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Notices for Sunday 13 December, the Third Sunday of Advent

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Advent and Christmas Services The full list of Advent & Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December and on our website. There will be no ticketing for capacity Christmas services: Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols. Due to popular demand we will be holding two Parish Carol services on Christmas Eve at 4.30pm & 7.00pm. The Crib Service on Christmas Eve will be at the earlier time of 1.30pm. Doors open 45 mins before the services start and as the church is often full we encourage you to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

Today/BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship: Paying Attention, considering where God in Christ is to be found, and how to develop the practice of attention in seeking Christ in others. The preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Either join us in church at 7.45am or listen on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s for the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.

Today/Children’s Programme – C-Club meets after the 10am service in the DSC.

Today/The Advent Booklet, “Experiments in Hope“, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, is available (including a large print version). With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas. Suggested donation £3.

This week/Archer’s Christmas Dinner 17 December, 7.30pm This year’s Archer’s Christmas Dinner will be at the Union Jack Club on Thursday 17 December starting at 7.30pm. Please book with Michael Moran as soon as possible to buy your ticket, via the Parish Office.

This week/Saturday 19 December, Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Christmas Party: Thai & Table Football. Join us for a Thai meal at Busaba in Bloomsbury (£20 set menu) at 6pm, followed by table football at Café Kick in Finsbury (free to play! www.cafekick.co.uk) from 8.30pm until late. You are welcome to come to either or both parts of the evenings. Please let us know at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com so that we can confirm bookings!

Thank you everyone who supported the 89th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields which was broadcast last week. If you missed the Appeal or BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference with Aasmah Mir (which explains how the money is used) you can listen again on BBC iPlayer. Our volunteers are now opening the post and counting the donations. We’ll let you know how we are doing before Christmas.

On Sunday 20 December there will be a Cake Stall at the after service Coffee Break. It will be run by the Pilgrimage in support of the Connection’s invaluable work for homeless people at Christmas. Please bring or buy cakes, pastries etc.

The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 22 December at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 23 December in Café in the Crypt. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Healing at St Martin’s St Martin’s holds over 20 healing services a year, yet this vital ministry is not well understood. If you would like to learn more about the theology and the practicality of the laying on of hands and anointing, or if you feel called to this ministry, please mark your diaries for 12-1.30pm on Sunday 10 January. Sam Wells will speak, and members of the Healing Team will talk about their experiences. If you are interested, please contact Will Morris (william.morris@smitf.org) so that he can send you some (short!) reading material.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond): application forms for our popular annual retreat are now available – email Andrew.Bennison@smitf.org for a copy. We will be returning to Hilfield Friary in Dorset on 22-24 January 2015, to explore the theme of ‘Life Together’. Cost £90 for the weekend. Spaces limited.

The Politics of Christmas Read the Theos report written by Stephen Holmes encouraging us to look to the Gospels’ message of justice and freedom for all. www.theosthinktank.co.uk

Save the date: The Silent Retreat for 2016 will take place at Pleshey Retreat House 26-28 February. More details to follow.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. During this time of heightened security please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff. St Martin’s takes security seriously and all of our staff are regularly trained in the evacuation of the premises. In church, 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! We look forward to welcoming all of our visitors over this Advent and Christmas season.

St Stephen Walbrook See ststephenwalbrook.net for full details of programme.

The Diocese of London has commissioned Capital Mass to co-ordinate and draw together local and diocesan wide responses into the immediate and long term needs caused by and brought to our attention through, the Syrian Refugee Crisis. To find out more go to: www.capitalmass.org.uk/refugee-response

We’ve launched Building Futures, the campaign to raise £4.5m to secure the future of St Martin’s. As part of Building Futures, there is a new timeline on our website, www.smitf.org. Take a look at some of the key moments from our history. If you would like to make a gift to support the campaign, pick up a Building Futures envelope or go to www/smitf.org/support-us.

We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The ChildLine Helpline is 0800 1111.