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Notices for 1 September 2013, Fourteenth Sunday After Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points
Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings  A guide to the Scripture-readings with word-search and colouring pages is available from the Stewards.
 
Today/9:30am Children’s Program Every first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets half an hour before the 10am service for a special ‘Getting to Know the Church’ programme.  This Sunday:  ‘Meet the Vergers!’  The programme for Sunday, 7 Oct will be ‘Meet the Bell-ringers!’  On these Sundays, there are no after-service children’s activities.
 
This week/Organ works  The works on our organ will run until 7 September. You can donate  to this essential work by using the cream Organ Appeal Gift Aid envelopes or online using the link http://tinyurl.com/organappeal.  You can also give £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Organ Appeal by texting ‘PIPE32 £XX’ to 70070, where XX is the amount you wish to donate.
 
Would you like to read in church? We are hoping to add to the number of those who read the lessons at the 10.00am and 6.30pm Sunday services at St Martin’s. If you are interested please inform Gay Catto: cattogay@gmail.com. There will be a training session for new readers on Sunday 15 September straight after the 10.00am Eucharist with Revd Richard Carter.
 
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 4 Sept at 7.00pm. 
 
This Week/Club Wednesday meets this week on 3 July, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place.  Ruth Hutchinson will give a talk about her recent travels in the South Seas.  All are welcome to attend! 
 
On Thursday 5 September, Revd Will Morris will begin a five week series of Lunchbreak talks on “A Theology of Everyday Things”.  This series of talks focus on how the Parable of the Talents might relate to the everyday situations in which we find ourselves at work.  Each week one of the characters from the parable will be focussed on — as well as the talents themselves. The service begins at 1 pm and ends by 1.30. A simple lunch is available afterwards.
 
Crèche at St Martin’s  Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 8, 22 September.  We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. 
 
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), General Planning Meeting, 8 September, 12noon, Tutu Room Please come and share ideas for forthcoming Open Circle events in the Autumn 2013.  Those that wish to are invited to go out for lunch after the meeting.  If you can’t make the meeting please do email in ideas for next term to StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com so they can be fed in to the programme.  Also, circle the date and time 21 September, 7 pm for the next Open Circle event.
 
Central London Cloak Group Expanding:  The Cloak is St Martin’s network of small groups for Bible study, prayer, and spiritual growth.  Our Central London group (every other Wednesday at St Martins, 6:30 pm) is expanding.  Beginning 11 Sept, we will be reading and comparing Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and Acts.  Contact john.falcone@smitf.org for more information.
 
Holy Cross Sunday 15 September 2013  at our 6.30pm service we will be focusing upon the meaning of the cross and dedicating St Martin-in-the-Fields’ inspirational new Processional Cross by sculptor Brian Catling. All are welcome to join us for this special service.
 
Volunteers please! Saturday September 21 Open House London 2013  Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let Caroline Essex or a member of the church and worship committee know either in church on Sundays or via the parish office.
Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers  What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? This exciting lecture series begins on 23 September at 7.00pm with Mark Oakley, Rosemarie Mallett and Clare Herbert talking about faith: On the Frontiers of a World City. Other dates for your diary: 7 Oct- June Osborne; 21 Oct- Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells; 4 Nov- Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov- Lord Christopher Patten;  18 Nov-Richard Kearney. 
 
St Martin’s International Group We are looking for 20 volunteers from the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields to begin a new initiative from 6 October providing welcome and hospitality once a week for some of the homeless and destitute migrants, refugees and non EU foreign nationals who use our church. We would like to develop our church’s long term commitment to those who are homeless or stateless, by undertaking face to face work with individuals who are on our doorstep and regularly in our pews. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one Sunday a month meeting at the Connection from 1.00pm-4.30pm to help provide, lunch, access to  facilities and to build understanding. More information  and application forms for those wishing to apply to become volunteers are available from Revd Richard Carter,  Sarah Crompton and the Parish Office. Application forms must be returned by Sunday 15 September for the selection process. There will be a briefing session for the volunteers selected on Sunday 29 September at 1.30pm and the first training for volunteers on Wednesday 2nd October at 6.30pm at The Connection.    
 
All Saints Fulham, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs/Sunday 29 September 6.00pm  The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong. Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern. 
 
Special St Luke’s Tide Events  Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith.Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God.  Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark.  All are welcome.  Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.

St Martin’s International  Group We are looking for 20 volunteers from the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields to begin a new initiative from 6 October providing welcome and hospitality once a week for some of the homeless and destitute migrants, refugees and non EU foreign nationals who use our church. We would like to develop our church’s long term commitment to those who are homeless or stateless, by undertaking face to face work with individuals who are on our doorstep and regularly in our pews. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one Sunday a month meeting at the Connection from 1.00pm-4.30pm to help provide, lunch, access to  facilities and to build understanding. More information  and application forms for those wishing to apply to become volunteers are available from Revd Richard Carter,  Sarah Crompton and the Parish Office. Application forms must be returned by Sunday 15 September for the selection process. There will be a briefing session for the volunteers selected on Sunday 29 September at 1.30pm and the first training for volunteers on Wednesday 2nd October at 6.30pm at The Connection.    All Saints Fulham, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs/Sunday 29 September 6.00pm  The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong. Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern. Special St Luke’s Tide Events  Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith.Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God.  Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark.  All are welcome.  Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.