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Notices for Sunday 21 October, St Luke’s/Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today/Commemoration of St Luke  We are commemorating St Luke the Physician at our services at both 10am and 6.30pm and will focus on the ministry of healing.  The services will include the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil accompanied by prayer for healing, on behalf of yourself, someone else or the wider world.

Today at 5.00pm Evensong we are remembering and giving thanks for the life of Jean Long.  Jean loved Evensong and during the last months of her life used to listen to it on the radio.  Her husband Gordon has asked that she be remembered in this service and on St Luke’s day, the Gospel which reflected her own special love for the poor and vulnerable.  All are welcome to join us to celebrate the life of Jean and all that she contributed to the life of St Martin’s and the Connection.

Today/South Africa Thanksgiving Service POSTPONED  Please note that the South Africa Thanksgiving Service has been postponed, probably until the New Year.

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  October 22: Richard Carter – The Story Jesus Became; November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 24 Oct in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

This week/Archers (40s and 50s Fellowship) will be at 7 pm on Thursday 25 October.  We will start with Communion, followed by supper and sharing.  Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office, if you would like to attend.

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues 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.  This year we are using new dvd materials followed by discussion groups.  Dates: 28 October, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Sunday 4 November All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Fauré’s Requiem with organ).  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.  If there is someone you would like to be remembered please give their name to Elinor Newman in the Parish Office.  The deadline has been extended to 25 October.

Couch Potatoes has begun and ends on Friday 24 May 2013 at the Pilgrimage.  Please see Clare Herbert or Jan Gilchrist if you would like to join a scheme to lose a stone in weight, gain sponsorship for the Connection, and join in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury.  First meeting Sunday November 4 at 12.30 pm in the café.  Forms available on the porch table.

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

Sunday 11 November, following the 6.30pm service, The Patronal Festival Party will be held in St Martin’s Hall and Lightwell.  Tickets are available from Bronwyn Sanders or Michael Angus or from the Parish Office and the ticket includes a delicious meal, drinks and musical entertainment from Woven Gold, the brilliant refugee music group of the Helen Bamber Foundation.  Suggested donation £5 or more if you are able!  All are welcome!

Christmas Appeal Phone donations contributed over £200,000 towards last year’s Christmas Appeal record total of £1.8 million.  This year’s Appeal – our 86th – is going to launch on Sunday, 2 December, and we’re hoping to have even more people here answering phones and taking donations.  It can be very busy and very rewarding.  You will need to have a confident telephone manner and be able to enter the donor’s details into a computer (but if you can buy something online, you can use our donation page!).  If you can spare 2 hours (or more) on 2 December between 7.45am and 11.00pm, please speak to Craig or Rod, or e-mail craig.norman@smitf.org. We realise not everyone is comfortable answering phones but may still want to help, so in addition, we also need extra volunteers throughout the day to help sign in people in at the door and be generally welcoming.

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  For further information speak to Revd Katherine Hedderly katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Regular Giving  Did you know that you can give by Standing Order or by Weekly Envelopes to your church?  Regular giving in either of these ways helps us to plan our finances and ensure that we are good stewards.  Our aim is that regular giving by the congregation meets the clergy costs and we are nearly at that target, but not quite.  If you are not a member of either of these schemes will you consider giving in this way?  Setting up a standing order is easy to do and keeps you in control of your giving or we can supply weekly envelopes for you to use.  If you would like to do this or talk about it (or if you would like to increase your current giving) please speak to Rod Beadles (churchwarden) who can give you all the information you need.

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.