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Notices for Sunday 1 June, Seventh Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Confirmation at St Martin’s We welcome the Bishop of London, who will preside at this year’s service of baptism & confirmation today at 10.00am. This will be a joint service with both our Chinese and English speaking congregations where we welcome and support the adults and young people from our congregations being confirmed. There will be drinks and cake afterwards in St Martin’s Hall to celebrate.

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/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on all Sundays from 1 June. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

Today/Children’s Programme – C-Club will ‘Meet the Grown-ups’ by helping with name tags immediately after the Confirmation service.

Today/Living the Questions Our second term continues with ‘The Prophetic Jesus vs. The Status Quo.’ Each session (12.15-1.45pm, 6 St Martin’s Place) comprises a 20 min video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (every 2 weeks), or take in the whole series. Future dates: 15, 29 Jun; 13, 27 Jul; 10 Aug. Contact john.falcone@smitf.org for details.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 4 June, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Ian Gilchrist will talk about The Corrymeela Community and the upcoming conference Reconciling Enmity. All are welcome.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 4 June at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/On Thursday 5 June, the Choir of St Martin’s will depart for their highly-anticipated tour of the United States. They will sing concerts in Charleston (South Carolina), Durham (North Carolina), Williamsburg and Richmond (Virginia), and St John’s Lafayette Square (Washington DC). They will also sing Eucharist at the Chapel of Duke University, and Evensong at both the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Baltimore and at Washington National Cathedral. Hear the Choir perform works by composers including Vaughan Williams, William Byrd, Herbert Howells and George Shearing in Concert at St Martin’s on Monday 2 June as they prepare for their tour. Tickets are £10 and can be bought at the Box Office.

Pentecost 10.30am On Sunday 8 June the English speaking and Chinese speaking Congregations join together to celebrate Pentecost – the birthday of the Christian Church. Join us as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and God’s call for us all to become witnesses of the Gospel. Afterwards there will be cake in St Martin’s Hall. All are welcome!

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 11 June in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), London Street Art & Graffiti Walking Tour, Saturday 14 June, 12-2pm, free. Come and discover the modern art on our doorsteps! We will jaunt around Shoreditch and Brick Lane seeing the work of Stik, Jimmy C, Ben Eine, the prolific Shepard Fairey and of course the stalwart that is Banksy. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a gallery for the people by the people, all with a professional tour guide. Meet outside Shoreditch High Street station at 11.45am, near the large map. Contact Helen at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.co.uk to voice your interest.

Sunday 15 June, Stewards’ Training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: headsteward@smitf.org or katherine.hedderly@smitf.org. Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.

Our Parish Away Day 2014 will be held on 12 July 2014, 10am-4.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prince Consort Road. Feeding the 5000: Gathering, Listening Responding Sharing. A day for all the parish with a picnic in the park. See the leaflet and form available in church today.

Corrymeela Conference and Weekend, 12-14 September 2014 The original booking quota is full but there are plans to find additional accommodation. Please fill out an application form as soon as possible if you intend to come. More info at www.crestcons.org/ConfSep2014.

Date of this year’s Disability Conference, Saturday 18 October, in St Martin’s Hall. The Key Note Speaker will be Professor John M. Hull, Emeritus professor in Practical theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.

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, Zara Bowness-Smith.

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.

Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. Please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them. If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!

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.