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Notices for Sunday 15 February, the Sunday next before Lent

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Congregational Giving 2015: God, Church and Kingdom Please remember to return your response form for the congregational giving campaign by Sunday 8 March. If you have not had a pack, or would like any further information, please contact Katy Shaw on katy.shaw@smitf.org

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel to talk about growing up in the Church.

Today/Members of Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond) are on retreat at Hilfield Friary this weekend, with Revd Richard Carter. Please keep them in your prayers.

This week/Mondays 16 & 23 February, 6.30pm, Faith, Hope and Love – A Choral Discovery, with Revd Dr Sam Wells, the Choir, Choral Scholars and St Martin’s Voices. See the website or leaflet. Quote CONGREGATION at box office for a £5 ticket offer (usual price £10).

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 18 February 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/Ash Wednesday/18 February There will be an 8.30am Eucharist, a Choral Eucharist at 1pm and Bread for the World (Informal Eucharist) at 6.30pm. All these services will include the Imposition of Ashes. There will also be a Choral Evensong at the usual time of 4.30pm.

Rosemarie Cockayne RIP We were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Rosemarie, who helped for so many years to organise the service for those who died homeless. A service of thanksgiving to celebrate her life will take place on 23 February at 2.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Holland Road, W14 8AH. Please email Idina Le Geyt if you plan to attend, via the Parish Office.

Lent Programme 2015: The Path of Humility, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Beginning with an informal Eucharist and reflection, followed by a simple Lenten supper and Listening Groups. Using the book Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry we will be reflecting on different aspects of Christ’s humility and his challenge to us. The cost of the course is £15 which includes a copy of the book and the study materials or £7.50 if you have your own copy. Join us for the 6 week programme: Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1. Application forms are now available in church.

We Are God’s Viceroys – Sunday Worship on 22 February comes from St Martin-in-the-Fields. Our worship will reflect on issues of human rights. The service is led by Revd Dr Sam Wells and the Choir of SMITF and the preacher is the Ven Sheila Watson, Archdeacon of Canterbury.

Liturgy Review/On Sunday 22 February at 11.45am in the DSC there will be the opportunity to reflect on our liturgy. There have been some positive and creative results since September that we would like to share. All are welcome to attend.

The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 24 February at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Completely Beside Ourselves: An evening on Dementia and Faith, Tuesday 24 February 7pm With Livability (who are developing practical resources for Dementia Friendly Churches) and Neil Bunker, the Mental Health Liaison Priest for Westminster. Please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Revd Katherine Hedderly katherine.hedderly@smitf.org, 020 7766 1102 and see the leaflet in church.

Revd Jonathan Evens will be licensed by the Bishop of London at St Stephen, Walbrook, as (half-time) priest-in-Charge on Thursday 26 February at 6pm. The following Sunday, 1 March, we shall be welcoming Jonathan as our new (half-time) Associate Vicar for Partnership Development.

Friday 27 February–Sunday 1 March /The Silent Retreat “Follow Me” will take place at the beautiful Chelmsford Diocese Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. We will be using the Gospel of Mark to re-discover and renew our own call to be a disciple and explore the adventure, challenge and wonder of that call for each of us. The cost of the weekend is £144. To sign up please complete the application form available in church today and return it to Elinor Newman via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100. For more information please speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102 katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Saturday 28 February, 10.30am Time to Talk about It: A service of reflection for those affected by suicide. A 60 minute sequence of words and music to offer space, solidarity and opportunity to reflect and connect for those affected by suicide, followed by refreshments and an opportunity to link to organisations offering advice and support. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells.

Pilgrimage Cake Stall, 1 March The Cake Stall aims to support the erection of a plaque in the woods overlooking Canterbury from where our walkers get their first view of the Cathedral. The plaque will celebrate this our ‘Silver Pilgrimage’ being our 25th such journey. We shall be open for custom 11.15am – 12.30pm.

Disability Advisory Group This term’s meeting will be on Sunday 15 March 2-4pm in the Austen Williams room. Details to follow.

APCM Sunday 26 April At our annual parochial meeting we will elect 2 new PCC members. It is also when churchwardens are elected or re-elected. This year, Rod Beadles will be standing down, as he will have served the maximum six years. If you are on the electoral roll and are interested in standing either for the PCC or as churchwarden, this is a good time to talk to Ali Lyon or Rod about what it involves. They would be delighted to talk to you.

Our Treasurer, Stan Chan, steps down in April after 6 years, so we are looking for a finance professional with experience of strategic financial management. Whilst desirable, you do not have to be a qualified accountant; just as important is the ability to communicate financial matters in plain language. Find out more from Stan, the churchwardens or the Vicar/clergy.

Registration has now opened for The Connection at St Martin’s 25th Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury. Please consider joining us for this amazing long weekend of walking, lovely countryside, delicious food and good company – and raise money to help change the lives of homeless people. For more information, contact pilg.sec@cstm.org.uk or phone 020 7766 5544 and ask for Lesley or Eugene. Book as soon as possible to ensure a place!