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Notices for Sunday 5 October, the Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity/Harvest

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Today/This Sunday’s Harvest Collection will be given to Médecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) specifically for their long term work fighting the Ebola Virus and caring for those infected. If you wish your donation to be gift-aided please fill in the envelope provided writing “Doctors without Borders” on the top. Please give generously to this vital work.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

Today/Children’s Programme – On the first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets from 9.30– 10.00am before the service at 6 St. Martin’s Place; today we begin our month-long art project: Praying for Peace. After the 10.00am service, C-Club members are also invited to help the Spirituality & Sustainability Group prepare this Wednesday’s Bread for the World service.

Today/This morning, we are delighted to be joined by the Kammerchor Passion, who are singing alongside the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields following their joint commemorative performance of Brahms’ German Requiem last night. The Kammerchor Passion is the chamber choir of the Passionkirche in Berlin, and is led by Kantor Matthias Schmelmer. The choir kindly hosted our singers in summer 2013. We offer them, and their vicar, Dagmar Apel, a warm welcome.

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/Sacred Space at 7pm A new monthly contemplative service to draw close to God and experience Christ’s presence in the heart of the city.

New Sound System Thank you to those who have given their response to the new sound system which we are enjoying. We are in the process of signing off with our contractors so do please let a member of the clergy know by Sunday 12 October if you have any comments to make, in particular we would like to hear from users of the loop system. Thank you.

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Lecture Series: Living Without Enemies: Christian Responses to War and Violence A group of inspirational speakers, reflect from different perspectives on the nature of war and peace. The series is free and open to all. Questions and answers will follow each talk, and a retiring collection will be taken to help cover costs. Dates for your diary: 6, 20 October, 3, 10, 24 November. See leaflet in church today. Duncan Morrow speaks on 6 October on Living without enemies in Northern Ireland.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 15 October in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Bread for the World: Wednesday evenings at St Martin’s Would you like to be involved? The aim of these new evenings is to gather and grow a worshipping community in a new and creative way, in which those involved can participate in the liturgy, prayers and music, joined by our choral scholars. The service is followed by a simple meal and a programme of faith development, discussions and activities. Contact Katherine Hedderly on katherine.hedderly@smitf.org or 020 7766 1102.

This week/Creation Tide 2014 This week’s Bread for the World is ‘I Am with You to Deliver You: Christian conversion and ecology’, 8 October, 6.30pm. Visit our Ecological Footprint Exhibit in the Lightwell during coffee after the 10am service. Save the Date: award winning documentary, “A River Changes Course”, 14 October, 6.30 pm, in the Austen Williams Room. All are welcome.

This year’s Disability Conference Transforming Our Vision: Towards a new understanding of Disability and Church will take place on Saturday 18 October 11am-5.30pm in St Martin’s Hall. The Key Note Speaker will be Professor John M Hull, Emeritus Professor in Practical Theology at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, with Ben Allison, Start Lee and Anne Duffin. To attend the conference please complete an application form available in church or online at www.inclusive-church.org.uk/disability.

St Luke’s Day – Transforming Our Vision John Hull is the preacher at our 10am service on Sunday 19 October where we explore our understanding of disability and church. The service includes the laying on of hands and anointing with oil, accompanied by prayers for healing, for yourself, someone else or the wider world.

Sunday 2 November/All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’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. If there is someone you would like to be remembered please give their name to Elinor Newman in the Parish Office by 15 October.

Feedback for new service pattern We are keen to hear feedback for our new pattern of services. Please email clergyoffice@smitf.org or speak to the named contact for each service: Sun 8am BCP: Peter Hullah and David Jackson; Sun 5pm Choral Evensong: Will Charnley; Sun 7pm Sacred Space: Rosalind Beeton; Weds 6.30pm Bread for the World: Duncan McCall.

We are in the process of renewing our Readers List. If you are currently a reader or would be interested in reading at future 10am Sunday Eucharists, please contact Helen Harris on Helen.Harris@smitf.org or 020 7766 1143. Helen will be co-ordinating this area of ministry.

For your prayers We pray regularly for the long-term sick at our Friday 1.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Sibyl Allen, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, Jim Minchin, Zara Bowness-Smith.

The Friends of The Connection at St Martin’s are looking to fill two key office positions: Hon Membership Secretary (1-2 days a week) and Hon Treasurer (2-3 days per week). If you would like more information please email friends@cstm.org.uk or phone 020 7766 5522 requesting an information pack. For both positions a start date in October would be desirable.