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Notices for Sunday 27 April, The Second Sunday after Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

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, May 4, is the first Sunday of the month. C-Club will meet for a special ‘Meet the Choir’ programme at 9.30 am – please enter by the stairs at the left of the altar.

Today at our 10am service we will be giving thanks for 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

Today/Living the Questions Lunch Current participants, interested newcomers, and alumni of Living the Questions are invited to a bring-and-share lunch after coffee hour at 6 St. Martin’s Place, from 12.15 pm. Come share fellowship and food; come share what you’ve discovered, and what you still want to learn!

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 30 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more info, contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Archers will be on Thursday 1 May. The evening will begin at 7.00pm with Eucharist followed by a Fair Trade and sustainably-sourced May Day Supper and talk by Wendy Quill, a long-time Fair Trade supporter. Please let Michael Moran or Ruth Hutchinson know via the Parish Office if you are coming. All are welcome.

This week/Saturday 3 May, A National Celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of the priesting of women in the Church of England Join Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Clare Herbert for the picnic in Dean’s Yard Westminster at 1.00pm, followed by a walk of witness to St Paul’s Cathedral where at 4.15pm the first female priests to be ordained in 1994 (which includes Clare) will be greeted by the Archbishop of Canterbury before processing into St Paul’s for a service of thanksgiving at 5.00pm. The service will be broadcast in nearby Paternoster Square. All are welcome. Please bring your own picnic and meet on the steps of Church House in Dean’s Yard Westminster at 1.00pm. As you enter Dean’s Yard through the high arch the steps are directly in front of you across the green. Clare’s contact number is available from the Parish Office.

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: 4, 18 May, 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, or of course stay for part of the session.

A session on the proposed changes to deepen and broaden the pattern of worship resulting from the St Martin’s Action Plan will be held after the 10am service on Sunday 4 May in the Hall. Coffee will be served in the lightwell.

Living the Questions continues with Term II (‘Challenge, Freedom and Reconciliation’), on Sundays: 4, 18 May; 1, 15, 29 June; 13, 27 July. 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. Contact john.falcone@smitf.org for details.

Club Wednesday meets on 7 May, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Tom Viita of WWF will talk about Simplicity and Sustainability in Everyday Life.  All are welcome.

The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 7 May at 7.00pm in the DSC.

The Art of Peacebuilding, Wednesday 7 May, 7.00-8.30pm at St Martin’s Revd Dr Sam Wells will be in conversation with Marcia Owen, a community activist with an extraordinary ministry to families and perpetrators in the wake of gun violence. Marcia and Sam will be talking about guns, death, laws, grief, reconciliation, forgiveness. All are welcome.

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The deadline to apply for an audition for the choir is 12 May 2014, and the new choir will sing its first service in July. If you know any children aged 7-13 who are interested, we’d love to hear from them! Please email choir@smitf.org.

The ceremony for the award of the Templeton Prize is being held at St Martin’s on Wednesday 14 May at 7pm. This year’s winner is Mgr Prof Tomáš Halík. For more information see www.templetonprize.org. We have 50 tickets available to members of the congregation and friends of St Martin’s; please let Elinor Newman know if you would like a ticket, elinor.newman@smitf.org or 020 7766 1126. The deadline to request a ticket is Friday 2 May at 4pm.

Is there a Single Agenda? A morning designed to explore together issues surrounding being single as members of the Body of Christ. Places are limited but the morning will be open to anyone at SMITF with an interest in the topic. 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, St Martin’s Hall. Flyer available today or speak to Martin Haigh or Rod Beadles if you would like to know more.

SAVE THE DATE/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.

Corrymeela Conference and Weekend, 12-14 September 2014, flyers & application forms available in church today.

Volunteer drivers needed for The Connection’s Pilgrimage to Canterbury We need about 3 more drivers (with cars) to help on our Pilgrimage to Canterbury (23–26 May). Fuel costs will be paid by the Pilgrimage. If you could help for all or part of the weekend, please contact Lesley on 020 7766 5522 or lesley.cannon@cstm.org.uk