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Notices for Sunday 19 May, Pentecost

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Today/Pentecost, 10.30am Today the English speaking and Chinese speaking Congregations join together to celebrate Pentecost – the birthday of the Christian Church. Join us to0 as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and God’s call for us all to become witnesses of the Gospel. Afterwards there will be shared refreshments in St Martin’s Hall. There is also a special programme for younger members of St Martin’s organised by our new Pastoral Assistant John Falcone. All are welcome!

Today/Pentecost – Young People’s Activities Children and teens are invited to help lead next Sunday’s Final Blessing through readings and the lighting of candles. Afterwards, there will be a 30 minute program of food, games, and learning in the BHMWA Community Centre; all are invited from little ones with accompanying parents to teens. Email for details, or to volunteer to read!

Today/Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May 2013 Today 870 million people are in desperate need of food. This is a scandal. Together, this Christian Aid Week, we can help some of the world’s poorest families get enough to eat. For good. Please bring your donation for Christian Aid today. Information and Christian Aid Envelopes are still available and there will be buckets at the doors as people leave. Please give generously!

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

This week/Friday 24 May, 10.30am, Send Off for The Connection at St Martin’s Pilgrimage to Canterbury The pilgrims will be sent off on their 74 mile journey by Revd Dr Sam Wells. They will be arriving in Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 27 May, where St Martin’s Choir will be singing at Evensong and then for a special pilgrimage service in the Crypt, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly.

This week/Concert in aid of the Friends of St Martin’s, 25 May, 7.30pm Once again Peter Dyson and the Belmont Ensemble of London are generously supporting the Friends through this concert by candlelight. They are joined by Andrew Earis and the St Martin’s Voices in a programme which includes music by Handel, Vivaldi and Bach finishing with the Fauré Requiem. Tickets now available through the Box Office or on line.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 2 June at 10.00am. This will be a joint service with both our Chinese and English speaking congregations. All are welcome to come and support the adults and young people from our congregations being confirmed.

The Melanesian ‘Simply Living’ Mission ends at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and panpipes! All are welcome! Flyers available today!

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 5 June at 7.00pm.

Living the Questions begins again with a new series of studies – Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July. All are welcome to come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm.

St Martin’s Cricket is a’coming in! Four matches – more than we have ever had before – but we do need extra players, male and female. Quality not really vital but nice if poss. Matches on Sunday 9 June at Wandsworth Park, Putney, Sunday 16 June at Barn Elm, and the vital Choir v Rest of St Martin’s match Sunday 23 June at Battersea Park. And then Saturday 27 July v Salisbury Cathedral. Do please recruit family, friends and others! And come back to me as soon as you can. Thanks. Giles Andrews (please contact via the Parish Office).

The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.

The Parish Weekend Away: Disability Awareness We are seeking to make this weekend as accessible as possible to those who would like to come. It would be helpful to know of additional needs in advance so that we can try to meet them. Please put a note of the need or the assistance required with your application form, return it to Elinor in the office and we will contact you to discuss. Priority for transport by minibus will be given.

Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!

Nara Greenway, a Buddhist Nun, will be making a vigil for peace on the steps of St Martin’s from 5-26 May. Every day she will join us Morning Prayer and be praying and fasting for peace on our steps. Nara is concerned about people around the world who are suffering from the effects of violence including in Burma and Sri Lanka and she wants to make this vigil in memory of 117 Tibetans who have immolated themselves.

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.

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!