Today/Young People’s Activity Children, teens, and others who are young at heart are welcome to attend this week’s 20 minute session of learning, reflection and fun immediately after the service today. We will meet in the Bishop Ho Ming Wah Community Centre for biscuits and squash, and to explore the theme ‘Trinity: Dance of Love.’ Many thanks to our friends at BHMWA for the generous offer of space!
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 27 May, where St Martin’s Choir will be singing at Evensong and then for a special pilgrimage service in the Crypt, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Clare Herbert. P.S. Offers of sponsorship for Peter Phillips’ Yorkshire Terrier ‘Gucci’ (now on her 5th Pilgrimage!) to Roger Shaljean in CSTM please!
Sam Wells writes I’ve been away preaching the last two weekends, first at Norwich Cathedral and then at Christ Church, Oxford. Jo, the children and I will be away on holiday this week and very much look forward to being back at St Martin’s on Sunday 2 June.
Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 2 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.
The Melanesian ‘Simply Living’ Mission, comes to St Martin-in-the-Fields to lead Lunchbreak on Thursday 30 May at 1pm and then for their final Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and panpipes! All are welcome! Flyers available today to find out more about their full London mission week!
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 5 June in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
Club Wednesday Our next Club Wednesday will be 5 June, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. John Falcone will be giving this month’s talk, entitled ‘Spiritual Journeys.’ All are welcome to attend!
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 5 June at 7.00pm.
Living the Questions begins again with a new series of studies – Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July. All are welcome to come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm.
Sunday 9 June, Couch Potatoes meet at 12.15pm in the cafe.
St Martin’s Cricket is a’coming in! Four matches – more than we have ever had before – but we do need extra players, male and female. Quality not really vital but nice if poss. Matches on Sunday 9 June at Wandsworth Park, Putney, Sunday 16 June at Barn Elm, and the vital Choir v Rest of St Martin’s match Sunday 23 June at Battersea Park. And then Saturday 27 July v Salisbury Cathedral. Do please recruit family, friends and others! And come back to me as soon as you can. Thanks. Giles Andrews (contact via the Parish Office).
Sunday 16 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10.00am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.
The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.
The Parish Weekend Away: Disability Awareness We are seeking to make this weekend as accessible as possible to those who would like to come. It would be helpful to know of additional needs in advance so that we can try to meet them. Please put a note of the need or the assistance required with your application form, return it to Elinor in the office and we will contact you to discuss. Priority for transport by minibus will be given.
Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!
Nara Greenway, a Buddhist Nun, will be making a vigil for peace on the steps of St Martin’s from 5-26 May. Every day she will join us Morning Prayer and be praying and fasting for peace on our steps. Nara is concerned about people around the world who are suffering from the effects of violence including in Burma and Sri Lanka and she wants to make this vigil in memory of 117 Tibetans who have immolated themselves.
Friends of St Martin-in-the-Fields The Friends aim to form a link between members of the congregation, those who can no longer participate and visitors attracted by what they find here. Why not join us? See leaflets in the Porch.
Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.
Security is an issue in any public space in central London. Please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them. If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!