Today/The APCM is today! Apart from conducting the usual business, there will be elections for churchwardens and members of the PCC and only people on the electoral roll are entitled to vote. You must have signed a form this year to be on the roll.
Tomorrow/Celebrating Earth Day, 22 April 7pm Austen Williams room A screening of Academy Award® nominated film, “Sun Come Up”, a lecture by Eleanor Harris, an environment Christian activist, and the opportunity to develop an educational leaflet for SMITF that highlights a Christian view of the environmental crisis. And Anna Yew’s exhibition, “Climate Change & the Oceans”. All are welcome. For more info, please email to StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 24 April 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/Archers, 25 April, 7pm in Austen Williams Room for Communion, a shared meal and discussion. Bring your favourite poem, psalm or prayer. Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office if you wish to attend.
Sunday 28 April There will be a Pilgrimage Pastries Cake Stall after morning service, please bring and buy!
Sunday 28 April 10.30am/Beating the Bounds with St John’s Waterloo, Waterloo Road, SE1. Our neighbours with whom we share a parish boundary down the middle of the Thames (!), invite members of the St Martin’s community to join them for their annual ‘beating of the bounds’, followed by rogation planning in their garden and barbeque lunch. All are welcome.
Monday 29 April 7.00pm in church, Honest to God: Credible Christianity in the 21st Century 50 years ago John Robinson’s book Honest to God sold more than a million copies. A distinguished panel will discuss its influence and contemporary resonance and answer questions. On the panel, chaired by Mike Wooldridge, will be Mark Vernon, Francis Spufford, Sheila Watson and Sam Wells. This education programme is free and all are welcome.
Club Wednesday 1 May Choral Eucharist at 1pm followed by lunch in the Austen Williams Room. For our talk we welcome the return of Dudley Green who will be talking to us about The Bronte Family. Dudley is the author of Patrick Bronte: The Father of Genius. Not to be missed. All are welcome.
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 1 May at 7.00pm.
Living the Questions begins again on Sunday 5 May with a new series of studies – Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 5 May(at 12.30); 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July; All are welcome come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm. But please note first group on 5 May is at 12.30pm.
Tax: Law and Morality – Which Way Now?” Tuesday 7 May, 7pm in church. As part of the “If” campaign organised around the British G8 Presidency, St Martin’s and ActionAid have organised a debate to look at the issues of tax, law and morality in more depth, and to explore whether we can move beyond argument to reach solutions that would help particularly those in developing countries. David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary (invited), Catherine McKinnell, the Shadow Exchequer Secretary, and Stephen Williams, a LibDem spokesman on tax matters will lead the debate. All are welcome.
Date for the Diary The Melanesian Mission religious communities have arrived in England for their ‘Simply Living’ Mission to six different dioceses in the United Kingdom. The end of their mission is at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and panpipes! All are welcome! Flyers available!
Save the Date: The Parish weekend will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Flyers and application forms will be available next Sunday.
The SMITF Annual Report and Accounts is now available for a suggested donation of £3. This is the ‘formal’ document that covers all the things required by auditors, charity commissioners and other such bodies. ALSO AVAILABLE is the Annual Review of Activities also for a suggested donation of £3. This is the ‘life’ of SMITF from The Archers, to Meditation Group through to – well buy it and find out for yourself. It is a fascinating read which captures the life, vibrancy and energy of the place we hold so dear to our hearts.
2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank the members of the community who have generously donated to the Organ Appeal. The Organ Appeal committee are seeking further support towards the project, which begins on 1 August. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support.
An Appeal David Jackson is doing some research into the archived SMITF newsletter/pewsheet front covers from their emergence in the early 90s. If anyone has copies, especially those dated between 1993 and 2004, the Archive Office would be very glad to see them. Please give to Michael Hellyer, David or the vergers. They can be copied and returned.
London Marathon Will Charnley is running the London Marathon today, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s. This is the second year he’ll be running for them – the response was great last year but needs to be even better for him to beat his £2000 target! To support him see: www.justgiving.com/Will-Charnley2
Places are still available for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org