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Notices for Sunday 9 February, The Fourth Sunday before Lent

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room on the following Sundays: 9, 23 Feb, 9, 23 March. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service, or of course stay for part of the session.

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/Schools’ Service Join us at 10am for a special service highlighting, celebrating and reflecting on our relationship with two schools that were founded at St Martin’s in the seventeenth century, Archbishop Tenison’s School in Lambeth, and St Martin-in-the-Fields High School in Tulse Hill. There will be music and words from children, teachers and governors of the two schools.

Today/Children’s Program – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults.

Today/Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), General Planning Meeting, 12 noon, Desmond Tutu Room. Join us in our General Planning Meeting; share ideas for forthcoming Open Circle events in the first half of 2014 or simply come and learn more about the group. 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 StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com so they can be fed in to the programme. All are welcome.

Today/Living the Questions This week’s session: ‘What Does It Mean to “Think Theologically”?’ What can it mean that God is ‘all-powerful?’ What is the line between metaphor and truth when Christians speak about God? Each Sunday session (12.15-1.45pm, Austen Williams Room) comprises a 20 minute video followed by sharing in groups. Try out an individual session (once every two weeks), or join us for the whole series. See flyer in church or contact john.falcone@smitf.org for details.

Tomorrow/10 February, 7.00pm in church: The Kate Adie Lecture: Christian Women in the First World War This is a programme organised by WATCH (Women in the Church) and hosted by St Martin’s. Kate Adie’s lecture is based on her new book: Fighting on the Home Front; The Legacy of Women in World War I. Entry is free and open to all with a retiring collection for WATCH.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 19 Feb 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 meets next on Wednesday 19 February at 7.00pm in the DSC.

The next Archers will be on Thursday 6 March as Revd Richard Carter is away the week before. Please make a note of this alteration. Details of the evening to follow.

This year’s Lent Course takes place each Monday evening in Lent: 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 6, 14 April from 7.00pm-8.30pm, using Gerard Hughes’ Spiritual classic “God of Surprises” as our guide. Inspired by St Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, this will be a journey of prayer and imaginative contemplation with listening groups to share with one another. On Monday 10 March the introduction to the course will be given by David Birchall SJ the director of the Jesuit Spirituality Centre, St Beunos. Flyers are available or at the back of the church for registration. The cost of the course is £15.

14-16 March/The Silent Retreat “Be Still and know that I am God” will take place at the Retreat House, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. This Ignatian style retreat, using passages of scripture, and reflective exercises, will follow the natural cycle that we can discover in our own lives with God. What do we wish to give thanks for and harvest, what has begun but needs to be nurtured and grown, what can be laid to rest and let go, and where is new life to be found? The cost of the weekend is £138. Spaces are limited. To sign up please complete the application form in church today with the stewards or via the Parish Office 020 7766 1100.

Confirmation at St Martin’s The Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, will preside at this year’s service of confirmation on Sunday 1 June. Classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on the following dates: 9, 23, 30 March, 13 April 4, 18 May with a rehearsal on Saturday 31 May at 10.00am. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (katherine.hedderly@smitf.org) or phone the Parish Office on 0207 766 1100.

Sunday 15 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: headsteward@smitf.org or katherine.hedderly@smitf.org. Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.

Facilities for those with disabilities For those with a hearing aid, it can be tuned into a loop system by setting it at T. Access via the ramp on the north side of the portico (St Martin’s Place). Large print hymnbooks, service books, and Parish Newsletters are available from the Stewards.

Children and Young People We aim to provide a safe environment for children and young people through our Safeguarding Policy. The Child-Line Helpline is 0800 1111.

Security is an issue in any public space in central London. Please do keep your handbags/valuables where you can see them. If handbags are placed on the pew bench you do not have them in sight when you stand to sing a hymn!

Regular Giving Have you considered giving in a planned way to your church? Are you already giving in a planned way and are considering changing the amount you give? If you answer ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ then please contact Rod Beadles in person or via the church office. He will be delighted to see you, answer your questions and help you through the (very easy) process.