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Notices for Sunday 2 November, All Saints and All Souls

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Today/All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 5.00pm (Victoria’s Requiem) At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church. Preacher for All Souls will be the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

Today/Children’s Programme – On the first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets from 9.30 -10.00am before the service. Today we assemble our Remembrance Day Prayer for Peace Art Project, which will be on display in the Parish Hall during coffee. Please stop by and add your written prayers to this artwork, which will be presented at the 10am service next Sunday.

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.

Rebecca Taylor RIP It is with great sadness that we share the news that Rebecca Taylor died this week after a long struggle with cystic fibrosis. Rebecca loved St Martin’s, she was a regular at the 6.30pm healing services, a member of Open Circle and enjoyed the silent retreats. Rebecca’s funeral will be on Saturday 8 November at 11am. Please remember Rebecca, her family and partner Alasdair in your prayers.

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Lecture Series: Living Without Enemies: Christian Responses to War and Violence A group of inspirational speakers, reflect from different perspectives on the nature of war and peace. The series is free and open to all. Dates for your diary: 3, 10, 24 November. See leaflet in church today. Andrew White speaks on 3 November on Living without enemies in Baghdad.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 5 November, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. Michael Moran has been deeply influenced by the spirituality of St Francis de Sales, who wrote a spiritual classic about living a devout life. Come and hear Michael’s speak about his experience of St Francis. All are welcome.

Marc Gascoigne We would like to thank Marc for all he has contributed to the life of St Martin’s as our Church Communications Officer and wish him well for the future. We are currently recruiting for Marc’s successor.

Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival on Sunday 9 November at 5.00pm, followed by a party with live music and a ceilidh in St Martin’s Hall. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, are available during coffee after the 10am service, from Bronwyn Sanders, and from the Parish Office.

The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 11 November at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 12 November in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Sunday 16 November 7.00pm: St Martin-in-the-Fields Sunday International Group host Woven Gold and the Kosmos Quartet. Woven Gold is a choir of refugees escaping cruelty, they are joined by the Kosmos Ensemble and return to St Martin’s for an exciting evening of music and song. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the gifts and experiences that those who have sought asylum in this country bring. The event is free and open to all with a retiring collection for the Helen Bamber Creative Arts Programme for Refugees. There are flyers available at the back of the church.

Sunday 23 November 7.00pm, St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts “Walaa” (Loyalty), a Syrian Play by Ahmed Masoud As part of our Autumn Series “Living Without Enemies” this powerful play explores themes of loyalty to family, country, and political position in the current Syrian crisis. The play will be performed in church. Doors open at 6.40pm. The production is open to all. A retiring collection will be taken to cover the cost of the production. Not to be missed! Flyers are available at the back of the church.

In thanksgiving for the life of Ralph Smith The Choral Eucharist at 1pm on Wednesday 3 December will be a special Thanksgiving Eucharist in memory of Ralph and in celebration of his life. Ralph was Head Verger at St Martin’s for 12 years before retiring in April last year due to ill health. Ralph died in August and Margaret his wife and the family will be with us to remember Ralph and give thanks to God for him and all he contributed so faithfully and generously over many years here at St Martin’s. The services will be followed by refreshments in the Gallery. All are welcome.

This year will be the 88th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields. We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities including helping with the exhibition in the Foyer, answering call from donors, opening and processing donations and helping with social media. For more information call Martin or Tim on 020 7766 1134 or go to

On Friday 7 November, the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Martin’s Voices will perform Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, alongside Haydn’s Nelson Mass (‘Mass for troubled times’). On Tuesday 11 November, the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields will perform Duruflé Requiem: A Concert for Armistice Day. If you book for both of these concerts at the same time, you will receive 20% off the total cost. Please quote ‘congregation’ when you book at the box office.