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Notices for Sunday 4 November, All Saints’ & All Souls’ Sunday

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s  C Club is on holiday and will resume on Sunday 11 November.

Today/8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship, “Remembering Hidden Lives.”  The preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells, service led by Revd Richard Carter. 

Today/All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Fauré’s Requiem).  At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church. 

Today/Couch Potatoes has begun and ends on Friday 24 May 2013 at the Pilgrimage.  Please see Clare Herbert or Jan Gilchrist if you would like to join a scheme to lose a stone in weight, gain sponsorship for the Connection, and join in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury.  First meeting Sunday November 4 at 12.30 pm in the café.  Forms available on the porch table.

The Dick Sheppard Chapel will be closed this week (5-9 November) while the new altar is installed.  All services that usually take place there will be held in the Tutu Room.

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  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. 

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 7 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

This week/Wednesday 7 November/Club Wednesday will meet in the Austen Williams Room after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist.  Michael Hellyer will give a talk titled ‘Archives in Action’.  All are welcome!

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the Tutu Room on Wednesday 7 November at 7.00pm.  *Please note the change of location for this week.*

This week/The Service of Commemoration for Homeless People who have Died in the Last Year will be held on Thursday 8 November at 11.30am.  The theme for the service is “Entertaining Angels Unawares” and it will be followed by refreshments at The Connection at St Martin’s.  All are welcome.

This week/The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you all to our next event on Saturday 10 November, 7pm, in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  Twirties’ Andrew Aitken will lead us on the theme ‘”Scarcity or abundance?”: a gentle introduction to economics from a Christian economist’.  The evening will provide a friendly forum for questions on a topic which can leave us curious, concerned or just confused! All welcome. A light buffet will be provided. For further details, please contact Matias at twirties@hotmail.com

Sunday 11 November, following the 6.30pm service, The Patronal Festival Party will be held in St Martin’s Hall and Lightwell.  Tickets are available from Bronwyn Sanders or Michael Angus or from the Parish Office and the ticket includes a delicious meal, drinks and musical entertainment.  Suggested donation £5 or more if you are able!  All are welcome!

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.  Dates: 18, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Rosy Fairhurst is due to complete her current role at St Martin’s by Christmas, and will be with us a little more in October and November to enable her to go travelling and writing in December.  Rosy’s book ‘Uncovering Sin: a gateway to healing and calling’ will be launched after the 10am service on Sunday 18 November and this will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate Rosy’s time at St Martin’s.  Rosy will preside at the 10am service on Advent Sunday 2 December and this will be her last Sunday with us.

Christmas Appeal phone lines  There’s already been a great response for volunteers to answer phones for this year’s Appeal on 2 December and spaces throughout most of the day have now been filled.  We still need a few more volunteers for the first shift at 7.45am and the evening shifts starting at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.  We also need help signing in volunteers for the two busiest shifts at 9.30am and 5.30pm, so if you can spare an hour from 8.45-9.45am or 4.45-5.45pm to help with this, please let us know .  Contact Craig Norman or Rod Beadles (020 7766 1138/27 or craig.norman@smitf.org).

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly, katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Regular Giving  Did you know that you can give by Standing Order or by Weekly Envelopes to your church?  Regular giving in either of these ways helps us to plan our finances and ensure that we are good stewards.  Our aim is that regular giving by the congregation meets the clergy costs and we are nearly at that target, but not quite.  If you are not a member of either of these schemes will you consider giving in this way?  Setting up a standing order is easy to do and keeps you in control of your giving or we can supply weekly envelopes for you to use.  If you would like to do this or talk about it (or if you would like to increase your current giving) please speak to Rod Beadles (churchwarden) who can give you all the information you need.

Save the Date: The Parish weekend next year will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish.  Please put this date into next year’s diary!