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Notices for Sunday 27 January, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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Today/Homelessness Sunday The collection at the 10am service will go towards food at The Connection’s Night Centre where an evening meal and morning snack plus hot drinks for around 25 rough sleepers are provided every night all year round. The Night Centre provides an overnight respite from the streets and increases capacity for up to 70 people per night in freezing temperatures to provide life-saving emergency cold weather capacity. Please use the envelopes provided by the Connection so that you donation will qualify for Gift Aid.

Tomorrow/Monday choral concerts, 6.30-7.30pm, all tickets £10. 28 January – Tallis and Vaughan Williams with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields; 11 February – Byrd and Britten with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s. Book at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org.

Revd Richard Carter will be away from St Martin’s for two weeks study leave from 28 January.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 30 Jan in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

On Wednesday 30 Jan at 7.00pm at St Martin in the Fields (in Church) Revd Dr Sam Wells will address the question “Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGBT add to the identity of being Christian?” This is a lecture hosted by St Martin in the Fields and by “Open Table”, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, to address issues currently debated hotly in Church and society. Not only supporters of Changing Attitude but all are very warmly welcome to this open lecture. The evening will be chaired by Revd Clare Herbert.

This week/A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm Continuing this week, our Lunchbreak service reaches out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week. This year Revd Will Morris is leading three ten-week series of talks on a ‘Theology of Everyday Things’. Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.

The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) Sunday 3 February, 12.15 pm in the Desmond Tutu Room. Twirties Planning Meeting. Please come and share ideas for forthcoming Twirties events in the Spring 2013. All contributions warmly received. Do email in ideas or bring them to the meeting to help us move on with the discussion. Those that wish to are invited to go out for lunch after the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting please do email in ideas for next term, things you might want to facilitate or lead or share with other members, so they can be fed in to the programme. For further details, please contact Matias at twirties@hotmail.com

Wednesday 6 February/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist. Visiting speaker, David McLachlan, will be talking with pictures about his recent trip to Lebanon. All are welcome.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 6 February at 7.00pm.

Living the Questions evolves Living the Questions continues in January 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. This term’s dates: 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar. All are welcome to come along. Further details: richard.carter@smitf.org

There will be a memorial service for the family and friends of Lydia Evans Lloyd in the Dick Sheppard Chapel on Thursday 14 February at 3.00pm. Her husband David wishes to extend an invitation to his friends at St Martin’s.

The funeral of Bridget Richmond who was a member of St Martin’s for many years and founded the International Club, will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Saturday 16th February at 12.00. All are welcome to join us as we give thanks for her life.

Lent Study Course 2013 will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection, based on Sam Wells’ book which was chosen as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book in 2007. Flyers are now available in church. Please fill in an application and return as soon as possible, together with £12 which covers the cost of the book. All are welcome.

Silent Retreat Weekend, 1-3 March at the Sisters of St Andrew, Eden Hall, Edenbridge. This Ignatian style accompanied retreat will follow the journey of Call, Revelation, Wilderness and New Life, and give the opportunity for participants to meet twice with a member of the clergy team to be accompanied in their journey over the weekend. The retreat and reflections will be led by the Revd Richard Carter, Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd David Jackson. Places are limited. Please fill in the application form available in church or from the clergy team and return to Elinor Newman in the parish office.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 2 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 10, 17, 24 March, 14, 28 April, 12, 26 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 1 June at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

This year’s stewards’ training takes place between 11.30am and 1pm on Sunday 16 June.

Save the Date: The Parish weekend will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Please put this date into your diary!

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