Today/We are celebrating Harvest, Let Earth and Heaven Agree. The collection for Harvest this year will go to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal. Around 2 million refugees have now fled violence in Syria and are in desperate need of shelter, food and water. Oxfam’s response has already helped over 200,000 people and they are aiming to reach up to 650,000. Please give generously.
Today/Crèche at St Martin’s Our new Crèche has started for the 0-4ish age group. Future dates will be Sundays 27 October, 10, 24 November, 8, 22 December.
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/ 9:00am Children’s Programme Every first Sunday of the month, C-Club meets before the 10am service for a special ‘Getting to Know the Church’ programme. This Sunday: ‘Meet the Bell Ringers!’ The programme for Sunday, 2 Nov will be ‘Colours of the Liturgical Year’, beginning at 9:30am. On these Sundays, there are no after-service children’s activities.
Today /Children’s Ministry Meeting, 12.15pm Tutu Room where we will have the opportunity for parents and all those involved in our children’s ministry to share ideas and plan ahead.
Today/Prayer for healing We will be setting aside the Dick Sheppard Chapel, 11.30am–12noon after the 10am morning service for anyone who would like to receive prayer for healing. Two members of the healing team will be available to pray with you.
Today/12.30pm, Crypt café – Couch Potatoes meet to digest the fiasco of summer holidays with firm purpose of amendment.
This week/Autumn Education Lecture Series 2013/Faith on the Frontiers What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st Century? This exciting lecture series continues on Monday 7 Oct with June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, “On the Frontiers of a Male Church.” This promises to be a very important and exciting presentation. June Osborne is one of the most senior and respected women leaders in the Church of England, first in a lecture and then in discussion with Clare Herbert and finally in questions from the floor, she will be speaking about the vital importance of women’s leadership in the church and the divisions and prejudices that still need to be overcome. NOT TO BE MISSED! Future dates include 21 Oct Stanley Hauerwas and Sam Wells; 4 Nov Alastair McIntosh; 11 Nov Lord Christopher Patten; 18 Nov Richard Kearney. Flyers with full details are available at the back of the church.
Fourth Plinth Exhibition The six short-listed proposals for the next Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square are displayed in the Crypt foyer at St Martin’s until 17 November. Enjoy them and make your views known.
Deanery Synod/There will be a meeting of the Westminster (St Margaret’s) Deanery Synod on Tuesday October 15 at Grey Coat Hospital, Greycoat Place SW1P 2DY. The meeting will begin at 6.30pm, and the main business will be looking at proposals for reform of the process by which laity are elected to General Synod.
Open Circle (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond), Church Walking Tour, Wednesday 16 October, 6:15pm, St. Martin’s Church. Touch, see, and hear the beauty of St Martin’s. Be inspired by its history and transformations. Join us in this rare opportunity to explore the church with Rod Beadles. Come to the 6.15pm Eucharist and then stay on afterwards for the tour. After the tour let’s chat over a pint or two at the nearby pub or the jazz concert at the Crypt. All are welcome. For more information, please email Helen at StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com.
Saturday 26 Oct /Theatre Arts and Leadership Day Spots still available! Parish members are invited to a day-long workshop at the world-famous Cardboard Citizens Theatre in Whitechapel. Get to know younger and older parishioners; practice leadership exercises and games; learn how to express yourself, and your vision of St. Martin’s – in image and rhythm, in word and dramatic action. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Special St Luke’s Tide Events We will be exploring the issues of health, mental health, healing, inclusion and faith over this weekend. Sat 19 October, 10.30am-4.30pm “Places of Belonging”, A Day Conference at St Martin’s to continue the conversation about Disability, Inclusion and God. Speakers John Swinton, Chair of Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Mims Hodson of our own congregation, and Rachel Wilson a curate in the Diocese of Southwark. All are welcome. See leaflet in church. Sun 20 October, 10.00am, Holy Communion for St Luke’s Day, Preacher: John Swinton. Both our 10am and 6.30pm Evening Service will include the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil accompanied by prayer for healing, on behalf of yourself, someone else or the wider world.
Sunday 3 November/All Saints at 10am and All Souls sung Eucharist at 6.30pm (Duruflé’s Requiem) At these services we will be remembering all those who have died in the last year who have been members of St Martin’s or connected with our church. If there is someone you would like to be remembered please give their name to Elinor Newman in the Parish Office by 16 October.
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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.