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Notices for Sunday 9 November, Remembrance Sunday

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Today/At 11am we will be keeping 2 mins silence for Remembrance Sunday. Members of C Club present their artwork of remembrance and prayers at the offertory and will join Alastair Anson in placing a wreath at the altar before the final blessing.

Today/Patronal Festival We will be celebrating our Patronal Festival today at 5.00pm, followed by a party with live music and a ceilidh in St Martin’s Hall. Tickets for supper, for a minimum donation of £5, are available during coffee after the 10am service, from Bronwyn Sanders.

Today/Berlin visitors Parish exchange visits are part of the partnership between the Diocese of London and the Lutheran Diocese of Berlin-Brandenberg. This weekend we welcome a group from Martin-Luther Parish in Neukölln Deanery in Berlin.

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, now takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go. Parents are invited to drop off children by 10am and collect after the service.

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club participates in the 10am service in a special way today. We present an artwork on which the young people of our parish community have inscribed prayers from themselves and from the adults of St Martin’s. The red poppies remind us of soldiers who have died fighting for our country. The white poppies remind us of the families, friends, and non-combatants who have suffered in war. In our artwork, red poppies and white poppies come together as a symbol of our prayers and hopes for a more peaceful world.

Rebecca Taylor RIP Rebecca’s funeral will be on Saturday 15 November at 11am. Please remember Rebecca, her family and partner Alasdair in your prayers.

Tomorrow/Autumn Education Lecture Series: Living Without Enemies: Christian Responses to War and Violence A group of inspirational speakers, reflect from different perspectives on the nature of war and peace. The series is free and open to all. Dates for your diary: 10, 24 November. See leaflet in church today. Mike Wooldridge and Foreign Correspondents speak on 10 Nov on What have we learnt from war? A view from the front line.

This week/The Meditation Group meets on Tuesday 11 November at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 12 Nov in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

This week/Great Sacred Music is one year old! Join us every Thursday at 1pm to explore, through song and words, the great classical music of our religious heritage. Free with retiring collection.

This week/Saturday 15 November, 1pm, Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond), Thames river walking tour: London Bridge – O2 Arena. Learn some fun facts whilst soaking up the river atmosphere (via a historic pub!), led by our resident tour guide, Gary. This is a substantial walk so do wear appropriate shoes. Meet at the Tooley Street exit of London Bridge station at 12.50pm, to leave at 1.00pm. If you’d like to join us please email

Sunday 16 November 7.00pm: St Martin-in-the-Fields Sunday International Group host Woven Gold and the Kosmos Quartet. Woven Gold is a choir of refugees escaping cruelty, they are joined by the Kosmos Ensemble and return to St Martin’s for an exciting evening of music and song. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate the gifts and experiences that those who have sought asylum in this country bring. The event is free and open to all with a retiring collection for the Helen Bamber Creative Arts Programme for Refugees. There are flyers available at the back of the church.

Sunday 23 November 7.00pm, St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts “Walaa” (Loyalty), a Syrian Play by Ahmed Masoud As part of our Autumn Series “Living Without Enemies” this powerful play explores themes of loyalty to family, country, and political position in the current Syrian crisis. The play will be performed in church. Doors open at 6.40pm. The production is open to all. A retiring collection will be taken to cover the cost of the production. Not to be missed! Flyers are available at the back of the church.

Save the date: Advent Oasis We will be holding an Oasis afternoon of creative spirituality and spiritual creativity on Sunday 30 November (finishing in time for Advent Carols). Look out for further details coming soon.

In thanksgiving for the life of Ralph Smith The Choral Eucharist at 1pm on Wednesday 3 December will be a special Thanksgiving Eucharist in memory of Ralph and in celebration of his life. Ralph was Head Verger at St Martin’s for 12 years before retiring in April last year due to ill health. Ralph died in August and Margaret his wife and the family will be with us to remember Ralph and give thanks to God for him and all he contributed so faithfully and generously over many years here at St Martin’s. The services will be followed by refreshments in the Gallery. All are welcome.

Save the date: The Silent Retreat will take place at Pleshey Retreat House from Friday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2015. More details to follow.

This year will be the 88th BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields. We are looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities including helping with the exhibition in the Foyer, answering call from donors, opening and processing donations and helping with social media. For more information call Martin or Tim on 020 7766 1134 or go to

On Tuesday 11 November, the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields will perform Duruflé Requiem: A Concert for Armistice Day. Quote ‘congregation’ at the box office for discount.