Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings for school-aged readers is available from the Stewards. It includes translations adapted from the ‘Easy-To-Read’ Version of the Bible, thought provoking questions and exercises, a word-search, and images for colouring; crayons/coloured pencils are also available. Feel free to use this guide in church or to take it home to work on/review with your children.
Today/Children’s Programme – C-Club meets after the 10am service. After stocking up on biscuits and squash, young people (and grown ups accompanied by children) are welcome to the Desmond Tutu Room (please note the change in location!) for a 20 minute program of creative, embodied learning and prayer.
Today/General Synod, 5–9 July Please pray for Clare and for Anirban your representatives at General Synod as we debate not only legislation to permit women to be Bishops in the Church of England but also welfare reform in the light of so many present cuts in Benefits payments to those of our society who already have least.
Today/Safeguarding meeting Helen McKenna our Safeguarding Officer and Revd Katherine Hedderly will be holding a brief meeting in church after the 10am service to share information about the Diocesan Safeguarding policy and how St Martin’s works to maintain a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults at risk. It is important that as many of the following are able to be there: PCC members, children’s work leaders, stewards, committee chairs, evening prayer leaders, lay chaplains, pastoral assistants and pastoral visitors and the meeting is open to all who wish to find out more about this important area.
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/Living the Questions continues This week: “Cities in the Time of Paul: What can the first urban Christians teach us about living faithfully in London today?” This open discussion group, based on DVD material, encourages participants to ask and learn about the Christian tradition, and to live into the answers we discover. Austen Williams Room, 6 St. Martin’s Place, 12.15–1.45pm. Future dates are 21 July; 8, 15, 29 Sept; 20, 27 Oct. Come for one session or come to them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.
Crèche at St Martin’s We are delighted to have appointed a Crèche Worker, Catherine Burton to run a group for the 0-4(ish) age group on Sunday mornings with an assistant during the 10am service and plan to trial that in the coming weeks. The group will run in the Austen Williams Room in No 6 on the following Sundays; 21 July, 4, 18 August, 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course. If you would like your child to come to this group could you please make contact with Revd Katherine Hedderly so that we have an idea of the expected take up: 020 7766 1102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Let’s Get Quizzical! Open Circle is delighted to invite you all to our next event on Tuesday 16 July, 7pm, for a fun-filled Pub Quiz night! Let’s get together for a pint or two and some pizzas while you test your knowledge on subjects ranging from culture, history and geography to London trivia. The Libertine, London, SE1 1PQ. £2 entry, arrive at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The place gets busy so please RSVP to Hannah Buss via the Parish Office so that we can reserve the tables.
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 17 July 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 in the DSC on Wednesday 17 July at 7.00pm.
Archers, Thursday 18 July, 7pm in the Austen Williams Room. Janet and James Allan will join us for their final Archers. We begin with Holy Communion then a shared meal and thank you to the Allans. Please contact Revd Richard Carter if you wish to attend. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!
Cricket match against Salisbury Cathedral, Saturday July 27 We and All Saints, Fulham are forming a team to take on the Cathedral. The match starts at 2.15pm on the Choir School’s pitch in the Close. All will be very welcome to watch. Can you please make your own travel arrangements. Thank you. Giles Andrews (contact via the Parish Office).
Fifth Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, Fri 23 August-Mon 26 August The annual Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride takes place again this year, following the historic line of the twelve Queen Eleanor Crosses between Lincoln and Charing Cross, going through wonderful countryside and visiting beautiful local places (including Lincoln Cathedral, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington and Waltham Abbey) before it ends at the Queen’s tomb in Westminster Abbey. Food, accommodation provided, luggage transported. You don’t need to cycle all four days and can join us at St Mary-in-the-Bow Church, Cheapside for the final three miles! Great fun and it raises funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. Registration fee £80 or £12 for a day. Please access the Ride website www.queeneleanorcycleride.org.uk or contact Giles Andrews (via the Parish Office).
Janet and James Allan send heartfelt thanks to the congregation for such lovely gifts and a wonderful send-off. They are deeply grateful to those who made it to Chelmsford Cathedral and Thorpe Bay on Janet’s ordination day and for all your support and prayers. THANK YOU!!!!!
The Connection are fundraising by selling vintage items at a Portobello Road market stall. If you have any antique costume jewellery, lamps, clothing etc. please contact Lance Kuhn, Volunteer Manager on 020 7925 7893 or email@example.com.
Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.