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Notices for Sunday 30 November, Advent Sunday

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Today/Advent and Christmas Services Advent begins today. The Advent Carol Service at 5.00pm The End of the World? explores in words and music our Advent theme. Our preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s and doors open at 4.15pm. The full list of Advent & Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December and on our website. There will be no ticketing for capacity Christmas services: Advent Carols, Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols. Due to popular demand we will be holding two Parish Carol services on Christmas eve at 4.30pm & 7.00pm. Door open 45 mins before the services start and as the church is often full we encourage you to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

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/C Club Malawi sale Today, C Club and friends will be holding their annual Advent stall in the Hall during coffee. Please do come and buy Christmassy treats, presents, cards, and gift tags! All proceeds will go to St Luke’s Hospital in Malawi which Susannah Woodd from our congregation is involved with.

Today/Advent Oasis We will be holding an Oasis afternoon of creative spirituality and spiritual creativity today (finishing in time for Advent Carols). Please see Ali Lyon at coffee time if you would like to join in.

Today/The Advent Booklet, “The End of the World?“, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, is now available (including a large print version). With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas. Suggested donation £3.

This week/In thanksgiving for the life of Ralph Smith The Choral Eucharist at 1pm on Wednesday 3 December will be a special Thanksgiving Eucharist in memory of Ralph and in celebration of his life. Ralph was Head Verger at St Martin’s for 12 years before retiring in April last year due to ill health. Ralph died in August and Margaret his wife and the family will be with us to remember Ralph and give thanks to God for him and all he contributed so faithfully and generously over many years here at St Martin’s. The services will be followed by refreshments in the Gallery. All are welcome.

This week/Please note, there will be no Club Wednesday on 3 December due to the memorial of Ralph Smith. Members of Club Wednesday are instead invited for refreshments in the Gallery, following the special 1pm Eucharist.

The 88th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields is almost upon us. The Appeal will be broadcast on December 7 at 7.55 am, followed later that morning by BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal: Making a Difference with Aasmah Mir. We have over 200 volunteers helping this year, answering phones, opening post, helping with the exhibition or helping with social media. We are grateful to PwC who are hosting the Call Centre. The exhibition in the Crypt will open on 1 December. Keep an eye on the main website. We will soon be posting a video made for us by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis.

Book Sale, Sunday 7 December after the 10am service. Proceeds to charity.

The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 9 December at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 10 December in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

On Wednesday 10 December at 3.30pm, Revd Dr Sam Wells and the St Martin’s Voices have been invited to sing Choral Evensong live on BBC Radio 3. On the Advent theme of ‘Heaven’, the broadcast features works by William Lloyd Webber, Richard Shephard, Michael Cayton and Ben Parry, as well as the first performance of a newly composed set of responses by former Choral Scholar Nils Greenhow. Please be seated by 3.15pm or listen on Radio 3 at 3.30pm. The broadcast is also repeated on Radio 3 on Sunday 14 December at 3.00pm.

Saturday 20 December, Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Christmas Party: Bowling & Japanese Meal. Join us at Bloomsbury Lanes for an hour of bowling 5-6pm (cost £6), followed by noodles on Old Compton Street (www.tarorestaurants.co.uk), 7pm. You are welcome to come to either or both; please let us know at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com so that we can confirm bookings!

Archer’s Christmas Dinner 18 December, 7.30pm This year’s Archer’s Christmas Dinner will be at the Union Jack Club on Thursday 18 December starting at 7.30pm. Please book with Michael Moran as soon as possible to insure a place via the Parish Office. The price for this wonderful Christmas Dinner and Event is £25.

Save the date: The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2015. More details to follow.

For your prayers We pray regularly for the long-term sick at our Friday 1.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Sibyl Allen, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, Jim Minchin, Zara Bowness-Smith, Adepeju Seriki.

Feedback for new service pattern We are keen to hear feedback for our new pattern of services. Please email clergyoffice@smitf.org or speak to the named contact for each service: Sun 8am BCP: Peter Hullah and David Jackson; Sun 5pm Choral Evensong: Will Charnley; Sun 7pm Sacred Space: Rosalind Beeton; Weds 6.30pm Bread for the World: Duncan McCall.

Join the Occasional Singers of St Martin’s! Once a month, the Occasional Singers lead the music at 10am parish Eucharist, and we are looking for new members! Please email Alice at choir@smitf.org if you would like to know more.

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.