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Notices for Sunday 6 March, the Fourth Sunday of Lent/Mothering Sunday

News St Martin – Talking Points

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 – C Club meets this morning from 9.30-9.55am in the Parish Hall for a special Lenten programme. Please go down to the Hall via the stairs in the north-east corner of the church. All children welcome.

Today/BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship: Alone and Together, reflecting on Mothering Sunday. The preacher is Revd Dr Anna Poulson, Vicar of Southall, and the service is led by Revd Dr Sam Wells, with the St Martin’s Voices. Either join us in church at 7.45am or listen on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am.

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/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 6, 13 March, 12noon-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. The programme covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse using paintings as a source of inspiration. See flyer for more details.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 8 March at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. March 9, 16, 23. This week: Fleeing, introduced by Katherine Hedderly. For those unable to attend but would like to use the Study Guide at home these can be purchased from the vergers for a price of £3 and the book can be purchased from the Shop in the Crypt.

London Diocesan Lent Appeal 13 March 2016 This year’s Lent Appeal will go to support Christians communities being persecuted in Iraq and Syria. The money we raise in our diocese will be used by Open Doors which is providing emergency food supplies and hygiene kits to 10,000 families each month in Syria and Iraq and also by Aid to the Church in Need which is focusing on the urgent needs for housing, medicine and education which will help the Christian Church to continue to support and be present to its people. A retiring collection will be taken after the 10am service. Cheques should be addressed to St Martin-in-the-Fields PCC (Lent Appeal) and gift aid envelopes also marked Lent Appeal. You can also give on line at: www.give.net/Lent16 Please give generously to this urgent appeal.

Confirmation at St Martin’s Preparation classes for adults will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on: 13, 20 March, 17 April, 1, 8, 15 May, 5 June. If you would like to join the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) 020 7766 1102. For Children’s Confirmation contact Andrew Bennison andrew.bennison@smitf.org.

Passion Sunday 13 March at 7.30pm in St Martin-in-the-Fields: The Devil’s Passion written and performed by Justin Butcher. “A seriously fine piece of writing, a terrific performance, a startlingly original presentation” (The Church Times). All are welcome. Suggested donation of £10 to cover the cost of the performance. See flyer for more details. The performance will follow Compline sung by the Choir of St Martin-in-the Fields at 7.00pm. Join us for both.

Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s +) as we help to host The Devil’s Passion: gathering beforehand to welcome visitors, and assisting with the collection at the end. Alternatively just turn up and enjoy the play. Suggested donation £10 – but free for those hosting. Afterwards we’ll be heading for drinks at a pub nearby. Please let us know (StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com) if you’re joining us.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 16 Mar in Café in the Crypt.

Saturday 19 March, 11.00am, “The Violence of Peacemaking” An ecumenical service to mark the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Preacher: Francisco de Roux SJ, Peace Advocate in Columbia.

Disability Advisory Group, Sunday 20 March 2-4pm Austen Williams Room. *Please note change of date* This termly open meeting gathers people with insight or experience of physical, sensory or mental health issues to help shape our vision and work. All are welcome. If you’d like to know more, please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

PCC The Annual Parish Church Meeting is an opportunity for us all to think about what we can offer to St Martin’s. Serving on the Parochial Church Council may be one of the ways that you can use your skills and gifts. If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved, please have a word with the churchwardens Gail or Ali, or with the PCC person on duty at coffee after the Sunday 10am service. We’d love to hear from you! We are also looking for a new churchwarden, as Ali stands down this year, and would value your thoughts and prayers.

Diocesan Safeguarding Survey The Diocesan Safeguarding Team is keen to find out how safeguarding is understood and implemented in parishes. They would be very grateful if you complete a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H3LCDVM which can also be found in the Parish Pipeline. If you would prefer a paper version of the survey, please contact Anna Gregorowski, Church Safeguarding Officer, at church or via the Parish Office.

The Connection at St Martin’s 26th Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (27–30 May) is now open for registrations. All are welcome to join the wonderful weekend, whether as a walker, or a helper (such as a driver, catering assistant or admin assistant) during the weekend, or sponsor this event to raise funds for the Connection at St. Martin’s. For registrations or any enquiries, please e-mail pilg.sec@cstm.org.uk or phone 020 7766 5544 and ask for Eugene.

Shared service with St Stephen Walbrook, Monday 21 March, 1.10pm at St Stephen Walbrook. A Discover & explore service with the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Choir of St Stephen Walbrook. The theme is ‘Soul’ and the preacher will be Dr Carolyn Rosen. Following the service, Michael Takeo Magruder will discuss his digital art installation ‘Lamentation for the Forsaken, 2016′. Other Discover & explore services at St Stephen are on Joy (8 March) and Trust (15 March) at 1.10pm. All are most welcome.