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Notices for Sunday 22 September, Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

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.

Today/Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service at the Baptismal Font in the back of the church. Young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to take a closer look at our new Processional Cross. Biscuits, squash and creative learning will follow downstairs in the Dick Sheppard Chapel.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 6, 27 October, 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.

Today/SMITF Disability Awareness Task Group meets today 12.30pm–2.00pm in the Desmond Tutu room.

Today/Martin-Luther-Kirche, Berlin A group from St Martin’s is visiting the Martin-Luther-Kirche in Berlin. We have developed close ties with them over recent years holding ‘exchange visits’ and maintain close ties with them. This year the group will be with them for their Harvest Festival.

Sam Wells will be visiting Hong Kong and China from 22-30 September.

Thank you all those who have applied to become volunteers for the new St Martin’s Sunday International Group at the Connection. We have had a lot of applications which is great. We are meeting this Sunday to select the volunteers and volunteer teams and Sarah Crompton will be contacting you early this week. Please note the following three important training sessions are taking place which we hope volunteers will attend: Sunday 29 September 1.30-3.00pm at The Connection: An Introduction to the Aims of the Sunday International Group. Wednesday 2 October 6.30-9.00pm: Practical Training with the Staff of the Connection. Saturday 2 November 2.30-5.30pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place: Listening Skills Training and Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

This week/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? This exciting lecture series begins on 23 September at 7.00pm with Mark Oakley, Rosemarie Mallett and Clare Herbert talking about faith: On the Frontiers of a World City. Other dates for your diary: 7 Oct June Osborne; 21 Oct Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells; 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/The Archers (40s and 50s et all) Thursday 26 September, 7pm Austen Williams Room. We meet for Eucharist, supper together and then a documentary film about the Melanesian Simply Living Mission to UK which ends at St Martin’s with everyone dancing! How can we learn to live more simply and with greater respect for God’s creation and for one another? Members of Archers old and new are welcome. Please let Michael Moran know if you would like to join us, via the Parish Office.

Next week, Sunday 29 September, we will have a collection for Harvest flowers at the end of the 10am service. We will be decorating the church for Harvest on Saturday 5 October, and if you would like to come and help please join us in church at 10am.

Living the Questions Next week’s topic – “Paul’s Eschatology: End of the World, or Beginning of Justice?” 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. Future dates are 29 Sept; 20, 27 Oct. Come for one session or come for them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

All Saints Fulham, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs/Sunday 29 September 6.00pm The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong. Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern.

Sunday 6 October 12.30pm, Crypt café – Couch Potatoes meet to digest the fiasco of summer holidays with firm purpose of amendment.

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. See leaflet in church. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.

Saturday 26 Oct: Theatre Arts and Leadership Day Spaces are still available for our 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 john.falcone@smitf.org or call the Church office to reserve a spot.

The Silent Auction Over 40 pieces of stunning work have been donated to the homelessness charity, The Connection at St Martin’s, to raise money for its art room. The auction launches on Friday 27 September and you can see the work and make bids by visiting www.art.auction-bid.org. If you would like to attend the Private View please contact events@cstm.org.uk

‘Ecclesiastical Sex Crises: The Lack of a Theology of Desire?’ A Public Lecture by Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Organised by the Centre for Philosophy of Religion, Heythrop College, University of London. Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 6.00pm in The Marie Eugenie Room. There will be a wine reception after the lecture. There is no charge for entry. Please register by sending an email to f.ellis@heythrop.ac.uk