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Notices for Sunday 8 November, Remembrance Sunday

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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.

Today/Remembrance Sunday At 11am we will be keeping 2 mins silence and C-Club will be laying a wreath at the altar with Alastair Anson before the final blessing.

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

Today/Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story, Sundays 8, 15, 22 Nov, 12noon-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. What does it mean to follow Jesus today? How can I deepen my faith in God? Join us for a new series of hour-long gatherings over three terms. The programme covers the Biblical story from Creation to Apocalypse using paintings that can be found near St Martin’s as a springboard for exploring these two questions. See flyer for more details.

Today/Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival today at 5.00pm, on the theme “A Living Mystery”, followed by a party with live music and a ceilidh in St Martin’s Hall. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, are available during coffee after the 10am service, from Bronwyn Sanders. The Hospitality Committee would also welcome volunteers to help with the Patronal Supper. Please make yourself known to Bronwyn.

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

This week/The St Martin’s Breakfast Group meets on 11 November in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Bread For the World on Wednesdays at 6.30pm: Come and join our midweek community for an informal Eucharist, simple supper and chance to reflect together on the theme of the week, with music led by our choral scholars. Themes over the next few weeks are: 11 November, Douglas Board reflects on ‘managerialism, laughter and heaven’; 18 November, John Plummer shares his work in prison ministry during Prisons Week; 25 November, William Taylor leads us in reflecting on the conflict in Syria. The evening starts in church and continues with a simple supper in the Austen Williams Room, followed by small groups. Cost £2 for supper. All are welcome.

This week/From 12-23 November Fr Oded Xolani Diwati, who is going to be the new Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral Johannesburg, is coming to St Martin’s to visit us as part our planning for a possible partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields. His trip has been made possible by the Friends of St Martin’s. He will be preaching at our 10.00am Eucharist on Sunday 15 November and afterwards there will be a chance to meet him and ask him questions from 12.00-1.00pm in the Desmond Tutu Room. All are welcome.

This week/On Friday 13 November Pilgrimage2Paris the Church of England’s pilgrimage to coincide with the UN climate talks in Paris, will be launched from the steps of St Martin’s with the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, the Church of England’s lead bishop on the Environment. 9.30am Service of Prayer for the Pilgrimage, 10.00am Launch of the Pilgrimage from the steps of St Martin’s. Members of St Martin’s are welcome to join in the events of the morning.

Sunday November 15/Cakes and Ethiopian handicrafts for sale over coffee to raise funds for SENE. SENE is one of the chosen charities that the International Committee are supporting. Only 1% of children with special needs have access to specialised education in Ethiopia and are often disregarded by society SENE is working to support these students and help them realise their ability and give them a voice.

Autumn Lecture Series: The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence Looking from the perspective of the three Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, five renowned theologians, authors and cultural commentators will explore these themes from their own perspectives and faith traditions. Mondays at 7.00pm: 16 Nov Karen Armstrong. The series is free and all are welcome. There will be a retiring collection to cover costs.

Thursday 19 November, 7.00pm, Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Theatre Trip. Join us to see After Miss Julie at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Set in the basement of a country house in July 1945, this psychological thriller explores the tensions of class and sex in a changing society. Tickets £10 (please bring cash). Meet at 7pm at the entrance to RADA on Malet Street, or join us for a pre-theatre drink the Marlborough Arms pub on Torrington Place from 6pm. Email to let us know you’re coming. All welcome.

Sunday 22 November at our 10am Parish Eucharist we give thanks for 50 years of the Corrymeela community working for reconciliation and peace in Northern Ireland and throughout the world. Our preacher is the leader of the Corrymeela community, Pádraig Ó Tuama. Afterwards at 1.30pm in St Martin’s Hall you are invited to join Corrymeela for a sandwich lunch and talk. For catering purposes please RSVP to

This year will be the 89th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields. We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities including helping with the exhibition in the Foyer, answering call from donors, opening and processing donations and helping with social media. For more information call Martin or Tim on 020 7766 1134 or go to

Save the date: The Silent Retreat for 2016 will take place at Pleshey Retreat House 26-28 February. More details to follow.

Volunteers from the City is an event at St Stephen Walbrook on Tuesday 10 November at 6.30pm to discuss and explore approaches to volunteering with representatives of the Church Credit Champions Network, Home for Good and Samaritans.

Join the Lord Mayor of London at St Stephen Walbrook on Wednesday 11 November at 6.00pm to reflect on his year in office through a Service of Thanksgiving.