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Notices for Sunday 23 December, Fourth Sunday of Advent & Sunday 30 December, First Sunday of Christmas

News St Martin – Talking Points

Advent and Christmas Services
Today/Manchester Carols at 6.30pm, a magical retelling of the Christmas story with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s and narration by members of the St Martin’s community.  Followed by NATIVITY at 8pm: Martha Fiennes’ stunning artwork, a visual and musical meditation on the nativity from 8.00pm-10.00pm on a big screen at St Martin’s. Not to be missed! 
Christmas Eve/Christmas Day The full list of Christmas services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are available in our whole site brochure for December, on our website and in the Parish Pipeline, available at the back of church.  Doors open for Parish Carols at 5.30pm.

Thanks!  A big thank you to everyone who has helped with our services during Advent and Christmas by singing, playing, reading, stewarding, in preparing the church and in lots of other ways.  All your efforts are hugely appreciated.  Thanks and Merry Christmas!

The 86th BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal  The amount raised by this year’s Christmas Appeal is now well over £1 million, which we’ve reached in record time. Thanks to those who have given, and to those who have given time to answer calls and open post. There is an exhibition on the railings of Church Path and downstairs in the Foyer showing how the money raised is used building hope to help people change their lives through the work of The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar’s Relief Fund.  You can make a donation online at or by using the red Christmas Appeal envelopes, or write a message on a brick in the foyer and stick on our display.

Saturday 29 December, Come and Sing the World’s Great Christmas Choruses  Join the Choral Scholars of St-Martin-in-the-Fields to rehearse and perform Christmas Choruses under the direction Andrew Earis, Director of Music.  Includes choruses from the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 10.00am: Doors open, 10.15am: Workshop, 12.30pm: Performance.  Workshop Registration (including score hire) £10.  Book at the Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ.  Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 2 January in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

No Club Wednesday on 2 January.  Club Wednesday will resume on 6 February.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 2 January 2013 at 7.00pm.

Sunday 6 January, Epiphany Carols, 6.30pm  Join us for a festival of Epiphany carols Into All The World with readings and music from the Choir of St Martin’s with three meditative reflections from Sam Wells.  If you would like to take part as a reader at this service please contact

A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm  Starting on Thursday 10 January, our Lunchbreak service reaches out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week.  In 2013 Revd Will Morris will lead three ten-week series of talks on a ‘Theology of Everyday Things’.  The first series looks at a ‘Theology of the Office’.  Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.

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.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly,

John Catto and Clare Richardson are to be married at St Martin’s on 12 January.  They hope all their friends from the congregation will join them for the service at 1.30 and for drinks and cake afterwards in St Martin’s Hall.

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues in January 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.  As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials.  Next term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details:

Opening Epiphany  Did you come to the Day Conference “Opening the Roof?” Are you a person living with illness or disability , or a friend or supporter, who would value an evening to gather together?  We meet for an evening’s simple liturgy, with a vegetarian supper to follow (liturgy c/o Fiona Macmillan, supper c/o Jeff Claxton) on Wednesday 16 January from 6.00pm onwards in the Austen Williams Room (liturgy at 6.30pm).  If you are unfamiliar with the St Martin’s site please meet at the Box Office in the Crypt at 6.15pm.  All are very welcome to join us – rsvp to Revd Clare Herbert, 07504 577210,