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Notices for Sunday 11 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 to learn about baptism.

This Sunday/As part of our inclusive welcome at St Martin’s non-alcoholic wine and gluten free wafers will be available from this Sunday in the south aisle as an alternative for those who wish to receive them. This will be in addition to the regular wine and wafers available in that aisle. Please ask when you go forward to receive.

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields is over the £2.1million mark! Thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed. You can read and listen to Sam’s ‘thank you’ message at

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, and music led by the Choral Scholars. The time in church is followed by a simple soup supper in No. 6 St Martin’s Place, followed by the opportunity to reflect on and explore the bible together. You are welcome to join all or part of the evening. For more information please speak to Helen Harris 020 7766 1143.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 13 January at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

On Homelessness Sunday/18 Jan, at 10am we reflect on the increasing rise in the number of people who are homeless in our society and the struggles they face, and explore what the Gospel teaches us about poverty and the longing for home. What is the transformation we are called to make? This year’s collection will be given to help fund the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields International Group which provides hospitality for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Preacher Revd Katherine Hedderly

Choral Evensong 5pm, Sunday 18 January: Full of Years: The Wisdom of Old Age. A monthly choral evensong series explores themes and issues of our time. Preacher Revd Dr Sam Wells. With the Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 21 January in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Thursday 22 January, 5.30pm, Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond). As we enter this election year, join Open Circle to hear Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE discuss The Legacy of Winston Churchill. Meet outside the Museum of London at 5.30pm, for lecture at 6pm. Free. Followed by optional pub visit. For more info:

Sunday 8 February: Giving Sunday This year, during Lent we are asking our congregation to review their giving to St Martin’s. Please join us in church on Sunday 8 February to hear more.

Lent Programme 2015: The Path of Humility, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Our Lent Study Programme in 2015 moves to Wednesday evenings. 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 Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry as our guide we will be reflecting on different aspects of Christ’s humility and his challenge to us. The cost of the course is £15 which includes a copy of the book and the study materials. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 18 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1. Application forms are now available in church.

Completely Beside Ourselves: An evening on Dementia and Faith – Tuesday 24 February 7pm We are currently planning an evening to explore this important experience of life in the context of faith, working with Livability, who are developing practical resources for Dementia Friendly Churches, and Neil Bunker, the Mental Health Liaison Priest for Westminster. We would also like to include input from people with personal knowledge of dementia, either from their own lived experience of the condition or from supporting someone close to them. If you have experience of dementia and would like to contribute to the evening we would very much like to hear from you. Please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102. See leaflet in church.

Friday 27 February–Sunday 1 March /The Silent Retreat “Follow Me” will take place at the beautiful Chelmsford Diocese Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. We will be using the Gospel of Mark to re-discover and renew our own call to be a disciple and explore the adventure, challenge and wonder of that call for each of us. You are encouraged to read the gospel through if you would like to come on the retreat. The cost of the weekend is £144. To sign up please complete the application form available in church today and return it to Elinor Newman via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100. For more information please speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102

Save the date: July 10-12, Parish Weekend 2015 In 2015 we will 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.”

For your prayers We pray regularly for the long-term sick at our Friday 1.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Sibyl Allen, Allan Whalley, Jim Minchin, Zara Bowness-Smith, Adepeju Seriki.