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.
St Luke’s Day – today’s Parish Eucharist Today members of the Healing Team and of the Disability Awareness Task Group will help lead the service, together with Revd Professor John Swinton whom we welcome from the University of Aberdeen as our preacher. If you wish to come forwards for healing prayer please come to one of the 5 stations in the side aisles, at the front, or in the Baptistry. Children and young people are especially welcome at the Baptistry, where they will find Katherine and John who will introduce “new ways of praying” to them. Today Holy Communion will also be distributed at the front of the central aisle and in the side aisles, and not from the High Altar.
Today/An Open Handed Peace At the Peace we will share Christ’s peace in an open handed way by standing “palms upwards” for others to gently place their hands on ours. We will try this new way of peace – sharing until Advent Sunday, and then review.
Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service. After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.
Today/St Martin’s and Me The Stories Group are filming/recording again on Sunday 20 October after the 10 am Eucharist for the ‘St Martin’s and Me’ mosaic of stories of the people of St Martin’s to go on the church website. Come and find members of the Group in the Lightwell after the service. Also you can see what we’ve recorded so far at 12noon, or thereabouts in the Desmond Tutu Room. We also aim to film in the Hall during coffee, as background to some stories. If you don’t want to be on film, let Katharine Segura (who’s behind the camera) know so she can avoid you. Come on – have a go!
Today/Living the Questions Today’s topic – “Images of Jesus: Forgotten Insights from the East.” This open discussion group, based on DVD material, encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition, and to live into the answers we discover. Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12.15 – 1.45pm. Our final session will be 27 Oct. Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.
Tomorrow/Monday 21 October/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers Stanley Hauerwas was named “America’s Best Theologian” in 2001. He is Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University, North Carolina and a prolific writer and speaker who confronts the gift and the demands Christ poses to the modern world both charitably and unsentimentally. Stanley Hauerwas is over from the USA and will be speaking at St Martin-in-the Fields and St Paul’s Cathedral. The programme at St Martin’s is a unique and exciting opportunity to hear him in conversation with Revd Dr Sam Wells, his long-time colleague, friend, and theological collaborator. This is a programme not to be missed. ALL ARE WELCOME. Future dates: 4 Nov Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.
This week/Saturday 26 Oct /Theatre Arts and Leadership Day Spots still available! Parish members are invited to a day-long workshop at the world-famous Cardboard Citizens Theatre in Whitechapel. Get to know younger and older parishioners; practice leadership exercises and games; learn how to express yourself, and your vision of St. Martin’s – in image and rhythm, in word and dramatic action. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 27 October, 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.
Monday 28 October, BBC Young Chorister of the Year final takes place in St Martin’s at 5.30pm (please be seated by 5.15pm). A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation. Please email email@example.com or telephone 020 7766 1111 by noon on Thursday 24 October to reserve a ticket. Reserved tickets will be available for collection at the box office on Monday 28 October.
The Archers (40s and 50s et all) Thursday 31 October, 7pm Austen Williams Room. We meet for Holy Communion, followed by supper. Our theme for this time of remembrance will be “A person who inspired me.” This can be a person living or departed. Bring a photo or something which makes you remember them with you, if you are able. Please let Michael Moran know if you would like to join us (via the Parish Office) so we have an idea of numbers. Michael is also taking reservations for our Archers Christmas dinner on 19 December.
Sunday 3 November, All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’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.
Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival on Sunday 10 November at 6.30pm, followed by a party in St Martin’s Hall. Tickets for supper, suggested donation of £5, available from next Sunday.
Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.
Blanche Tolley Blanche is doing well in her new home in Cornwall. Celia Ellacott is hoping to visit her there on Friday 1 November and would be happy to take messages, cards or gifts for Blanche. You can speak to Celia who will be serving coffee after the 10 am service today or next week, or email her via the Parish Office.
For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin.