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Notices for Sunday 10 January, the Baptism of Christ

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Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now 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 Dick Sheppard Chapel.

Today/Healing at St Martin’s St Martin’s holds over 20 healing services a year, yet this vital ministry is not well understood. If you would like to learn more about the theology and the practicality of the laying on of hands and anointing, or if you feel called to this ministry, please come to the Austen Williams room at 12-1.30pm. Sam Wells will speak, and members of the Healing Team will talk about their experiences.

Today/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 17, 24, 31 Jan, 7, 21, 28 Feb, 6, 13 March, 12noon-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. What does it mean to follow Jesus today? How can I deepen my faith in God? Join us for the continuing series of hour-long gatherings over three terms. The programme covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse using paintings that can be found near St Martin’s as a springboard for exploring these two questions. See flyer for more details.

Margaret Badcock RIP Margaret, who was fondly known by many at St Martin’s, passed away on Thursday 31 December. Margaret’s funeral will be held on 14 January at 1.30pm at All Saints Church, Gasbury-on-Wye, Mid-Wales. We will be giving thanks for her life at St Martin’s at our Wednesday Choral Eucharist at 1.00pm, date to be confirmed.

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields is already over the £2.1million mark. Thank you to all our volunteers who have answered calls and opened mountains of post. You can listen again to Sam’s Appeal at charity.stmartin-in-the-fields.org.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 12 January at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/Bread For the World – Wednesday evenings at St Martin’s are where we build our community, through a simple Eucharist with reflections, input from members of the community and groups across St Martin’s. The music is led by the choral scholars. The time in church is followed by a simple soup supper in 6 St Martin’s Place, followed by the opportunity to reflect on and explore the bible together. It’s a great way to be close to God, make friends, pray and explore faith. We continue on Wednesday 13 January at 6.30pm in church, and follow on afterwards at 7.30pm for supper and groups. You are welcome to join all or part of the evening. For more information please speak to Andrew Bennison andrew.bennison@smitf.org 020 7766 1143.

From the Chinese congregation: The International Mission Director of CMS, Mr Paul Thaxter, will come to share in the joint (Mandarin and Cantonese) service at 1.30pm on 17/1/2016 about their mission vision followed by a discussion about their link church and pioneer mission leadership training programmes and their holy land study tour (17-27 Oct 2016). We welcome our brothers and sisters from the English congregation to join us.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 20 January in Café in the Crypt. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Beginning with Bread for the World at 6.30pm in church we will share this informal Eucharist and reflection. This will be followed by a simple Lenten supper of bread and soup and then Listening Groups. Using the Book Silence and Honeycakes by Rowan Williams as our guide we will be exploring the extraordinary wisdom that comes with this desert spirituality, much of which resonates so strongly with aspects of our own modern spiritual searches. The cost of the course is £15 which includes a copy of the book and the study materials. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 10 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23. Application forms now available in church.

Fri 26–Sun 28 Feb 2016 The Silent Retreat “Paying Attention” will take place at the beautiful Chelmsford Diocese Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Jonathan Evens and we will be exploring through art the theme from the Christmas Appeal in relation to prayer inspired by Simone Weil’s words: Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer. The retreat is open to members of the St Martin’s and St Stephen Walbrook communities. Application forms are now available in church. The cost of the weekend is £144. For more information please speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102 katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Save the date: Parish Away Day for 2016 will take place on July 9. More details to follow.

Saturday 23 January, 4.30pm St Paul’s Cathedral Patronal Festival Eucharist with a special focus on the Diocese. The whole service will be aimed especially for children and young people from churches and church schools. Adult members of congregations also welcome! No tickets required but please let Elinor.newman@smitf.org know if you plan to go.

The Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) AGM is on Monday 18 Jan, 6.30pm at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, W1S 1FX. This is followed by a panel discussion on “Mass Migration: Churches’ Role” followed by a reception. All are very welcome.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. During this time of heightened security please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff. St Martin’s takes security seriously and all of our staff are regularly trained in the evacuation of the premises. In church, 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!