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Notices for Sunday 23 February, Second Sunday before Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 23 Feb, 9, 23 March. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service, or of course stay for part of the session.

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 in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults! Next week, C-Club meets before the service, at 9.30am, for a special Pre-Lent programme.

Today/St Martin’s and Me Our first heart-warming stories from St Martin’s community are now on the website (, with more to follow over the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have come forward to share their stories so far. If you haven’t yet taken part and would like to tell us about your relationship with St Martin’s on video, audio or in print, Kat Segura, Louise Vale and Ali Lyon will be on hand to record more stories on Sundays 23 February, 9 March, 23 March and 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.

Today/Living the Questions: ‘Genesis: Exploring Two Different Stories of Creation.’ The Bible contains multiple stories of creation. How do these stories influence the ethics we live by? This DVD-based open discussion group brings our questions to the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers. Each session (12.15-1.45pm, Austen Williams room) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or take in the whole series. See flyer in church or contact for details.

St Martin’s Action Plan The PCC and SMITFL board have been working since the autumn on a new, cross-site Action Plan for 2014-17. Next Sunday, 2 March, during coffee after the 10am service, spokespersons for all 18 of the likely proposals will be available to listen, explain, discuss and share ideas about these projects that may have a significant role to play in St Martin’s future. The broad themes are Deepening and broadening our programmes, Incubating new projects, and Becoming an exemplary organisation. A full list can be found at and a hard copy will be available next Sunday. Do bring your thoughts and concerns with you next Sunday. The plan will be made more widely available at the APCM on 6 April.

Ash Wednesday/5 March Morning Prayer will be followed by 8.30am Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes. There will be a Choral Eucharist at 1pm and Sung Eucharist at 6.30pm. Both these services will include the Imposition of Ashes.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 5 March in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Club Wednesday meets on 5 March, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Our speaker will be Wendy Quill; her presentation ‘Fair Trade: Meet the People,’ will explore the issues and the personal stories behind sustainable commerce in developed and developing countries.

The Meditation Group meets next on Weds 5 March at 7.00pm in the DSC.

The next Archers will be on Thursday 6 March, 7pm, Austen Williams room. Join us for Holy Communion, a delicious shared meal and birthday cake and reflection on the theme of what Lent means for us, be it cake or ashes! Please let Michael Moran or Ruth Hutchinson know if you are coming, via the Parish Office. All are welcome.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), ‘Prayer, Power, and Persecution’, Saturday 8 March, 7pm, Austen Williams Room. Come, learn, and pray for those who are persecuted for their faith. This evening is inspired by ‘Open Doors’, an international ministry to Christians who are persecuted for their religion. Praying for persecuted Christians – and for persecuted believers of all kinds – is an ancient Christian spiritual practice. Join us as we renew this practice. RSVP to All are welcome.

This year’s Lent Course takes place each Monday evening in Lent: 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 6, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm, using Gerard Hughes’ Spiritual classic “God of Surprises” as our guide. Inspired by St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, this will be a journey of prayer and imaginative contemplation with listening groups to share with one another. On Monday 10 March the introduction to the course will be given by David Birchall SJ the director of the Jesuit Spirituality Centre, St Beuno’s. Flyers are available or at the back of the church for registration. The cost of the course is £15.

14-16 March/The Silent Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God” will take place at the Retreat House, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. This Ignatian style retreat, using passages of scripture, and reflective exercises, will follow the natural cycle that we can discover in our own lives with God. What do we wish to give thanks for and harvest, what has begun but needs to be nurtured and grown, what can be laid to rest and let go, and where is new life to be found? The cost of the weekend is £138. Spaces are limited. To sign up please complete the application form in church today with the stewards or via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100.

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 1 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 9, 23, 30 March, 13 April 4, 18 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 31 May at 10.00am. Classes for children and teens will take place on: 2, 16 March; 27 April; 11, 25 May. Please keep all our candidates and teachers in your prayers! If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.