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Notices for Sundays 21 & 28 December, the Fourth Sunday of Advent & the First Sunday of Christmas

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Advent and Christmas Services The full list of Advent & Christmas services is available in our whole site brochure for December and on our website. There will be no ticketing for capacity Christmas services: Nine Lessons and Carols and Parish Carols. Due to popular demand we will be holding two Parish Carol services on Christmas eve at 4.30pm & 7.00pm. Doors open 45 mins before the services start and as the church is often full we encourage you to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

Thanks! A big thank you to everyone who has helped with our services during Advent and Christmas by singing, playing, reading, stewarding, in preparing the church and in lots of other ways. All your efforts are hugely appreciated. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Today/Children’s Programme – C Club meets after the 10am service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel: 21 Dec – for Lessons, Prayers, and Children’s Christmas performances; parents and friends are welcome to attend. 28 Dec – for prayers, music, and learning. On Sunday 4 January 2015, the first Sunday of the month, C-Club will meet from 9.30–9.55am before the service at 6 St. Martin’s Place, for a special New Year/Epiphany programme. Happy Christmas from C-Club to all!

We are pleased to announce that the BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal with St Martin-in-the-Fields is already over the £1million mark. Thank you to everyone who has helped and contributed. You can read and listen to Sam’s ‘thank you’ message at

The Meditation Group meets next on Tuesday 23 December at 6.30pm in the DSC. The meditation group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 7 January 2015 in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am. All welcome. Contact Caroline Essex or Dan Kaszeta via the Parish Office.

Bread For the World – Wednesday evenings at St Martin’s are where we build our community, through a simple Eucharist with reflections, input from members of the community and groups across St Martin’s. Last term several people spoke about a Gospel passage that has inspired them, the sustainability group led a service on the care of the environment, and Sam Wells led a session of godly play. The music is led by the choral scholars. The time in church is followed by a simple soup supper in No. 6 St Martin’s Place, followed by the opportunity to reflect on and explore the bible together. It’s a great way to find focus during a busy week, to be close to God, make friends, pray and explore faith. We restart on Wednesday 7 January at 6.30pm in church, or follow on afterwards at 7.30pm for supper. You are welcome to join all or part of the evening. For more information please speak to Helen Harris 020 7766 1143.

Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20s, 30s and beyond): Application forms for our Retreat are now available! See Andrew Bennison, Gary Cain, Helen Harris or Ivan Yuen for more info. We will be returning to Hilfield Friary on 13-15 February 2015, cost £85 for the weekend. Spaces limited.

Lent Programme 2015: The Path of Humility, Wednesdays 6.30-8.45pm. Our Lent Study Programme in 2015 moves to Wednesday evenings. Beginning with Bread for the World at 6.30pm in church we will share this informal Eucharist and reflection. This will be followed by a simple Lenten supper of bread and soup and then Listening Groups. Using the Book Barefoot Disciple by Stephen Cherry as our guide we will be reflecting on different aspects of Christ’s humility and his challenge to us. The cost of the course is £15 which includes a copy of the book and the study materials. Join us on Ash Wednesday on 18 February and then for the 6 week programme: Feb 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1. Application forms will be available in January.

Completely Beside Ourselves: An evening on Dementia and Faith – Tuesday 24 February 7pm We are currently planning an evening to explore this important experience of life in the context of faith, working with Livability, who are developing practical resources for Dementia Friendly Churches, and Neil Bunker, the Mental Health Liaison Priest for Westminster. We would also like to include input from people with personal knowledge of dementia, either from their own lived experience of the condition or from supporting someone close to them. If you have experience of dementia and would like to contribute to the evening we would very much like to hear from you. Please speak to Fiona MacMillan (via the Parish Office) or Revd Katherine Hedderly, 020 7766 1102.

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.

Save the date: July 10-12, Parish Weekend 2015 In 2015 we will return to Worth Abbey for a weekend of prayer, reflection and fun. The theme for the weekend will be “Belonging: Belonging to God, Belonging to One Another, Belonging to the Land.”

Churches Together in Westminster The CTiW group represents various denominations among central London Christian congregations and holds ecumenical services, panel discussions, Meet the Neighbours evenings, and a day conference during the year. If you would like to become involved in this group and attend meetings regularly at Farm Street then please speak to Katherine Hedderly

For your prayers We pray regularly for the long-term sick at our Friday 1.15pm Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers – Sibyl Allen, Mary Henry, Allan Whalley, Jim Minchin, Zara Bowness-Smith, Adepeju Seriki.