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Notices for Sunday 11 May, Fourth Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/We welcome Revd Lindsay Meader, Associate Rector at St James’s Piccadilly as our preacher at the 10am Parish Eucharist.

Today/Christian Aid Week 11-18 May Christian Aid’s work all around the world to end poverty depends on generous giving during this important week. Envelopes will be given out at St Martin’s on Sun 11 May and throughout the week. The collection on Sun 18 May will be for Christian Aid. Please give generously by filling these envelopes and your details if your donation can be gift aided.

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/Children’s Programme – C-Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults.

Today/Refreshments after the 10am service today will be taking place in the Gallery, and not the Hall. Please turn left at the bottom of the stairs to the glass pavilion, enter the café ahead of you and turn right for the Gallery.

Today/Sam Wells is away today, preaching at three different churches in Somerset. Katherine Hedderly is away, preaching at St John’s, Notting Hill. Richard Carter will be on a clergy training course from Monday-Friday.

This week/Visit by Revd Mark Kinder Mark is with us for a fortnight from Monday 12 May, observing what it means to be an inclusive church. Please make him welcome as he leaves behind in Walsall his family, friends and parish to be with us to exchange his story with our stories.

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The deadline to apply for an audition for the choir is 12 May 2014, and the new choir will sing its first service in July. If you know any children aged 7-13 who are interested, we’d love to hear from them! Please email

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets 14 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more info, contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

St Martin’s Community Cricket Come and support the team at its first match of the season in a new fixture against St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon, at 2pm on Saturday May 17 at Battersea Park, pitch 2, to the West of the Park near Albert Bridge Gate. (Metered) parking is available.

Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 18 May, 1 June. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

There will be a cake stall after the morning service next Sunday 18 May on behalf of this year’s CSTM Pilgrimage to Canterbury. Please bring or buy cakes, pastries etc and support our work with homeless people. Any offers or queries to Roger Shaljean via the Parish Office.

Living the Questions Our second term begins on May 18 with ‘Biblical Models for Restoring Relationships.’ Explore the three great Biblical narratives that shape our Christian perspective: Bondage and Liberation, Exile and Return, Sin and Forgiveness. Each session (12.15-1.45pm in 6 St Martin’s Place) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or take in the whole series. Future dates: 1, 15, 29 June; 13, 27 July; 10 Aug. Contact for details.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Earth Day Celebration, Monday 19 May, 7 pm, Austen Williams Room. Open Circle hosts a film screening and theological discussion about the spirituality of environment. Formal launch of our spirituality and sustainability group. Participate in developing a Harvest Festival prayer service about spirituality of the environment. All are welcome. For more info, email

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

Is there a Single Agenda? A morning designed to explore together issues surrounding being single as members of the Body of Christ. We aim to cover a range of experiences of singleness – the widowed, separated, divorced, young, old or middle aged, long- or short-term single by chance or design. Saturday 31 May, 9.30am-1.00pm, St Martin’s Hall. Flyer available today or speak to Martin Haigh or Rod Beadles. Places are limited.

SAVE THE DATE/Our Parish Away Day 2014 will be held on 12 July 2014, 10am-4.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prince Consort Road. Feeding the 5000: Gathering, Listening Responding Sharing. A day for all the parish with a picnic in the park.

Corrymeela Conference and Weekend, 12-14 September 2014, flyers & application forms available in church today, more info at

Sponsor St Martin’s Sunday International Group for The Connection’s Pilgrimage Members of St Martin’s Sunday International Group will be joining the pilgrimage from London to Canterbury for The Connection at St Martin’s where the group is hosted each week. The Sunday International Group was set up to provide hospitality and welcome for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are facing destitution in London. All donations will go to The Connection at St Martin’s.

Friends Concert, Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm Once again the Belmont Ensemble and St Martin’s Voices conducted by Peter Dyson and Andrew Earis, joined by pianist Costas Fotopoulos, give a concert in aid of the Friends. The programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 in A, Ave verum corpus and the Requiem. Tickets are available from the box office. We are grateful to Peter for his continued support of the Friends.

Saturday 31 May, 7.30pm: A performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Constanza Consort and soloists at Cadogan Hall. Sarah Crompton, Martin Haigh, Anna Yew and Andrew Aitken will be performing with the Constanza Chorus. Tickets (£12, £15, £20) can be booked directly at or by phone on 020 7730 4500.