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.
This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 10 April 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/Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20’s, 30’s and beyond) invites you to a sociable evening decorating cupcakes on Saturday 13 April at 7pm. Please come to the Austen Williams room and we’ll provide the cake and the icing! Some of the cupcakes will be for you to eat and the rest will go on sale the next morning after the 10am service to raise funds for our Earth Day event. For more details please contact: Cathy at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com or Anna via the Parish Office.
The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Wednesday 17 April at 7.00pm.
The APCM is very nearly upon us – Sunday 21 April at 11.45. 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. You must have signed a form this year to be on the roll and, if not, forms are available from the Hall Duty PCC Rep. Next Sunday, 14 April, is the last day you can sign up if you want to be able to vote at the APCM so please do. If you are thinking of standing for churchwarden or PCC it’s a good idea to chat to Rod Beadles, Ali Lyon (Cws) or a member of the PCC who can talk you through the process and give you the forms you will need to complete.
Date for the Diary The Melanesian Mission religious communities have arrived in England for their ‘Simply Living’ Mission to six different dioceses in the United Kingdom. The Revd Richard Carter will be joining them next week to lead a training week. The end of their mission is at St Martin-in-the-Fields with a Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30pm on Sunday 2 June, followed by supper in the Hall and pan pipes! All will be very welcome!
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! Flyers will be available soon.
The SMITF Annual Report and Accounts is now available for a suggested donation of £3. This is the ‘formal’ document that covers all the things required by auditors, charity commissioners and other such bodies. ALSO AVAILABLE is the Annual Review of Activities also for a suggested donation of £3. This is the ‘life’ of SMITF from The Archers, to Meditation Group through to – well buy it and find out for yourself. It is a fascinating read which captures the life, vibrancy and energy of the place we hold so dear to our hearts. You will see that this year we have split the document into 2 parts – you can have one, or the other, or both – they are available at the back of church.
2013 Organ Appeal We would like to thank our Organ Appeal Committee for their continued hard work with this campaign. They have been instrumental in helping us raise over £20,000 towards our £65,000 target. We are now approaching the signing of contracts for the renewal of the main organ, for which work begins on 1st August this year, and the commissioning of a new chamber organ. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church today and you can also donate online at www.smitf.org/support. If you would like to find out more about this appeal, please contact the Development Office on firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the Committee Members – Matthew Portal, Giles Andrews, Alastair Anson, Matthew Morrison, David Jackson, Chris Braganza, Andrew Earis and Nicholas Wearne.
An Appeal David Jackson is doing some research into the archived SMITF newsletter/pewsheet front covers from their emergence in the early 90s. The Parish archive has much material but if anyone has copies, especially those dated between 1993 and 2004, the Archive Office would be very glad to see them. Please give to Michael Hellyer, David or the vergers. They can be copied and returned.
Warm congratulations to David Monteith, who has been appointed Dean of Leicester Cathedral. David was previously Associate Vicar at St Martin’s, and we are invited to attend his installation (at 3.30 pm on Saturday 18 May) and the reception afterwards.
London Marathon Will Charnley is running the London Marathon on Sunday 21 April, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s. This is the second year he’ll be running for them – the response was great last year but needs to be even better for him to beat his £2000 target! To support him see: www.justgiving.com/Will-Charnley2
Our weekly Parish Pipeline email features news from our community, last minute notices and explores stories from around St Martin’s in more depth than we can in the Parish Newsletter. If you aren’t receiving them yet but want to, then use the sign up form on our website, or email email@example.com and let him know.
Registration has now opened for The Connection’s 23rd Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (24–27 May). Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way! For more information see Roger Shaljean after morning service or contact Lesley Cannon, Pilgrimage Administrator on 020 7766 5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary for the Friends of The Connection The Friends of The Connection are seeking a new membership secretary. If you could volunteer one day a week, are comfortable using a computer and would be interested in this fulfilling role, please contact our treasurer, Lesley Cannon (email@example.com or 020 7766 5522).
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.