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Notices for Sunday 25 May, the Sixth Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Baptism We are pleased to welcome Rose Grace Catto and Josephine Mary Aurelia Churley who will be baptised at the 10am Eucharist and we pray for them, their parents, godparents and families.

Today/Sam Wells is on holiday today, returning for Ascension Day and will be back for next Sunday’s confirmation service.

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 Programme – C-Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults. Next Sunday, 1 June, C-Club will ‘Meet the Grown-ups’ by helping with name tags immediately after the Confirmation service.

Today/The Connection at St Martin’s Pilgrimage to Canterbury The pilgrims are on their 74 mile journey from St Martin-in-the-Fields to Canterbury. They will be arriving in Canterbury Cathedral on Monday 26 May, where St Martin’s Choir will be singing at Evensong and then for a special pilgrimage service in the Crypt, led by Revd Richard Carter.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 28 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/The funeral for Dorothy Walker who was a much loved member of St Martin’s for many years, will take place this week at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Wednesday 28 May at 10.30am. All are welcome to join us as we give thanks for her life.

This week/Thursday 29 May 8pm, Ascension Day Eucharist BBC Radio 4 The preacher at this service will be Timothy Radcliffe OP. The Mass setting is Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, sung by the Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers, directed by former King’s Singer Bob Chilcott. Please arrive in plenty of time for the service and be seated in church by 7.40pm or tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 8pm.

This week/Is there a Single Agenda? A morning designed to explore together issues surrounding being single as members of the Body of Christ. We aim to cover a range of experiences of singleness – the widowed, separated, divorced, young, old or middle aged, long- or short-term single by chance or design. Saturday 31 May, 9.30am-1.00pm, 6 St Martin’s Place (please note the change of location). 2 spaces left! Email or

Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on all Sundays from 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.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 1 June at 10.00am. This will be a joint service with both our Chinese and English speaking congregations. All are welcome to come and support the adults and young people from our congregations being confirmed.

Living the Questions Our second term continues on 1 June with ‘The Prophetic Jesus vs. The Status Quo.’ Each session (12.15-1.45pm, 6 St Martin’s Place) comprises a 20 min video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (every 2 weeks), or take in the whole series. Future dates: 1, 15, 29 Jun; 13, 27 Jul; 10 Aug. Contact for details.

Monday 2 June, St Martin’s Choir performs works by Vaughan Williams, William Byrd, Herbert Howells and George Shearing in concert at St Martin’s as they prepare for their 10-day tour to the USA. Tickets are £10 and can be bought at the Box Office.

The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 4 June at 7.00pm in the DSC.

Pentecost 10.30am On Sunday 8 June the English speaking and Chinese speaking Congregations join together to celebrate Pentecost – the birthday of the Christian Church. Join us as we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit and God’s call for us all to become witnesses of the Gospel. Afterwards there will be cake in St Martin’s Hall. All are welcome!

Sunday 15 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: or Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.

Our Parish Away Day 2014 will be held on 12 July 2014, 10am-4.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prince Consort Road. Feeding the 5000: Gathering, Listening Responding Sharing. A day for all the parish with a picnic in the park. See the leaflet and form available in church today.

Pastoral Assistant from September 2014 For the past two years at St Martin’s we have had a half-time pastoral assistant working alongside the clergy in the development of congregational life. Each post-holder has brought to the role their own particular gifts of ministry. It is a fruitful way to discern gifts and direction in ministry for the future. Cath Duce was with us 2011-12 and went on to training for ordained ministry; John Falcone has been with us 2012-13 and has brought great gifts in theological education for all ages. We are looking to appoint a new person in this role from September. If you think this might fit with your own journey of faith and future development in ministry in the church and would like to find out more about this role then please do speak to Sam Wells or Katherine Hedderly.

Corrymeela Conference and Weekend, 12-14 September 2014 The original booking quota is full but there are plans to find additional accommodation. Please fill out an application form as soon as possible if you intend to come. More info at

Date of this year’s Disability Conference, Saturday 18 October, in St Martin’s Hall. The Key Note Speaker will be Professor John M. Hull, Emeritus professor in Practical theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.

Sponsor St Martin’s Sunday International Group for The Connection’s Pilgrimage Please sponsor members from this group via All donations will go to The Connection at St Martin’s.