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Notices for Sunday 28 October, Bible Sunday/Last Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Children’s Club at St Martin’s  C Club is on holiday and will resume on Sunday 11 November.

Today/Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues 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.  Dates: 28 October, 18,25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Tomorrow/Monday 29 October, BBC Young Chorister of the Year final takes place in St Martin’s at 5.30pm (please be seated by 5.15pm).  A limited number of (free) tickets are available for members of the St Martin’s congregation.  Please email churchmusic@smitf.org or telephone 020 7766 1142 by noon on Monday to reserve a ticket.  Reserved tickets will be available for collection at the box office.

Sunday 4 November, 8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship, “Remembering Hidden Lives.”  Preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, service led by Revd Richard Carter.  Please come to join us in church at 7.45am or listen live on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am.  All are welcome.

Sunday 4 November All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Fauré’s Requiem with organ).  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. 

Couch Potatoes has begun and ends on Friday 24 May 2013 at the Pilgrimage.  Please see Clare Herbert or Jan Gilchrist if you would like to join a scheme to lose a stone in weight, gain sponsorship for the Connection, and join in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury.  First meeting Sunday November 4 at 12.30 pm in the café.  Forms available on the porch table.

Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 7 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 7 November at 7.00pm.

The Service of Commemoration for Homeless People who have Died in the Last Year will be held on Thursday 8 November at 11.30am.  The theme for the service is “Entertaining Angels Unawares” and it will be followed by refreshments at The Connection at St Martin’s.  All are welcome.

The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you all to our next event on Saturday 10 November, 7pm, in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. Twirties’ Andrew Aitken will lead us on the theme ‘”Scarcity or abundance?”: a gentle introduction to economics from a Christian economist’.  The evening will provide a friendly forum for questions on a topic which can leave us curious, concerned or just confused!  All welcome.  For further details, please contact Matias at twirties@hotmail.com

Sunday 11 November, following the 6.30pm service, The Patronal Festival Party will be held in St Martin’s Hall and Lightwell.  Tickets are available from Bronwyn Sanders or Michael Angus or from the Parish Office and the ticket includes a delicious meal, drinks and musical entertainment.  Suggested donation £5 or more if you are able!  All are welcome!

Rosy Fairhurst is due to complete her current role at St Martin’s by Christmas, and will be with us a little more in October and November to enable her to go travelling and writing in December.  Rosy’s book ‘Uncovering Sin: a gateway to healing and calling’ will be launched after the 10am service on Sunday 18 November and this will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate Rosy’s time at St Martin’s.  Rosy will preside at the 10am service on Advent Sunday 2 December and this will be her last Sunday with us.

Christmas Appeal  Phone donations contributed over £200,000 towards last year’s Christmas Appeal record total of £1.8 million.  This year’s Appeal – our 86th – is going to launch on Sunday 2 December, and we’re hoping to have even more people here answering phones and taking donations.  It can be very busy and very rewarding.  You will need to have a confident telephone manner and be able to enter the donor’s details into a computer (but if you can buy something online, you can use our donation page!).  If you can spare 2 hours (or more) on 2 December between 7.45am and 11.00pm, please speak to Craig or Rod, or e-mail craig.norman@smitf.org. We realise not everyone is comfortable answering phones but may still want to help, so in addition, we also need extra volunteers throughout the day to help sign in people in at the door and be generally welcoming.

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly, katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Regular Giving  Did you know that you can give by Standing Order or by Weekly Envelopes to your church?  Regular giving in either of these ways helps us to plan our finances and ensure that we are good stewards.  Our aim is that regular giving by the congregation meets the clergy costs and we are nearly at that target, but not quite.  If you are not a member of either of these schemes will you consider giving in this way?  Setting up a standing order is easy to do and keeps you in control of your giving or we can supply weekly envelopes for you to use.  If you would like to do this or talk about it (or if you would like to increase your current giving) please speak to Rod Beadles (churchwarden) who can give you all the information you need.