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Notices for Sunday 27 October, Last Sunday after Trinity

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/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.

Today/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin in the Fields the Disability Awareness Task Group have suggested that we explore a new way of sharing the Peace. So until Advent we are using an “Open-Handed Peace”. We stand with hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours. Why? For some people a hug is horribly invasive, for another with arthritis, or with damaged or swollen hands and arms, the traditional handshake is extremely painful, especially if vigorous! Besides, we become so accustomed to shaking hands that we no longer experience it as a way of receiving the other. So please join us for an open handed peace today and extend the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.

Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service. After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.

Today/St Martin’s and Me The Stories Group are filming/recording again on Sunday 27 October after the 10 am Eucharist for the ‘St Martin’s and Me’ mosaic of stories of the people of St Martin’s to go on the church website. If you have decided to make a contribution, or if you are just thinking about it, come and find members of the Group in the Lightwell immediately after the service so they can schedule the filming/recording or discuss further. They will also be filming at coffee time, as background, so if you do not want to be included, avoid Katharine Segura, who will be behind the camera.

Today/Living the Questions Final Meeting this Term Today’s session, ‘Jesus Eclipsing Empire,’ will be a review of the series’ main themes, so attendees of the previous sessions are especially welcome. What have we learned about St. Paul’s theology – good, dubious, inspiring or controversial? How can we share these learnings with the broader St. Martin’s community? Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12.15 – 1.45pm.

Today/Revd Richard Carter is away in Australia for a week, attending the funeral of a close friend.

Tomorrow/Monday 28 October, BBC Young Chorister of the Year final takes place in St Martin’s at 5.30pm (please be seated by 5.15pm). Reserved tickets will be available for collection at the box office on Monday 28 October.

This week/The Archers (40s and 50s et all) Thursday 31 October, 7pm Austen Williams Room. Our theme for this time of remembrance will be “A person who inspired me.” This can be a person living or departed. Bring a photo or something which makes you remember them with you, if you are able. Please let Michael Moran know if you would like to join us (via the Parish Office) so we have an idea of numbers. Michael is also taking reservations for our Archers Christmas dinner on 19 December.

Sunday 3 November, All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’s Requiem). At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church.

Monday 4 November/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers Alastair McIntosh is an inspirational writer, educator, broadcaster and spiritual activist who lectures and leads seminars and conferences all over the world. Born and brought up in an agricultural community on the Isle of Lewis (from where he is travelling especially for this lecture) and drawing his huge breadth of experience of other parts of the world and passion for justice, in this lecture he will explore the nature of violence and non-violence and our relationship with the earth. His recent books include: Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, and Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality, available in our bookshop. This a lecture not to be missed ALL ARE WELCOME. Future dates: 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Taizé Service, 9 November, 7pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. Join us in an informal Taizé service. This will be a candle-lit service with scripture, meditative silence, prayer, weaved together through chants and songs. It’s a chance for slowing down from the busyness and the cacophony of sounds that bombard us every day. It will be followed by a simple bread and cheese supper. For more information, please email Simon at

Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival on Sunday 10 November at 6.30pm, followed by a party in St Martin’s Hall. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, available from today, from Bronwyn Sanders, Katherine Hedderly or the Parish Office.

Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.

Blanche Tolley Blanche is doing well in her new home in Cornwall. Celia Ellacott will be visiting her there on Friday 1 November and would be happy to take messages, cards or gifts for Blanche.  You can speak to Celia who will be serving coffee after the 10 am service today, or email her at

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, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.

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