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Notices for Sunday 18 November, Second Sunday before Advent

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today/Book Launch  After coffee, Rosy Fairhurst’s book ‘Uncovering Sin: a gateway to healing and calling’ will be launched and this will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate Rosy’s time at St Martin’s with a glass of wine or soft drink and a slice of cake.  Rosy’s last Sunday at St Martin’s will be Sunday 2 December where she will be presiding at the 10am service.

Today/Living the Questions evolves  *No Living the Questions today as they are attending the book launch.*  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.  Dates: 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details:

Today/Sale of secondhand books after the Morning Service.  All proceeds to the ‘Malawi Health Centre’ Appeal.

Tomorrow/Monday 19 November, 6.30-7.30pm, Bach and Buxtehude  A concert of cantatas and motets sung by the new St Martin’s Choral Scholars, directed by Andrew Earis.  Tickets (£10 unreserved) available from the Box Office on 020 7766 1100 or on

General Synod  Please pray for Anirban Roy and Clare Herbert attending the Synod this week, with its important vote about the Women Bishops Legislation and discussion of the Living Wage. There is a pre vote vigil of prayer for all who would like to attend at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 November from 7.00pm–10.00pm, to which you will be most welcome.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 21 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Weds 21 November at 7.00pm.

Filming in Trafalgar Square, Sunday 25 November  There is a major action film shoot planned for the Square over the weekend of 24-25 November.  Services will go ahead as usual but there will be temporary pedestrian and road closures in the area and much of the Square will be shut down between 8am and 11am on the Sunday.  Access will be from the north side of church – i.e. from Church Path side – and the west and south portico gates may remain closed.

The Advent Booklet, “Coming, ready or not!”, with reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, will be available on Sunday 25 November.

Stewards still needed to help with services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, especially the Midnight Mass.  Please contact Charles Woodd via the Parish Office.  Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered for stewarding during Advent and Christmas – don’t forget, there is a short briefing at 11.30 am immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday 25 November.  Apologies only to the Parish Office.

Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

Wednesday 28 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 with speakers that include Claire Foster-Gilbert, The Ethics Academy, Rajinder Singh Sandhu, Headmaster the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and Jeremy Sinclair, Chairman M & C Saatchi.  Three minutes silence will be held on the hour throughout the day.

Saturday 1 December, Advent Procession at St Paul’s Cathedral  We have 25 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 5.40pm) and will last approximately 60 minutes.  Please contact Angela Anderson by Friday 23 November if you would like tickets (, 020 7766 1107).

9 December Malawi Christmas Stall This year the C-Club Christmas stall will be raising money for the building and furnishing of a new maternity ward for the health centre in Nkasala village, managed by St Luke’s Hospital.  Please come prepared to buy cakes, christmas cards and gifts etc.  Contributions are welcome.  On Sundays 18 & 25 November Ann Roberts and Susannah Woodd will be taking orders for Christmas Cakes and specially made Malawi 2013 Calendars.  Find them over coffee to place your order.

Wednesday 12 December, A Service of Thanksgiving for 80 years of the BBC World Service 11am-12noon at St Martin-in-the-Fields led by Revd Dr Sam Wells.  The preacher will be Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.  A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation.  Please email or telephone 020 7766 1107 to reserve a ticket.

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly,