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Notices for Sunday 3 March, Third Sunday of Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Lent at St Martin’s This Lent in our 10.00am Eucharist the preachers will explore our Lent theme Power and Passion. In our 6.30pm Evening Services, members of St Martin’s Community share their reflections and experiences on The Cross, Jesus and Me.

Today/Prayer for healing We will be setting aside the Dick Sheppard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing. Two members of the healing team will be available to pray with you.

Tomorrow/Lent Study Course 2013 is taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March. The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection. This Monday we reflect upon Joseph of Arimathea.

This week/Wednesday 6 March/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist. A light lunch, followed by a talk by Brian Mears entitled “The work of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.” Brian will tell the story of the Trust with pictures and how they provide tall ship sailing holidays for people with physical disabilities. All are welcome.

This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 6 March at 7.00pm.

This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) Saturday 9 March, 7pm. A cinema trip to the BFI on The Southbank to see “The Gospel According to Matthew,” an Italian film from the 1960s that sets out to tell the Gospel of Matthew exactly as written. We will be going to the 8.20pm showing. Cost is £10. Join us for a pre-film drink from 7pm in the BFI bar, the Benugo bar. For further details and RSVP, please contact Helen via the Parish Office.

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. This term’s dates: 10, 17 Mar. All are welcome. Further details:

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 13 March in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

Quiet Day/Sacred Space in the City/Saturday 16 March 10am-4pm A day to explore sacred space in the heart of the city here St Martin’s. Please give your name to Katherine Hedderly if you would like to attend by emailing or by telephone 020 7766 1102. Places limited to 25. A simple lunch will be provided. Cost £5.

Diocesan Lent Appeal 2013 “Street Child World Cup” This year’s appeal has been set up by UK Christian Charity Amos Trust as an exciting global initiative campaigning for street children to receive the protection and opportunities they are entitled to. In 2014 in Rio de Janeiro 16 teams of street children from different countries will come together to play and to highlight the needs of street children around the world. A collection for the Diocesan Appeal will be taken at SMITF on Sunday 17 March.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 2 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 10, 17, 24 March, 14, 28 April, 12, 26 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 1 June at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Feedback on the 10am Sunday liturgy The Sunday 10am Eucharist liturgy has undergone some changes in the past few months. As we are approaching the half-way point of the 6 month trial, the Church and Worship Committee would like to offer you a chance to give your feedback. For the next four weeks, one of us will be on hand at the front of church after the 10am service. Please do come and let us know what you think. Look out for us on the following dates: 3/3 (Jeff Claxton), 10/3 (Caroline Essex), and 17/3 (Ruth Wooldridge).

Electoral Roll Under the Church Representation Rules, we are required to form a new Electoral Roll in 2013 (as part of the 6 year cycle which the rules specify). Everyone who wishes to be included on the new Roll, whether they are on the present Roll or not, must complete an application form by Sunday 10 March at the latest. Application forms will be available outside the Hall after the 10am Eucharist, or from the back of the church. You can also obtain a form from the Vergers at other times or from the Parish Office (020 7766 1100), or from the Electoral Roll officer ( To be on the Electoral Roll, you have to be aged 16 or over, a baptised member of the Church of England (or a church in communion with it) and be resident in the parish or have worshipped here regularly for the last 6 months. Only those who are on the electoral roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year takes place on 21 April.

Ralph Smith would like to thank everyone from St Martin’s for their generous gifts, cards and good wishes on his retirement as Head Verger. The whole church’s concern, support and prayers in recent months has been greatly appreciated and will be treasured for a very long time, indeed never forgotten.

Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Child Protection Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.