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Notices for Sunday 28 February, the Third Sunday of Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the DSC.

Today/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 28 Feb, 6, 13 March, 12noon-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. The programme covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse using paintings as a source of inspiration. See flyer for more details.

Today/John Brian Murphy RIP All those who would like to remember the life of Brian Murphy are invited to gather in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 12.15pm today for a short service of thanksgiving and afterwards for some refreshments in the hall.

Today/Silent Retreat Please remember in your prayers the members of the congregation taking part in the silent retreat this weekend, at the Chelmsford Diocesan Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Jonathan Evens.

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 2 Mar in Café in the Crypt.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 2 March, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm, followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. John and Pat Pridmore will be speaking about their recent adventures on the slow boat to China. All are welcome.

This week/Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. March 2, 9, 16, 23. This week: Silence and Honeycakes, introduced by Jonathan Evens. For those unable to attend but would like to use the Study Guide at home these can be purchased from the vergers for a price of £3 and the book can be purchased from the Shop in the Crypt.

This week/Archers, 3 March, 7.00pm Join us for Holy Communion in the Austen Williams Room at 7.00pm followed by what does springtime mean to you? Please let Michael Moran or Ruth Hutchinson know (via the Parish Office) if you would like to come.

Sunday 6 March, BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship: And a Sword will Pierce your own Heart Also, reflecting on Mothering Sunday. The preacher is Revd Dr Anna Poulson, Vicar of Southall, and the service is led by Revd Dr Sam Wells, with the St Martin’s Voices. Either join us in church at 7.45am or listen on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am.

The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 8 March at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Confirmation at St Martin’s Preparation classes for adults will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on: 13, 20 March, 17 April, 1, 8, 15 May, 5 June. If you would like to join the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( 020 7766 1102. For Children’s Confirmation contact Andrew Bennison

Disability Advisory Group, Sunday 13 March 2-4pm Austen Williams Room. This termly open meeting gathers people with insight or experience of physical, sensory or mental health issues to help shape our vision and work. Further details to follow. All are welcome. If you’d like to know more about the group and its work, please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

Passion Sunday 13 March at 7.30pm in St Martin-in-the-Fields: The Devil’s Passion written and performed by Justin Butcher. “A seriously fine piece of writing, a terrific performance, a startlingly original presentation” (The Church Times). All are welcome. Suggested donation of £10 to cover the cost of the performance. See flyer for more details. The performance will follow Compline sung by the Choir of St Martin-in-the Fields at 7.00pm. Join us for both.

Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s +) as we help to host The Devil’s Passion: gathering beforehand to welcome visitors, and assisting with the collection at the end. Alternatively just turn up and enjoy the play. Suggested donation £10 – but free for those hosting. Afterwards we’ll be heading for drinks at a pub nearby. Please let us know ( if you’re joining us.

Saturday 19 March, 11.00am, “The Violence of Peacemaking” An ecumenical service to mark the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Preacher: Francisco de Roux SJ, Peace Advocate in Columbia.

PCC The Annual Parish Church Meeting is an opportunity for us all to think about what we can offer to St Martin’s. Serving on the Parochial Church Council may be one of the ways that you can use your skills and gifts. If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved, please have a word with the churchwardens Gail or Ali, or with the PCC person on duty at coffee after the Sunday 10am service. We’d love to hear from you! We are also looking for a new churchwarden, as Ali stands down this year, and would value your thoughts and prayers.

Diocesan Safeguarding Survey The Diocesan Safeguarding Team is keen to find out how safeguarding is understood and implemented in parishes. They would be very grateful if you complete a short survey at which can also be found in the Parish Pipeline. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, please contact Anna Gregorowski, Church Safeguarding Officer, at church or via the Parish Office.

Friday 4 March, 9.30pm, Ave Maria by Candlelight Join the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields for a programme of music spanning nearly 800 years, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The concert begins the Choir’s weekend tour of concerts and services across London, Malmesbury and Bristol. Tickets (£14 unreserved seating) available from the Box Office.

Open Afternoon at The Connection on Wed 2 March, organised by the Friends of The Connection. All welcome – 4.30pm: tours of the building, 5pm: tea/coffee, 5.30pm: talk and discussion on current homelessness issues led by Colin Glover, CEO of The Connection. Please confirm attendance to Friends office, 020 7766 5522,

Art exhibition at St Stephen Walbrook, weekdays 10.00am-4.00pm. ‘Foundations of the City’ by Alan Everett which can be seen at St Stephen until 4 March. Alan Everett will talk about his work on Wednesday 2 March at 1.00pm.