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Notices for Sunday 21 July, Eighth Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Occasional Singers We welcome the St Martin’s Occasional Singers who will be leading our 10am Eucharist service today. If you would like to find out more about joining this choir made up of members of our congregation do please speak to Andrew Earis (Director of Music) or Nicholas Wearne (Organist) today.

Today/Baptism We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Farmer and Sophia Montagu who will be baptised at the 10am Eucharist and we pray for them and their parents, Angela and Dennis and Mark and Sefakor, their godparents and both their families.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche starts today in the Austen Williams Room, No. 6 St Martin’s Place. Parents are invited to drop off their children between 9.45am-10.00am and collect them straight after the service. We are delighted that Catherine Burton will be running this group for the 0-4ish age group with an assistant. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 21 July, 4, 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If yould would like to find out more about the crèche do please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102,

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought-provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on/review with your children.

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/Book Sale after the 10am service. By popular request the “Dr Who” table will return. Bargains! Details from Colin Midlane.

Today/Living the Questions Today we cover the controversial topic of pseudonymous letters in the Bible. Did Paul really write all of the letters that bear his signature, or were some of them written by Christians claiming to speak in his name? 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. Subsequent sessions resume in the autumn: 8, 15, 29 Sept; 20, 27 Oct. Come for one or come to them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

Choral Sunday Services Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist and 5pm Choral Evensong services will be led by past and present choral scholars ‘The St Martin’s Voices’ through July and August. The Choir will return on Sunday 8 September.

This week/Choral Wednesdays continue in July and September with the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August. The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.

At the end of this week we say goodbye to our verger Matthew Horton who is leaving us to take a post with Lambeth Council. We thank Matthew for his dedicated service and wish him well for the future! Michael Mansfield, our new verger, began here last week and will be getting to know us all. We are very pleased to have him with us.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 31 July in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 7 August at 7.00pm.

Volunteers please! Saturday September 21 Open House London 2013 Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let Caroline Essex or a member of the church and worship committee know either in church on Sundays or via the parish office.

Special St Luke’s Tide Events Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith.  Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.

St Martin’s/All Saints, Fulham Cricket against Bishop of Salisbury’s team, Saturday 27 July This is taking place at 2.15pm on the Choir School pitch in The Close, Salisbury. Nick Holtam is captaining his team. Helen Holtam, Jo & Charles Woodd have very kindly offered tea to visitors. Train services to Salisbury every 30 minutes from Waterloo. Taxis or 12 minute walk from Salisbury station. Giles Andrews (contact via the Parish Office).

Organ Appeal You can quickly donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Organ Appeal by texting ‘PIPE32 £XX’ to 70070, where XX is the amount you wish to donate. Alternatively, please donate using the Organ Appeal Gift Aid envelopes.

The Connection are fundraising by selling vintage items at a Portobello Road market stall. If you have any antique costume jewellery, lamps, clothing etc. please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.