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Notices for Sunday 31 January, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

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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/Children’s Programme – C Club will be meeting after the 10am service in the Neville Marriner Room. Today we will be using this larger space to explore ‘praying with the body’.

Today/Revd David Jackson’s last Sunday David and Philippa have worshipped with us since 1999 and for the last 13 years David has combined his weekday life as a dentist with a full and active self-supporting ministry as a priest in the Diocese of London, based at St Martin’s. He and Philippa have hugely enriched and profoundly deepened our common life in this place in many ways. On this Sunday where we say goodbye to them, David will preach and Philippa will be leading the intercessions. There will be an opportunity to thank them in the Hall after the service.

Today/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 31 Jan, 7, 21, 28 Feb, 6, 13 March, 12noon-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. The programme covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse using paintings as a source of inspiration. See flyer for more details.

Today/Meeting of artists & craftspeople at 12.30pm in the Benenson Room. Exploration of ideas for arts initiatives involving our community and its artists and craftspeople.

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 3 February in Café in the Crypt. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 3 February, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm, followed by lunch at 6 St Martin’s Place. Revd Dr Alastair McKay, Assistant Curate at St Martin’s, will be speaking about his journey of faith and his work prior to ordination. All are welcome.

SMAP: share your views For the first time in years, we are reviewing our support functions (Marketing, Admin, Finance, HR, Estates and IT) to see how all parts of St Martin’s can work together, and have appointed Andy Brookes, an independent consultant, to help us make sure that all views and ideas are heard and understood as we plan for the future. Andy will be joining us for coffee after the 10am service on Sunday 7 February. Do look out for him, and share any views you have. For more info, ask Ali Lyon or Katherine Hedderly.

On Sunday 7 February we will be running an ‘orientation of site’ evacuation training session for all church stewards at 12noon starting in the Foyer. Please could church stewards rsvp to Elinor on There will be places for 24 people on this date.

Sunday 7 February Book Sale after the 10am service.

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

Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Beginning with Bread for the World at 6.30pm in church we will share this informal Eucharist and reflection. This will be followed by a simple Lenten supper of bread and soup and then Listening Groups. Using the Book Silence and Honeycakes by Rowan Williams as our guide we will be exploring the extraordinary wisdom of desert spirituality. The cost of the course is £15 including the book and study materials. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 10 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23. Application forms now available in church.

Congregational Giving 2016: A Grateful Heart During Lent, we are asking our congregation to review their giving to St Martin’s. Members of our congregation will be speaking briefly about their own experiences of supporting our church ahead of our Giving Sunday, which will be held on Sunday 14 February. Please join us in the church that morning to hear more.

John Murphy RIP John Murphy’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 16 February at 9.30am at Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, SE23 3RD and will be taken by Revd Richard Carter.

Margaret Badcock RIP There will be a Memorial Eucharist for Margaret Badcock at St Anne’s Soho on Wednesday 17 February at 1.00pm. The celebrant will be Revd Richard Carter and the preacher Revd Simon Buckley. You are welcome to come and give thanks for her life.

Saturday February 20/Lent Oasis, 10.30am-1.30pm, Austen Williams room. A time of quiet scriptural reflection and practical art. All are welcome, artistic skills are not necessary. Suggested donation: £5. Contact or 020 7766 1126 to register.

Confirmation at St Martin’s, 19 June 10am, with the Bishop of London. Preparation classes for adults will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 21 February, 13, 20 March, 17 April, 1, 8, 15 May, 5 June with a rehearsal on Saturday 18 June at 9.30am. If you would like to join the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly ( 020 7766 1102. For Children’s Confirmation please contact Andrew Bennison 020 7766 1143. Dates to be confirmed.

Living With Dementia, Tuesday 23 February, 7-9pm, St Martin’s Hall. We continue to explore the experience of dementia and faith. Through the insight of lived experience and theological reflection we will look at how our church life and worship might grow in a more dementia-friendly way. All are welcome. Suggested donation £5. For more information speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102

Fri 26–Sun 28 Feb 2016 The Silent Retreat “Paying Attention” will take place at Chelmsford Diocese Retreat House, Pleshey, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd Jonathan Evens and we will be exploring through art the theme inspired by Simone Weil’s words: Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. The retreat is open to members of the St Martin’s and St Stephen Walbrook communities. Application forms are now available in church. The cost of the weekend is £144. For more information please speak to Katherine Hedderly 020 7766 1102

Discover & explore/1 Feb–21 Mar A musical service series at St Stephen Walbrook explores hope, faith , life, love, dreams, joy, truth and soul through music and liturgy with the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Mondays at 1.10pm: 1 Feb: Hope; 8 Feb: Faith; 15 Feb: Life; 22 Feb: Love; 29 Feb: Dreams; 7 Mar: Joy; 14 Mar: Truth; 21 Mar: Soul.