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Notices for Sunday 14 April, the Third Sunday After Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points
Today/ Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond) will be selling cupcakes after today’s 10am service to raise money for the Earth Day event. Buy some cakes when you go for coffee and ask us why the new name “Open Circle”. If you’re new to St. Martin’s come and say hi!

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 17 April at 7.00pm.

The APCM is very nearly upon us – Sunday 21 April at 11.45.  Apart from conducting the usual business, there will be elections for churchwardens and members of the PCC and only people on the electoral roll are entitled to vote.  You must have signed a form this year to be on the roll and, if not, forms are available from the Hall Duty PCC Rep.  Today is the last day you can sign up if you want to be able to vote at the APCM so please do.  If you are thinking of standing for churchwarden or PCC it’s a good idea to chat to Rod Beadles, Ali Lyon (Cws) or a member of the PCC who can talk you through the process and give you the forms you will need to complete.

Celebrating Earth Day 22 April 7pm Austen Williams room. A screening of an Academy Award® nominated film, “Sun Come Up”, a lecture by Eleanor Harris, an environment Christian activist, and the opportunity to develop an educational leaflet for SMITF that highlights a Christian view of the environmental crisis. And don’t miss Anna Yew’s exhibition, “Climate Change & the Oceans”. All are welcome. For more info, please email to

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 24 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Sunday 28 April There will be a Pilgrimage Pastries Cake Stall after morning service, please bring and buy!

Sunday 28 April 10.30am /Beating the Bounds with St John’s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, SE1. Our neighbours with whom we share a parish boundary down the middle of the Thames (!), invite members of the St Martin’s community to join them for their annual ‘beating of the bounds’, followed by rogation planning in their garden and barbeque lunch.  All are welcome.

Monday 29 April 7.00pm Honest to God: Credible Christianity in the 21st Century. 50 years ago John Robinson’s book Honest to God sold more than a million copies. A distinguished panel will discuss its influence and contemporary resonance and answer questions. On the panel, chaired by Mike Wooldridge, will be Mark Vernon, Francis Spufford, Sheila Watson and Sam Wells. This education programme is free and all are welcome.

For what shall we pray? The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury will be giving  the Golden Lecture arranged by The Haberdashers’ Company on Tuesday 30th April 12.40, 1.20 pm at St. Bartholomew-the-Less Church, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, EC1A 7BE. Admission is free.

Date for the Diary  The Melanesian Mission religious communities have arrived in England for their ‘Simply Living’ Mission to six different dioceses in the United Kingdom.  The Revd Richard Carter will be joining them next week to lead a training week.  The end of their mission is at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and pan pipes!  All will be very welcome!

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!  Flyers will be available soon.
The SMITF Annual Report and Accounts is now available for a suggested donation of £3.  This is the ‘formal’ document that covers all the things required by auditors, charity commissioners and other such bodies. ALSO AVAILABLE is the Annual Review of Activities also for a suggested donation of £3.  This is the ‘life’ of SMITF from The Archers, to Meditation Group through to – well buy it and find out for yourself.  It is a fascinating read which captures the life, vibrancy and energy of the place we hold so dear to our hearts.  You will see that this year we have split the document into 2 parts – you can have one, or the other, or both – they are available at the back of church.
2013 Organ Appeal  We would like to thank the members of the community who have generously donated to the Organ Appeal. The Organ Appeal committee are seeking further support towards the project, which begins on 1st August. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at
An Appeal  David Jackson is doing some research into the archived SMITF newsletter/pewsheet front covers from their emergence in the early 90s.  If anyone has copies, especially those dated between 1993 and 2004, the Archive Office would be very glad to see them.  Please give to Michael Hellyer, David or the vergers.  They can be copied and returned.
London Marathon  Will Charnley is running the London Marathon on Sunday 21 April, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s.  This is the second year he’ll be running for them – the response was great last year but needs to be even better for him to beat his £2000 target!  To support him see:
St. Martin’s 23rd Pilgrimage to Canterbury 24-27 May 2013 Spaces for the journey of the year as we walk to Canterbury Cathedral to raise funds for the Connection at St Martin’s are still available. Questions, sponsorship and donations to Roger Shaljean after 10am service today or to Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Secretary on 0207-766-5522.
Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection  The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary.  If you could volunteer one day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon ( or 020 7766 5522).
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.