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Notices for Sunday 12 January, The Baptism of Christ

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group takes place today in the Austen Williams Room and on the following Sundays: 28 Jan, 9, 23 Feb, 9, 23 March. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. We will be expanding the crèche to every Sunday soon, so watch this space.

Today/Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults, followed by biscuits and fun!

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/12 January begins a new season of ‘Living the Questions,’ our DVD-based open discussion group that queries the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers. Our opening topic: ‘Loving the Questions!’ Each Sunday session (12.15-1.45pm, Austen Williams Room, Vicarage ground floor – just ring the bell) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or join us for the whole series. See flyer in church or contact john.falcone@smitf.org for details.

This week/Joyce Higgins RIP A former member of St Martin’s passed away. Her funeral will be at 12noon on Tuesday 14 January at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.

This week/The Meditation Group will meet on Weds 15 January at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/Join St Martin’s Voices for a concert of stunning choral music. On Thursday 16 January at 7.30pm ‘Hallelujah! A Baroque Choral Celebration’, an invigorating Baroque programme including works by Bach, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, and Handel’s masterpiece Hallelujah Chorus. For a special 25% discount on tickets to either concert please phone the box office on 020 7766 1100 and quote VOICES25.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 22 Jan in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Saturday 25 January, 11am Li Tim Oi Anniversary Service Join us for this service celebrating 70 years of the priesting of Florence Li Tim Oi, the first woman to be ordained priest in the Anglican Church. The service will be led by Revd Frances Shoesmith, granddaughter of Bishop Hall who ordained Li Tim Oi and the preacher will be Revd Canon Edidah Mujinya, President of the Mothers Union in Uganda, and one of the first alumnae of the Foundation. All are welcome

On Homelessness Sunday/26 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 Richard Carter

Also on January 26/Join us at 6.30pm where in place of our usual service we are proud to host GLASSHOUSE, an interactive theatre experience produced by Cardboard Citizens, who work to change the lives of homeless and displaced people through theatre and performing arts. GLASSHOUSE is a story about family, love, and life on the streets. It is a different kind of theatre, where audience members are allowed to enter the action and test out scenarios for positive change, as we share in the company’s learning and understanding of the issues faced by homeless people. All are welcome to attend (both homeless and housed). Free.

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

Weekly email A few people have told us that they aren’t receiving the weekly email when they should be – particularly Gmail users. If you think you are subscribed but aren’t getting them, please contact Marc at marc.gascoigne@smitf.org for advice.

The Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) AGM is on Monday 20 January, 6pm for 6.30pm at Crown Court Church of Scotland, Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5EZ. This is followed by a panel discussion on “The Christian Response to Immigration Policy” followed by a reception. All are very welcome.

St Paul’s Cathedral Patronal Festival, Saturday 25 January Children’s activities (crafts, banner making, drama, prayer zone) 2-4 p.m., sung Eucharist 4.30 p.m. You need to book for the children’s activities but not the Eucharist. Contact Janet Marshall, jmarshall@stpaulscathedral.org.uk 0207 246 8353. Please let John Falcone know if you are planning to go, john.falcone@smitf.org

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.

The Parish Pipeline email goes out once a week with stories and information from around St Martin’s. Subscribe on www.smitf.org or by emailing marc.gascoigne@smitf.org.

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.

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.

Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.