Nurturing community is an important aspect of St Mark’s. We offer a social and events programme to provide members of the congregation with the opportunity to get to know each other outside formal worship times and to develop supportive relationships and friendships. The events are aimed at all members of the congregation, be they young or old, married, single, couples, with families, etc, and often complement the events specifically aimed at these groups (see menu of activities on the right). Most, but not all, are organised through a newly established Social and Events Committee. Current social events include intermittent Sunday lunches after the Parish Eucharist, Agape’ (fellowship) meals, cinema trips, walks, Parish Weekends and Away Days, as well as a discussion group called ‘Living the Questions’.
At 12.15 pm on some Sundays there is a lunch cooked by different members of the congregation. Those who’ve been at the 10.00 am service are invited to stay but some people come specifically for lunch. Numbers tend to be around the 10-20 mark. It’s a chance to get to know people better and to enjoy a good meal together. There are always vegetarian and gluten free options. If you would like to come or indeed to contribute to the cooking, please contact email@example.com.
Fancy a chat and a chance to get to know people a little bit better, possibly over a crossword? Kim and Mike will be in The Stags Head Pub on Psalter lane from 7:30 pm till 9 pm on a Thursday towards the end of each month – upcoming dates are 23rd June, 28th July. Kim’s Mob 07967-829561
We meet at the Showroom in Sheffield to watch a film and also for food / drinks afterwards. Currently the night and frequency varies. We watch a range of films, from special interest ones to major blockbusters. Details of the film are provided in the blue weekly news sheet (see the weekly update section of the website).
We’ve started to organise monthly walks – nothing too strenuous; just a nice Sunday afternoon stroll. These have currently been less regular, but if you’re interested in this sort of thing, let Anne in the office know who will put you in contact with the relevant person.
These are extended opportunities to spend time together in worship and study, including lots of discussion, fun, art and craft activities, music and games.
Activity Days are advertised in the Special Events Calendar.
‘Living the Questions’ is a discussion group that was initially inspired by the Bible series of the same name, but which now uses a broader range of material to inspire in-depth discussion about the nature of faith. We have looked at texts by Marcus Borg (such as ‘Embracing an Adult Faith’), discussed sermons that have struck a particular chord with group members, and explored a range of other issues which the group feels are relevant. The purpose of the group is two-fold: to allow all who attend to explore issues more deeply in an informal and completely non-judgmental setting; and to provide mutual support and friendship to members. Each part of the purpose is as important as the other.
We meet monthly – on a Wednesday evening – usually in the Upper Room at Church. Whilst age is not a criterion for attending, it may be helpful to know that current members are in their 30s and 40s.