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Notices for Sunday 11 August, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought-provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on/review with your children.

Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.

Sundays in August Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist and 5pm Choral Evensong services will be led by past and present choral scholars ‘The St Martin’s Voices’ through August. The Choir will return on Sunday 8 September. There will be no 6.30pm Evening Services during August.

Choral Wednesdays continue in July and September with the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August. The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.

This week/Organ works The works on our organ have started in church and will run until 7 September. While the team from Walkers who will be carrying out this work will be working around our schedule of services and concerts, there is likely to be a certain amount of noise and activity at other times while we do this important work. You can donate using the cream Organ Appeal Gift Aid envelopes or online using the link http://tinyurl.com/organappeal. You can also give £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Organ Appeal by texting ‘PIPE32 £XX’ to 70070, where XX is the amount you wish to donate.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 14 Aug in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started and we are delighted that Catherine Burton will be running this group for the 0-4ish age group with an assistant. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If you would like to find out more about the crèche do please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102, katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Living the Questions Lunch, next Sunday 18 August Curious about Living the Questions? Missing the animated discussion and fellowship while we take our August-long break? Current participants, interested newcomers, and alumni of Living the Questions are invited to a bring-and-share lunch on Sunday 18 August, 6 St. Martin’s Place, from 12.15 pm. Come share fellowship and food; come share what you’ve discovered, and what you still want to learn! Living the Questions is our DVD-based open discussion group, which encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition, and to live into the answers we discover. Video presentations and discussion resume on 8 Sept with ‘Paul’s Ethics: Radical Equality.’

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00pm.

Club Wednesday and Archers off for the summer Club Wednesday and the Archers are on holiday during the month of August. Enjoy the warm days and mark your calendars for September! Club Wednesday resumes on 4 Sept, with 1pm Choral Eucharist followed by food, fellowship, and slide-show presentation. Archers resumes on 26 Sept, with 7pm Eucharist followed by supper, fellowship, and interactive programme. (Sorry for the error in last week’s announcement! Archers meet on the 4th Thursday of the month.)

Volunteers please! Saturday September 21 Open House London 2013 Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let Caroline Essex or a member of the church and worship committee know either in church on Sundays or via the parish office.

Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? What does it mean to live as a minority group where one’s faith is not shared or comprehended by the majority of people with whom one lives and works? Our Autumn Education Series 2013 seeks to examine what it means to have faith when one’s faith is on a particular frontier, challenged by others and challenging the prevailing culture. Faith on the Frontiers seeks to explore these realities with a leading group of speakers including Stanley Hauerwas, Sam Wells, Mark Oakley, June Osborne, Clare Herbert, Alastair McIntosh, Lord Christopher Patten and Richard Kearney. This exciting lecture series is open to all. There is a suggested donation of £5 for each lecture. Dates for your diary: 23 September, 7, 21 October, 4, 11, 18 November. See leaflet in church today.

Special St Luke’s Tide Events Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith.  Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.

Martin Haigh completed last Sunday’s 100 mile London cycle event in 6 hrs 34 mins. He thanks everyone who sponsored him (and endured all the closed roads around St Martin’s!).

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.

The Connection are fundraising by selling vintage items at a Portobello Road market stall. If you have any antique costume jewellery, lamps, clothing etc. please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or lance.kuhn@cstm.org.uk.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. 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!