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Notices for Sunday 10 April, the Third Sunday of Easter

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Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. 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 meets after the 10am service in the DSC.

Today/Healing A further session for those interested in exploring the healing ministry will be held today from 12-1.30pm in the Austen Williams Room. Please contact Will Morris (william.morris@smitf.org) with any questions.

Today/Pilgrimage Cake Stall The Connection at St Martin’s Pilgrimage will be selling cakes and pastries 11am–12noon after morning service today on behalf of our extensive work for homeless folk. Please bring some cakes, pastries and biscuits……….and buy some!

Found Something valuable was found in or near the Hall last Sunday, 3 April, after the service. Please speak with Alastair McKay or one of the other clergy if you want to make a claim.

Annual Report and Accounts Copies of the 2015 Annual Report and Accounts are now available. In return for a donation of £3 you can read the vivid picture of everything that has happened at St Martin’s over another blessed and full year. Do read through it, and come along to the APCM on Sunday 24 April with all your questions. It will also be available on the website. In some previous years we have also produced a review of activities: this year we have different plans for sharing updates about the many different activities at St Martin’s: watch this space, and do speak to any member of the PCC.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on 12 Apr at 6.30pm in the Tutu Room (please note change of room). The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 13 Apr in the Café in the Crypt.

Confirmation at St Martin’s Preparation classes for adults will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on: 17 April, 1, 8, 15 May, 5 June. If you would like to join the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) 020 7766 1102.

Friday 22 April, 7pm Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s +) for a tour of the National Gallery. Andrew Carter will be leading us on a tour of the gallery, drawing upon his professional insights as an artist and art teacher. Followed by a drink nearby for those who’d like to stay on afterwards. Free and all welcome. Meet on the Portico of St Martin’s at 7pm. Please let us know (StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com) if you’re coming.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and the Annual Parishioners’ Meeting will be held on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 12noon, St Martin’s Hall. The elections will take place during these meetings for the following positions: 3 PCC members of the English-speaking congregation; 1 PCC member of the Chinese-speaking congregation; 2 Churchwardens. Please note that only those whose names are entered on the current St Martin’s Electoral Roll are eligible to vote, nominate candidates and stand for election themselves. If you would like to stand for election please complete a nomination form (available from a Duty PCC Member on Sunday) and submit a biography and photo by Wednesday 13 April to Chantal Lane (PCC Secretary) via email: Chantal.lane@smitf.org, post: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London,WC2N 4JJ or hand to the Duty PCC Member on a Sunday.

At the APCM we say a huge thank you to Ali Lyon who has served us as Churchwarden for the last six years. If you would like to make a contribution to her ‘leaving’ present you can hand cash or cheques (payable to St Martin’s) to Gail Elkington, Bob Demming or Duncan McCall, or post cheques to the Parish Office. Look out also for cards to sign. And don’t tell Ali!

Thanksgiving Sunday Thank you to all the members of the congregation who have supported our giving campaign ‘A Grateful Heart’ this month. If you are able to join our planned giving programme by making a standing order to St Martin’s, we would be very grateful, or if you would prefer to support through a weekly envelope then please contact the development office, (tel: 020 7766 1168) who will be happy to send you a box of envelopes. We will be offering our grateful thanks at a Thanksgiving Sunday on Sunday 8 May during the 10am service.

The Ethics of Humanitarian Aid in a Time of Crisis, Tuesday 10 May, 7.00-8.30pm Peter Gill will present a paper based on his new book Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid became a Casualty of War. Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Mike Wooldridge, former BBC foreign correspondent. The panel: Matthew Carter (Cafod), Atallah Fitzgibbon (Islamic Relief UK), Fr George Sigamoney (Caritas Sri Lanka), Rachel Carnegie (Anglican Alliance). This event is free and open to all. See flyer for details.

Join the social media team at St Martin’s! After the success of broadcasting last year’s Advent services, which were watched by 3000+ people around the world, we will be live streaming our 10.30am Pentecost service on Facebook on 15 May. We need volunteers to join the team and help with operating the camera and engaging with the audience on Twitter and Facebook. Training will be provided. Our aim is to look to broadcasting the Eucharist a few times a year. Speak to Adrian Harris or Katherine Hedderly in church for more details.

More than sixteen guests and volunteers from our Sunday International Group will be taking part in this year’s four-day Pilgrimage to Canterbury, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s. Please support the pilgrimage by giving generously online, using the following link: https://pilgrimage2016.everydayhero.com/uk/sunday-international-group-1.

Parish Away Day Saturday 9 July (Save the Day) At St Mellitus College. The day will be called A School for Prayer. All are welcome. More information to follow.

New pastoral assistant wanted from September 2016 For the last few years St Martin’s has benefited enormously from the gifts of our pastoral assistants, who work with the clergy to help develop congregational life. Each post-holder has brought to the role their own particular gifts of ministry and have found it a fruitful way to discern gifts and direction in ministry. We are looking for a new person to fill this full time 1 year post from 1 September (Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur). If you think this might fit with your own journey of faith and future development in ministry in the church and would like to find out more about this role then please do speak to Richard Carter or Katherine Hedderly and see details on our website www.smitf.org.