Today/Children’s Program – C-Club meets on first Sundays at 9.30am. Today Revd Katherine Hedderly explains ‘What Happens around the Altar?’ No children’s programme after the 10am service.
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/Epiphany Carols, 6.30pm Join us for a festival of Epiphany carols Places of Revelation with readings and music from the Choir of St Martin’s with three meditative reflections from Sam Wells.
The 87th Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal The Appeal has now reached £1.6 million, but there is still a long way to go in order to help the thousands of people who will turn to us for help in 2014. The exhibitions on the railings of Church Path and downstairs in the Foyer show how the money raised is used to help people in need change their lives through The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar’s Relief Fund. You can make a donation online at www.smitf.org/donate or by using the red Christmas Appeal envelopes. Write a message on the chalkboard in the foyer telling us what matters to you at Christmas. You can also follow the progress of the Appeal on Twitter: @smitf_christmas #whatmatters
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 8 Jan 2014 in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.
This week/Great Sacred Music continues, Thursdays at 1.00pm An exciting new thirty-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, with Revd Dr Sam Wells exploring through reading and song the great classical music of our religious heritage. Performed by the St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. All welcome – retiring collection.
Join St Martin’s Voices for two concerts of stunning choral music. On Friday 10 January at 7.30pm, ‘Faure Requiem by Candlelight’, a captivating selection of English and French music including works by Finzi, Holst and Vaughan Williams, culminating in Faure’s much-loved Requiem. On Thursday 16 January at 7.30pm ‘Hallelujah! A Baroque Choral Celebration’, an invigorating Baroque programme including works by Bach, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, and Handel’s masterpiece Hallelujah Chorus. For a special 25% discount on tickets to either concert please phone the box office on 020 7766 1100 and quote VOICES25.
Next Sunday/12 January begins a new season of ‘Living the Questions,’ our DVD-based open discussion group that queries the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers. We meet 12.15-1.45pm in the Austin Williams Room (No. 6 St. Martin’s Place) for a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session, or join us for the whole series. Session 1: ‘An Invitation to Journey: How can we cultivate a love for the questions? How can we live toward compassion, justice, and hope?’ Future topics will include ‘Taking the Bible Seriously’, ‘How Do We Think Theologically?’, ‘Investigating Stories of Creation’, ‘Jesus and His Multiple Biographies’, and more. Want more info? Interested in being a small group facilitator? Contact email@example.com for details.
Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Next date will be Sunday 12 January.
Joyce Higgins RIP A former member of St Martin’s passed away. Her funeral will be at 12noon on Tuesday 14 January at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne, Bournemouth.
The Meditation Group will meet next on Wednesday 15 January at 7.00pm in the DSC.
Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.
Weekly email A few people have told us that they aren’t receiving the weekly email when they should be – particularly Gmail users. If you think you are subscribed but aren’t getting them, please contact Marc at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Best wishes to previous Associate Vicar Liz Griffiths, who is returning to parish ministry as Team Vicar in the Basingstoke Team Ministry with responsibility for St Peter’s Church, South Ham. Liz’s new address is available from the Parish Office. All are welcome at Liz’s licensing on Wednesday 8 January at 7.30 pm.
The Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW) AGM is on Monday 20 January, 6pm for 6.30pm at Crown Court Church of Scotland, Russell Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5EZ. This is followed by a panel discussion on “The Christian Response to Immigration Policy” followed by a reception. All are very welcome.
For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.
The Parish Pipeline email goes out once a week with stories and information from around St Martin’s. Subscribe on www.smitf.org or by emailing email@example.com.
Regular Giving Have you considered giving in a planned way to your church? Are you already giving in a planned way and are considering changing the amount you give? If you answer ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ then please contact Rod Beadles in person or via the church office. He will be delighted to see you, answer your questions and help you through the (very easy) process.
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.
Visit St Paul’s Cathedral We have four Parish Passes which members of our congregation may borrow. If you would like to have the loan of a pass then please contact Elinor Newman in the Parish Office.