Today/Baptism At the 10.00am Eucharist, with much joy, we will be baptising Amber Grace Callaghan and welcoming her into the family of the Church. Amber celebrated her first birthday yesterday and her mum and dad Elizabeth and Paul were married at St Martin’s in 2009 and are members of our congregation. Today we welcome their family and friends joining us for this special service.
Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards.
Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.
Today/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started in the Austen Williams Room, No. 6 St Martin’s Place. Parents are invited to drop off their children between 9.45am-10.00am and collect them straight after the service. We are delighted that Catherine Burton will be running this group for the 0-4ish age group with an assistant. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If you would like to find out more about the crèche do please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Today/Living the Questions Lunch, 12.15pm Current participants, interested newcomers, and alumni of Living the Questions are invited to a bring-and-share lunch and open discussion, today at 6 St. Martin’s Place. (Forgot to bring something? Come anyway! There will be plenty of fellowship and food.) Living the Questions is our DVD-based discussion group; video presentations resume on 8 Sept with ‘Paul’s Ethics: Radical Equality.’
Today/We welcome the “Sing Evensong” project to sing Choral Evensong at 5pm today.
Sundays in August Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist and 5pm Choral Evensong services will be led by past and present choral scholars ‘The St Martin’s Voices’ through August. The Choir will return on Sunday 8 September. There will be no 6.30pm Evening Services during August.
Choral Wednesdays continue in July and September with the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August. The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.
This week/Organ works The works on our organ have started in church and will run until 7 September. While the team from Walkers who will be carrying out this work will be working around our schedule of services and concerts, there is likely to be a certain amount of noise and activity at other times while we do this important work. You can donate using the cream Organ Appeal Gift Aid envelopes or online using the link http://tinyurl.com/organappeal. You can also give £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Organ Appeal by texting ‘PIPE32 £XX’ to 70070, where XX is the amount you wish to donate.
This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 21 August at 7.00pm.
This week/The Revd Barry Arscott RIP Barry’s funeral will be at St Martin’s on Thursday 22 August at 11.30am followed by a reception in the Austen Williams Room. Jean Claxton hopes that many will come to celebrate Barry’s life and ministry. The cremation will be at the City of London Crematorium at 3.15pm for family and close friends. Family flowers only, please, and a retiring collection for St Michael, Theydon Mount and St John the Baptist Leytonstone.
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 28 Aug in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
Archers on holiday for August Archers resumes on 26 Sept, the fourth Thursday of the month, with 7pm Eucharist followed by supper, fellowship, and interactive programme.
Volunteers please! Saturday September 21 Open House London 2013 Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let Caroline Essex or a member of the church and worship committee know either in church on Sundays or via the parish office.
Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? What does it mean to live as a minority group where one’s faith is not shared or comprehended by the majority of people with whom one lives and works? Our Autumn Education Series 2013 seeks to examine what it means to have faith when one’s faith is on a particular frontier, challenged by others and challenging the prevailing culture. Faith on the Frontiers seeks to explore these realities with a leading group of speakers including Stanley Hauerwas, Sam Wells, Mark Oakley, June Osborne, Clare Herbert, Alastair McIntosh, Lord Christopher Patten and Richard Kearney. This exciting lecture series is open to all. There is a suggested donation of £5 for each lecture. Dates for your diary: 23 September, 7, 21 October, 4, 11, 18 November. See leaflet in church today.
Special St Luke’s Tide Events Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith. Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.
Welcome Back Queen Eleanor Cyclists, Monday 26 August The cyclists on the annual Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, including a number from St Martin’s, return after completing the 200-mile, 4-day ride at Westminster Abbey at 3.30pm on Monday 26 August. Do come and welcome them back at the Abbey and join in the commemoration at the queen’s tomb or join them at 3.00 pm at St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside to cycle the last 3 miles. Donations for The Connection can be make via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/QECR3 or by cheque or cash to Lesley Cannon at The Connection (020 7766 5522).
Credit card scam Be aware that fraudsters are ringing elderly people in London pretending to be either the police or their bank. They may claim that your card has been used illegally and ask for your details and even give you a phone number to check them out. They may also try to send a courier to pick up your cards. It is all a scam. Don’t give them any details, just hang up