Happy Easter to all the members of our congregation and all who are visiting. Thank you to all those who have taken part in our worship this Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Please join us for breakfast after the 5.30am Vigil or for tea and coffee after the 10am. Bring your bells and whistles to celebrate the Resurrection at these services. The Lord is risen! Alleluia! There will be an Easter Egg Hunt after the 10am service in the Hall and Lightwell. All are welcome!
Today/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) invites you all to join us after the service on Easter Day, 31 March for a fun and social afternoon at Spitalfields City Farm where a long established and much loved tradition takes place annually: The Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race. We’ll have a traditional Sunday roast in Aldgate East followed by the goat race which takes place at 4.30pm. For more information, please email Cathy at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com
There is no Club Wednesday in April and it will resume on the first Wednesday of May.
This week/The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 3 April at 7.00pm.
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 10 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
The Annual Parish Church Meeting, Sunday 21 April at 11.45. There will be opportunity to hear about the past year, look at the future and ask questions. There will also be elections for Churchwardens and PCC. If you are considering standing for election you will need to be on the electoral roll (remember that unless you have signed a form this year you will not be on it so do please sign up) please take the opportunity to discuss it with Rod Beadles or Ali Lyon (Churchwardens) or members of the PCC who can give you all the information you will need.
Date for the Diary The Melanesian Mission religious communities have arrived in England for their ‘Simply Living’ Mission to six different dioceses in the United Kingdom. The Revd Richard Carter will be joining them next week to lead a training week. The end of their mission is at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and pan pipes! All will be very welcome!
Save the Date: The Parish weekend will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish. Please put this date into your diary! Flyers will be available after Easter.
2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank our Organ Appeal Committee for their continued hard work with this campaign. They have been instrumental in helping us raise over £20,000 towards our £65,000 target. We are now approaching the signing of contracts for the renewal of the main organ, for which work begins on 1st August this year, and the commissioning of a new chamber organ. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support. If you would like to find out more about this appeal, please contact the Development Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the Committee Members – Matthew Portal, Giles Andrews, Alastair Anson, Matthew Morrison, David Jackson, Chris Braganza, Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne.
Warm congratulations to David Monteith, who has been appointed Dean of Leicester Cathedral. David was previously Associate Vicar at St Martin’s, and we are invited to attend his installation (at 3.30 pm on Saturday 18 May) and the reception afterwards.
An Appeal David Jackson is doing some research into the archived SMITF newsletter/pewsheet front covers from their emergence in the early 90s. The Parish archive has much material but if anyone has copies, especially those dated between 1993 and 2004, the Archive Office would be very glad to see them. Please give to Michael Hellyer, David or the vergers. They can be copied and returned.
London Marathon Will Charnley is running the London Marathon on Sunday 21 April, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s. This is the second year he’ll be running for them – the response was great last year but needs to be even better for him to beat his £2000 target! To support him see: www.justgiving.com/Will-Charnley2
Our weekly Parish Pipeline email features news from our community, last minute notices and explores stories from around St Martin’s in more depth than we can in the Parish Newsletter. If you aren’t receiving them yet but want to, then use the sign up form on our website, or email email@example.com and let him know.
Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary. If you have one free day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon (email@example.com or 020 7766 5522).
Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Child Protection Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.