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Notices for Sunday 16 March, the Second Sunday of 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 Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults!

Today/Silent Retreat Please remember in your prayers the members of the congregation taking part in the Silent Retreat this weekend, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly.

Today/St Luke’s Chelsea, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs, 3.00pm The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong. The Preacher is the Bishop of Salisbury. Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in- the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern.

Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course continues on Monday 17 March at 7pm and each Monday evening in Lent: 24, 31 March, 6, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 19 Mar 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 Wednesday 19 March at 7.00pm in the DSC.

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 March, 6, 20 April, 4, 18 May, 1 June. 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.

Diocese of London Lent Appeal 2014 This year the London Diocese has asked us to support and help change the lives of young people in London, Mozambique and Angola. The Bishop of London’s Mission Fund supports youth work, junior church and sports and music projects across the capital and the Angola London Mozambique Association establishes and develops partnerships, education and water projects. The collection at St Martin’s on Sunday 23 March will go to this Diocesan Lent Appeal. Please give generously.

St Martin’s and Me Our first heart-warming stories from St Martin’s community are now on the website (, with more to follow over the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have come forward to share their stories so far. If you haven’t yet taken part and would like to tell us about your relationship with St Martin’s on video, audio or in print, Kat Segura, Louise Vale and Ali Lyon will be on hand to record more stories on Sundays 23 March and 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.

Sunday 23 March/Living the Questions: ‘Paul the Apostle: A Passion for Christ.’ Learn about this most quoted, and controversial, follower of Jesus, and his impact today. 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 take in the whole series. See flyer in church or contact for details.

Saturday 5 April/Quiet Morning Sacred Space in the City: What do you seek? Fleeing, Staying, Praying 10am-1pm Led by Revd Richard Carter and Revd Katherine Hedderly. A morning to explore sacred space in the heart of the city here St Martin’s as we explore three elements of the wilderness experience. Please give your name to Katherine Hedderly if you would like to attend by emailing, telephone 020 7766 1100. Places limited to 25.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), Sunday 6 April, 11.30am, St Martin’s Hall. The Annual Parishioners’ Meeting will elect two churchwardens who are elected to serve for twelve months. The APCM receives reports and the accounts, asks questions as well as electing new members of the PCC. This year there are 6 vacancies for the PCC, 5 of which will also become our representatives on the Deanery Synod and serve for 3 years. The 6th member will be elected directly to the PCC and, as they will be replacing Martin Haigh who has decided to stand down from PCC, will serve out the remainder of his term which is two years. Do consider standing for election. Being on the PCC is an excellent way of getting to know St Martin’s and be part of helping to form the future. Nomination forms (for CW and PCC) along with information about what you need to know about standing for election are available from the PCC representative in the hall every Sunday and it’s always a good idea to speak to either of the churchwardens (Ali Lyon and Rod Beadles) or any current member of the PCC.

Registration has opened for The Connection’s 24th annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (23–26 May). Places are going fast, so please apply quickly! If you would like more information, please contact or phone 020 7766 5522

Save the Date: Weekend of 12-14 September 2014 St Martin-in-the-Fields have booked up to twenty places for a conference at the Corrymeela Centre in Northern Ireland for a conference on the theme of “Building Hope and Reconciliation in Divided Societies.” Corrymeela is a world famous community who were especially involved in the peace process in Northern Ireland trying to break prejudice and enmity between Protestants and Catholics. Their mission continues: “embracing difference, healing division and enabling reconciliation” This is a unique opportunity for members of the congregation at St Martin’s to visit Northern Ireland, experience the life and work of Corrymeela and be part of this conference. Flyers will be available with full details but those interested in joining this St Martin’s group please e-mail Ian Gilchrist via the Parish Office.