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Notices for Sunday 28 April, Fifth Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today There will be a Pilgrimage Pastries Cake Stall after morning service, please bring and buy!

Today/Couch Potatoes’ last meeting before the pilgrimage is today in the café over a glass of w…ater at 12.30pm!

Tomorrow/Monday 29 April 7.00pm in church, Honest to God: Credible Christianity in the 21st Century 50 years ago John Robinson’s book Honest to God sold more than a million copies. A distinguished panel will discuss its influence and contemporary resonance and answer questions. On the panel, chaired by Mike Wooldridge, will be Mark Vernon, Francis Spufford, Sheila Watson and Sam Wells. This education programme is free and all are welcome.

This week/Club Wednesday 1 May Choral Eucharist at 1pm followed by lunch in the Austen Williams Room. For our talk we welcome the return of Dudley Green who will be talking to us about The Bronte Family. Dudley is the author of Patrick Bronte: The Father of Genius. Not to be missed. All are welcome.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 1 May at 7.00pm.

This Week/New Pastoral Assistant We are delighted that John Falcone will be joining us for the next 12 months at St Martin’s as Pastoral Assistant, beginning 1 May. He will be working Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, helping to develop and grow our children and young people’s ministry, and will be involved with our groups, education, and pastoral care. John brings many gifts and a wide experience of theological education. He is a former social worker and inner-city high school religion teacher, and is writing a doctoral dissertation in Theology and Education through Boston College, Massachusetts. He says, “I am so excited to be at St. Martins! It will be great getting to know each of you better, and lending a hand in the work of this wonderful community!”

This week/A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm The next series of Revd Will Morris’s Lunchbreak: A Theology of Everyday Things begins this week. This series is called ‘What happens if…’ and explores some of the difficult situations we can find ourselves in in the office. Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.

Every Sunday a Special Sunday – Review of the 10am liturgy/11.30am Sunday 5 May Thank you for all the feedback that the church and worship committee have received about the changes to the 10am Sunday service. Sam and the clergy team will be holding a session in the DSC straight after the service next Sunday to talk about the liturgy and respond to the feedback as this time of review comes to an end. If you have not had a chance to respond please do pass your comments to the church and worship committee c/o Caroline Essex by email or post, via the Parish Office. Copies of all the feedback will be available. All are welcome.

Living the Questions begins again on Sunday 5 May 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: 5 May(at 12.30); 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July; All are welcome come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm. But please note first group on 5 May is at 12.30pm.

Tax: Law and Morality – Which Way Now?” Tuesday 7 May, 7pm in church. As part of the “If” campaign organised around the British G8 Presidency, St Martin’s and ActionAid have organised a debate to look at the issues of tax, law and morality in more depth, and to explore whether we can move beyond argument to reach solutions that would help particularly those in developing countries. David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary (invited), Catherine McKinnell, the Shadow Exchequer Secretary, and Stephen Williams, a LibDem spokesman on tax matters will lead the debate. All are welcome.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 8 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Open Table, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, meets in St Martin’s Hall on Thursday 16 May at 7pm. All lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, with families, friends and supporters, are welcome to a lecture by Dr Elaine Storkey entitled “Gender and Sexuality: Different Difference”. All are very welcome, both to the talk or to meet before in the café at 6.00pm and afterwards to go for a drink.

DATG, the Disability Awareness Task Group, will meet on Sunday 12 May at 12.30pm in the Peter Benenson Room.

Date for the Diary The Melanesian Mission religious communities have arrived in England for their ‘Simply Living’ Mission to six different dioceses in the United Kingdom. The end of their mission is at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and panpipes! All are welcome! Flyers available!

The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.

APCM  Congratulations to Rod Beadles and Ali Lyon on their re-election as Churchwardens,  and to Gay Catto, Will Charnley, Celia Ellacott, Martin Haigh, Adenike Olufemi and Godwin To on their elections to the PCC.  Thanks to them and continuing thanks to the remaining PCC members: Stan Chan, Bob Demming, Philippa Garety, Catherine Jackson, James Johnston, Eugene Ling, Michael Moran, Gillie Pascoe and Anirban Roy.

Places are still available for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderfully diverse group of people, see spectacular countryside and share delicious food! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or