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Notices for Sunday 17 March, Fifth Sunday of Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Lent at St Martin’s This Lent in our 10.00am Eucharist the preachers will explore our Lent theme Power and Passion. In our 6.30pm Evening Services, members of St Martin’s Community share their reflections and experiences on The Cross, Jesus and Me. Tonight Fiona Macmillan gives the last reflection in the series.

Today/Diocesan Lent Appeal 2013 “Street Child World Cup” This year’s appeal has been set up by UK Christian Charity Amos Trust as an exciting global initiative campaigning for street children to receive the protection and opportunities they are entitled to. In 2014 in Rio de Janeiro 16 teams of street children from different countries will come together to play and to highlight the needs of street children around the world. A collection for the Diocesan Appeal will be taken at SMITF today.

Today/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 term’s dates: 17 Mar. All are welcome. Further details: richard.carter@smitf.org

Feedback on the 10am Sunday liturgy The Sunday 10am Eucharist liturgy has undergone some changes in the past few months. As we are approaching the half-way point of the 6 month trial, the Church and Worship Committee would like to offer you a chance to give your feedback. Today Ruth Wooldridge will be on hand at the front of church after the 10am service. Please do come and let us know what you think.

Tomorrow/Lent Study Course 2013 is taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection. This Monday we reflect upon Peter.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 20 March at 7.00pm.

This week/Saturday 23 March, 11am, Romero: a Prophet of Peace for our Times St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts an ecumenical service to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The officiant is the Revd Richard Carter and the preacher is Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International. All are very welcome.

Palm Sunday 24 March 9.45am/10am Next Sunday we mark the beginning of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession, led by a donkey, with the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. We meet at the steps behind Admiralty Arch near the British Council building where the procession begins at 9.45am. For those who are not joining the procession the service in church begins as usual at 10am, when we greet the arrival of the procession and read the Passion Gospel.

On Palm Sunday 24 March there will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers after the 10am service. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help with the flowers on Easter Saturday 30 March from 9.30am in the George Richards Room in No. 6 St Martin’s Place.

Palm Sunday, 24 March, 6.30pm, From Creation to Salvation A special service with readings and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields telling the story of salvation. All are welcome!

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 27 Mar in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Holy Saturday On Saturday 30 March we will be polishing the sacred vessels and preparing the church for the Easter services from 10am-12 noon; all helpers most welcome.

On Saturday 30 March we will be recording a special programme for BBC Radio 2, ‘Easter Glory’, to be broadcast on Easter Sunday. It will feature readings, hymns, and music by the Choir of St Martin’s and BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year. Doors open at 7.00pm, and the recording takes places from 7.30 until 9.30pm. Entry by (free) ticket only – a limited number of tickets are available to members of the St Martin’s congregation by contacting Angela Anderson on angela.anderson@smitf.org, strictly first-come first-served, maximum 2 tickets per person.

2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank our Organ Appeal Committee for their continued hard work with this campaign. They have been instrumental in helping us raise over £20,000 towards our £65,000 target. We are now approaching the signing of contracts for the renewal of the main organ, for which work begins on 1st August this year, and the commissioning of a new chamber organ. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support. If you would like to find out more about this appeal, please contact the Development Office on development@smitf.org or any of the Committee Members – Matthew Portal, Giles Andrews, Alastair Anson, Matthew Morrison, David Jackson, Chris Braganza, Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne. There will be a demonstration of the organ for those who would like to see it close-up after the morning service on Sunday 17 March.

Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or lesley.cannon@cstm.org.uk

Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary. If you have one free day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon (lesley.cannon@cstm.org.uk or 020 7766 5522).

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.