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Notices for Sunday 8 May, the Seventh Sunday of Easter

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s The Crèche is closed this Sunday and will reopen on Sunday 15 May.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel.

Today/Thanksgiving Sunday We are very grateful to all of the members of the congregation who were able to support our giving campaign ‘A Grateful Heart’ this spring. We have been greatly encouraged by the generosity of responses to support the work of our church this year. We are delighted to have met our target of an additional sum of £15,000 offered through regular monthly gifts to St Martin’s this year. These gifts will go towards ensuring that our church continues to grow and to thrive in 2016. Thank you.

Today/PCC Commissioning in our 10am service.

Today/Thy Kingdom Come In this week before Pentecost 8-15 May, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting all parishes to take part in a ‘great wave of prayer’ for the renewal of the life of the church and our nation, for a deepening of our faith and confidence to share the Gospel with joy. The Archbishops said: “At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’

Today/Meeting of artists & craftspeople, Sunday 8 May at 12.30pm in the Foyer (from 1.15pm in Benenson Room). Exploration of ideas for arts initiatives involving our community and its artists and craftspeople.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on 10 May at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/The Ethics of Humanitarian Aid in a Time of Crisis, Tuesday 10 May, 7.00-8.30pm Peter Gill will present a paper based on his new book Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges: How Foreign Aid became a Casualty of War. Followed by a panel discussion chaired by Mike Wooldridge, former BBC foreign correspondent. The panel: Matthew Carter (Cafod), Atallah Fitzgibbon (Islamic Relief UK), Fr George Sigamoney (Caritas Sri Lanka), Rachel Carnegie (Anglican Alliance). This event is free and open to all. See flyer for details.

This week/St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets 7.45-8.30am, 11 May in the Café in the Crypt.

This week/Bread For the World, Wednesday 11 May at 6.30pm, theme: Thy Kingdom Come.

Pentecost Sunday 15 May Next week our joint service with the Chinese Speaking Congregation begins at the later time of 10.30am. Join us for this celebration of the birthday of the Christian Church and as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist together in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and using some of the other languages of our congregation. We will be joined by our Chinese Choir and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Afterwards join us in St Martin’s hall for snacks and refreshments. All are very welcome.

Live streaming on Pentecost Sunday – get involved! On Sunday 15 May we’ll be broadcasting our 10.30am joint English and Chinese congregation Pentecost service. This will be live from our social media accounts, and you can watch us by following @SMITF_London on Twitter and liking our St Martin’s Facebook page. Please do share the updates we’ll be posting from both accounts with your family and friends to bring this special service to as many people as possible! Speak to Adrian Harris or Katherine Hedderly for more.

Christian Aid Week 15-22 May Next Sunday we will be handing out this year’s Christian Aid envelopes. A collection will be taken on Sunday 22 May towards this vital work. Please give generously. The need is greater than ever.

Healing Ministry Anyone who is interested in the Healing Ministry is warmly invited to attend the next service on Sunday 15 May at 7.00 pm. We are looking to expand the Healing Team for the following service on Sunday 19 June. Also, if anyone would like the notes of the discussions at the two Healing Seminars on 3 and 10 April, please contact Will Morris (william.morris@smitf.org)

Saturday 21 May, 1.30pm/Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s+) for a visit to Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath. Beginning with a tour of the world-class art collection at Kenwood House, followed by a bracing walk on the Heath. Meet at 1.30pm at the entrance to Kenwood House (see online for directions from nearest tube stations). All welcome. Let us know StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com if you’re coming.

More than sixteen guests and volunteers from our Sunday International Group will be taking part in this year’s four-day Pilgrimage to Canterbury, raising money for The Connection at St Martin’s. Please support the pilgrimage by giving generously online, using the following link: https://pilgrimage2016.everydayhero.com/uk/sunday-international-group-1.

Parish Away Day Saturday 9 July (Save the Day) At St Mellitus College. The day will be called A School for Prayer. All are welcome. Flyers and application form now available at the back of the church.

St Martin’s first cricket match, Saturday May 14 Do come if you can to support the St Martin’s Community cricket team in its first match of the Summer against All Saints Church, Fulham on Battersea Park pitch 1 (at the Albert Bridge Road end) from 2pm-6pm. The team has representatives from the clergy, choir, congregation and Sunday International Group. They would love to be cheered on! And a chance to enjoy a picnic. Car park available.

The 200-mile Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, over the August Bank Holiday, raises funds for The Connection at St Martin’s. Come on a Practice Ride on Sunday 8 May from 11 am – 25 miles from Wimbledon to Windsor. No charge. Details from: Charles Woodd via the Parish Office.

The Connection at St Martin’s 26th Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury (27–30 May) is now open for registrations. All are welcome to join the wonderful weekend, whether as a walker, or a helper (such as a driver, catering assistant or admin assistant) during the weekend, or sponsor this event to raise funds for the Connection at St. Martin’s. For registrations or any enquiries, please e-mail pilg.sec@cstm.org.uk or phone 020 7766 5544 and ask for Eugene.