Today/Homelessness Sunday, at 10am we reflect on the increasing rise in the number of people who are homeless in our society and the struggles they face, and explore what the Gospel teaches us about poverty and the longing for home. What is the transformation we are called to make? This year’s collection will be given to help fund the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields International Group which provides hospitality for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Preacher Revd Richard Carter.
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: 26 Jan, 9, 23 Feb, 9, 23 March. 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. Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults! Next week, C-Club meets before the service, at 9.30am in No 6 St Martin’s Place for a special Intergenerational programme.
Today/Living the Questions: ‘Taking the Bible Seriously’ How do we react to ‘discrepancies’ in the Bible? Can literalist and non-literalist Christians coexist? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Today/Join us at 6.30pm where in place of our usual service we are proud to host GLASSHOUSE, an interactive theatre experience produced by Cardboard Citizens, who work to change the lives of homeless and displaced people through theatre and performing arts. GLASSHOUSE is a story about family, love, and life on the streets. It is a different kind of theatre, where audience members are allowed to enter the action and test out scenarios for positive change, as we share in the company’s learning and understanding of the issues faced by homeless people. All are welcome to attend (both homeless and housed). Free.
Tomorrow/Annelies concert, Monday 27 January, 6.30pm Annelies is a choral work by James Whitbourn celebrating the life and talent of Annelies (Anne) Frank, set to words selected from Anne’s diary. It will be performed at St Martin’s by St Martin’s Voices, featuring soloist Emily Armour. Tickets are £10, available from www.smitf.org or from the box office, 020 7766 1100.
This week/Archers celebrate Burns Night Thursday 30 January, 7.00pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. We begin with Holy Communion and then supper and any Robbie Burns poem you can bring. Please let Michael Moran (via the Parish Office) or Ruth Hutchinson know if you are coming.
Sunday 2 February/Candlemas We join with our Chinese congregations and members of the Chinese choir as we celebrate the presentation of Christ in the Temple at our 10am Eucharist, and remember Chinese New Year. Preacher Revd Will Morris.
Sunday 2 February/Chinese New Year Volunteers would be very welcome to help the Chinese congregations in their outreach for Chinese New Year at their stall outside St Martin’s (near Pret a Manger) throughout the day as London celebrates, followed by Chinese food. To volunteer or find out more please contact Patrick Lam via the Parish Office.
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 5 February in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
Save the Date/Club Wednesday meets on 5 February, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. Tim Bissett, Director of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal, will share stories and reflections about this year’s Appeal.
The Meditation Group will meet next on Wednesday 5 February at 7.00pm in the DSC.
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Movie Night, 8 February, 5.30pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place You heard the buzz, 2014 is one of the tightest races in movie award history. Three different movies captured key awards through their superb performances and story lines, which cover issues of spiritual rebirth, racial reconciliation, and social justice. Join us in our special movie night! Participants will be divided into two or three groups to see different movies at nearby cinemas at the same time. Then everybody will regroup for some movie bantering over light dinner. RSVP to StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com.
14-16 March/The Silent Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God” will take place at the Retreat House, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. This Ignatian style retreat, using passages of scripture, and reflective exercises, will follow the natural cycle that we can discover in our own lives with God. What do we wish to give thanks for and harvest, what has begun but needs to be nurtured and grown, what can be laid to rest and let go, and where is new life to be found? The cost of the weekend is £138. Spaces are limited. To sign up please complete the application form in church today with the stewards or via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100.
Sunday 15 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.
Good News We are delighted that James Johnston has been recommended for training for ordained ministry, following a successful bishop’s advisory panel in the autumn and is due to begin training at St Mellitus theological college in September.
For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin, Zara Bowness-Smith.