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Notices for Sunday 29 September, Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/ The St Martin’s Occasional Singers will be singing at our 10am Eucharist service and we welcome Christchurch Priory Girls’ Choir who will be singing at our 5pm Choral Evensong service.

Today/Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel.  Pick up some biscuits and squash and join us for some creative learning. A guide to the Scripture-readings including word-search, colouring pages and crayons, is available from the Stewards before the service.

Today/ We will have a collection for Harvest flowers at the end of the 10am service.  We will be decorating the church for Harvest on Saturday 5 October, and if you would like to come and help please join us in church at 10am.

Today/Living the Questions  Today’s topic – ‘Paul’s Eschatology: End of the World, or Beginning of Justice?’ This open discussion group, based on DVD material, encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition.   Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12:15 – 1:45pm.  Future dates are 20 and 27 Oct. Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

Today/All Saints Fulham, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs/6.00pm  The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong.  Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern. 

Today/ Volunteers selected for the new St Martin’s Sunday International Group meet at the Connection at 1.30pm.

Fourth Plinth Exhibition The six short-listed proposals for the next Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square are displayed in the Crypt foyer at St Martin’s until 17 November.  Enjoy them and make your views known.

Thank You! A big thank you to all those who volunteered to help make St Martin’s participation in Open House a success last weekend.  If any of the volunteers have any suggestions for improvements, please contact Caroline Essex, either via the parish office or after the 10am service on Sundays.  We are currently considering how we might run a similar event more frequently than once a year –  calls for volunteers will appear in a future newsletter. 

Organ project We are very grateful for the very many generous donations and grants which are making the organ project possible. A gala concert will take place in Spring 2014, after the new chamber organ is delivered, to mark the completion of the project and to give an opportunity to  thank all who have contributed. Before then, this Monday, 30 September, at 6.30pm, the St Martin’s Choir are holding a concert to mark the end of the first phase, the renewal of the main Walker organ. Tickets £10 from the Box Office on 020 7766 1110 or at www.smitf.org.

Club Wednesday/Oct 2 – We begin with Choral Eucharist at 1pm then lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Our speaker is Phyllis Santamaria, grassroots organizer and educator.  She will discuss her ‘microfinance’ work in China and all over the world.  All are welcome to attend!

Saturday 5 October/ Revd Barry Arscott – a celebration of his life  Barry’s former Parish of St Barnabas, Manor Park are holding a brief memorial service followed by a social evening on Saturday 5 October, starting at 17:30. Everyone is most welcome to attend to celebrate the life of someone who was so fondly loved. The address is Browning Road, Manor Park, London, E12 6PB. If you have any questions about this event please ask Jean Claxton or Jeff Claxton. 

This year’s Harvest Collection on 6 October will go to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal. Around 2 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Oxfam’s response has already helped over 200,000 people and they are aiming to reach up to 650,000. Please give generously next Sunday

Next Sunday/Children’s Ministry Meeting 12.15pm Tutu Room where we will have the opportunity for parents and all those involved in our children’s ministry to share ideas and plan ahead.  For more information contact Revd Katherine Hedderly katherine.hedderly@smitf.org 

Crèche at St Martin’s  Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 6, 27 October, 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December. 

Sunday 6 October 12.30pm, Crypt café – Couch Potatoes meet to digest the fiasco of summer holidays with firm purpose of amendment.

Next week/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers  What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century?  This exciting lecture series continues on Monday 7 Oct with June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury. Future dates include 21 Oct Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells; 4 Nov Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney.  Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.

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.  See leaflet in church.  Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.

‘Ecclesiastical Sex Crises: The Lack of a Theology of Desire?’  A Public Lecture by Professor Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Fellow of Murray Edwards College. Organised by the Centre for Philosophy of Religion, Heythrop College, University of London.  Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 6.00pm in The Marie Eugenie Room.  There will be a wine reception after the lecture.  There is no charge for entry.  Please register by sending an email to f.ellis@heythrop.ac.uk