Today/Palm Sunday 9.45am/10am Today we mark the beginning of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession, led by a donkey, with the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. We meet at the steps behind Admiralty Arch near the British Council building where the procession begins at 9.45am. For those who are not joining the procession the service in church begins as usual at 10am, when we greet the arrival of the procession and read the Passion Gospel.
Today/Palm Sunday We welcome members of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion, here for the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will be taking part in today’s service. They will be joining us in St Martin’s Hall afterwards.
Today/Palm Sunday there will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers after the 10am service. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help with the flowers on Holy Saturday 30 March from 9.30am in the George Richards Room in No. 6 St Martin’s Place.
Today/Palm Sunday, 6.30pm, From Creation to Salvation This evening there will be a special service with reading and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields telling the story of salvation. All are welcome! Preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells. Details of all our Holy Week services are available in the Parish Pipeline or the Whole Site Brochure, on the website and on the flyer at the back of church.
Today/We are delighted to welcome Jacqui Hance who began this week as our new Head Verger at St Martin’s. She brings with her considerable gifts and experience in church and event management and team leadership and she is looking forward very much to getting to know everyone at St Martin’s.
Tomorrow/Lent Study Course 2013 is taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection. This Monday we reflect upon Mary Magdalene.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 27 Mar in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
This year’s Good Friday Three Hour Service will be led by John Bell from the Iona Community, with the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The theme for his reflections will be: The Inevitability of the Cross. John Bell is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, musician and writer of hymns. He lectures, preaches and conducts seminars across the denominations and is well known for his broadcasts. Come for all or part of the three hours. Entry will be on the half hour.
Holy Saturday On Saturday 30 March we will be polishing the sacred vessels and preparing the church for the Easter services from 10am-12 noon; all helpers most welcome.
On Saturday 30 March we will be recording a special programme for BBC Radio 2, ‘Easter Glory’, to be broadcast on Easter Sunday. It will feature readings, hymns, and music by the Choir of St Martin’s and BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year. Doors open at 7.00pm, and the recording takes places from 7.30 until 9.30pm. Entry by (free) ticket only – a limited number of tickets are available to members of the St Martin’s congregation by contacting Angela Anderson on email@example.com, strictly first-come first-served, maximum 2 tickets per person.
Easter Vigil, 5.30am Sunday 31 March If you are coming to this early service please bring a hand bell, whistle or noisy rattle. This is to swell the cacophony of sound that welcomes CHRIST IS RISEN!! It will be led, as usual, by Alastair Anson with his bell.
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) invites you all to join us after the service on Easter Day, 31 March for a fun and social afternoon at Spitalfields City Farm where a long established and much loved tradition takes place annually: The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. We’ll have a traditional Sunday roast in Aldgate East followed by the goat race which takes place at 4.30pm. For more information, please email Cathy at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 3 April at 7.00pm.
2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank our Organ Appeal Committee for their continued hard work with this campaign. They have been instrumental in helping us raise over £20,000 towards our £65,000 target. We are now approaching the signing of contracts for the renewal of the main organ, for which work begins on 1st August this year, and the commissioning of a new chamber organ. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support. If you would like to find out more about this appeal, please contact the Development Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the Committee Members – Matthew Portal, Giles Andrews, Alastair Anson, Matthew Morrison, David Jackson, Chris Braganza, Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne.
The Annual Parish Church Meeting, Sunday 21 April at 11.45. There will be opportunity to hear about the past year, look at the future and ask questions. There will also be elections for Churchwardens and PCC. If you are considering standing for election you will need to be on the electoral roll (remember that unless you have signed a form this year you will not be on it so do please sign up) please take the opportunity to discuss it with Rod Beadles or Ali Lyon (Churchwardens) or members of the PCC who can give you all the information you will need.
Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or email@example.com
Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary. If you have one free day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7766 5522).