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Notices for Sunday 13 January 2013, The Baptism of Christ

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Living the Questions evolves Living the Questions continues in January 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. As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials. This term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar. All are welcome to come along. Further details:

Tomorrow/Monday choral concerts, 6.30-7.30pm, all tickets £10. 14 January – Purcell and Macmillan with the St Martin’s Voices; 28 January – Tallis and Vaughan Williams with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields; 11 February – Byrd and Britten with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s. Book at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 16 Jan 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/Last Chance to consider Opening Epiphany Did you come to the Day Conference “Opening the Roof?” Are you a person living with illness or disability , or a friend or supporter, who would value an evening to gather together? We meet for an evening’s simple liturgy, with a vegetarian supper to follow (liturgy c/o Fiona Macmillan, supper c/o Jeff Claxton) on Wednesday 16 January from 6.00pm onwards in the Austen Williams Room (liturgy at 6.30pm). If you are unfamiliar with the St Martin’s site please meet at the Box Office in the Crypt at 6.15pm. All are very welcome to join us – rsvp to Revd Clare Herbert, 07504 577210,

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Weds 16 January 2013 at 7.00pm.

This week/A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm Continuing this week, our Lunchbreak service reaches out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week. This year Revd Will Morris is leading three ten-week series of talks on a ‘Theology of Everyday Things’. The first series looks at a ‘Theology of the Office’. Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.

Sunday 20 January, 8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship Learning to Dream Again, anticipating the second inauguration of President Obama. With Revd Prof Mark McIntosh, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University and led by Revd Dr Sam Wells. Please come to join us in church at 7.45am or listen live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am. All are welcome.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Thursday 24 January 2013, 7pm in the Austen Williams Room. We will start with Communion, followed by supper and a Burns celebration. Details to follow. Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office if you wish to attend.

On Wednesday 30 Jan at 7.00pm at St Martin in the Fields (in Church) Revd Dr Sam Wells will address the question “Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGBT add to the identity of being Christian?” This is a lecture hosted by St Martin in the Fields and by “Open Table”, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, to address issues currently debated hotly in Church and society. Not only supporters of Changing Attitude but all are very warmly welcome to this open lecture. The evening will be chaired by Revd Clare Herbert, and will include responses and questions from the floor.

Wednesday 6 February/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist. Visiting speaker, David McLachlan, will be talking with pictures about his recent trip to Lebanon. All are welcome.

Lent Study Course 2013 will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection, based on Sam Wells’ book which was chosen as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book in 2007. Flyers are now available in church. Please fill in an application and return as soon as possible, together with £12 which covers the cost of the book. All are welcome.

Silent Retreat Weekend, 1-3 March at the Sisters of St Andrew, Eden Hall, Edenbridge. If you would like to come please mark this date in your diary and watch this space for flyers and application forms to be available.

Save the Date: The Parish weekend will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Please put this date into your diary!

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the C-club Malawi Christmas stall – bakers, artists, gift providers, sellers and buyers. We made an amazing £854! This will contribute towards the £35,000 needed to build a new maternity ward in Nkasala village, Malawi, promoting the safety and health of women and their babies in a country where maternal and newborn deaths are still far too common.

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Child Protection Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.

St Peter’s Eaton Square CE Primary School Applications are invited for the 50 primary reception places that will be available in September 2013. Copies of the admissions criteria can be found on the school’s website: The closing date for all applications is 15 January 2013.