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Notices for Sunday 16 February, the Third Sunday before Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings, including word-search, colouring pages and crayons, is available from the Stewards.

Today/Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults!

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 19 Feb 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/The Meditation Group meets on Weds 19 February at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/SMITF International Committee and Christians Aware are hosting “An Evening With Anton Alexander” who will be giving a talk “The Mosquito, The Biggest Enemy-Malaria Elimination 90 Years Ago and Hope For Africa Today”. Start 7pm on Thursday 20 February 2014 in the Ho Ming Wah Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields. RSVP, Telephone no. 0116 254 0770

Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 23 Feb, 9, 23 March. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service, or of course stay for part of the session.

Sunday 23 February, Living the Questions continues with ‘Genesis: Exploring Two Different Stories of Creation.’ This DVD-based open discussion group brings our questions to the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers. Each session (12.15-1.45pm, Austen Williams Room) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or join us for the whole series. See flyer in church or contact for details.

The next Archers will be on Thursday 6 March as Revd Richard Carter is away the week before. Please make a note of this alteration. Details of the evening to follow.

This year’s Lent Course takes place each Monday evening in Lent: 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 6, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm, using Gerard Hughes’ Spiritual classic “God of Surprises” as our guide. Inspired by St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, this will be a journey of prayer and imaginative contemplation with listening groups to share with one another. On Monday 10 March the introduction to the course will be given by David Birchall SJ the director of the Jesuit Spirituality Centre, St Beunos. Flyers are available or at the back of the church for registration. The cost of the course is £15.

14-16 March/The Silent Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God” will take place at the Retreat House, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. This Ignatian style retreat, using passages of scripture, and reflective exercises, will follow the natural cycle that we can discover in our own lives with God. What do we wish to give thanks for and harvest, what has begun but needs to be nurtured and grown, what can be laid to rest and let go, and where is new life to be found? The cost of the weekend is £138. Spaces are limited. To sign up please complete the application form in church today with the stewards or via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 1 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 9, 23, 30 March, 13 April 4, 18 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 31 May at 10.00am. Classes for children and teens will take place starting today: 16 Feb; 2, 16 March; 27 April; 11, 25 May. Please keep all our candidates and teachers in your prayers! If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Sunday 15 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: or Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.

Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.

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.

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!

Regular Giving Have you considered giving in a planned way to your church? Are you already giving in a planned way and are considering changing the amount you give? If you answer ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ then please contact Rod Beadles in person or via the church office. He will be delighted to see you, answer your questions and help you through the (very easy) process.