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Notices for Sunday 7 February, the Sunday next before Lent

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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 will be meeting after the 10am service in the Neville Marriner Room. We will be continuing to use this larger space to explore ‘praying with the body’.

Today/Schools’ Service Join us at 10am for a special service highlighting, celebrating and reflecting on our relationship with two schools that were founded at St Martin’s in the seventeenth century, Archbishop Tenison’s School in Lambeth, and SMITF High School in Tulse Hill.

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/SMAP: share your views For the first time in years, we are reviewing our support functions (Marketing, Admin, Finance, HR, Estates and IT) to see how all parts of St Martin’s can work together, and have appointed Andy Brookes, an independent consultant, to help us make sure that all views and ideas are heard and understood as we plan for the future. Andy will be joining us for coffee after the 10am service on Sunday 7 February. Do look out for him, and share any views you have. For more info, ask Ali Lyon or Katherine Hedderly.

Today we will be running an ‘orientation of site’ evacuation training session for all church stewards at 12noon starting in the Foyer.

Today/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 7, 21, 28 Feb, 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.

Today/Three Choirs Evensong, 5pm with the choirs of All Saints Fulham, St Luke’s Chelsea and St Martin’s, with a feast of choral music by Bairstow, Wood and Stanford.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 9 February at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/Ash Wednesday 10 February There will be an 8.30am Eucharist, a Choral Eucharist at 1pm and Bread For the World (informal Eucharist) at 6.30pm. All these services will include the imposition of Ashes. Choral Evensong will be at the usual time of 4.30pm.

Lent Programme 2016: The Wisdom of the Desert, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 10 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23. If you have signed up for the Lent Course from today the book will be available from the Vergers Vestry along with our Study Guide. Copies will also be available on the first Wednesday of the course 17 February. PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE SO PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! 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.

This Week/Saturday 13 February, 1pm. Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s +) for a trip to St Stephen Walbrook. Revd Jonathan Evens will be leading us on a tour of this historic church. After the tour we’ll be visiting the nearby Guildhall Art Gallery. Meet outside St Stephen Walbrook at 1pm. Email StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming.

Congregational Giving 2016: A Grateful Heart During Lent, we are asking our congregation to review their giving to St Martin’s. Members of our congregation will be speaking briefly about their own experiences of supporting our church ahead of our Giving Sunday, which will be held on Sunday 14 February. Please join us in the church that morning to hear more.

John Murphy RIP John Murphy’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 16 February at 9.30am at Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, SE23 3RD and will be taken by Revd Richard Carter.

Margaret Badcock RIP There will be a Memorial Eucharist for Margaret Badcock at St Anne’s Soho on Wednesday 17 February at 1.00pm. The celebrant will be Revd Richard Carter and the preacher Revd Simon Buckley. You are welcome to come and give thanks for her life.

The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 17 February in Café in the Crypt.

Saturday February 20/Lent Oasis, 10.30am-1.30pm, Austen Williams room. A time of quiet scriptural reflection and practical art. All are welcome, artistic skills are not necessary. Suggested donation: £5. Contact elinor.newman@smitf.org or 020 7766 1126 to register.

Confirmation at St Martin’s Preparation classes for adults will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on: 21 Feb, 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 please contact Andrew Bennison andrew.bennison@smitf.org 020 7766 1143.

Living With Dementia, Tuesday 23 February, 7-9pm, St Martin’s Hall. Through the insight of lived experience and theological reflection we will look at how our church life and worship might grow in a more dementia-friendly way. All are welcome.

Fri 26–Sun 28 Feb The Silent Retreat “Paying Attention” will explore through art the theme inspired by Simone Weil’s words: Attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer. Application forms are now available in church. A few places remaining!

Philippa and David wish to thank so many people for the extraordinary warmth and love with which we were ‘let go’ last week. The Toby Ward print is absolutely lovely and, being full of people and place, will be a constant reminder of how happy we have been to be part of St Martin-in-the-Fields. For all that has been – Thanks. To all that shall be – Yes!

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.