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Notices for Sunday 10 November, Remembrance Sunday/Patronal

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Today/At 11am we will be keeping 2 mins silence for Remembrance Sunday. Children from our C-Club will join Alastair Anson in placing a wreath at our altar before the final blessing.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 24 November, 8, 22 December.

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/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin in the Fields the Disability Awareness Task Group have suggested that we explore a new way of sharing the Peace. So until Advent we are using an “Open-Handed Peace”. We stand with hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours. Why? For some people a hug is horribly invasive, for another with arthritis, or with damaged or swollen hands and arms, the traditional handshake is extremely painful, especially if vigorous! Besides, we become so accustomed to shaking hands that we no longer experience it as a way of receiving the other. So please join us for an open handed peace today and extend the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.

Today/Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival today at 6.30pm, followed by a party in St Martin’s Hall with ceilidh. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, available today, from Bronwyn Sanders or Katherine Hedderly.

Tomorrow/Monday 11 November/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers Lord Christopher Patten, Chair of the BBC Trust and Chancellor of Oxford University was the last British Governor of Hong Kong and is a committed Roman Catholic. In this lecture he will talk about faith on the frontiers of China and all that this means. Chaired by Revd Dr Sam Wells there will be a chance for questions afterwards. All are welcome to attend this very exciting lecture. Final date: 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.

This week/Great Sacred Music, Thursdays at 1.00pm (beginning 14 November) An exciting new thirty-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, with Revd Dr Sam Wells exploring through reading and song the great classical music of our religious heritage. Performed by the St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. All welcome – retiring collection.

Book Sale Next Sunday, 17 November, after the 10am service, there will be a book sale with lots of fiction and theology. Proceeds to charity.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 20 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Wednesday 20 November/Just This Day returns to St Martin’s with a day themed around the importance of stillness and silence in our lives. At 10am there will be an inter-faith event in church where we will keep 30 minutes of silence led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian meditation, followed by a discussion Getting to the Heart of the Matter. Three minutes silence will be held on the hour throughout the day.

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

The Advent Booklet, “Revelation in Exile”, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, will be available from Sunday 24 November. With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, it will also be available daily on our website from Advent Sunday 1 December. Suggested donation £3.

Stewards’ Advent and Christmas Briefing takes place on Sunday 24 November at 11.30am in the church. Please do not miss! Apologies only to Parish Office.

Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.

Harvest Collection Many thanks for all those who so generously made donations to this year’s harvest appeal for the Syria Crisis. We raised £1,611.15 plus gift aid for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Morrison will be becoming Deputy Organist at St Martin’s, in which capacity he will be playing or directing at one or two services a month, working with Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne. Matthew has been a long time member of the choir, has played for many services, and has served as a valued member of the organ committee.

Blanche Tolley Celia Ellacott visited Blanche last Friday and they spent some time chatting. Blanche is wonderfully well looked after and is very happy in her new home. She sends love and good wishes to all St Martin’s friends, with especial thanks to those who sent cards, gifts and messages.

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, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.

Revd Colin Midlane is now assisting at St Paul’s, Bow Common, two Sundays per month during the vacancy there. He asks for your prayers for the parish and his ministry there.

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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.