Hear, question and explore faith in one of our group courses.
Lent Study Programme
Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert
Wednesdays 17, 24 February, 2, 9, 16, 23 March, 6.30-8.45pm in church
The 4th and 5th century Desert Fathers and Mothers offer a message of profound simplicity and depth. Join us as we journey together into their desert of wisdom this Lent to rediscover some of the most vital truths about our lives and faith.
Each Wednesday in Lent we invite you to join us for our Bread for the World informal Eucharist where we will be taking the wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers as the theme for reflection. This will be followed by a simple Lenten supper before we divide into groups to share thoughts and our own responses to this desert wisdom.
We will be using former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’ book Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert as our guide. With him we will explore the extraordinary wisdom that comes with this desert spirituality, much of which resonates so strongly with aspects of our own modern spiritual search.
- How can we discover the truth about ourselves?
- How can we live in relationship with others?
- What does the desert say about recognising our priorities?
- How do we learn to pray?
- How can we create a fearless community?
Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story
What does it mean to follow Jesus today? How can I deepen my faith in God?
This programme of hour-long gatherings over three terms covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse. It uses fine art paintings that can be found on St Martin’s doorstep as a springboard for exploring these two questions.
Autumn 2015 programme
Sunday 4 October:
Creation Genesis 1 / ‘God the Father’ Italian Florentine
Sunday 11 October:
Fall Genesis 2 / ‘Adam and Eve’ Jan Gossaert
Sunday 18 October:
Abraham and Isaac Genesis 22 / ‘Abraham and Isaac’ Johann Olivier
Sunday 25 October:
The Exodus and Giving of the Law Exodus 14 / ‘Moses Writing the Book of Genesis’ JMW Turner
Sunday 8 November:
Exile and The Psalms Psalm 137 / ‘By the Waters of Babylon’ Philip Calderon
Sunday 15 November:
The Prophets 1 Kings 19 / ‘Landscape with Elijah and Angel’ Gaspard Dughet
Sunday 22 November:
The Annunciation Luke 1 / ‘The Annunciation’ Fra Filippo Lippi
All sessions are from 12.00-1.00pm.
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Baptism and Confirmation
Each year courses are provided for both young people and adults who wish to prepare for Baptism and Confirmation, or for Confirmation alone if the person is already baptised. Courses take place on Sunday mornings from 12.15-1.15 (after the Parish Eucharist) and usually begin in March preparing for Confirmation by the Bishop which usually takes place in May or June. If you or your child would like to be baptised or confirmed, please let a member of the clergy team know. Registration takes place in January- February each year.
The Cloak is St Martin’s network of small groups. St Martin’s has a diverse and growing congregation and seeks to live in the light of the welcoming and hospitable charism of St Martin, who shared his cloak with a beggar. A larger congregation challenges us to think creatively about how to nurture each other in our faith and thread our community life together. The Cloak seeks to offer members of the congregation the opportunity to join a small group for prayer, bible study, fellowship and supporting each other in turning our faith into action in the world.
We currently have four groups, Central, South, West and North. If you are interested in joining a group, please download a flyer or pick one up from church and return it to the church office. We can’t guarantee to find you something immediately, but we will do our best, and may be able to suggest a group which you could visit to see what happens there. As the network grows, more spaces will open up.
For more information about the groups, please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly on 020 7766 1102 or via email.