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Notices for Sunday 7 October, Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

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Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today we are celebrating Harvest, Now thank we all our God.  The collection for Harvest this year will be given for the work of USPG.  We hope you can join us in this service of thanksgiving.

Today/Prayer for healing  We will be setting aside the Dick Shephard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing.  A member of clergy and a lay minister will be available to pray with you.

Also today at 12.00 in the Desmond Tutu room, St Martin’s International Committee will be giving presentations on how some of the small international grants we have given have been used.  Rachel Evans will talk about our partnership with MS Foundation School, India, and which several choir members have visited.    Susannah Woodd will update us on St Luke’s Hospital in Malawi, and the training we have supported and Revd Richard Carter will talk about the Religious Communities in Melanesia and The Simply Living Mission we are supporting which will be coming to UK and St Martin’s on 2 June next year.  ALL ARE WELCOME.

Today/Couch Potatoes  Begins today on Harvest Sunday, ends Friday 24 May 2013 at the Pilgrimage. Please see Clare Herbert or Jan Gilchrist if you would like to join a scheme to lose a stone in weight, gain sponsorship for the Connection, and join in the Pilgrimage to Canterbury.  First meeting Sunday November 4 at 12.30 pm in the café.  Forms available on the porch table.

Today we will be saying goodbye to our Verger Julie Foster who has decided to move on.  Over the last three years she has made a wonderful contribution to the life and worship of our church and we are particularly grateful for all the she did while Ralph Smith was away to insure everything ran smoothly.  She leaves with our prayers and thanks for all she has done.

Today/Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues 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, but this year we will be using new dvd materials.  Dates: 30 September, 7 October, 28 October, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details Revd Rosy Fairhurst on rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  October 8: Sam Wells – The Stories Jesus Told; October 22: Richard Carter – The Story Jesus Became; November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the Revd Clare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer. 

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 10 Oct in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

This week/Changing Attitude, Thursday 11 October at 7.00pm, “Civilly Partnered?”  Richard Carter and Clare Herbert speak on a panel regarding the theology and liturgy surrounding Civil Partnership in the LGBT community.  All lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people are welcome with friends and supporters to discuss this important issue.

This week/The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would like to invite you to a relaxing evening of good food and good company on Saturday 13 October, 7pm, in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  Please bring some food or drink to share.  More importantly, bring yourself and meet others, some of whom will be sharing thoughts on the theme “Beyond the summer: changing experiences of London(ers)”.  For further details, please contact Matias via the Parish Office.

Newcomers Lunch Sunday 14 October, 12.00 noon, St Martin’s Hall  If you are new to St Martin’s, or have become a member of St Martin’s in the last year, or you are thinking of joining our congregation and would like to know more about St Martin’s, or have been coming for a while but would like to get to know more people, then you are invited to join us!  Marc Gascoigne will be taking us on our journey through the new SMITF website to discover all that is taking place in our church and how to find out about it.

Book Signing  Understanding Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice – Margaret Clark will be signing copies of her recent book in the lightwell after the 10.00am service on 14 October.  Copies will be available on the day, or from the shop when stocks arrive (£14.99).

Sunday 21 October/Commemoration of St Luke  We will be commemorating St Luke the Physician at our services at both 10am and 6.30pm and will focus on the ministry of healing.  The services will include the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil accompanied by prayer for healing, on behalf of yourself, someone else or the wider world.

On Sunday 21 October at 5.00pm Evensong we will be remembering and giving thanks for the life of Jean Long.  Jean loved Evensong and during the last months of her life used to listen to it on the radio.  Her husband Gordon has asked that she be remembered in this service and on St Luke’s day, the Gospel which reflected her own special love for the poor and vulnerable. All are welcome to join us to celebrate the life of Jean and all that she contributed to the life of St Martin’s and the Connection.

Sunday 4 November All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Fauré’s Requiem with orchestra).  At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church.  If there is someone you would like to be remembered please give their name to Elinor Newman in the Parish Office by 17 October.

From Hugh Player  I am very grateful for the lovely send-off from church on Sunday 30 September, exactly five years since church reopened after its building project closure.  It has been an absolute privilege to have been part of St Martin’s for the last nine extremely happy and busy years.  I wish everybody happiness and success in the next stages of the St Martin’s journey.  Thank you all so much.