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Notices for Sunday 22 March, the Fifth Sunday of Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the DSC.

Today/Emergency Response to Cyclone Pam The cyclone that struck Vanuatu and Temotu in the Solomon Islands has left thousands homeless and without adequate fresh water, food or shelter. At the end of our 10am Eucharist today there will be a retiring collection for the Church of Melanesia’s Emergency Cyclone Pam Appeal. For more info see the flyer. Please give generously.

Diocesan Lent Appeal Many thanks to all those who donated to the Diocesan Lent Appeal last Sunday towards inspiring youth ministry in the diocese. We received £1013.32 plus gift aid.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 24 March at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/Spirituality and Sustainability, Tuesday 24 March, 7pm, Tutu Room. We will be discussing ‘Living With Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology’ by Richard Bauckham. We will also be planning events around Earth Day in April. All are welcome. For more info, please email StMartinsSnS@gmail.com or talk to Andrew Aitken after the service.

This week/Lent Programme 2015: The Path of Humility, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Using the book Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry we will be reflecting on different aspects of Christ’s humility and his challenge to us. This week Revd Katherine Hedderly introduces chapters 7-8. Join us: March 25, April 1.

This week/Saturday 28 March Lent Oasis As we approach Holy Week, we are running an Oasis day with an opportunity for creative activity and conversation to explore our responses to mortality. Look out for the flyer, or see Ali Lyon.

Clocks change next Sunday Don’t forget that British Summer Time starts next Sunday and the clocks go forward one hour.

Palm Sunday 29 March 9.45am/10am Next Sunday we mark the beginning of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession, led by a donkey, with the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. We meet at the steps behind Admiralty Arch near the British Council building where the procession begins at 9.45am. For those who are not joining the procession the service in church begins as usual at 10am, when we greet the arrival of the procession and read the Passion Gospel. Also on Palm Sunday 29 March there will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers after the 10am service. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help with the flowers on Easter Saturday 4 April from 9.30am in church.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 14 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 29 March, 19 April, 3, 10, 31 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 13 June at 9.30am. Classes for children will be on: 19 April, 17, 24, 31 May. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) or for children John Falcone (john.falcone@smitf.org).

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 1 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Monday 13 April 7.00-8.30pm: Towards a Politics for the Common Good. A Pre-Election Debate at St Martin-in-the-Fields. In the run up to the General Election we bring together a panel of eminent parliamentarians from different political parties and denominations to discuss their approaches to Christian social and ethical teaching. The panel consisting of Sarah Teather (Lib Dem), Alistair Burt (Con), Dominic Grieve (Con), Stephen Timms (Lab), and David Lammy (Lab) will be responding to questions posed by theologians Dr Sam Wells and Dr Anna Rowlands (Durham University). There will be the chance for questions from the floor. Free and open to all. The Café in the Crypt will remain open until 10.00pm to buy refreshments and to continue the discussion.

Monday 20 April 7-8.30pm: Are We Still Any Use? Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Church Today This panel discussion reflects on Bonhoeffer’s significance and the questions he raises for the church today. The panel will be chaired by Mike Wooldridge and includes Revd Dr Sam Wells, Revd Dr Stephen Plant, Dr Jane Williams and Dr Natalie Watson.

APCM Sunday 26 April At our annual parochial meeting we will elect 2 new PCC members. It is also when churchwardens are elected or re-elected. This year, as Rod has reached the maximum number of years of service (6) he will not be standing again. Ali is planning to stand for re-election. If you are on the electoral roll and are interested in standing either for the PCC or as churchwarden, this is a good time to talk to Ali Lyon or Rod about what it involves. They would be delighted to talk to you.

Our Treasurer, Stan Chan, steps down in April after 6 years, so we are looking for a finance professional with experience of strategic financial management. Whilst desirable, you do not have to be a qualified accountant; just as important is the ability to communicate financial matters in plain language. Find out more from Stan, the churchwardens or the Vicar/clergy.

Applications are open for our new voluntary choir, St Martin’s Chorus. The group will have particular focus on performing in the Sound of St Martin’s concert series, with plans for 2015 to include Orff Carmina Burana and Rachmaninoff Vespers. The choir is auditioned and it is completely free to participate. Rehearsals are on Thursday nights ahead of each project. Please email choir@smitf.org for further information and an application form. The deadline is 1 April.

Save the date: July 10-12, Parish Weekend 2015 In 2015 we will return to Worth Abbey for a weekend of prayer, reflection and fun. The theme for the weekend will be “Belonging: Belonging to God, Belonging to One Another, Belonging to the Land.” We will be joined by Timothy Radcliffe OP as our special guest speaker.