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Notices for Sunday 11 November, Remembrance Sunday

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today/At 11am we will be keeping 2 minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday.  At 6.30pm our Patronal Festival Service celebrates the life of our patron saint, Martin of Tours and the life of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  The preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells.  The choir will sing a new anthem Teach us to Pray, by Samuel Wells and Andrew Earis, specially commissioned for the occasion, based on the Lord’s Prayer.  The service will be followed by a party downstairs in the Lightwell and St Martin’s Hall with live music, a delicious meal and drinks.  Tickets for the party are available for a minimum donation of £5 from Bronwyn Sanders or Michael Angus.  All are welcome!

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues with our aim of giving people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience, meeting after coffee, at 12.15 in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  Dates: 18,25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details:

Rosy Fairhurst is due to complete her current role at St Martin’s by Christmas, and will be with us a little more in October and November to enable her to go travelling and writing in December.  Rosy’s book ‘Uncovering Sin: a gateway to healing and calling’ will be launched after the 10am service on Sunday 18 November and this will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate Rosy’s time at St Martin’s.  Rosy will preside at the 10am service on Advent Sunday 2 December and this will be her last Sunday with us.

November 18/Sale of secondhand books after the Morning Service.  “Just the usual bargains.”  Further details from Colin Midlane.

Monday 19 November, 6.30-7.30pm, Bach and Buxtehude  A concert of cantatas and motets sung by the new St Martin’s Choral Scholars, directed by Andrew Earis.  Tickets (£10 unreserved) available from the Box Office on 020 7766 1100 or by visiting

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 21 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

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

25 November Stewards’ Advent and Christmas Briefing, 11.30am in the church.  Please do not miss!  Apologies only to Parish Office.

Advent Booklet, “Coming, ready or not!”, with reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, will be available on Sunday 25 November.

Wednesday 28 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 with speakers that include Claire Foster-Gilbert, The Ethics Academy, Rajinder Singh Sandhu, Headmaster the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and Jeremy Sinclair, Chairman M & C Saatchi.  Three minutes silence will be held on the hour throughout the day.

Advent Oasis of Story Telling  If, following the ideas of our autumn education programme, you would like to explore the Christmas Story, in a small group using play, colour, music and prayer please see the flyer on the porch table which is decorated with stars!  (Or speak to Clare Herbert or Ali Lyon).

Saturday 1 December, Advent Procession at St Paul’s Cathedral  We have 25 tickets available to members of the congregation for this service at St Paul’s Cathedral, marking the beginning of Advent with readings and music which describe the Christian journey of faith from darkness to light.  The service starts at 6pm (please be seated by 5.40pm) and will last approximately 60 minutes.  Please contact Angela Anderson by Friday 23 November if you would like tickets (, 020 7766 1107).

9 December Malawi Christmas Stall This year the C-Club Christmas stall will be raising money for the building and furnishing of a new maternity ward for the health centre in Nkasala village, managed by St Luke’s Hospital.  Please come prepared to buy cakes, christmas cards and gifts etc.  Contributions are welcome.  On Sunday 11, 18, 25 November Ann Roberts and Susannah Woodd will be taking orders for Christmas Cakes and specially made Malawi 2013 Calendars.  Find them over coffee to place your order.

Wednesday 12 December, A Service of Thanksgiving for 80 years of the BBC World Service 11am-12noon at St Martin-in-the-Fields led by Revd Dr Sam Wells.  The preacher will be Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.  A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation.  Please email or telephone 020 7766 1107 to reserve a ticket.

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly,