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Notices for Sunday 17 May, the Seventh Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.

Today/Schools’ Service Join us at 10am for a special service highlighting, celebrating and reflecting on our relationship with two schools that were founded at St Martin’s in the seventeenth century, Archbishop Tenison’s School in Lambeth, and SMITF High School in Tulse Hill.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets today after the 10am service to continue planning our project on Sustainability. Our class for confirmation and older children meets from 12.00-12.40pm, also in the Dick Sheppard Chapel.

Today/Christian Aid Week 2015, 10-17 May Christian Aid works with poor communities across the world to bring lasting change to the most vulnerable. Please give generously.

Today/Sunday 17 May, after the 10am Eucharist. Join Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s +) as we take a free tour of John Wesley’s house, visit Wesley’s Chapel and have access to the Museum of Methodism. Followed by optional Vietnamese lunch. Meet in the Lightwell at 11.40am. For more info please email Ivan at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com

Today/Sunday 17 May 12.15-1.15pm, Austen Williams Room. Sarah Crompton who has just returned from the Solomon Islands will be reporting back to the International Committee about her visit and in particular the project we have been supporting from St Martin’s to provide fresh water and proper sanitation for the Community of the Sisters of Melanesia – through the installation of a solar powered pump and the building of a toilet and shower block. Sarah will be telling her story and showing the pictures of her visit. All are welcome!

Tomorrow/The 2015 Templeton Prize has been won by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche. We are delighted that the prize-giving ceremony will be held in St Martin’s on Monday 18 May at 6pm. The Templeton Prize Exhibition will be on display in the Foyer from 7-25 May.

Pentecost 10.30am On Sunday 24 May the English and Chinese speaking Congregations join together to celebrate Pentecost – the birthday of the Christian Church. Join us as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and God’s call for us all to become witnesses of the Gospel.

The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 26 May at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 27 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Archers, Thursday 28 May, 7pm We begin with the Eucharist followed by a meal. Our theme for this month is: My Recent Travels, Abroad, Sarah Crompton shares stories and pictures from Solomon Islands, Ruth Hutchinson from Hungary, Richard from Italy, where have you been recently and have you any stories to share? All are welcome – please contact Michael Moran or Ruth Hutchinson via the Parish Office to let them know you are coming.

Monday 1 June, Planting Seeds for Hope, Pray and Fast for the Climate Starting at 7pm in church, an evening of silence, prayer and collective action. Join in solidarity with people across the planet as we fast and pray for the climate, leading up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris, December 2015. To break fast after the vigil, please RSVP to stmartinssns@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Book Launch Sam Wells’ latest book A Nazareth Manifesto: Being With God is published this month by Wiley-Blackwell and the St Martin’s community is invited to a launch event on Friday 5 June 6.00-7.30pm in the Crypt Gallery, featuring live music, speeches, wine, and discounted copies of the book, which retails at £19.99. Please email angela.anderson@smitf.org by Monday 25 May if you would like to come. The book is about good and less good ways of addressing poverty and about the significance of the word ‘with.’

The Friends of St Martin’s AGM and Festival, Saturday 6 June We are delighted that this year following the AGM, the Festival Eucharist and lunch there will a special performance of Great Sacred Music. For further details contact Susanne Wood or friends@smitf.org

St Martin’s Cricket After last year’s great season three matches have now been arranged, all starting at 2.15pm. Saturday June 6 v St Mary’s, Wimbledon at Wandsworth Park, Putney; Saturday June 13 v All Saints, Fulham at Barn Elm, Wetlands Centre, and Saturday June 27 the St Martin’s Choir v Rest of St Martin’s Community at Wandsworth Common. Would you like to play? Women (of course) and younger players very welcome. Or do come and watch! Please contact Giles Andrews via the Parish Office.

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 14 June.

Sunday 21 June, Stewards Training This training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to headsteward@smitf.org or katherine.hedderly@smitf.org Afterwards you are invited to a Bring and Share lunch together in the Hall. Please bring something to share.

Parish Weekend 2015, July 10-12 We return to Worth Abbey for a weekend of prayer, reflection and fun. The theme for the weekend will be “Belonging: Belonging to God, Belonging to One Another, Belonging to the Land.” We will be joined by Timothy Radcliffe OP as our special guest speaker. Flyers and application forms are now available in church.

During the weekend of 22–25 May a team of 14 guests and volunteers from St Martin’s Sunday International Group are taking part in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury, walking 74 miles to raise money for The Connection at St Martin’s. We would so appreciate your sponsorship – our donation page can be found online at virginmoneygiving.com/SundayInternationalGroup or please speak to Helen Harris to make a donation in person. Thank you so much in advance.

The St Martin’s bellringers rang a ‘date touch’ of 1945 changes of Grandsire Triples on Sat 9 May, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day and also to congratulate the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.