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Notices for Sunday 2 December, Advent Sunday

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Changes to services during December  During Advent, there will be no Choral Evensong on Sundays and no 6pm Evening Prayer in the DSC on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays our Choral Eucharist service at 1.00pm will continue as usual but there will be no 5pm Choral Evensong services or 6.15pm Holy Communion services on these days, instead there will be said Evening Prayer at 5pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel on 5, 12, 19 December.  The Thursday 6pm Holy Communion service will take place on 13, 20, 27 December only.

Advent and Christmas Services Advent begins today and our Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm Coming, Ready or Not explores in words and music our Advent theme.  Our preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s.  The full list of Advent and Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December, on our website and in the Parish Pipeline.  Everyone on the electoral roll or parish list should have received a copy by e-mail; if not please e-mail Elinor Newman ( in the Parish Office and copies are also available at the back of church.  There will be no ticketing system for the capacity Christmas services: Advent Carols, Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols.  We will be opening the doors at 5.30pm and as the church is often full do arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

Today/“Coming, ready or not!”, our booklet of reflections, readings and prayers for Advent is now available from the stewards after the service for a donation of £3.50.

Today/Prayer for healing  We will be setting aside the Dick Sheppard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing.  A member of clergy and a lay minister will be available to pray with you.

Today/Card Sale in the Hall over Coffee  Young Epilepsy’s Equality and Diversity Club visited us recently and as a result have made cards to sell towards the Christmas Appeal.  Their own campaign is called “Have a heart for the Homeless.”  Please support as you come down to coffee.

Today/Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions meets for the final time this term in the Desmond Tutu Room and not the Austen Williams Room which is being used for the Christmas Appeal.  Our aim is to give people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience, meeting after coffee, at 12.15.  Next term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details:

Tomorrow/Please pray for women clergy from the Diocese of London meeting together tomorrow to pray and talk away the “Post Vote Blues” in the St Martin’s Hall, and thank you everybody for your warm messages of support and encouragement to all the clergy here.

Tomorrow/Advent Oasis begins  A lovely group have emerged for this reflective Christmas study and the group is now full.  Please meet tomorrow at the Box Office at 6.45pm to begin our Advent – Epiphany journey.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 5 Dec 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/Wednesday 5 December/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist.  Dudley Green will be speaking on the subject of “Mallory of Everest” and is the distinguished author of a book with that title and the brother of Stephen.  Not to be missed!

This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 5 December at 7.00pm.

This week/The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you to our next event on Saturday 8 Dec.  A two-parter Christmas gathering, we’ll meet at 6.30pm for a Japanese meal at Mr. Taro, no.10 Old Compton Street and then head for karaoke 8-10pm at Epoc, no.30 Brewer Street.  Feel free to come to either part but to book your place at karaoke please give £10 to Matias, Simon or Cathy after the service and before 4 December.  The karaoke venue is obscure so we’ll meet at the restaurant at 7.50 for ease.  All are welcome.  For further details, please contact Cathy at

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.

Sunday 16 December  There will be a short service of prayer for the blessing of the new altar in the Dick Sheppard Chapel after the 10.00am morning service.  All will be very welcome to pray with Sam in the Light Well and Chapel itself.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Christmas Dinner Thursday 20 December 2012 6.30pm for 7.30pm.  Location: Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, SE1 8UJ.  Cost: £25.  Please collect a menu from James Allan or Janet Allan (contact via the Parish Office) to book

Saturday 29 December, Come and Sing the World’s Great Christmas Choruses  Join the Choral Scholars of St-Martin-in-the-Fields to rehearse and perform Christmas Choruses under the direction Andrew Earis, Director of Music.  Includes choruses from the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 10.00am: Doors open, 10.15am: Workshop, 12.30pm: Performance.  Workshop Registration (including score hire) £10.  Book at the Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ.  Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at

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,

Art Works, the Connection’s latest absorbing exhibition of art, creative writing and films by people who are, or have been, homeless, is to be held at SW1 Gallery from 11-15 December.    Further details:, or 020 7963 4024