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Notices for Sunday 14 July, Seventh Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Parish Weekend One hundred members of the congregation and clergy have gathered together this weekend at Worth Abbey; the theme of the weekend is Sources of Inspiration. Members of the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields will be with them over the weekend.

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on/review with your children. No Children’s Programme today after church. Next Sunday, all young people are invited to watch up close during the 10am service as babies Sophia Montague and Tom Farmer receive the Sacrament of Baptism!

Today/We welcome the Choir of St Michael & All Angels to sing Choral Evensong at 5pm today.

This week/Monday 15 July/Licensing of Lay Ministers from St Mellitus College The Bishop of London will lead this service where candidates from the Stepney, Kensington and Willesden areas of the London Diocese will be licensed together, giving thanks for this important ministry and the life of the College. Preacher Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of St Mellitus. All are welcome.

This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Let’s Get Quizzical! Open Circle is delighted to invite you all to our next event on Tuesday 16 July, 7pm, for a fun-filled Pub Quiz night! Let’s get together for a pint or two and some pizzas while you test your knowledge on subjects ranging from culture, history and geography to London trivia. The Libertine, London, SE1 1PQ. £2 entry, arrive at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The place gets busy so please RSVP to Hannah Buss at via the Parish Office so that we can reserve the tables.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 17 July 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/Choral Wednesdays continue in July and September with the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August. The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.

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

This week/Archers, Thursday 18 July, 7pm in the Austen Williams Room. Janet and James Allan will join us for their final Archers. We begin with Holy Communion then a shared meal and thank you to the Allans. Please contact Revd Richard Carter if you wish to attend. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!

Crèche at St Martin’s We are delighted to have appointed a Crèche Worker, Catherine Burton to run a group for the 0-4(ish) age group on Sunday mornings with an assistant during the 10am service and plan to trial that in the coming weeks. The group will run in the Austen Williams Room in No 6 on the following Sundays; 21 July, 4, 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If you would like your child to come to this group could you please make contact with Revd Katherine Hedderly so that we have an idea of the expected take up: 020 7766 1102, katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Sunday 21 July, Book Sale after the 10am service. By popular request the “Dr Who” table will return. Bargains! Details from Colin Midlane.

Living the Questions continues next week The next session, 21 July, will cover the controversial topic of pseudonymous letters in the Bible. Did Paul really write all of the letters that bear his signature, or were some of them written by Christians claiming to speak in his name? This open discussion group, based on DVD material, encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition, and to live into the answers we discover. Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12.15–1.45pm. After next week, sessions resume in the autumn: 8, 15, 29 Sept; 20, 27 Oct. Come for one or come to them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

At the end of July we say goodbye to our verger Matthew Horton who is leaving us to take a post with Lambeth Council. Next week we are delighted to welcome a new member of our verging team, Michael Mansfield. We thank Matthew for his dedicated service and wish him well for the future!

Fifth Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, Fri 23 August-Mon 26 August The annual Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride takes place again this year, following the historic line of the twelve Queen Eleanor Crosses between Lincoln and Charing Cross, going through wonderful countryside and visiting beautiful local places (including Lincoln Cathedral, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington and Waltham Abbey) before it ends at the Queen’s tomb in Westminster Abbey. Food, accommodation provided, luggage transported. You don’t need to cycle all four days and can join us at St Mary-in-the-Bow Church, Cheapside for the final three miles! Great fun and it raises funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. Registration fee £80 or £12 for a day. Please access the Ride website www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk or contact Giles Andrews (via the Parish Office).

Janet and James Allan send heartfelt thanks to the congregation for such lovely gifts and a wonderful send-off. They are deeply grateful to those who made it to Chelmsford Cathedral and Thorpe Bay on Janet’s ordination day and for all your support and prayers. THANK YOU!!!!!

The Connection are fundraising by selling vintage items at a Portobello Road market stall. If you have any antique costume jewellery, lamps, clothing etc. please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or lance.kuhn@cstm.org.uk.

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.