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/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.
Today/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 27 October, 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.
This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Church Walking Tour, 16 October, 6.15pm, St Martin’s Church Touch, see, and hear the beauty of St Martin’s Church. Be inspired by its history and transformations. Join us in this rare opportunity to explore the church with Rod Beadles. Come to the 6.15pm service and then stay on afterwards for the tour. After the tour let’s chat over a pint or two at the nearby pub or the jazz concert at the Crypt. All are welcome. For more information, please email StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com.
This week/Special St Luke’s Tide Events We will be exploring the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith next weekend. Saturday 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers: John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. See leaflet in church. Sunday 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton. Both our 10am and 6.30pm Evening Service will include the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil accompanied by prayer for healing, on behalf of yourself, someone else or the wider world.
Monday 21 October/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers Stanley Hauerwas was named “America’s Best Theologian” in 2001. He is Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University, North Carolina and a prolific writer and speaker who confronts the gift and the demands Christ poses to the modern world both charitably and unsentimentally. Stanley Hauerwas is over from the USA and will be speaking at St Martin-in-the Fields and St Paul’s Cathedral. The programme at St Martin’s is a unique and exciting opportunity to hear him in conversation with Revd Dr Sam Wells, his long-time colleague, friend, and theological collaborator. This is a programme not to be missed. ALL ARE WELCOME. Future dates: 4 Nov Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.
Saturday 26 Oct /Theatre Arts and Leadership Day Spots still available! Parish members are invited to a day-long workshop at the world-famous Cardboard Citizens Theatre in Whitechapel. Get to know younger and older parishioners; practice leadership exercises and games; learn how to express yourself, and your vision of St. Martin’s – in image and rhythm, in word and dramatic action. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Monday 28 October, BBC Young Chorister of the Year final takes place in St Martin’s at 5.30pm (please be seated by 5.15pm). A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation. Please email email@example.com or telephone 020 7766 1111 by noon on Thursday 24 October to reserve a ticket. Reserved tickets will be available for collection at the box office on Monday 28 October.
Sunday 3 November, All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’s Requiem). At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church. If there is someone you would like to be remembered please give their name to Elinor Newman in the Parish Office by 16 October.
Fourth Plinth Exhibition The six short-listed proposals for the next Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square are displayed in the Crypt foyer at St Martin’s until 17 November. Enjoy them and make your views known.
Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!