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Notices for Sunday 13 April, Palm Sunday

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Today/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: 13, 20 April, 4, 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, or of course stay for part of the session.

Today/Palm Sunday 9.45am/10am Today we mark the beginning of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession, led by a donkey, with the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. We meet at the steps behind Admiralty Arch near the British Council building where the procession begins at 9.45am. For those who are not joining the procession the service in church begins as usual at 10am, when we greet the arrival of the procession and read the Passion Gospel.

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/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/Palm Sunday There will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers after the 10am service. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help with the flowers on Easter Saturday 19 April from 9.30am in church.

Today/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Open Circle Corner, St Martin’s Hall. An informal ‘open house’ where the Open Circle shares with the St Martin’s community our future events. Learn about what we do and how you can get involved. We also will be selling cakes and craft creations to support Earth Day celebration in May; come and find out more about it.

Today/Living the Questions Our final Spring Term session of Living the Questions is today. ‘Out into the World: Being Progressive and Christian’ will run from 12.15-1.45pm in the Austen Williams room. Contact john.falcone@smitf.org for details.

Today/6.30pm, From Creation to Salvation A special service with readings and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields telling the story of salvation. All are welcome! Details of all our Holy Week services are available in the Parish Pipeline or the Whole Site Brochure, on the website and on the flyer at the back of church.

Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course concludes on Monday 14 April at 7pm.

This week/Tuesday 15 April, join us at 7.30pm for a performance of Fauré’s Requiem, sung by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Tickets available from the Box Office or at www.smitf.org

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 16 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/The Meditation Group will not be meeting on Wednesday 16 April. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7 May at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/Holy Saturday On Saturday 19 April we will be polishing the sacred vessels and preparing the church for the Easter services from 10am-12 noon; all helpers most welcome.

Easter Sunday If you are coming to the early morning Easter Vigil Service please bring a handbell, whistle or rattle. This is to swell the cacophony of sound that heralds the proclamation “CHRIST IS RISEN”!! Also bring them for the 10.00am service on Easter Day.

Next Archers will be on Thursday 1 May. Save the day! The evening will begin at 7.00pm with Eucharist followed by a May Day Supper and discussion.

A session on the proposed changes to deepen and broaden the pattern of worship resulting from the St Martin’s Action Plan will be held after the 10am service on Sunday 4 May in the Hall. Coffee will be served in the lightwell.

The Art of Peacebuilding, Wednesday 7 May, 7.00-8.30pm at St Martin’s Dr Sam Wells will be in conversation with Marcia Owen, a community activist with an extraordinary ministry to families and perpetrators in the wake of gun violence. Marcia and Sam will be talking about guns, death, laws, grief, reconciliation, forgiveness. All are welcome.

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 choir@smitf.org.

Is there a Single Agenda? A morning designed to explore together issues surrounding being single as members of the Body of Christ. Places are limited but the morning will be open to anyone at SMITF with an interest in the topic. 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 if you would like to know more.

SAVE THE DATE/Our Parish Away Day 2014 will be held on 12 July 2014, 10am-4.30, 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.

APCM Congratulations to Rod Beadles and Ali Lyon on their re-election as Churchwardens, to Duncan McCall and Wilson Yu on their election to the PCC, to Bob Demming and Michael Moran on their re-election as St Martin’s Deanery Synod representative and to Adrian Harris, Cathy Miller and Lawrence Warner on their election as St Martin’s Deanery Synod representatives. Thanks to them and continuing thanks to the remaining PCC members: Gay Catto, Stan Chan, Will Charnley, Celia Ellacott, Catherine Jackson, Eugene Ling, Adenike Olufemi and Anirban Roy.