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Notices for Sunday 6 April, The Fifth Sunday of Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

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: 6, 20 April, 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 Sunday of the month, C-Club meets at 9.30am before the main service. Today’s meeting, in the Parish Hall (please enter by the stairs at the left of the altar) is in preparation for our family-led Good Friday 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/The APCM is today! Apart from conducting the usual business, there will be elections for churchwardens and members of the PCC and only people on the electoral roll are entitled to vote. Do come along, exercise your right to vote, ask questions and learn more about the place where God has put you.

There are two documents about 2013 that are both available now. The SMITF Annual Report and Accounts is the more ‘formal’ document, where we review how we have met our annual plans for the year across a wide range of areas. Alongside this is the Annual Review of Activities which gives a more detailed review of all the activities that demonstrate the vibrancy and energy of our congregations. We welcome donations to cover the costs of these: £5 for one or £8 for both, or as much as you can afford.

Today/St Martin’s and Me Our first heart-warming stories from St Martin’s community are now on the website (, with more to follow over the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have come forward to share their stories so far. If you haven’t yet taken part and would like to tell us about your relationship with St Martin’s on video, audio or in print, Kat Segura, Louise Vale and Ali Lyon will be on hand to record more stories on Sunday 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.

Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course continues on Monday 7 April at 7pm and each Monday evening in Lent: 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm.

This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Craft Evening, Saturday 12 April, 7 pm, Austen Williams Room. Get your creative juices flowing at our craft evening! Come and join us design Easter cards, decorate bookmarks and beautify cupcakes. All skill levels welcome! If this feels too daunting, pop over to our Open Circle Corner after the 10am Eucharist on Sunday 13 April, where we will sell our wares and let you know what Open Circle is all about. If you have ideas to share about this event, please email

Palm Sunday 13 April 9.45am/10am Next Sunday we mark the beginning of Holy Week with a Palm Sunday procession, led by a donkey, with the Chalk Farm Salvation Army Band and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. We meet at the steps behind Admiralty Arch near the British Council building where the procession begins at 9.45am. For those who are not joining the procession the service in church begins as usual at 10am, when we greet the arrival of the procession and read the Passion Gospel.

On Palm Sunday 13 April there will be a retiring collection for Easter flowers after the 10am service. Volunteers are also welcome to come and help with the flowers on Easter Saturday 19 April from 9.30am in church.

Living the Questions/DATE CHANGE Our final Spring Term session of Living the Questions has been rescheduled from 6 April to Sunday 13 April to allow parishioners to attend today’s Annual Parish Church Meeting. ‘Out into the World: Being Progressive and Christian’ will run from 12.15-1.45pm in the Austen Williams room. Contact for details.

Palm Sunday, 13 April, 6.30pm, From Creation to Salvation A special service with readings and the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields telling the story of salvation. All are welcome!

On Tuesday 15 April, join us at 7.30pm for a performance of Fauré’s Requiem, sung by the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Tickets available from the Box Office or at

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 16 April in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. For more information contact Caroline Essex via the Parish Office.

The Meditation Group meets next on Wednesday 16 April at 7.00pm in the DSC.

Holy Saturday On Saturday 19 April we will be polishing the sacred vessels and preparing the church for the Easter services from 10am-12 noon; all helpers most welcome.

Next Archers will be on Thursday 1 May. Save the day! The evening will begin at 7.00pm with Eucharist followed by a May Day Supper and discussion.

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 on Sunday 4 May in the Hall. Coffee will be served in the lightwell.

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. More information later or speak to Martin Haigh or Rod Beadles if you would like to know more.

Diocesan Lent Appeal 2014 This year we collected £1,384.60 (including gift aid). Thank you to all those who contributed so generously.

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