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Notices for Sunday 17 November, Second Sunday before Advent

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/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin-in-the-Fields the Disability Awareness Task Group have suggested that we explore a new way of sharing the Peace. So until Advent we are using an “Open-Handed Peace”. We stand with hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours. Why? For some people a hug is horribly invasive, for another with arthritis, or with damaged or swollen hands and arms, the traditional handshake is extremely painful, especially if vigorous! Besides, we become so accustomed to shaking hands that we no longer experience it as a way of receiving the other. So please join us for an open handed peace today and extend the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.

Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. Next Sunday, 24 Nov – C-Club goes to the National Gallery!

Today/Book Sale After the 10am service, there will be a book sale with lots of fiction and theology. Proceeds to Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

Today/To mark the death this week of the composer John Tavener, the Choir sings his choral work ‘The Apolytikion of St. Martin’ at Choral Evensong today. This work was commissioned by St Martin’s in 1997 to mark the 1600th anniversary of the death of Martin of Tours in 1997.

This week/Please pray for Anirban Roy and Clare Herbert at General Synod in Westminster this week. The significant decision regarding legislation for women to be consecrated Bishops continues at this Synod and Anirban is also proposing a motion to suggest ways of making General Synod more attractive to lay people to join. He does this on behalf of the London Diocesan Synod.

Tomorrow/Monday 18 November/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers The last lecture in the 2013 Autumn Education Series will be given by philosopher and theologian Richard Kearney. Richard, born in Ireland, is a prolific scholar, artist and writer both of philosophy, poetry and fiction. Currently teaching philosophy in Boston College he is coming to UK specifically for this lecture. His subject is “On the Frontiers of Atheism” in which he charts the path for “returning to God after God.” He is an inspirational lecturer who draws on his experiences of the Irish Peace Process and his love of poetry and literature. Not to be missed!

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 20 Nov 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/Wednesday 20 November/Just This Day returns to St Martin’s with a day themed around the importance of stillness and silence in our lives. At 10am there will be an inter-faith event in church where we will keep 30 minutes of silence led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian meditation, followed by a discussion Getting to the Heart of the Matter. Three minutes silence will be held on the hour throughout the day.

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

This week/Great Sacred Music, Thursdays at 1.00pm An exciting new thirty-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, with Revd Dr Sam Wells exploring through reading and song the great classical music of our religious heritage. Performed by the St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. All welcome – retiring collection.

Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 24 November, 8, 22 December.

The Advent Booklet, “Revelation in Exile”, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, will be available from next Sunday, 24 November (including a large print version). With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, it will also be available daily on our website from Advent Sunday 1 December. Suggested donation £3.

Stewards’ Advent and Christmas Briefing takes place on Sunday 24 November at 11.30am in the church. Please do not miss! Apologies only to Parish Office.

Book Launch, The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture, 2nd edition 2013 You are warmly invited to the launch of this new edition, edited by Tom Devonshire Jones on Sunday 24 November at 12noon, in St Martin’s Hall, during the usual fellowship following the 10am service.

Jeff Claxton will be re-licensed as Reader at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26 November at 7.00pm. All are welcome to support Jeff at this service.

Archers, Thursday 28 November, 7.00pm We begin with Holy Communion followed by a “Thanksgiving Supper.” As Archers coincides with Thanksgiving in the USA we thought it would be a good theme for an Archer’s celebration. For what are we thankful? If you would like to join us please contact Michael Moran via the Parish Office. Also we are making reservations for our Archer’s Christmas Dinner at The Union Jack Club on Thursday December 19. Please book with Michael Moran as soon as possible to insure a place. The price of this wonderful Christmas Dinner is £25.

Elizabeth Mensah, who was a member of St Martin-in-the Fields from the mid-1980s onwards, passed away on 4 November. A service to celebrate her life, conducted by Revd Richard Carter, will take place at St Barnabas, Gorringe Park Avenue, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 2DJ, on Friday morning 29 November, (time to be confirmed) followed by burial at the London Road Cemetery. Info: contact the Parish Office. Her family would like to thank the congregation and clergy of St Martin’s for their support and care and for their prayers during this time.

Saturday 30 November, Advent Procession at St Paul’s Cathedral We have 20 tickets available to members of the congregation for this service at St Paul’s Cathedral, marking the beginning of Advent with readings and music which describe the Christian journey of faith from darkness to light. The service starts at 6pm (please be seated by 5.35pm) and will last approximately 60 minutes. Please contact Angela Anderson by Friday 22 November if you would like tickets (, 020 7766 1107).