Today/8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship Remembering Nelson Mandela with live link to Christ the King, Sophiatown, South Africa, as we give thanks for the life of Nelson Mandela, standing alongside the people of South Africa and with all who have longed for light in troubled times and hope for our world. Led by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s. The preacher will be the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby. Music from the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Please join us in church at 7.45am to be part of the live service or join us listening live on BBC R4 at 8.10am.
Changes to services during December During Advent, there will be no Choral Evensong on Sundays and no 6pm Evening Prayer in the DSC on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays our Choral Eucharist service at 1.00pm will continue as usual but there will be no 5pm Choral Evensong services or 6.15pm Holy Communion services. The Thursday 6pm Holy Communion service will also not take place.
Advent and Christmas Services The full list of Advent and Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December and on our website. There will be no ticketing for capacity Christmas services: Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols. We will be opening the doors at 5.45pm and as the church is often full do arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.
Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4ish age group. Future date will be Sunday 22 December.
Today/Young People’s Guide to the Readings A guide to the Scripture-readings, including word-search, colouring pages and crayons, is available from the Stewards.
Today/An Open-Handed Peace At St Martin-in-the-Fields the disability awareness task group have encouraged us to explore a new way of sharing the Peace. You are invited to join us in an ‘Open-Handed Peace’. We offer our hands out, palms upwards, for another to place their hands gently and carefully on ours, as we share the welcome of Christ to the other whose presence we value.
Today/The Advent Booklet, “Revelation in Exile”, our theme for Advent, written by members of the St Martin’s community, is available today (including a large print version). With reflections for each day of Advent and Christmas, it is also available daily on our website. Suggested donation £3.50.
Today/Christmas Gifts!/Malawi Christmas Stall Today the popular C-Club (Children’s Programme) Christmas stall returns following the 10am service and will be raising money for St Luke’s Hospital in Malawi. Please come ready to buy cakes, Christmas cards and gifts, all prepared by our creative C-Club families!
Rosemary Pearse RIP Rosemary, Dick Sheppard’s daughter, passed away on 3 December at Cheltenham General Hospital. Her son Richard sent the following message: “She was a great supporter of everything The Connection at St Martin’s does and treasured her memories of the St Martin’s Pilgrimage and all of you pilgrims out there. Many thanks for showing her so much love.” We ask you to keep Rosemary and her family and friends in your prayers.
The 87th Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal Thanks to all those who took part in the Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal last week. It was a terrific effort and we are deeply grateful to all those who volunteered. Early signs are good but keep hoping, praying, encouraging and giving! There is an exhibition on the railings of our Church Path drawing attention to the life of homeless people. Downstairs in the Foyer an exhibition shows how the money raised is used building hope to help people change to their lives through The Connection at St Martin’s and the Vicar’s Relief Fund. You can make a donation online at www.smitf.org/christmas or by using the red Christmas Appeal envelopes, or write a message on the chalkboard in the foyer.
This week/Great Sacred Music, Thursdays at 1.00pm An exciting new thirty-minute sequence to speak to heart, head and soul, with Revd Dr Sam Wells exploring through reading and song the great classical music of our religious heritage. Performed by the St Martin’s Voices conducted by Andrew Earis. All welcome – retiring collection.
This week/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Christmas Party, 14 December, 6.30 pm. What more could you want in the lead-up to Christmas than noodles and ping pong? Dinner at 6.30pm, Ping Pong at 8.30pm; join us for either or both parts. Cost of ping pong: £5. Email Helen at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com to be put on the guest list!
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 18 Dec 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 will not be meeting on Wednesdays 18 December or 1 January 2014. The next meeting will be Wednesday 15 January at 7.00pm in the DSC.
Last chance to confirm your place for The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Christmas Dinner, Thursday 19 December (cost £25). Please see Michael Moran today. We need to pay The Union Jack Club this week to confirm places with them.
St Martin’s Voices are delighted to announce that their new CD of seasonal music, Christmas in Blue, is now available in the St Martin’s shop (£9.95) and on iTunes. The CD is the result of a collaboration with Will Todd and Brandenburg Brass & Festival Chorus, conducted by our Director of Music, Andrew Earis. Featuring jazz-inspired carol arrangements of favourites such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Away in a Manger, Christmas in Blue is the perfect Christmas gift!
Carol Singing with The Connection on the evening of Monday 16 December at Oxford Circus tube station. This December, The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields are inviting you to come and Carol Sing with them. A staff member from The Connection will meet you at 6.30pm with Carol Sheets, T-shirts and collection buckets, and the carolling will last for about an hour. If you are interested, please call Sonja Ashbury on 0207 766 5555, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm your attendance. Many thanks.
Save the date The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 March 2014. More details to follow.
For your prayers We will be praying regularly for the long term sick at our Wednesday 6.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Ralph Smith, Sibyl Allen, Susan Wolfe, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, John Hovell, Jim Minchin, Anne Jordan, Zara Bowness-Smith.