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Notices for Sunday 5 May, Sixth Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Every Sunday a Special Sunday – Review of the 10am liturgy/11.30am Sam and the clergy team will be holding a session in the DSC straight after the service to talk about the liturgy and respond to the feedback as this time of review comes to an end. All are welcome.

Today/Presentation on Mekelle Blind School, Ethiopia, 12.15pm, Tutu Room Come and learn more about one of St Martin’s International links, a school for blind children in Northern Ethiopia, where we have been supporting a teaching assistant plus special learning materials and games for the children. Jan and Ian Draper from SENEthiopia will speak to us and show a short DVD on the life of the school. The presentation will start straight after the review of the 10am liturgy and last for about 45 minutes. Cakes in aid of SENEthiopia will be on sale during coffee.

Today/Living the Questions begins again with a new series of studies – Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 5 May(at 12.30); 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July. All are welcome come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm. But please note first group on 5 May is at 12.30pm.

New Pastoral Assistant We are delighted that John Falcone has joined us for the next 12 months at St Martin’s as Pastoral Assistant. He is working Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.

This week/Tax: Law and Morality – Which Way Now?” Tuesday 7 May, 7.30pm in church As part of the “If” campaign organised around the British G8 Presidency, St Martin’s and ActionAid have organised a debate to look at the issues of tax, law and morality in more depth, and to explore whether we can move beyond argument to reach solutions that would help particularly those in developing countries. David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary (invited), Catherine McKinnell, the Shadow Exchequer Secretary, and Stephen Williams, a LibDem spokesman on tax matters will lead the debate. All are welcome.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 8 May 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/Thursday 9 May 8pm, Ascension Day Eucharist BBC Radio 4 The preacher at this service will be The Rt Revd Graham Jones, Bishop of Norwich. The musical setting is Bach’s Mass in B minor and the BBC Daily Service Singers will be joined by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. This year tickets will be required for the service, available today from the stewards after the service, from the parish office or on the evening at the door. Please be seated in church by 7.40pm (come in plenty of time, we are expecting a large congregation) or tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 8pm.

This week/Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Clark, Saturday 11 May, 11am  Margaret Clark was a much loved member of our congregation. Her family would very much like all those at St Martin’s who wish to join with them to come and give thanks for her life at this special service.

Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May 2013 Today 870 million people are in desperate need of food. This is a scandal. Together, this Christian Aid Week, we can help some of the world’s poorest families get enough to eat. For good. Please bring your donation for Christian Aid on either Sunday 12 May or 19 May and use the Christian Aid envelopes provided. Please give generously!

DATG, the Disability Awareness Task Group, will meet on Sunday 12 May at 12.30pm in the Peter Benenson Room.

The Funeral of William Young will take place at St Dominic’s Priory, Belsize Park, on Tuesday 14 May, at 12noon.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 15 May at 7.00pm.

The Funeral of David Lloyd will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Thursday 16 May at 11.00am, and the commital at West London Crematorium at 3.00pm. All are welcome.

Open Table, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, meets in St Martin’s Hall on Thursday 16 May at 7pm. All lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, with families, friends and supporters, are welcome to a lecture by Dr Elaine Storkey entitled “Gender and Sexuality: Different Difference”. All are very welcome, both to the talk or to meet before in the café at 6.00pm and afterwards to go for a drink.

The Melanesian ‘Simply Living’ Mission ends at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and panpipes! All are welcome! Flyers available today!

The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.

The Parish Weekend Away: Disability Awareness We are seeking to make this weekend as accessible as possible to those who would like to come. It would be helpful to know of additional needs in advance so that we can try to meet them. Please put a note of the need or the assistance required with your application form, return it to Elinor in the office and we will contact you to discuss. Priority for transport by minibus will be given.

Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!

Nara Greenway, a Buddhist Nun, will be making a vigil for peace on the steps of St Martin’s from 5-26 May. Every day she will join us Morning Prayer and be praying and fasting for peace on our steps. Nara is concerned about people around the world who are suffering from the effects of violence including in Burma and Sri Lanka and she wants to make this vigil in memory of 117 Tibetans who have immolated themselves.