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Notices for Sunday 16 December, Third Sunday of Advent

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Changes to services during December  During Advent, there will be no Choral Evensong on Sundays and no 6pm Evening Prayer in the DSC on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays our Choral Eucharist service at 1.00pm will continue as usual but there will be no 5pm Choral Evensong services or 6.15pm Holy Communion services on these days, instead there will be said Evening Prayer at 5pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel on 19 December.  The Thursday 6pm Holy Communion service will take place on  20 & 27 December only.

Today/“Coming, ready or not!”, our booklet of reflections, readings and prayers for Advent is now available from the stewards after the service for a donation of £3.50.

Advent and Christmas Services The full list of Advent and Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December, on our website and in the Parish Pipeline.  Everyone on the electoral roll or parish list should have received a copy by e-mail; if not please e-mail Elinor Newman ( in the Parish Office and copies are also available at the back of church.  There will be no ticketing system for the capacity Christmas services: Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols.  We will be opening the doors at 5.30pm and as the church is often full do arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

The 86th Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal  Thanks to all those who took part in the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal.  It was a terrific effort and we are deeply grateful to all those who volunteered.  Early signs are good but keep hoping, praying, encouraging and giving!  There is an exhibition on the railings of our Church Path drawing attention to the life of homeless people.  Downstairs in the Foyer an exhibition shows how the money raised is used building hope to help people change to their lives through The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar’s Relief Fund.  You can make a donation online at or by using the red Christmas Appeal envelopes, or write a message on a brick in the foyer and stick on our display.

Today/Revd Richard Carter is preaching at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning at 11.30am.

Today/There will be a short service of prayer for the blessing of the new altar in the Dick Sheppard Chapel after the 10.00am morning service.  All will be very welcome to pray with Sam in the Light Well and Chapel itself.

Today/There will be a Cake Stall after Sunday morning service.  It will be on behalf of the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride which supports the work of the Connection at St Martin’s with homeless folk in Central London.  Please bring or buy any cakes or pastries you can!   Roger Shaljean

Lydia Lloyd RIP  On Tuesday 11 December Lydia passed away.  She had been ill for a long time, lovingly looked after and cared for by her husband David.  David and Lydia were married at St Martin’s in 2007 and David wanted everyone to know how happy they have been despite her declining health.  The funeral will be held on Friday 21 December at 3pm, at West Chapel West London Crematorium (which is in the grounds of Kensal Green cemetery), Harrow Road NW10 5NU.  Please keep David in your prayers.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 19 Dec in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 19 December at 7.00pm.

Saturday 29 December, Come and Sing the World’s Great Christmas Choruses  Join the Choral Scholars of St-Martin-in-the-Fields to rehearse and perform Christmas Choruses under the direction Andrew Earis, Director of Music.  Includes choruses from the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 10.00am: Doors open, 10.15am: Workshop, 12.30pm: Performance.  Workshop Registration (including score hire) £10.  Book at the Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ.  Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly,

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues in January 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.  As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials.  Next term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details:

Opening Epiphany  Did you come to the Day Conference “Opening the Roof?” Are you a person living with illness or disability , or a friend or supporter, who would value an evening to gather together?  We meet for an evening’s simple liturgy, with a vegetarian supper to follow (liturgy c/o Fiona Macmillan, supper c/o Jeff Claxton) on Wednesday 16 January from 6.00pm onwards in the Austen Williams Room (liturgy at 6.30pm).  If you are unfamiliar with the St Martin’s site please meet at the Box Office in the Crypt at 6.15pm.  All are very welcome to join us – rsvp to Revd Clare Herbert, 07504 577210,

Save the Date: The Parish weekend next year will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish.  Please put this date into next year’s diary!

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.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London.  Please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them.  If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!