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Notices for Sunday 3 January, Epiphany Sunday

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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 from 9.30-9.55am before the service over at No. 6 St Martin’s Place, to launch an exciting new C-Club project! As a special New Year treat, breakfast snacks will be provided!

Today/Epiphany Carols, 5.00pm Join us for a festival of Epiphany carols Three Kings from Lands Afar with readings and music from the Choir of St Martin’s and reflections from Sam Wells, followed at 7pm by Sacred Space for Epiphany.

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields is already over the £1.7million mark. Thank you to all our volunteers who have answered calls and opened mountains of post. You can listen again to Sam’s Appeal at charity.stmartin-in-the-fields.org.

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 6 January in Café in the Crypt. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 6 January, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm, followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. Lucinda Murphy, a member of our Open Circle group and a student at Heythrop College, will be speaking about her research exploring nostalgia as spiritual homecoming. All are welcome.

This week/Bread For the World – Wednesday evenings at St Martin’s are where we build our community, through a simple Eucharist with reflections, input from members of the community and groups across St Martin’s. The music is led by the choral scholars. The time in church is followed by a simple soup supper in No. 6 St Martin’s Place, followed by the opportunity to reflect on and explore the bible together. It’s a great way to be close to God, make friends, pray and explore faith. We restart on Wednesday 6 January at 6.30pm in church, or follow on afterwards at 7.30pm for supper. You are welcome to join all or part of the evening. For more information please speak to Andrew Bennison andrew.bennison@smitf.org 020 7766 1143.

Healing at St Martin’s St Martin’s holds over 20 healing services a year, yet this vital ministry is not well understood. If you would like to learn more about the theology and the practicality of the laying on of hands and anointing, or if you feel called to this ministry, please mark your diaries for 12-1.30pm on Sunday 10 January. Sam Wells will speak, and members of the Healing Team will talk about their experiences. If you are interested, please contact Will Morris (william.morris@smitf.org) so that he can send you some (short!) reading material.

The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 12 January at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond): there are a few spaces remaining on our popular annual retreat, from 22-24 January 2015 at Hilfield Friary in Dorset. Cost £90 for the weekend. Numbers will be confirmed this week so please let Andrew know (Andrew.Bennison@smitf.org) asap if you would like to come.

Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Beginning with Bread for the World at 6.30pm in church we will share this informal Eucharist and reflection. This will be followed by a simple Lenten supper of bread and soup and then Listening Groups. Using the Book Silence and Honeycakes by Rowan Williams as our guide we will be exploring the extraordinary wisdom that comes with this desert spirituality, much of which resonates so strongly with aspects of our own modern spiritual searchs. The cost of the course is £15 which includes a copy of the book and the study materials. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 10 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23. Application forms now available in church.

Fri 26–Sun 28 Feb 2016 The Silent Retreat “Paying Attention” will take place at the beautiful Chelmsford Diocese Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Jonathan Evens and we will be exploring through art the theme from the Christmas Appeal in relation to prayer inspired by Simone Weil’s words: Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. It presupposes faith and love. Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer. The retreat is open to members of the St Martin’s and St Stephen Walbrook communities. Application forms will be available in church from the beginning of January. The cost of the weekend is £144. For more information please speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102 katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Save the date: Parish Away Day for 2016 will take place on July 9. More details to follow.

The Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) AGM is on Monday 18 Jan, 6.30pm at St George’s Church, Hanover Square, W1S 1FX. This is followed by a panel discussion on “Mass Migration: Churches’ Role” followed by a reception. All are very welcome.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. During this time of heightened security please be vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff. St Martin’s takes security seriously and all of our staff are regularly trained in the evacuation of the premises. In church, please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them. If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!

We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The ChildLine Helpline is 0800 1111.

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral We have four parish passes which members of our congregation may borrow. If you would like to have the loan of a pass then please contact Elinor Newman in the Parish Office.