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Notices for Sunday 30 September, Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today/at the 10am service we will be commissioning members of our lay chaplaincy team.  The lay chaplains provide welcome, pastoral support and prayer in church on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and are an important part of our ministry to visitors.  We are very grateful for all that they do.

Harvest flowers  We are looking forward to Harvest Festival next week.  Today there will be a collection for Harvest flowers after the 10am service.  If you would like to help decorate the church with flowers, you are warmly invited to join us in church on Saturday 6 October at 10am.

Today  Following the success of the evacuation of church two weeks ago we now need to let you know what to do if the alarm goes off during coffee after church.  This won’t be an evacuation but Rod will talk us all through what we will need to be aware of.  It ought to take no more than 5 minutes so do please come if you are able – the St Martin’s Hall.

Today/Hugh Player  Hugh Player’s last day as CEO of St Martin-in-the-Fields will be Sunday 30 September.  He will be attending worship and coffee that day so the congregation will have a chance to say thank you and good bye to him.

Today/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.  As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, but this year we will be using new dvd materials.  Dates: 30 September, 7 October, 28 October, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details Revd Rosy Fairhurst on rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

This week we launched the new website at www.smitf.org  – have you been to see it yet?  Marc Gascoigne our Communications Officer in the parish office would like to know how you are finding using it, let him know on web@smitf.org

This week/Organ Appeal Launch  The current organ, by J W Walker, is in urgent need of repair and renewal; it is planned that this work will take place in August 2013 at al cost of £65,000, of which £35,000 has been raised.  At the same time, we would like to commission a new chamber organ from the celebrated organ builder Robin Jennings, at a cost of £35,000.  A fundraising committee, chaired by Matthew Portal, has been established, and a number of fundraising activities are planned.  On Monday 1 October at 6.30pm there will be a concert to launch the Organ Appeal with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  Tickets are £10 from the Box Office in person, on 020 7766 1100 or at www.smitf.org; all proceeds go to the Organ Appeal.  In addition, we are launching an exciting ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme and details of this are available in church.

This week/Wednesday 3 October/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist.  Charles Woodd will give a talk titled ‘Afghanistan before the recent conflicts – a personal reminiscence’.  All are welcome!

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 3 October at 7.00pm.

Next Sunday 7 October we will be celebrating Harvest.  Our theme for the Eucharist is: Now thank we all our God.  The collection for Harvest this year will be given for the work of USPG which this year are being renamed Us.  We hope you can join us in this service of thanksgiving.

Also on Sunday 7 October at 12.00 in the Desmond Tutu room, St Martin’s International Committee will be giving presentations on how some of the small international grants we have given have been used.  Rachel Evans will talk about our partnership with MS Foundation School, India, and which several choir members have visited.    Susannah Woodd will update us on St Luke’s Hospital in Malawi, and the training we have supported and Revd Richard Carter will talk about the Religious Communities in Melanesia and The Simply Living Mission we are supporting which will be coming to UK and St Martin’s on 2 June next year.  ALL ARE WELCOME.

On Sunday 7 October we will be saying goodbye to our Verger Julie Foster who has decided to move on.  Over the last three years she has made a wonderful contribution to the life and worship of our church and we are particularly grateful for all the she did while Ralph Smith was away to insure everything ran smoothly.  She leaves with our prayers and thanks for all she has done.

Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  October 8: Sam Wells – The Stories Jesus Told; October 22: Richard Carter – The Story Jesus Became; November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

Changing Attitude, Thursday 11 October at 7.00pm, “Civilly Partnered?”  Richard Carter and Clare Herbert speak on a panel regarding the theology and liturgy surrounding Civil Partnership in the LGBT community.  All lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people are welcome with friends and supporters to discuss this important issue.

Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you to a relaxing evening of good food and good company on Saturday 13 October, 7pm, in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  Please bring some food or drink to share.  More importantly, bring yourself and meet others, some of whom will be sharing thoughts on the theme “Beyond the summer: changing experiences of London(ers)”.  For further details, please contact Matias at twirties@hotmail.com

Book Signing  Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice – Margaret Clark will be signing copies of her recent book in the lightwell after the 10.00am service on 14 October.  Copies will be available on the day, or from the shop when stocks arrive (£14.99).