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Notices for Sunday 23 June, Fourth Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship His Story, Our Story: we’re reflecting on the way our personal stories embody and perform Jesus’ story, and scripture comes alive in our own lives. Revd Dr Sam Wells leads the service and Revd Richard Carter gives the reflection, with music from the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and from Melanesia. Please join us in church at 7.45 to be part of the live service or join us listening live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am. All are welcome to join us.

Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings We are trying out a new educational resource today in the 10am service: a weekly Scripture-readings Guide for school-aged readers. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring. Guides and packets of crayons/coloured pencils are available from the Stewards. Feel free to use them in church or to take them home to work on/review with your children.

Today/Children’s Programme meets after the 10am service. After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.

Today/We will be saying farewell to Janet and James Allan at the end of the 10.00am Eucharist today and thanking them both for their wonderful service to St Martin’s. Janet Allan will be ordained deacon in Chelmsford Cathedral next Sunday 30 June. Janet and James have both been devoted members of St Martin’s for many years. Please keep them both in your prayers in their preparation for their new ministry. A card is available for you to sign.

Today/Living the Questions continues This week: “Paul’s Character: Luke vs. Paul. A historical perspective on Paul’s personality and on the philosophy of Judaism that he embraced.” 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 30 June; 7, 21 July; 8, 15, 29 Sept. Come for one session or come to them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

Today/THE Cricket Match of the Season, the Choir v The Rest of St Martin’s Do come and bring family and friends. 2.15pm at Battersea Park (the same pitch as last year at the Albert Bridge end). A great chance to bring a picnic and to urge us (the Rest) on to victory (won’t say revenge). And then Saturday 27 July v Salisbury Cathedral. Do please recruit family, friends and others! Thanks. PS We DID win last Sunday against All Saints, Fulham, Sam scoring the final winning runs! Giles Andrews (contact via the Parish Office)

This week/The Glories of the Italian Baroque, Monday 24 June, 6.30pm. Join the Choral Scholars for their final concert of the year, in a programme of music by Vivaldi, Cavalli, Pergolesi and others. Tickets £10 from the Box Office on 020 7766 1110 or at www.smitf.org.

This week/Saturday 29 June 11.00am St Martin-in-the-Fields: Called to Justice and Freedom, A celebration of the Life and Legacy of Archbishop Trevor Huddleston CR KCMG Speakers Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR and Baroness Glenys Kinnock. The service is open to all. It is followed by a reception in South Africa House afterwards for which you must register in advance. For more information see flyer.

The Friends of the Connection has its AGM on Saturday 29 June. There is a service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 1.30pm before a 2.45pm AGM start at The Connection. We will then have the opportunity to find out about the street outreach work, and also problems with gambling and the Connection’s valuable support in thjs area for homeless people. If you would like to attend the AGM or the service before as a guest, please contact the Friends by emailing friends@cstm.org.uk or telephone 020 7766 5522 for more information.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 3 July 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, 3 July, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Richard Carter will give a talk entitled ‘Simply Living’ – a discussion of life in the Solomon Islands and of the recent mission of the Melanesian Brothers and Sisters to London. Mark your calendars; all are welcome to attend!

The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 3 July at 7.00pm.

On Saturday 6 July at 12 noon, Matthew Portal and Heather Richardson will be getting married here at St Martin’s. Matthew and Heather warmly invite members of the congregation to come to the service. All are welcome.

The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.

The Parish Weekend Away: Disability Awareness We are seeking to make this weekend as accessible as possible to those who would like to come. It would be helpful to know of additional needs in advance so that we can try to meet them. Please put a note of the need or the assistance required with your application form, return it to Elinor in the office and we will contact you to discuss. Priority for transport by minibus will be given.

Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!

Alastair Anson very much appreciates the prayers and cards for his recent successful operation for total hip replacement, many many thanks!