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Notices for Sunday 4 May, The Third Sunday of Easter

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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: 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.

Today/Children’s Programme – On the first Sundays of the month, C-Club meets at 9.30 am, before the main service. Today’s programme: ‘Meet the Choir!’ Please enter by the stairs at the left of the altar.

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/Prayer for healing We will be setting aside the Dick Sheppard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing. Two members of the healing team will be available to pray with you.

Today/A session on the proposed changes to deepen and broaden the pattern of worship resulting from the St Martin’s Action Plan will be held after the 10am service in the Hall. Coffee will be served in the lightwell.

Today/The beginning of our new term of Living the Questions has been POSTPONED so that parishioners can take part in today’s meeting about patterns of worship. Our new term, focused on ‘Honouring Creation,’ will begin on May 18, with a session on ‘Biblical Models for Restoring Relationships.’ Sessions run from 12.15-1.45pm at 5 St Martin’s Place. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or take in the whole series. Contact for details.

This week/Club Wednesday meets on 7 May, beginning with Choral Eucharist at 1pm and followed by lunch at 6 St. Martin’s Place. Parishioner Tom Viita will talk about ‘Sustainability: Sacred Spaces and Spirituality.’ All are welcome.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Wednesday 7 May at 7.00pm in the DSC.

This week/The Art of Peacebuilding, Wednesday 7 May, 7.00-8.30pm at St Martin’s Revd Dr Sam Wells will be in conversation with Marcia Owen, a community activist with an extraordinary ministry to families and perpetrators in the wake of gun violence. Marcia and Sam will be talking about guns, death, laws, grief, reconciliation, forgiveness. All are welcome.

Christian Aid Week 11-18 May Christian Aid’s work all around the world to end poverty depends on generous giving during this important week. Envelopes will be given out at St Martin’s on Sun 11 May and throughout the week. The collection on Sun 18 May will be for Christian Aid. Please give generously by filling these envelopes and your details if your donation can be gift aided.

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. 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

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 14 May in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more info, contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

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- or short-term single by chance or design. Saturday 31 May, 9.30am-1.00pm, St Martin’s Hall. Flyer available today or speak to Martin Haigh or Rod Beadles if you would like to know more.

SAVE THE DATE/Our Parish Away Day 2014 will be held on 12 July 2014, 10am-4.30pm, at Holy Trinity Prince Consort Road. Feeding the 5000: Gathering, Listening Responding Sharing. A day for all the parish with a picnic in the park.

Corrymeela Conference and Weekend, 12-14 September 2014, flyers & application forms available in church today.

Connection at St Martin’s Pilgrimage to Canterbury The closing date for this year’s Pilgrimage has now passed, but places are still available. If you would like to come, please get your completed registration form and fee sent in by Friday 9 May. For more information, contact or phone 020 7766 5522.

Sponsor St Martin’s Sunday International Group for The Connection’s Pilgrimage Members of St Martin’s Sunday International Group will be joining the pilgrimage from London to Canterbury for The Connection at St Martin’s where the group is hosted each week. The Sunday International Group was set up to provide hospitality and welcome for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who are facing destitution in London. All donations will go to The Connection at St Martin’s.

Friends Concert, Saturday 24 May, 7.30pm Once again the Belmont Ensemble and St Martin’s Voices conducted by Peter Dyson and Andrew Earis, joined by pianist Costas Fotopoulos, give a concert in aid of the Friends. The programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 12 in A, Ave verum corpus and the Requiem. Tickets are available from the box office. We are grateful to Peter for his continued support of the Friends.

Saturday 31 May, 7.30pm: A performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Constanza Consort and soloists at Cadogan Hall. Sarah Crompton, Martin Haigh, Anna Yew and Andrew Aitken will be performing with the Constanza Chorus. Tickets (£12, £15, £20) can be booked directly at or by phone on 020 7730 4500.

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.