Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings, including word-search, colouring pages and crayons, is available from the Stewards.
Today/9.30am Children’s Program – Every first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets half an hour before the 10am service for a special ‘Getting to Know the Church’ programme. This Sunday: ‘Colours of the Church Year!’ On these Sundays, there are no after-service children’s activities.
Today/All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’s Requiem). 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.
Today/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin in the Fields the Disability Awareness Task Group have suggested that we explore a new way of sharing the Peace. So until Advent we are using an “Open-Handed Peace”. We stand with hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours. Why? For some people a hug is horribly invasive, for another with arthritis, or with damaged or swollen hands and arms, the traditional handshake is extremely painful, especially if vigorous! Besides, we become so accustomed to shaking hands that we no longer experience it as a way of receiving the other. So please join us for an open handed peace today and extend the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.
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.
Today/Sam Wells is in the USA 29 October – 5 November visiting Duke University to speak at Stanley Hauerwas’ seminars and to attend St Martin’s US Foundation board meeting.
Tomorrow/Monday 4 November/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013, Faith on the Frontiers Alastair McIntosh is an inspirational writer, educator, broadcaster and spiritual activist who lectures and leads seminars and conferences all over the world. Born and brought up in an agricultural community on the Isle of Lewis (from where he is travelling especially for this lecture) and drawing his huge breadth of experience of other parts of the world and passion for justice, in this lecture he will explore the nature of violence and non-violence and our relationship with the earth. His recent books include: Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power, and Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and Spirituality, available in our bookshop. This a lecture not to be missed ALL ARE WELCOME. Future dates: 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 6 November in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
This Week/Club Wednesday meets this week on 6 November, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. Prof. Michael Omolewa, educator and author, will lead us in a close reading of Psalm 23. All are welcome to attend!
This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Weds 6 November at 7.00pm.
This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Taizé Service, 9 November, 7pm, Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. Join us in an informal Taizé service. This will be a candle-lit service with scripture, meditative silence, prayer, weaved together through chants and songs. It’s a chance for slowing down from the busyness and the cacophony of sounds that bombard us every day. It will be followed by a simple bread and cheese supper. For more information, please email Simon at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com
Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.
Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival on Sunday 10 November at 6.30pm, followed by a party in St Martin’s Hall with ceilidh. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, available today, from Bronwyn Sanders, Katherine Hedderly or the Parish Office.
Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.
For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.
Revd Colin Midlane is now assisting at St Paul’s, Bow Common, two Sundays per month during the vacancy there. He asks for your prayers for the parish and his ministry there.
The Parish Pipeline email goes out once a week with stories and information from around St Martin’s. Subscribe on www.smitf.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular Giving Have you considered giving in a planned way to your church? Are you already giving in a planned way and are considering changing the amount you give? If you answer ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ then please contact Rod Beadles in person or via the church office. He will be delighted to see you, answer your questions and help you through the (very easy) process.
Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.
Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.