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Notices for Sunday 9 December, Second Sunday of Advent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/“Coming, ready or not!”, our booklet of reflections, readings and prayers for Advent is now available from the stewards after the service for a donation of £3.50.

Advent and Christmas Services The full list of Advent and Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December, on our website and in the Parish Pipeline.  Everyone on the electoral roll or parish list should have received a copy by e-mail; if not please e-mail Elinor Newman (elinor.newman@smitf.org) in the Parish Office and copies are also available at the back of church.  There will be no ticketing system for the capacity Christmas services: Nine Lessons and Carols, Community Carols and Parish Carols.  We will be opening the doors at 5.30pm and as the church is often full do arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

Today/Malawi Christmas Stall  This year the C-Club Christmas stall will be raising money for the building and furnishing of a new maternity ward for the health centre in Nkasala village, managed by St Luke’s Hospital.  Please come prepared to buy cakes, christmas cards and gifts etc.  Contributions are welcome.  On Sundays 18 & 25 November Ann Roberts and Susannah Woodd will be taking orders for Christmas Cakes and specially made Malawi 2013 Calendars.  Find them over coffee to place your order.

Couch Potatoes meet today at 12.30 in the cafe for a glass of water…

The 86th 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 a brick in the foyer and stick on our display.

This week/Art Works, the Connection’s latest absorbing exhibition of art, creative writing and films by people who are, or have been, homeless, is to be held at SW1 Gallery from 11-15 December.  Further details: www.connection-at-stmartins.org.uk, www.sw1gallery.co.uk or 020 7963 4024

Sunday 16 December  There will be a short service of prayer for the blessing of the new altar in the Dick Sheppard Chapel after the 10.00am morning service.  All will be very welcome to pray with Sam in the Light Well and Chapel itself.

There will be a Cake Stall after Sunday morning service, 16 December.  It will be on behalf of the Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride which supports the work of the Connection at St Martin’s with homeless folk in Central London. Please bring or buy any cakes or pastries you can! Roger Shaljean

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets on 19 Dec in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contact Caroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

The Meditation Group meets next in the DSC on Weds 19 December at 7.00pm.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Christmas Dinner Thursday 20 December 2012 6.30pm for 7.30pm.  Location: Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, SE1 8UJ.  Cost: £25.  Please collect a menu from James Allan or Janet Allan (contact via the Parish Office) to book.

Saturday 29 December, Come and Sing the World’s Great Christmas Choruses  Join the Choral Scholars of St-Martin-in-the-Fields to rehearse and perform Christmas Choruses under the direction Andrew Earis, Director of Music.  Includes choruses from the Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 10.00am: Doors open, 10.15am: Workshop, 12.30pm: Performance.  Workshop Registration (including score hire) £10.  Book at the Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ.  Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org

Twirties Weekend, 11-13 January 2013: ‘Here I am, Lord: responding to God’s call as a community’ to be held at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent.  Brother Vaughan SSF from the Franciscan community in East London will be joining us to share his own community’s experience of living out the call of faith in the world.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly with members of the Twirties group.  A lovely weekend, in beautiful countryside with a chance to make friends and explore our faith together.  If you would like to come on this weekend please complete an application form available at the back of church today, or from a member of the committee.  Further details: Revd Katherine Hedderly, katherine.hedderly@smitf.org

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues in January 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, and next term we will continue to use the new dvd materials.  Next term’s dates: 13, 20 Jan, 10, 17, 24 Feb, 10, 17 Mar.  All are welcome to come along.  Further details: richard.carter@smitf.org

From Stepney to Syria, Sponsored Walk, Saturday 15 December  Gill Newman, wife of the Bishop of Stepney, is walking 20 miles around Stepney to raise money to buy duvets and blankets for Syrian Refugees, in association with Hand in Hand for Syria, www.handinhandforsyria.org.  You can help by joining her on the walk; sponsoring her or making a donation, or organising a fundraising event of your own.  Donate on-line at www.justgiving.com/Gill-Newman2 or call 020 7932 1140.

Save the Date: The Parish weekend next year will take place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July, with an exciting programme for all the parish.  Please put this date into next year’s diary!