Weekly Notices – Sunday 26 April 2020

Pink flower bloom

(virtual) flowers donated by Margaret Slater, photograph (and flower grown) by Charles Stirling

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

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

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

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

BABY NEWS Cath is now 25 weeks pregnant, with the baby due in early August. We are all very well. Rumours that the baby will be named Covid or Corona are unfounded. Cath and Jonathan Williamson

New baby lying on back Couple with new babyMORE 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. 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

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

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 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK is fast approaching! From May 10th – 16th we will need to think of new and inventive ways of fundraising to replace our usual door to door collections. Christian Aid have lots of resources on their website, including daily live-streamed worship and a daily quiz. We will be hosting a Christian Aid Quiz on Saturday May 16th 9pm via Zoom. Put this date in your diaries!  Encourage friends and family to join your team. Buy your quiz snacks and drinks on your next shopping trip/online delivery in preparation! This promises to be an entertaining evening. We have a fundraising page for donations – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stmarksbroomhill Look out for further updates in next week’s newsletter. Thanks for your support.  The International Committee

TUESDAY NIGHT SERVICE Anne Padget will be conducting a Night Service every Tuesday at 8.30pm.  This will be a simple service in the form of worship such as Sung Compline or Iona, and the service sheet will be visible during the service. The Zoom ID and password will be the same every week – these are available in the weekly email (or by contacting the office).  Anne Padget

ST MARK’S ‘SLEEP IN’ FRIDAY 1ST MAY  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 an appropriate photo to share!
  • Families can all sleep together and maybe involve pets too!

Watch out in the St Mark’s newsletter next week for information on how to donate and for a zoom code for an ‘evening get together.’ For further information contact Maria Oliver – a.oliver833@btinternet.com  Maria

Motorcycle delivery man giving package to another manUPDATE 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.

A LONGER READ This week we have another letter from Simba the cat (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

Fireplace with Easter eggs hung on tree branches in a vase

One final Easter image from Dilys





THE LONG READ – Simba writes againDomestic cat lying under chair in sunshine

 Dear Sue and all the St Mark’s team, and congregation

I am very touched that my first letter to you appeared in the Good Newsletter- and provoked a reply from a d-o-g! I was not sure that there was any intelligent life inside the heads of d-o-g-s, but as I think that Tea (there must be a good story there!) and I could be about the same size and weight, I will generously offer  a truce  and enjoy the correspondence with any animals that would like to join us.

I have enough responsibilities in defending my territory here across several gardens from neighbouring, and usually larger, cats , a fox and the occasional frog  that I don’t need to open another front. I also want to be able to enjoy the sunshine of recent days and to come. I love this time of year, with the super-sized moon for the nocturnal animals’ festivities, children and parents camping out in their gardens, and washing being dried over the chairs in the back yard. I have my own special tent underneath.. until the sheet falls down on top of me, as here. I can’t get the staff I deserve!

I also like having a dust bath. This is a long standing and well-kept secret so you are very privileged to be let into the knowledge. A good dust bath takes weeks of dry weather to create, patient human gardeners to respect it and all other cats and b-i-r-d-s to leave it well alone. I have a lot of relaxing fun, my coat is refreshed in a miraculous way that leaves no dirt at all. I’m certainly not telling you why not!

I have much appreciated the Zoomed Easter services – mainly because I can rely on Sandra and Gill to be quietly ensconced in front of a computer, allowing me a decent nap undisturbed. The resumption of something called ‘work’ has also helped to keep Sandra and Gill tapping away and talking on the phone seriously rather than with family and friends. Maybe a bit of routine re-appearing to plan my day better?

All very best wishes to you all. Take good care – even you Tea (at least I had one responsive reader!)   SIMBA

Domestic cat lying on its back in garden


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