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Notices for Sunday 6 January, The Epiphany

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Epiphany Carols, 6.30pm  Join us for a festival of Epiphany carols Into All The World with readings and music from the Choir of St Martin’s with three meditative reflections from Sam Wells.

The 86th BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal  The amount raised by the 2012 Christmas Appeal is now well over £1.5 million, which we’ve reached in record time. Thanks to those who have given, and to those who have given time to answer calls and open post. There is an exhibition on the railings of Church Path and downstairs in the Foyer showing how the money raised is used building hope to help people change their lives through the work of The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar’s Relief Fund.  You can make a donation online at www.smitf.org/christmas or by using the red Christmas Appeal envelopes, or write a message on a brick in the foyer and stick on our display.

This week/A Theology of Everyday Things: Thursdays 1.00pm  Starting on Thursday 10 January, our Lunchbreak service reaches out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week.  This year Revd Will Morris will lead three ten-week series of talks on a ‘Theology of Everyday Things’.  The first series looks at a ‘Theology of the Office’.  Please pick up a flyer with more details at the back of Church.

This week/John Catto and Clare Richardson are to be married at St Martin’s on 12 January.  They hope all their friends from the congregation will join them for the service at 1.30 and for drinks and cake afterwards in St Martin’s Hall.

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues in January 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.  As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials.  This term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: richard.carter@smitf.org

Monday choral concerts, 6.30-7.30pm, all tickets £10.  14 January – Purcell and Macmillan with the St Martin’s Voices; 28 January – Tallis and Vaughan Williams with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields; 11 February – Byrd and Britten with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s. Book at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ.  Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org.

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

Opening Epiphany  Did you come to the Day Conference “Opening the Roof?” Are you a person living with illness or disability , or a friend or supporter, who would value an evening to gather together?  We meet for an evening’s simple liturgy, with a vegetarian supper to follow (liturgy c/o Fiona Macmillan, supper c/o Jeff Claxton) on Wednesday 16 January from 6.00pm onwards in the Austen Williams Room (liturgy at 6.30pm).  If you are unfamiliar with the St Martin’s site please meet at the Box Office in the Crypt at 6.15pm.  All are very welcome to join us – rsvp to Revd Clare Herbert via the Parish Office or email  clare.herbert@smitf.org

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 16 January 2013 at 7.00pm.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Thursday 24 January 2013, 7pm in the Austen Williams Room.  We will start with Communion, followed by supper and a Burns celebration.  Details to follow.  Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office if you wish to attend.

Wednesday 30 January, 7pm, Open Table: What is the Spirit saying to the Churches? The Gospel for LGBT Christians a lecture by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, for Open Table, the Changing Attitude Group for Greater London, St Martin’s Hall, Lower Crypt.

Lent Study Course 2013 will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields each Monday night during Lent from Monday 18 February-25 March.  The theme is Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection, based on Sam Wells’ book which was chosen as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book in 2007.  More information to follow in the next few weeks.

Silent Retreat Weekend, 1-3 March at the Sisters of St Andrew, Eden Hall, Edenbridge.  If you would like to come please mark this date in your diary and watch this space for flyers and application forms to be available.

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

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the C-club Malawi Christmas stall – bakers, artists, gift providers, sellers and buyers.  We made an amazing £854! This will contribute towards the £35,000 needed to build a new maternity ward in Nkasala village, Malawi, promoting the safety and health of women and their babies in a country where maternal and newborn deaths are still far too common.

Children and Young People  We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Child Protection Policy.  The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.