Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on / review with your children.
Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets after the 10am service. After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.
Today/Living the Questions continues This week: “Paul’s Conversion: What does Paul say about his experience of Jesus? Are all believers called to mystical union with Christ?” This open discussion group, based on DVD material, encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition, and to live into the answers we discover. Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12.15 – 1.45pm. Future dates are 7, 21 July; 8, 15, 29 Sept; 20, 27 Oct. Come for one session or come to them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.
Now Open! Café in the Courtyard We are delighted that our al fresco café is now open. Many thanks to all who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen. It is a wonderful addition to our life at St Martin’s and the hospitality we offer. Come and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine (!), and delicious food. Opening times: Sun 10am – 6pm, Mon – Sat July and August 10am to 9pm, September 10am – 7pm, October 10am – 5pm.
This week/Monday 1 July at 6.00pm in the Café in the Crypt, Couch Potatoes Meeting 2.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 3 July 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 on 3 July, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Richard Carter will give a talk entitled ‘Simply Living’ – a discussion of life in the Solomon Islands and of the recent mission of the Melanesian Brothers and Sisters to London. All are welcome to attend!
This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 3 July at 7.00pm.
This week/General Synod, 5-9 July Please pray for Clare and for Anirban your representatives at General Synod as we debate not only legislation to permit women to be Bishops in the Church of England but also welfare reform in the light of so many present cuts in Benefits payments to those of our society who already have least.
This week/On Saturday 6 July at 12noon, Matthew Portal and Heather Richardson will be getting married here at St Martin’s. Matthew and Heather warmly invite members of the congregation to come to the service. All are welcome.
This week/Gay Pride As in previous years St Martin-in-the-Fields flew the rainbow flag and rang the bells to welcome London Pride into Trafalgar Square yesterday. On Saturday 6 July at 5.00pm, there will be a Gay Pride Holy Communion Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Alban’s, is the preacher at this service. Dr John is the centre of so much controversy in the Church of England that it’s easy to overlook that he is a fine New Testament scholar and one of the most exciting preachers of today’s church. All are very welcome to this colourful and celebratory service of thanksgiving for the life and witness of LGBT Christians, their families, friends, supporters and congregations.
Sunday 7 July/Safeguarding meeting Helen McKenna our Safeguarding Officer and Revd Katherine Hedderly will be holding a brief meeting in church after the 10am service to share information about the Diocesan Safeguarding policy and how St Martin’s works to maintain a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk. It is important that as many of the following are able to be there: PCC members, children’s work leaders, stewards, committee chairs, evening prayer leaders, lay chaplains, pastoral assistants and pastoral visitors and the meeting is open to all who wish to find out more about this important area.
Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!
What a cricket match! The Choir v The Rest of St Martin’s match last Sunday came down to the Rest needing just 3 runs off 7 balls to win. But the demon bowling of choristers Will and Jo denied them. But a great match and high tension at the end. Excellent to see members of the congregation and St Martin Scholars there giving loud vocal support…And Salisbury on Saturday July 27 – We and All Saints, Fulham are forming a team to take on the Cathedral. The match starts at 2.15pm on the Choir School’s pitch in the Close. All will be very welcome to watch. Can you please make your own travel arrangements. Thank you. Giles Andrews (contact via the Parish Office).
The Connection are fundraising by selling vintage items at a Portobello Road market stall. If you have any antique costume jewellery, lamps, clothing etc. please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Join us for refreshments and a chat after the 10am Eucharist in St Martin’s Hall, the Lower Crypt, which can be accessed via the glass pavilion on Church Path.
Security is an issue in any public space in central London. 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!