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Notices for Sunday 2 February: The Presentation of Christ at the Temple

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Today/Candlemas  We join with our Chinese congregations and members of the Chinese choir as we celebrate the presentation of Christ in the Temple at our 10am Eucharist, and remember Chinese New Year.  Preacher Revd Will Morris.

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/Children’s Program – Every first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets at 9.30 am, before the 10am service.  Today we hold a special intergenerational programme in the Austen Williams Room, No 6 St Martin’s Place, ground floor.

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. Two members of the healing team will be available to pray with you.

Today/Sam Wells is away giving lectures in Ottawa and Austin, Texas and will return to St Martin’s on Thursday.

Today/Chinese New Year  Volunteers would be very welcome to help the Chinese congregations in their outreach for Chinese New Year at their stall outside St Martin’s (near Pret a Manger) throughout the day as London celebrates, followed by Chinese food. To volunteer or find out more please contact Patrick Lam at

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 5 Feb 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/Club Wednesday meets this week on 5 February, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place.  Tim Bissett, Director of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, will share stories and reflections about this year’s Appeal.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Wednesday 5 February at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Movie Night, 8 February, 5.30pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. 2014 is one of the tightest races in movie award history.  Three different movies captured key awards covering issues of spiritual rebirth, racial reconciliation, and social justice.  Join us in our special movie night! Participants will be divided into two or three groups to see different movies.  Then everybody will regroup for some movie bantering over light dinner.  RSVP to 

Crèche at St Martin’s  For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 9, 23 Feb, 9, 23 March.  Please ask a steward to show you where to go.  Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service, or of course stay for part of the session.  

Next Sunday/9 February 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 St Martin-in-the-Fields High School in Tulse Hill. There will be music and words from children, teachers and governors of the two schools.

Save the Date/Sunday 9 February  Living the Questions session three: ‘What Does “Thinking Theologically” Mean?’  This DVD-based open discussion group brings our questions to the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers.  Each session (12.15-1.45pm in the Vicarage) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups.   Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or take in the whole series.  See flyer in church or contact for details. 

10 February at 7.00pm in church: The Kate Adie  Lecture: Christian Women in the First World War. This is a programme organised by WATCH (Women in the Church) and hosted by St Martin’s. Kate Adie’s lecture is based on her new book: Fighting on the Home Front; The Legacy of Women in World War 1  Entry is free and open to all with a retiring collection for WATCH

This year’s Lent Course takes place each Monday evening in Lent- 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 6, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm, using Gerard Hughes’ Spiritual classic “God of Surprises” as our  guide. Inspired by St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, this  will be a journey of prayer and imaginative contemplation with listening groups to share with one another. On Monday 10 March the introduction to the course will be given by David Birchall SJ the director of the Jesuit Spirituality Centre, St Buenos. Flyers are available or at the back of the church for registration. The cost of the course is £15. 

14-16 March/The Silent Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God” will take place at the Retreat House, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly.  This Ignatian style retreat, using passages of scripture, and reflective exercises, will follow the natural cycle that we can discover in our own lives with God.  What do we wish to give thanks for and harvest, what has begun but needs to be nurtured and grown, what can be laid to rest and let go, and where is new life to be found?  The cost of the weekend is £138.  Spaces are limited.  To sign up please complete the application form in church today with the stewards or via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100. 

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 1 June.  Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 9, 23, 30 March, 13 April 4, 18 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 31 May at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Sunday 15 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10am Eucharist.  All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: or  Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.