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Notices for Sunday 8 September, Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

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/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Dates during our trial period will be Sunday 8, 22 September. We would hope to be able to extend this to every Sunday in due course.

Today/Children’s Program – 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 Dick Sheppard Chapel for a 20 minute programme of creative, embodied learning and prayer.

Today/Living the Questions resumes! Today’s topic is “Paul’s Ethics: Radical Gender Equality?” 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 15, 29 Sept; 20,27 Oct. Come for one session or come for them all! Join us for lunch afterwards in the Crypt.

Today/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), General Planning Meeting, 12noon, Tutu Room Please come and share ideas for forthcoming Open Circle events in the Autumn 2013. Those that wish to are invited to go out for lunch after the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting please do email in ideas for next term to so they can be fed in to the programme. Also, circle the date and time 21 September, 7 pm for the next Open Circle event.

This week/Wednesday 11 Sept/Central London Cloak Group Expanding The Cloak is St Martin’s network of small groups for Bible study, prayer and spiritual growth. Our Central London group (every other Wednesday at St Martin’s, 6.30 p.m.) is expanding. Beginning 11 Sept, we will be reading and comparing Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and Acts. Contact for more information.

This week/On Thursday, Revd Will Morris continues a five week series of Lunchbreak talks on “A Theology of Everyday Things”. This series of talks focus on how the Parable of the Talents might relate to the everyday situations in which we find ourselves at work. Each week one of the characters from the parable will be focussed on — as well as the talents themselves. The service begins at 1 pm and ends by 1.30. A simple lunch is available afterwards.

Would you like to read in church? We are hoping to add to the number of those who read the lessons at the 10.00am and 6.30pm Sunday services at St Martin’s. If you are interested please inform Gay Catto via the Parish Office. There will be a training session for new readers on Sunday 15 September straight after the 10.00am Eucharist with Revd Richard Carter.

Holy Cross, Sunday 15 September 2013 At our 6.30pm service we will be focusing upon the meaning of the cross and dedicating St Martin-in-the-Fields’ inspirational new Processional Cross by sculptor Brian Catling. All are welcome to join us for this special service.

Saturday 21 September, Open House 2013 We will be welcoming visitors as part of Open House London this coming weekend. There will be free tours of the church and bellringing demonstrations with the chance to ring a bell! Prayers will be said on the hour in church and the day is hosted by volunteers from the St Martin’s community.

Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? This exciting lecture series begins on 23 September at 7.00pm with Mark Oakley, Rosemarie Mallett and Clare Herbert talking about faith: On the Frontiers of a World City. Other dates for your diary: 7 Oct June Osborne; 21 Oct Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells; 4 Nov Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.

St Martin’s International Group We are looking for 20 volunteers from the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields to begin a new initiative from 6 October providing welcome and hospitality once a week for some of the homeless and destitute migrants, refugees and non EU foreign nationals who use our church. We would like to develop our church’s long term commitment to those who are homeless or stateless, by undertaking face to face work with individuals who are on our doorstep and regularly in our pews. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to one Sunday a month meeting at the Connection from 1.00pm-4.30pm to help provide lunch, access to facilities and to build understanding. More information and application forms for those wishing to apply to become volunteers are available from the Vergers or a member of the clergy team or the Parish Office. Application forms must be returned by Sunday 15 September to Revd Richard Carter for the selection process. There will be a briefing session for the volunteers selected on Sunday 29 September at 1.30pm and the first training for volunteers on Wednesday 2 October at 6.30pm at The Connection.

All Saints Fulham, Evensong Festival of 3 Choirs/Sunday 29 September 6.00pm The Choirs of St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s Chelsea and All Saints Fulham join together in a festival of Choral Evensong. Retiring collection in support of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields and West London Churches Homeless Concern.

Special St Luke’s Tide Events Please put the dates of the weekend 19-20 October in your diaries if you are intrigued by the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith.  Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton.