Weekly notices & Good Newsletter – 12 April 2020

EASTER DAY We’d love to see photos of your Easter celebration, please send them to the office – office@stmarkssheffield.co.uk for inclusion in next week’s newsletter. Sarah R

GOOD NEWS STORIES People might like to share good news stories, images, poetry and light-hearted items. We will be collated 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

FOOD BANK DONATIONS Please continue to support food banks, obviously we cannot collect at this time so you might like to donate financially. There is an S6 Foodbank spur in Broomhall now being operated by the Broomhall Centre. Sarah R

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. Want to be involved with a telephone tree? No one should feel isolated.  Let’s rise to the challenge! Please contact the church office. Clergy Team


Twins – Angus and Felicity

CONGRATULATIONS to Rhona Watts on the birth of her twin grandchildren, Angus and Felicity last week. The family have been allowed home and are doing well, if a little short of sleep! Sue H

FRIENDSHIP CLUB To keep in touch, Issue 2 of “Let’s Connect”, the Lunch and Friendship Club newsletter, is now being prepared by Jean Baxter. If you would like to receive a copy of Issue 1, please tell Sarah in the church office. Rosalind

A photo of Kat & Lu who have just got engaged.

Kat & Lu



GUESS WHAT?  We have just loved spending time with each other 24/7 that we’ve decided to do it for the rest of their lives! Lu and Kat are engaged! Lu Skerratt


GRASS MOWING Volunteers are needed to join the mowing rota.  You must be fairly fit and able to push a petrol mower across the green multiple times, once a month.  It could be your days exercise, and is certainly better than going to the gym! Please contact me on 07505 992922 or martin.godley@tiscali.co.uk Martin G

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL 11-21 JUNE is now being planned as an ‘Almost the Broomhill Festival’ with resources to be available online, Actual events with minimal outlay are still being planned in the hope they can go ahead. The Festival Website will give more details soon. Sarah C 

BROOMHILL FESTIVAL LUNCH When restrictions are lifted, there will be a big festival fundraiser lunch after the Festival service, focusing on the climate.  Fancy being involved eg, with food or additions? Current ideas include children’s activities, cake competition, plant stall. Home Donations Group

THE HOME DONATIONS GROUP would love new members. It is a great group to be in – choosing which local charities St. Mark’s supports is very uplifting. Only 4 meetings a year. If interested contact via the office. Home Donations Group

RESURRECTION HOPE from the evening of Easter Day for a week, some lights will be on overnight in St Mark’s illuminating our magnificent East Window which faces towards the Hallamshire Hospital.  Although many won’t notice, this is a small sign of solidarity with all who are working through the night at this time. Sue H

A LONGER READ We are hoping to be able to bring you a slightly longer light read occasionally, this week we have a response to last week’s letter from Simba the cat.  Please see below. If you’d like to contribute something please contact me on the office email address. Sarah R

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 or Revd Sarah Colver on 07975 689403

Dear Sue

My mum mentioned that you’d received a letter from a c-a-t, and she suggested that I dictate a short letter to let you know what the lockdown is like for us dogs.

I am lucky to live on the edge of the city with my Mum (Sarah Rousseau), her husband Nick and my good friend Lola the labradoodle; close to lovely countryside for our daily walks.

For those who are wondering, I’m NOT a chihuahua, I’m a miniature pinscher – King of Toy dogs!  I’ve just celebrated my 9th birthday (yes there was cake!), and I’ve lived here for 4 years; before that I lived with a nice family in London.

Life is very different at the moment as Mum is here all the time working in her office at home – she seems to be talking to lots of different people on her mobile and is forever tapping on her two computers!!  There’s lots of talk of service booklets, hymns, newsletters and something which is obviously very important and takes up a lot of time, I’m not sure what it is, but it’s called a website. 

I’m lucky to have a sofa in the office which means I can keep watch and make sure Mum is not working too hard, but when necessary I do jump onto her lap for a quick cuddle – particularly when she has a video call – it’s my job to make sure other people know I’m protecting her at all times.

Lola and I are getting our usual two walks a day, it’s nice to have a morning walk with Mum before she starts work and then in the evening Nick is taking us out again – Lola gets VERY grumpy if she doesn’t get enough walks as she’s a big young dog.

I’m continuing to protect the house from anyone who might be bringing the nasty virus – I might be small but I have a big bark, and when Lola joins in I’m sure no viruses would dare to come round. 

It’s time for a walk now, and Mum has finished work for the day – please say hello to the c-a-t for me – I’m very fond of (chasing) cats, but also a bit scared of them as some are as big as me!

Send my best wishes to everyone at St Mark’s especially John Whitmill who I once barked at – I’m sorry, I was just excited to meet you.

Tea (short for ParTy Hat – don’t ask!)

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