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Notices for Sunday 9 March, the First Sunday of Lent

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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 March, 6, 20 April, 4, 18 May, 1 June. 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/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in Dick Sheppard Chapel for a short programme with young people and adults!

Today/St Martin’s and Me Our first heart-warming stories from St Martin’s community are now on the website (, with more to follow over the coming weeks. Thank you to all who have come forward to share their stories so far. If you haven’t yet taken part and would like to tell us about your relationship with St Martin’s on video, audio or in print, Kat Segura, Louise Vale and Ali Lyon will be on hand to record more stories on Sundays 9 March, 23 March and 6 April. Look out for us in the Lightwell area after coffee between 11.30am-1.00pm.

Today/Living the Questions: ‘Jesus and his multiple biographies.’ What can we really know about the Jesus of history? What does that tell us about following this working-class, Middle-Eastern convict as the Christ of our living, modern faith? This DVD-based open discussion group brings our questions to the Christian tradition and explores how to live faithfully into the answers. Each 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 take in the whole series. See flyer in church or contact for details.

Tomorrow/This year’s Lent Course begins on Monday 10 March at 7pm with an introduction by David Birchall SJ, the director of the St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre. It continues each Monday evening in Lent: 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. Flyers are available or at the back of the church for registration. The cost of the course is £15. Last chance to join today!

This week/Ruth Healy RIP Alison Hardwick’s daughter Ruth passed away peacefully at Charing Cross Hospital on Sunday afternoon. Her funeral will take place at St Martin-in-the-Fields at 11.00am on Thursday 13 March. Please continue to pray for her beloved husband Rory and of course Alison at this time of loss. They are both so grateful for your continued prayers and the messages of comfort they have received.

This week/On Thursday 13 March we are remembering in our prayers the conflict in Syria, 3 years after it began, and all those who have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the violence. There will be a minute’s silence and prayers at each of the Thursday services: 8.00am, 1.00pm and 6.00pm. You are also invited to light a candle in front of the Living South African Memorial which commemorates all victims of violence. At 6.00pm on the same day there will be a vigil held in Trafalgar Square for Syria. Please come and show your solidarity and pray for those who have suffered so much.

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

Diocese of London Lent Appeal 2014 This year the London Diocese has asked us to support and help change the lives of young people in London, Mozambique and Angola. The Bishop of London’s Mission Fund supports youth work, junior church and sports and music projects across the capital and the Angola London Mozambique Association establishes and develops partnerships, education and water projects. The collection at St Martin’s on Sunday 23 March will go to this Diocesan Lent Appeal. Please give generously.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), Sunday 6 April, 11.30am, St Martin’s Hall. The Annual Parishioners’ Meeting will elect two churchwardens who are elected to serve for twelve months. The APCM receives reports and the accounts, asks questions as well as electing new members of the PCC. This year there are 6 vacancies for the PCC, 5 of which will also become our representatives on the Deanery Synod and serve for 3 years. The 6th member will be elected directly to the PCC and, as they will be replacing Martin Haigh who has decided to stand down from PCC, will serve out the remainder of his term which is two years. Do consider standing for election. Being on the PCC is an excellent way of getting to know St Martin’s and be part of helping to form the future. Nomination forms (for CW and PCC) along with information about what you need to know about standing for election are available from the PCC representative in the hall every Sunday and it’s always a good idea to speak to either of the churchwardens (Ali Lyon and Rod Beadles) or any current member of the PCC.

Confirmation at St Martin’s Adult Confirmation classes will take place on Sunday mornings 12noon–1pm on: 9, 23, 30 March, 13 April 4, 18 May and for children on: 16 March; 27 April; 11, 25 May. If you are interested in joining the preparation classes please contact Revd Katherine Hedderly (

Friday 14 March Everyone is welcome to attend this Lenten Prayer service with a brother from the Taizé community and a meditation by Bernadette Farrell. Venue: St George’s Catholic Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HR. Song practice from 7.15pm, service begins at 7.45pm. For more details please contact Sarah Crompton via the Parish Office.

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.