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Notices for Sunday 13 September, the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

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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 Dick Sheppard Chapel.

Today we are adding to the Fairtrade coffee served after this service with Fairtrade tea, sugar & nibbles. The extra cost of this is a donation for as long as it lasts. If you would like to see Fairtrade tea continue, beyond this please place a donation in the basket. If you have any questions Wendy Quill will be available to talk to you about Fairtrade.

Today/Prisons Ministry We are looking to join the Churches Together in Westminster Prisons Mission project which is already supported by a number of local churches and would like to see if there are two or three people in the congregation who might like to become participants, after appropriate training, to visit in prisons through their chaplaincy teams. To find out more contact katherine.hedderly@smitf.org, 0207 766 1102. John Plummer from CTiW will be with us at 12.15pm in the Tutu room to meet those who have expressed interest.

This week/Living With Dementia, Tuesday 15 September, 7-9pm, St Martin’s Hall. We continue to explore the experience of dementia and faith following our very successful evening earlier in the year. Through the insight of lived experience and theological reflection we will continue to look at how our church life and worship might grow in a more dementia-friendly way. All are welcome. Suggested donation £5.

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 16 Sept in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Saturday 19 September/London Open House If you would enjoy welcoming visitors to St Martin’s between 9.30am and 4.30pm then this is for you. It is being hosted by the Friends but you don’t have to be a member in order to volunteer. Please contact Susanne Wood in church on Sunday, in writing via Vergers or at friends@smitf.org

Sunday 20 September/St Martin’s Market Place After the 10am service there’s an opportunity to learn the latest about the St Martin’s Action Plan, and to share your thoughts and ideas for the plan for 2016 and beyond. You can also learn more about other activities, ask questions of the PCC and its committees – and find ways of joining in with what’s happening. Hold the date! Ask Bob Demming or Duncan McCall for more information.

Disability Advisory Group, Sunday 20 September 2-4pm Austen Williams Room This termly open meeting gathers people with insight or experience of physical, sensory or mental health issues to help shape our vision and work. We’ll be reflecting on recent experience, enjoying tea and cake, and working with Sam Wells to write a special liturgy for the St Luke’s Day service (10am Sunday 18 October). All are welcome. If you’d like to know more please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

Autumn Lecture Series: The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence Looking from the perspective of the three Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, five renowned theologians, authors and cultural commentators will explore these themes from their own perspectives and faith traditions. Mondays at 7.00pm: 21 September Dr Sam Wells, 5 Oct Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, 19 Oct Giles Fraser, 2 Nov Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, 16 Nov Karen Armstrong. The series is free and all are welcome. There will be a retiring collection to cover costs.

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

Joyce Bennett RIP who died aged 92 on 11 July was the first British woman to be ordained priest in the Anglican Communion in 1971. Following her work as a CMS mission partner in Hong Kong, including as principal of St Catharine’s School for Girls in Kwun Tong, she returned to the UK in the 1980s where she ministered to the Chinese congregation here at St Martin’s. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 23 September at 11am. Preacher: Katharine Rumens, Rector of St Giles’ Cripplegate. All are welcome.

Archers, Thursday 24 September, 7pm We begin with the Eucharist followed by supper. All are welcome – please contact Michael Moran or Ruth Hutchinson to let them know you are coming.

Living on the Edge, Saturday 17 October, 10.30am-4.30pm, St Martin’s Hall How do we respond when we find ourselves excluded? A day exploring how disabled people are finding new ways to use their experience of exclusion to improve understanding and address barriers to belonging. Through talks and workshops, using the art space, silent space and marketplace, disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in the issues gather to resource each other and the church. Speakers include our own Susan Wolfe and Sam Wells. Register at www.inclusive-church.org/disability-conference-2015 Cost £20/£10 concessions. More information from Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

To help document the history of the Christmas Appeal, the Charity Team are appealing to you for information! If you have any photographs, memorabilia or fond memories of listening to the Appeal over the past years, then please contact Kirsty on kirsty.cunningham@smitf.org or via 020 7766 1138. The team is especially keen to hear from anyone who used to volunteer for the Appeal, or has a connection to the BBC.

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.