Today/Living the Questions begins again with a new series of studies – Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 9, 16, 23, 30 June; 7, 21 July. All are welcome to come along. Course takes place in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15pm.
Today/Sunday 9 June, Couch Potatoes meet at 12.15pm in the cafe.
Today/St Martin’s Cricket is a’coming in! Four matches – more than we have ever had before – but we do need extra players, male and female. Quality not really vital but nice if poss. Matches on Sunday 9 June at Wandsworth Park, Putney, Sunday 16 June at Barn Elm, and the vital Choir v Rest of St Martin’s match Sunday 23 June at Battersea Park. And then Saturday 27 July v Salisbury Cathedral. Do please recruit family, friends and others! And come back to me as soon as you can. Thanks. Giles Andrews (please contact via the Parish Office)
This week/Requiem Mass for William Young, Saturday 15 June, 12noon William Young was a longstanding member of our congregation as well as our former archivist. Everyone is welcome to come to this service celebrating his life, and at the reception afterwards in No. 6.
Revd Katherine Hedderly will be on study leave from 3-15 June at Douai Abbey, Berkshire and in Munich.
Sunday 16 June, Steward’s Training will follow the 10.00am Eucharist. All stewards are asked to attend this important session. Apologies only to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Afterwards you are invited to a bring and share lunch together in the hall.
Pilgrimage Pastries There will be a cake stall on 16 June after the 10.00am Eucharist. It will be in aid of work with homeless people here at St Martin’s and along the Pilgrims Way. Please donate or buy a cake in a good cause!
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond) will be holding an informal Eucharist followed by supper on Monday 17 June in the Austen Williams room. We will be joined by those who have been recently confirmed including members of Open Circle. For further information, email StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com
The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 19 June 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 in the DSC on Wednesday 19 June at 7.00pm.
Saturday 29 June 11.00am St Martin-in-the-Fields: Called to Justice and Freedom, A celebration of the Life and Legacy of Archbishop Trevor Huddleston CR KCMG Speakers Fr Nicolas Stebbing CR and Baroness Glenys Kinnock. The service is open to all. It is followed by a reception in South Africa House afterwards for which you must register in advance. For more information see flyer.
The Friends of the Connection has its AGM on Saturday 29 June. There is a service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 1.30pm before a 2.45pm AGM start at The Connection. We will then have the opportunity to find out about the street outreach work, and also problems with gambling and the Connection’s valuable support in thjs area for homeless people. If you would like to attend the AGM or the service before as a guest, please contact the Friends by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7766 5522 for more information.
The Parish weekend takes place at Worth Abbey 12-14 July. Flyers and application forms are available today. Please fill in and return asap to make sure of a place.
The Parish Weekend Away: Disability Awareness We are seeking to make this weekend as accessible as possible to those who would like to come. It would be helpful to know of additional needs in advance so that we can try to meet them. Please put a note of the need or the assistance required with your application form, return it to Elinor in the office and we will contact you to discuss. Priority for transport by minibus will be given.
Next Archers: because of the Pilgrimage and “Simply Living Mission” there will be no Archers in May, the next Archers will be on Thursday 18 July. This will be the last Archers with James and Janet Allan so it will be a chance to say thank you for their love, care and dedication in the leadership of this group. I hope as many Archers as possible can come!
As many of you know Janet Allan will be ordained deacon in Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 30 June. Janet and James Allan have both been devoted members of St Martin’s for many years. Among other things they have served on the PCC, organised Archers, and helped so much with hospitality, prayer and care. Janet has been the Chair of our International Committee and a very dedicated and gifted member of our choir over many years. We will be saying farewell to Janet and James on Sunday 23 June at the end of the 10.00am Eucharist and thanking them both for their wonderful service to St Martin’s. Please keep them both in your prayers in their preparation for their new ministry. A card will be available this Sunday and next for you to sign.
Blanche Tolley would like to thank the congregation for the final farewell a few weeks ago and also for the beautiful cup and saucer of St Martin’s. It will have pride of place in my new home – please contact the Parish Office for the address.
Friends of St Martin-in-the-Fields The Friends aim to form a link between members of the congregation, those who can no longer participate and visitors attracted by what they find here. Why not join us? See leaflets in the Porch.