Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought-provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on/review with your children.
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/Sam Wells will be preaching at Salisbury Cathedral this morning. Richard Carter is on annual leave until 10 August.
This week/Organ works The works on our organ start this week in church and will run from 29 July – 7 September. Whilst the team from Walkers who will be carrying out this work will be working around our schedule of services and concerts, there is likely to be a certain amount of noise and activity at other times whilst we do this important work. You can donate using the cream Organ Appeal Gift Aid envelopes or online using the link http://tinyurl.com/organappeal. You can also give £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Organ Appeal by texting ‘PIPE32 £XX’ to 70070, where XX is the amount you wish to donate.
Sundays in August Our Sunday 10am Parish Eucharist and 5pm Choral Evensong services will be led by past and present choral scholars ‘The St Martin’s Voices’ through July and August. The Choir will return on Sunday 8 September. There will be no 6.30pm Evening Services during August.
Choral Wednesdays continue in July and September with the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August. The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 31 July in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started and we are delighted that Catherine Burton will be running this group for the 0-4ish age group with an assistant. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 4, 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If you would like to find out more about the crèche do please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 7 August at 7.00pm.
Volunteers please! Saturday September 21 Open House London 2013 Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let Caroline Essex or a member of the church and worship committee know either in church on Sundays or via the parish office.
Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? What does it mean to live as a minority group where one’s faith is not shared or comprehended by the majority of people with whom one lives and works? Our Autumn Education Series 2013 seeks to examine what it means to have faith when one’s faith is on a particular frontier, challenged by others and challenging the prevailing culture. Faith on the Frontiers seeks to explore these realities with a leading group of speakers including Stanley Hauerwas, Sam Wells, Mark Oakley, June Osborne, Clare Herbert, Alastair McIntosh, Lord Christopher Patten and Richard Kearney. This exciting lecture series is open to all. There is a suggested donation of £5 for each lecture. Dates for your diary: 23 September, 7, 21 October, 4, 11, 18 November. See leaflet in church today.
Special St Luke’s Tide Events Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith. Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.
The St Martin-in-the-Fields Band of Bellringers rang a quarter peal of 1282 changes of Cambridge Surprise Royal on the evening of 23 July to celebrate the birth of a son to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. An appropriately named method and at the Royal Parish Church!
Thank you to all those supported last Sunday’s Book Sale. £120 was raised in aid of refugees from Syria.
Fifth Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, Fri 23 August-Mon 26 August The annual Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride takes place again this year, following the historic line of the twelve Queen Eleanor Crosses between Lincoln and Charing Cross, going through wonderful countryside and visiting beautiful local places (including Lincoln Cathedral, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington and Waltham Abbey) before it ends at the Queen’s tomb in Westminster Abbey. Food, accommodation provided, luggage transported. You don’t need to cycle all four days and can join us at St Mary-in-the-Bow Church, Cheapside for the final three miles! Great fun and it raises funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. Registration fee £80 or £12 for a day. Please access the Ride website www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk or contact Giles Andrews via the Parish Office.