Today/8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship Learning to Dream Again, anticipating the second inauguration of President Obama. With Revd Prof Mark McIntosh, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University and led by Revd Dr Sam Wells. Please come to join us in church at 7.45am or listen live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am. All are welcome.
Today/Living the Questions evolves Living the Questions continues in January 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. As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials. This term’s dates: 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar. All are welcome to come along. Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week/A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm Continuing this week, our Lunchbreak service reaches out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week. This year Revd Will Morris is leading three ten-week series of talks on a ‘Theology of Everyday Things’. The first series looks at a ‘Theology of the Office’. Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.
This week/The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Thursday 24 January 2013, 7pm in the Austen Williams Room. We will start with Communion, followed by supper and a Burns celebration. Details to follow. Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office if you wish to attend.
Sunday 27 January, Homelessness Sunday at 10am The preacher will be Revd Dr Sam Wells. This year’s Homelessness Sunday collection will go towards The Connection at St Martin’s Night Centre food. An evening meal and morning snack plus hot drinks for around 25 rough sleepers every night all year round. The Night Centre provides an overnight respite from the streets and increases capacity for up to 70 people per night in freezing temperatures to provide life-saving emergency cold weather capacity.
Monday choral concerts, 6.30-7.30pm, all tickets £10. 28 January – Tallis and Vaughan Williams with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields; 11 February – Byrd and Britten with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s. Book at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org.
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 30 Jan in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
On Wednesday 30 Jan at 7.00pm at St Martin in the Fields (in Church) Revd Dr Sam Wells will address the question “Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGBT add to the identity of being Christian?” This is a lecture hosted by St Martin in the Fields and by “Open Table”, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, to address issues currently debated hotly in Church and society. Not only supporters of Changing Attitude but all are very warmly welcome to this open lecture. The evening will be chaired by Revd Clare Herbert, and will include responses and questions from the floor.
Wednesday 6 February/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist. Visiting speaker, David McLachlan, will be talking with pictures about his recent trip to Lebanon. All are welcome.
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 6 February at 7.00pm.
Lent Study Course 2013 will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection, based on Sam Wells’ book which was chosen as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book in 2007. Flyers are now available in church. Please fill in an application and return as soon as possible, together with £12 which covers the cost of the book. All are welcome.
Silent Retreat Weekend, 1-3 March at the Sisters of St Andrew, Eden Hall, Edenbridge. If you would like to come please mark this date in your diary and watch this space for flyers and application forms to be available.
This year’s stewards’ training will take place between 11.30am and 1pm on Sunday 16 June. This is the only time in the year we get to share our experiences and improve our skills, so Adam and Richard encourage all stewards to come. The training session will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch. For those of you who like to plan ahead, the briefing for the Advent and Christmas carol services will be at 11.30am on Sunday 24 November.
Save the Date: The Parish weekend will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Please put this date into your diary!
On New Year’s Day the St Martin-in-the-Fields Ringers were the guests of the Westminster Abbey ringers, with ten members of the St Martin’s Band ringing a Quarter Peal of Stedman Caters. Ringing at the Abbey is restricted and it was a privilege for many of the St Martin’s Band to ring there for the first time.
Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Child Protection Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.
Security is an issue in any public space in central London. Please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them. If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!