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Notices for Sunday 1 December, Advent Sunday

News St Martin – Talking Points

Changes to services during December  During Advent, there will be no Choral Evensong on Sundays and no 6pm Evening Prayer in the DSC on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays our Choral Eucharist service at 1.00pm will continue as usual but there will be no 5pm Choral Evensong services or 6.15pm Holy Communion services. The Thursday 6pm Holy Communion service will also not take place.

Advent and Christmas Services Advent begins today and our Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm Revelation in Exile explores in words and music our Advent theme. Our preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s. The full list of Advent and Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December and on our website. There will be no ticketing for capacity Christmas services: Advent Carols, Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols. We will be opening the doors at 5.45pm and as the church is often full do arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets on first Sundays at 9.30am. Today we prepare for Advent! No children’s programme after the 10am service.

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings, including word-search, colouring pages and crayons, is available from the Stewards.

Today/We will be giving thanks for the life of Elizabeth Mensah during the 10am service and welcome her family who join us today.

Today/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin-in-the-Fields the disability awareness task group have encouraged us to explore a new way of sharing the Peace. You are invited to join us in an ‘Open-Handed Peace’. We offer our hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours, as we share the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.

Today/The Advent Booklet, “Revelation in Exile”, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, is available today (including a large print version). With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, it will also be available daily on our website from Advent Sunday 1 December. Suggested donation £3.50.

Today/Prayer for healing We will be setting aside the Dick Sheppard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing. A member of clergy and a lay minister will be available to pray with you.

Today/Cake Stall The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride is running a cake stall after the 10am service, on behalf of their work and support for the Connection at St Martin’s. Do come and buy or bring any donations that day. Enquiries to Roger Shaljean

This week/Oasis for Advent and Epiphany Make space in the Christmas rush for Bible reading, reflection and creative activities on three evenings, Monday 2 December, Thursday 12 December and Monday 6 January, 7-9pm. Please see flyers for details, £5 donation towards costs. Places are limited – if you are interested please contact Angela Anderson as soon as possible, email angela.anderson@smitf.org or phone the Parish Office on 020 7766 1100.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 4 Dec in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

This week/Club Wednesday meets next on Wednesday 4 December, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. And then there will be a chance to share Christmas poems. Bring your favourite! All are welcome to attend!

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Weds 4 December at 7.00pm.

This week/Great Sacred Music, Thursdays at 1.00pm An exciting new thirty-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, with Revd Dr Sam Wells exploring through reading and song the great classical music of our religious heritage. Performed by the St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. All welcome – retiring collection.

Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 8, 22 December.

Christmas Gifts!/8 December Malawi Christmas Stall Next Sunday the popular C-Club Christmas stall returns and will be raising money for St Luke’s Hospital in Malawi. Please come ready to buy cakes, Christmas cards and gifts, all prepared by our creative C-Club families!

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Christmas Party, 14 December, 6.30 pm. What more could you want in the lead-up to Christmas than noodles and ping pong? Dinner at 6.30pm, Ping Pong at 8.30pm; join us for either or both parts. Cost of ping pong: £5. Email Helen at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com to be put on the guest list!

Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.

Carol Singing with The Connection on the evening of Monday 16 December at Oxford Circus tube station. This December, The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields are inviting you to come and Carol Sing with them. A staff member from The Connection will meet you at 6.30pm with Carol Sheets, T-shirts and collection buckets, and the carolling will last for about an hour. If you are interested, please call Sonja Ashbury on 0207 766 5555, or email sonja.ashbury@cstm.org.uk, to confirm your attendance. Many thanks.

For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.

The Parish Pipeline email goes out once a week with stories and information from around St Martin’s. Subscribe on www.smitf.org or by emailing marc.gascoigne@smitf.org.

Regular Giving Have you considered giving in a planned way to your church? Are you already giving in a planned way and are considering changing the amount you give? If you answer ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ then please contact Rod Beadles in person or via the church office. He will be delighted to see you, answer your questions and help you through the (very easy) process.

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.