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Notices for Sunday 23 March, The Third Sunday of Lent

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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 March, 6, 20 April, 4, 18 May, 1 June. 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/Diocese of London Lent Appeal 2014 This year the London Diocese has asked us to support and help change the lives of young people in London, Mozambique and Angola. The Bishop of London’s Mission Fund supports youth work, junior church and sports and music projects across the capital and the Angola London Mozambique Association establishes and develops partnerships, education and water projects. The collection at St Martin’s will go to this Diocesan Lent Appeal. Please give generously. Please use the special blue Lent Appeal envelopes provided so your donation can be gift aided. Cheques should be made payable to St Martin-in-the-Fields (Lent Appeal).

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults!

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 March and 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.

Today/Living the Questions: ‘Paul the Apostle: A Passion for Christ.’ Learn about this most quoted, and controversial, follower of Jesus, and his impact today. 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.

Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course continues on Monday 24 March at 7pm and each Monday evening in Lent: 31 March, 7, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm.

Clocks change next Sunday Don’t forget that British Summer Time starts next Sunday and the clocks go forward one hour.

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

The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm in the DSC.

Saturday 5 April/Quiet Morning Sacred Space in the City: What do you seek? Fleeing, Staying, Praying, 10am-1pm. Led by Revd Richard Carter and Revd Katherine Hedderly. A morning to explore sacred space in the heart of the city here St Martin’s as we explore three elements of the wilderness experience. Please give your name to Katherine Hedderly if you would like to attend by emailing, telephone 020 7766 1100. Places limited to 25.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), Sunday 6 April, 11.30am, St Martin’s Hall. The Annual Parishioners Meeting will elect 2 churchwardens and the APCM will elect 6 PCC members of the English-speaking congregation, 5 of whom will also become our representatives on the Deanery Synod and serve for 3 years. The 6th member will be elected directly to the PCC and will serve for 2 years. There is a further place on the PCC for 2 years and this candidate will represent the Chinese-speaking congregations. If you wish to stand for election, please fill in an application form (available from the PCC rep) as soon as possible and return it to Angela Anderson in the parish office, by 31 March at the latest. She will also need a photo and a short 120 word biography.

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The recruitment process begins with a Come-and-Sing event on Saturday 26 April, which will give children the chance to have a ‘taster’ of what will be involved. Tickets are available from the SMITF box office. The deadline to apply for an audition for the choir is 12 May 2014, and the new choir will sing its first service in July. If you know any children aged 7-13 who are interested, we’d love to hear from them! Please email

Registration has opened for The Connection’s 24th annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (23–26 May). Places are going fast, so please apply quickly! If you would like more information, please contact or phone 020 7766 5522

Save the Date: Conference and Weekend at the Corrymeela Centre in Northern Ireland “Reconciling Enmity: Creating Courage, Hope and Reconciliation in Divided Societies” 12-14 September 2014. With an optional extra day on 15 September for a “Black Taxi” tour of Belfast. Speakers from Northern Ireland will talk about the experience of working for reconciliation within this divided society, and other speakers will discuss how this can be made relevant to our own English situations, plus a trip to the Giant’s Causeway and sights of the North Antrim Coast. Inclusive costs for the weekend, including transport within Northern Ireland is £140 per person. (Costs for the optional day are extra). Flights to and from Northern Ireland are not included in the price and will need to be booked by yourselves, approx £60 if booked early. For further information please contact Ian Gilchrist, via the Parish Office, ASAP as places are limited.

Volunteers needed/BHMW Homework Club The Bishop Ho Ming Wah centre has started a homework club supporting Chinese children of primary school age, with little or no English background, with their English languages skills – reading, writing and communicating. They are seeking more English-speaking volunteers for the sessions that run on Saturdays in term time from 10-12.30pm. Requires DBS safeguarding clearance and induction. For more information contact Edith Lau 020 7766 1141 or Marigold Lee via the Parish Office.