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Notices for Sunday 10 March, Fourth Sunday of Lent/Mothering Sunday

News St Martin – Talking Points

Lent at St Martin’s This Lent in our 10.00am Eucharist the preachers will explore our Lent theme Power and Passion. In our 6.30pm Evening Services, members of St Martin’s Community share their reflections and experiences on The Cross, Jesus and Me.

Today/Living the Questions evolves Living the Questions continues with our aim of giving people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience, meeting after coffee, at 12.15 in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. This term’s dates: 10, 17 Mar. All are welcome. Further details: richard.carter@smitf.org

Tomorrow/Lent Study Course 2013 is taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection. This Monday we reflect upon Mrs Pilate.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 13 Mar 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/Quiet Day/Sacred Space in the City/Saturday 16 March 10am-4pm A day to explore sacred space in the heart of the city here St Martin’s. Please give your name to Katherine Hedderly if you would like to attend by emailing katherine.hedderly@smitf.org or by telephone 020 7766 1102. Places limited to 25. A simple lunch will be provided. Cost £5.

Diocesan Lent Appeal 2013 “Street Child World Cup” This year’s appeal has been set up by UK Christian Charity Amos Trust as an exciting global initiative campaigning for street children to receive the protection and opportunities they are entitled to. In 2014 in Rio de Janeiro 16 teams of street children from different countries will come together to play and to highlight the needs of street children around the world. A collection for the Diocesan Appeal will be taken at SMITF on Sunday 17 March.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 20 March at 7.00pm.

Saturday 23 March, 11am, Romero: a Prophet of Peace for our Times St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts an ecumenical service to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The officiant is the Revd Richard Carter and the preacher is Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International. All are very welcome.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 2 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 10, 17, 24 March, 14, 28 April, 12, 26 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 1 June at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Feedback on the 10am Sunday liturgy The Sunday 10am Eucharist liturgy has undergone some changes in the past few months. As we are approaching the half-way point of the 6 month trial, the Church and Worship Committee would like to offer you a chance to give your feedback. For the next four weeks, one of us will be on hand at the front of church after the 10am service. Please do come and let us know what you think. Look out for us on the following dates: 10/3 (Caroline Essex), and 17/3 (Ruth Wooldridge).

Electoral Roll Under the Church Representation Rules, we are required to form a new Electoral Roll in 2013 (as part of the 6 year cycle). Everyone who wishes to be included on the new Roll, whether they are on the present Roll or not, must complete an application form by Sunday 10 March at the latest. Application forms will be available outside the Hall after the 10am Eucharist, or from the back of the church. You can also obtain a form from the Vergers at other times or from the Parish Office (020 7766 1100), or from the Electoral Roll officer (craig.norman@smitf.org). To be on the Electoral Roll, you have to be aged 16 or over, a baptised member of the Church of England (or a church in communion with it) and be resident in the parish or have worshipped here regularly for the last 6 months. Only those who are on the electoral roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year takes place on 21 April.

2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank our Organ Appeal Committee for their continued hard work with this campaign. They have been instrumental in helping us raise over £20,000 towards our £65,000 target. We are now approaching the signing of contracts for the renewal of the main organ, for which work begins on 1st August this year, and the commissioning of a new chamber organ. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support. If you would like to find out more about this appeal, please contact the Development Office on development@smitf.org or any of the Committee Members – Matthew Portal, Giles Andrews, Alastair Anson, Matthew Morrison, David Jackson, Chris Braganza, Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne. There will be a demonstration of the organ for those who would like to see it close-up after the morning service on Sunday 17 March.

Palm Sunday, 24 March, 6.30pm, From Creation to Salvation A special service with readings and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields telling the story of salvation. All are welcome!

Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or lesley.cannon@cstm.org.uk

Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary. If you have one free day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon (lesley.cannon@cstm.org.uk or 020 7766 5522).