would like to thank Gill McGregor for the many years she generously served as pastoral care co-ordinator for St Mark’s. She has now stood down and following the article in The Messenger earlier this year James Oliver is now taking over from Gill. Both Gill’s retirement and James appointment will be formally marked once we are able to gather together. In the meantime, thank you to both of them. If you could offer some time to support us with pastoral care, please contact Shan for a conversation. Generosity of Spirit James Oliver has written a reflection entitled Generosity of Spirit. It can be found on our website here.  

THY KINGDOM COME in Sheffield Diocese You may like to join in Pentecost Facebook live service with +Pete from Bishopscroft at 10.00am on Sunday 31 May and our Beacon Event at 4pm with Rotherham Minster, join in here (link to Facebook). There are also some great resources and ideas from Churches Together in England especially about finding ways to bring creativity to our lockdown experience. 

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 [email protected] or contacting one of the clergy. Shan 

MARK’S MESSENGER Contributions are invited for the July/August double edition, please contact me before 15 June at [email protected] Rob   

FRIENDSHIP CLUB The latest Issue, number 4, of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, came out on 26 May, edited by Pauline Miller. If you would like to receive this, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind  

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 residentsAlso 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 

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 and you may like to respond….? 

BOOK GROUP Two people have joined the book group to read Rowan Williams’s short book Being Christian. It would be lovely to have some more. If you’d like to join, please let Sarah know at [email protected]  We shall probably start week beginning 7th June. 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. 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  

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. 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 

This week instead of a LONGER read, we have a couple of images to show.  Lu has been doing lino prints, and their latest print is of St Mark’s – we think you’ll agree that they are fantastic.  Do you have some ‘St Mark’s art’ to share? Please email images to the office for possible inclusion in future notices. Sarah R


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