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/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults. Next Sunday, April 6, is the first Sunday of the month. C-Club will meet for a special Lenten programme at 9.30 am in the Parish Hall – please enter by the stairs at the left of the altar.
Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course continues on Monday 31 March at 7pm and each Monday evening in Lent: 7, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 2 April 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 2 April, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s, will share some insights on his path to becoming an author, and on the writing process itself. All are welcome.
This week/The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 2 April at 7.00pm in the DSC.
This week/Saturday 5 April/Quiet Morning Sacred Space in the City, 10am-1pm. Two spaces still available. Contact Revd Katherine Hedderly today.
Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 6, 20 April, 4, 18 May, 1 June. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service, or of course stay for part of the session.
St Martin’s and Me Our first heart-warming stories from St Martin’s community are now on the website (www.smitf.org), with more to follow over the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have come forward to share their stories so far. If you haven’t yet taken part and would like to tell us about your relationship with St Martin’s on video, audio or in print, Kat Segura, Louise Vale and Ali Lyon will be on hand to record more stories on Sunday 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), Sunday 6 April, 11.30am, St Martin’s Hall. The Annual Parishioners Meeting will elect 2 churchwardens, the deadline for nominations is Friday 4 April. The APCM will elect 6 PCC members of the English-speaking congregation, 5 of whom will also become our representatives on the Deanery Synod and serve for 3 years. The 6th member will be elected directly to the PCC and will serve for 2 years. There is a further place on the PCC for 2 years and this candidate will represent the Chinese-speaking congregations. If you wish to stand for election, please fill in an application form (available from the PCC rep) and return it to Angela Anderson in the parish office Angela.Anderson@smitf.org by 31 March, with a photo and a short 120 word biography.
There are two documents about 2013 that are helpful preparation for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, and they are both available now. The SMITF Annual Report and Accounts is the more ‘formal’ document, where we review how we have met our annual plans for the year across a wide range of areas. Alongside this is the Annual Review of Activities which gives a more detailed review of all the activities that demonstrate the vibrancy and energy of our congregations. We welcome donations to cover the costs of these: £5 for one or £8 for both, or as much as you can afford.
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Craft Evening, Saturday 12 April, 7 pm, Austen Williams Room. Get your creative juices flowing at our craft evening! Come and join us design Easter cards, decorate bookmarks and beautify cupcakes. All skill levels welcome! If this feels too daunting, pop over to our Open Circle Corner after the 10am Eucharist on Sunday 13 April, where we will sell our wares and let you know what Open Circle is all about. If you have ideas to share about this event, please email StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com.
Living the Questions/DATE CHANGE Our final Spring Term session of Living the Questions has been rescheduled from 6 April to Sunday 13 April to allow parishioners to attend the Annual Parish Church Meeting. ‘Out into the World: Being Progressive and Christian’ will run from 12.15-1.45pm in No. 6 on 13 April. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to announce the formation of the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The recruitment process begins with a Come-and-Sing event on Saturday 26 April, which will give children the chance to have a ‘taster’ of what will be involved. Tickets are available from the SMITF box office. The deadline to apply for an audition for the choir is 12 May 2014, and the new choir will sing its first service in July. If you know any children aged 7-13 who are interested, we’d love to hear from them! Please email email@example.com.
Next Archers will be on Thursday 1 May. Save the day! The evening will begin at 7.00pm with Eucharist followed by a May Day Supper and discussion.
Is there a Single Agenda? A morning designed to explore together issues surrounding being single as members of the Body of Christ. Places are limited but the morning will be open to anyone at SMITF with an interest in the topic. We aim to cover a range of experiences of singleness – the widowed, separated, divorced, young, old or middle aged, long-term or short-term single by chance or design. When? Saturday 31 May, 9.30am-1.00pm, St Martin’s Hall. More information later but in the meantime please speak to Martin Haigh or Rod Beadles if you would like to know more.
Registration has opened for The Connection’s 24th annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (23–26 May). Places are going fast, so please apply quickly! If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7766 5522
Save the Date: Conference and Weekend at the Corrymeela Centre in Northern Ireland “Reconciling Enmity: Creating Courage, Hope and Reconciliation in Divided Societies” 12-14 September 2014. Flyers and application forms will be available in church on Sunday 6 April.