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Notices for Sunday 23 August, the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

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Today/Baptism We are pleased to welcome Charles Francis Davies who will be baptised at the 10am Eucharist and we pray for him, his parents and godparents.

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 is now on its summer break and will resume on Sunday 6 September.

Our summer pattern of services continues until the end of August. Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist is with a soloist and organ, and choral evensong is sung by St Martin’s Voices. Choral Wednesdays continue with a soloist at 1pm and quartet at 4.30pm.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 25 August at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/Bread For the World is taking a break over the summer and is starting again on Wednesday 9 September. Do come again after the break.

This week/Archers, Thursday 27 August, 7.00pm We meet for Holy Communion in the Austen Williams Room followed a supper of summer salads. Bring a photo, postcard, or holiday memento if you can to share a summer visit, holiday or experience you have had this summer.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 2 September in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Club Wednesday meets again on Wednesday 2 September Join us in Church for the Eucharist at 1.00pm and then afterwards in the Austen Williams Room for a light lunch and a cup of tea. This month there will be a chance to meet and welcome our new Pastoral Assistant Andrew Bennison who will be talking about his experience of being a secondary school teacher in London.

A Thanksgiving & Memorial Service to mark the 25th Silver Jubilee Pilgrimage will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 5 September in St Martin’s. There will be a celebrating party following in the Connection at St Martin’s. All Pilgrims and Pilgrimage supporters are welcome. For all enquiries and to RSVP to the party, please contact Eugene Ling on eugene.ling@cstm.org.uk or 020 7766 5544 (Extension 521).

Living With Dementia, Tuesday 15 September, 7.00-9.00pm, St Martin’s Hall. In September we continue to explore the experience of dementia and faith following our very successful evening earlier in the year. Through the insight of lived experience and theological reflection we will continue to look at how our church life and worship might grow in a more dementia-friendly way. Please make a note in your diary. All are welcome. Suggested donation £5.

Thanks to the generosity of our brothers and sisters from the English service, we raised £70 last Sunday from the sale of scarves. The next scarf sale, with new designs ideal for autumn/winter, will be on 20 September in St Martin’s Parish Hall after the 10am Sunday service as part of the fundraising campaign to support the outreach project to students from China and the Mandarin community. To find out more about this project please contact Tricia Cui or Edith Lau.

Autumn Lecture Series: The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence Looking from the perspective of the three Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, five renowned theologians, authors and cultural commentators will explore these themes from their own perspectives and faith traditions. Mondays at 7.00pm: 21 September Dr Sam Wells, 5 Oct Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, 19 Oct Giles Fraser, 2 Nov Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, 16 Nov Karen Armstrong. The series is free and all are welcome. There will be a retiring collection to cover costs.

Joyce Bennett RIP who died aged 92 on 11 July was the first British woman to be ordained priest in the Anglican Communion in 1971. Following her work as a CMS mission partner in Hong Kong, including as principal of St Catharine’s School for Girls in Kwun Tong, she returned to the UK in the 1980s where she ministered to the Chinese congregation here at St Martin’s. There will be a memorial service to celebrate her life at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 23 September at 11am. All are welcome.

Living on the Edge, Saturday 17 October, 10.30am-4.30pm, St Martin’s Hall How do we respond when we find ourselves excluded? A day exploring how disabled people are finding new ways to use their experience of exclusion to improve understanding and address barriers to belonging. Through talks and workshops, using the art space, silent space and marketplace, disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in the issues gather to resource each other and the church. Speakers include our own Susan Wolfe and Sam Wells. Register at www.inclusive-church.org/disability-conference-2015 Cost £20/£10 concessions. More information from Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

To help document the history of the Christmas Appeal, the Charity Team are appealing to you for information! If you have any photographs, memorabilia or fond memories of listening to the Appeal over the past years, then please contact Kirsty on kirsty.cunningham@smitf.org or via 020 7766 1138. The team is especially keen to hear from anyone who used to volunteer for the Appeal, or has a connection to the BBC.

We’ve launched Building Futures, the campaign to raise £4.5m to secure the future of St Martin’s. As part of Building Futures, there is a new timeline on our website, www.smitf.org. Take a look at some of the key moments from our history. We are continuing to develop the timeline, so if you have a suggestion of another event to include, please get in touch with Katy Shaw in the Development team (katy.shaw@smitf.org, tel: 020 7766 1168). If you would like to make a gift to support the campaign, pick up a Building Futures envelope or go to www/smitf.org/support-us.

Welcome back Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, Monday August 31 Do please come and welcome back the cyclists, including those from the congregation, who are completing the 230 mile ride from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey on Monday August 31 to raise funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. They will be reaching the Abbey at 4pm. Do join them for a short service at the Queen’s tomb and a party at The Connection, 12 Adelaide Street, London WC1.