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Notices for Sunday 10 May, the Sixth Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Baptism We are pleased to welcome Georgina Morrison who will be baptised at the 10am Eucharist and we pray for her, her parents and godparents.

Today/No crèche at St Martin’s The crèche will resume next Sunday, 17 May.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. Today we begin work on our summer project for sustainable Christian living.

Today/Sam Wells is preaching at the University of Cambridge.

Today/Christian Aid Week 2015, 10-17 May Christian Aid works with poor communities across the world to bring lasting change to the most vulnerable. Christian Aid envelopes and information will be available in church on Sunday 10 May and throughout the week and the collections on Sunday 17 May will be given to Christian Aid. “Act now, do justice.” Please give generously.

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

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 13 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Thursday 14 May 8pm, Ascension Day Eucharist BBC Radio 4 We are delighted to welcome as our preacher for this service the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby. Music includes Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah sung by the Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers, directed by Andrew Earis. Tickets for this service are available from the vergers. Please arrive in plenty of time for the service (doors open 7.15pm) and be seated in church by 7.40pm or tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 8pm.

This week/Saturday 16 May, 10am-1pm, Come-and-Sing Baroque Choruses Join members of St Martin’s Voices for a workshop on choruses by Handel, Bach and Purcell. Tickets £12 available from the Box Office in person, on 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org

Sunday 17 May, after the 10am Eucharist. Join Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s +) as we take a free tour of John Wesley’s house (one of the finest surviving Georgian townhouses in London), visit Wesley’s Chapel and have access to the Museum of Methodism. Followed by optional Vietnamese lunch. Meet in the Lightwell at 11.40am. For more info and to pop your name on the list please email Ivan at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com

The 2015 Templeton Prize has been won by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche. We are delighted that the prize-giving ceremony will be held in St Martin’s on Monday 18 May at 6pm. A very limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place contact Angela Anderson on angela.anderson@smitf.org 020 7766 1107. The Templeton Prize Exhibition will be on display in the Foyer from 7-25 May.

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 14 June.

Monday 1 June, Planting Seeds for Hope, Pray and Fast for the Climate Starting at 7pm in church, an evening of silence, prayer and collective action. Join in solidarity with people across the planet as we fast and pray for the climate, leading up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris, December 2015. To break fast after the vigil, please RSVP to stmartinssns@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Sunday 21 June, Stewards Training This 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. Please bring something to share.

Parish Weekend 2015, July 10-12 We return to Worth Abbey for a weekend of prayer, reflection and fun. The theme for the weekend will be “Belonging: Belonging to God, Belonging to One Another, Belonging to the Land.” We will be joined by Timothy Radcliffe OP as our special guest speaker. Flyers and application forms are now available in church.

During the weekend of 22–25 May a team of 14 guests and volunteers from St Martin’s Sunday International Group are taking part in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury, walking 74 miles to raise money for The Connection at St Martin’s. We would so appreciate your sponsorship – our donation page can be found online at virginmoneygiving.com/SundayInternationalGroup or please speak to Helen Harris to make a donation in person. Thank you so much in advance.

Revd Will Morris has written a book, Where is God at Work? based on his Lunchbreak talks here at St Martin’s in 2013. All profits will go to St Martin’s. Will has also started a related blog at www.whereisgodatwork.org

Saturday 30 May, 7.30pm: Martin Haigh, Anna Yew and Andrew Aitken will be singing Brahms Requiem at Cadogan Hall with Constanza Chorus accompanied by the London Mozart Players. Tickets (£12-£25) can be booked directly at www.cadoganhall.com or by phone on 020 7730 4500.

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.

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral We have four Parish Passes which members of our congregation may borrow. If you would like to have the loan of a pass then please contact Elinor Newman in the Parish Office.