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Notices for Sunday 25 November, Christ the King

News St Martin – Talking Points

Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

This week’s newsletter has two inserts, one a response from our Vicar to the General Synod vote on Women Bishops and the other about a few exciting changes to our 10am Eucharist.

Today/Filming in Trafalgar Square  There is a major action film shoot planned for the Square today.  Services will go ahead as usual but there will be temporary pedestrian and road closures in the area and much of the Square will be shut down between 8am and 11am on the Sunday.  Access will be from the north side of church – i.e. from Church Path side – and the west and south portico gates may remain closed.

Today/“Coming, ready or not!”, our booklet of reflections, readings and prayers for Advent is now available from the stewards after the service for a donation of £3.50.

Today/Stewards’ Advent & Christmas Services Briefing will follow straight after the 10am service in church.  Stewards are still needed to help with services on Christmas Eve and Day, especially the Midnight Mass.  Please contact Charles Woodd via the Parish Office.  Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered.

Today/Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues with our aim of giving people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience, meeting after coffee, at 12.15 in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  Dates: 25 Nov, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  This final evening is chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer.  Don’t miss!

This week/Wednesday 28 November/Just This Day returns to St Martin’s with a day themed around the importance of stillness and silence in our lives.  At 10am there will be an inter-faith event in church where we will keep 30 minutes of silence led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian meditation, followed by a discussion Getting to the Heart of the Matter with speakers that include Claire Foster-Gilbert, The Ethics Academy, Rajinder Singh Sandhu, Headmaster the Guru Nanak Sikh Academy and Jeremy Sinclair, Chairman M & C Saatchi.  Three minutes silence will be held on the hour throughout the day.

This week/Saturday 1 December, Advent Procession at St Paul’s Cathedral  We still have a few  tickets available to members of the congregation for this service.  The service starts at 6pm (please be seated by 5.40pm) and will last approximately 60 minutes.  Please contact Angela Anderson if you would like tickets (angela.anderson@smitf.org, 020 7766 1107).

Christmas Appeal phone lines  There’s been a great response for volunteers to answer phones for this year’s Appeal on 2 December but we still need help signing in volunteers for the busy shift starting at 5.30pm.  If you are planning to come to the Advent Carol service and can come a bit early to help us from 4.45-5.45pm, please get in touch.  Contact Craig Norman or Rod Beadles (020 7766 1138/27 or craig.norman@smitf.org).

Sunday 2 December/Christmas Appeal  We’re building hope for homeless and vulnerable people this Christmas.  In the weeks surrounding the launch of the Appeal on 2 December, we’d love you to join the conversation on the St Martin’s and Connection Facebook pages, and by using #buildinghope on Twitter.

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

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

The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you to our next event on Saturday 8 Dec.  A two-parter Christmas gathering, we’ll meet at 6.30pm for a Japanese meal at Mr. Taro, no.10 Old Compton Street and then head for karaoke 8-10pm at Epoc, no.30 Brewer Street.  Feel free to come to either part but to book your place at karaoke please give £10 to Matias, Simon or Cathy after the service and before 4 December.  The karaoke venue is obscure so we’ll meet at the restaurant at 7.50 for ease.  All are welcome.  For further details, please contact Cathy at twirties@hotmail.com

9 December Malawi Christmas Stall  This year the C-Club Christmas stall will be raising money for the building and furnishing of a new maternity ward for the health centre in Nkasala village, managed by St Luke’s Hospital.  Please come prepared to buy cakes, christmas cards and gifts etc.  Contributions are welcome.  On Sundays 18 & 25 November Ann Roberts and Susannah Woodd will be taking orders for Christmas Cakes and specially made Malawi 2013 Calendars.  Find them over coffee to place your order.

Wednesday 12 December, A Service of Thanksgiving for 80 years of the BBC World Service 11am-12noon at St Martin-in-the-Fields led by Revd Dr Sam Wells.  The preacher will be Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.  A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation.  Please email angela.anderson@smitf.org or telephone 020 7766 1107 to reserve a ticket.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Christmas Dinner Thursday 20 December 2012 6.30pm for 7.30pm.  Location: Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, SE1 8UJ.  Cost: £25.  Please talk to James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office for further details.

Art Works, the Connection’s latest absorbing exhibition of art, creative writing and films by people who are, or have been, homeless, is to be held at SW1 Gallery from 11-15 December.    Further details: www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, www.sw1gallery.co.uk or 020 7963 4024