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Notices for Sunday 14 October, Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today is London Church Census Day.  We have been asked, along with all other churches in London, to give figures about our attendance today.  Would you help by completing the form that is given with the newsletter and hand it back at the end of the service?  If you need any information do ask me.  Thank you!  Rod Beadles

Today/Newcomers’ Lunch Sunday 14 October, 12.00 noon, St Martin’s Hall.  If you are new to St Martin’s, or have become a member of St Martin’s in the last year, or you are thinking of joining our congregation and would like to know more about St Martin’s, or have been coming for a while but would like to get to know more people, then you are invited to join us!  Marc Gascoigne will be taking us on our journey through the new SMITF website to discover all that is taking place in our church and how to find out about it.

Today/Book Signing  Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice – Margaret Clark will be signing copies of her recent book in the lightwell after the 10.00am service.  Copies will be available today, or from the shop when stocks arrive (£14.99).

This week/The STOP THE TRAFFIK Gift Box will be on Church Path as part of the global campaign to fight human trafficking, as we mark Anti-Slavery Say on Thursday 18 Oct.  Many people in the UK and around the world continue to be trapped in modern slavery.  The Gift box entices visitors to walk in (in much the same way as victims of trafficking are enticed) but on the inside reveals something of the reality which so many go on to face.  Do take a few minutes to visit and find out more about this issue that is on our doorstep in central London (Tues-Fri 11am-6pm).

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

This week/Opening the Roof  There will be a Day Conference opening the conversation about Disability, Society, God and Inclusion here on Saturday 20 October.  Please take a flyer from the porch table if you are interested.  For info contact the Parish Office.

Sunday 21 October/Commemoration of St Luke  We will be commemorating St Luke the Physician at our services at both 10am and 6.30pm and will focus on the ministry of healing.  The services 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.

On Sunday 21 October at 5.00pm Evensong we will be remembering and giving thanks for the life of Jean Long.  Jean loved Evensong and during the last months of her life used to listen to it on the radio.  Her husband Gordon has asked that she be remembered in this service and on St Luke’s day, the Gospel which reflected her own special love for the poor and vulnerable. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the life of Jean and all that she contributed to the life of St Martin’s and the Connection.

Sunday 21 October, South Africa Thanksgiving Service POSTPONED  Please note that the South Africa Thanksgiving Service has been postponed, probably until the New Year.

Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  October 22: Richard Carter – The Story Jesus Became; November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues 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.  This year we are using new dvd materials followed by discussion groups.  Dates: 28 October, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details, contact the Parish Office.

Sunday 4 November All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Fauré’s Requiem with orchestra).  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 17 October.

Couch Potatoes has begun and ends on Friday 24 May 2013 at the Pilgrimage.  Please see Clare Herbert or Jan Gilchrist if you would like to join a scheme to lose a stone in weight, gain sponsorship for the Connection, and join in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury.  First meeting Sunday November 4 at 12.30 pm in the café.  Forms available on the porch table.

Sunday 11 November, following the 6.30pm service, The Patronal Festival Party will be held in St Martin’s Hall and Lightwell.  Tickets are available from Bronwyn Sanders or Michael Angus or from the Parish Office and the ticket includes a delicious meal, drinks and musical entertainment from Woven Gold, the brilliant refugee music group of the Helen Bamber Foundation.  Suggested donation £5 or more if you are able!  All are welcome!

Regular Giving  Did you know that you can give by Standing Order or by Weekly Envelopes to your church?  Regular giving in either of these ways helps us to plan our finances and ensure that we are good stewards.  Our aim is that regular giving by the congregation meets the clergy costs and we are nearly at that target, but not quite.  If you are not a member of either of these schemes will you consider giving in this way?  Setting up a standing order is easy to do and keeps you in control of your giving or we can supply weekly envelopes for you to use.  If you would like to do this or talk about it (or if you would like to increase your current giving) please speak to Rod Beadles (churchwarden) who can give you all the information you need.

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.