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Parish Newsletter, Fifteenth Sunday After Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Children’s Club at St Martin’s meets Sundays in term time during the 10am service, gathering at the end of the first hymn.  Visiting children are welcome to join us, and will need to be accompanied by an adult.  All infant and junior aged children are welcome to join.

Today/We are delighted to welcome Nicholas Wearne, our new Assistant Organist. Nicholas joins us from St Mary’s Cathedral,Edinburgh, where he held the position of Assistant Organist.

Today there is a practice of the church fire evacuation procedure immediately after the 10am Eucharist.  Stewards, members of the congregation, and choir are all requested to cooperate in this important exercise for our awareness and safety.

This week/Organ recitals  The summer series of organ recitals finishes this Monday 17 September at 6.30pm, with a recital given by our own Andrew Earis.  Tickets £5 (unreserved) available from the Box Office on 020 7766 1100 or at www.smitf.org.

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 19 Sept at 7.00pm.

The Cloak  We now have five small groups ready to start in September and there are still spaces in the West London Group (led by Simon Wethered) and in the groups meeting in the St Martin’s education rooms on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a fortnightly basis respectively.  So it’s not too late to apply to join a group.  Please talk to Rosy Fairhurst for more information and please fill in an application form on the flyer if you’d like to be considered for joining one.  Email: Rosy.Fairhurst@smitf.org

This week/Saturday September 22, Open House London 2012  We will be welcoming visitors as part of Open House London this coming weekend.  There will be free tours of the church and bellringing demonstrations with the chance to ring a bell!  Prayers will be said on the hour in church and the day is hosted by volunteers from theSt Martin’s community.

Autumn Education Programme 2012: His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the Storyteller’s Art  September 24: Jo Bailey Wells – The Stories Jesus Knew; October 8:Sam Wells – The Stories Jesus Told; October 22:Richard Carter – The Story Jesus Became; November 5: Richard Holloway – The Story that Oppresses; November 12: Paula Gooder – The Story that Liberates; November 26: John Bell – The Story and the Song.  Evenings to be chaired by the RevdClare Herbert.  Full details in the Autumn Education Flyer.

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 26 Sept in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contactCaroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

The Archers (40s and 50s et al) Thursday 27 September, 7pm,AustenWilliamsRoom.  We will start with a Eucharist, followed by supper.  Please contact James or Janet Allan via the Parish Office if you wish to attend.

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions will be beginning its fourth year of operation in September.  We will continue with our aim of giving people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience – and to learn to ‘love the questions themselves’ as Rilke puts it.  We will have the same format of meeting after coffee, at 12.15 in the Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place.  As usual, there will be a dvd followed by discussion groups, but this year we will be using new dvd materials.  Dates: 30 September, 7 October, 28 October, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December.  All are welcome to come along – each session is self standing, but we hope you will want to stay and share the journey.  Further details Revd Rosy Fairhurst on rosy.fairhurst@smitf.org

Organ Appeal  The current organ, by J W Walker, is in urgent need of repair and renewal; it is planned that this work will take place in August 2013 at al cost of £65,000, of which £35,000 has been raised.  At the same time, we would like to commission a new chamber organ from the celebrated organ builder Robin Jennings, at a cost of £35,000.  A fundraising committee, chaired by Matthew Portal, has been established, and a number of fundraising activities are planned.  On Monday 1 October at 6.30pm there will be a concert to launch the Organ Appeal with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  Tickets are £10 from theBox Office in person, on 020 7766 1100 or at www.smitf.org and all proceeds go to the Organ Appeal.  In addition, we are launching an exciting ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme and details of this are available in church.

Opening the Roof  There will be a Day Conference opening the conversation about God and Disability here on Saturday 20 October.  Please take a flyer from the porch table if you are interested.  (Disabilities Awareness Working Party will meet at 12.30pm on Sunday 16 September in the Desmond Tutu Room).  For info email: clare.herbert@smitf.org

Deanery Synod  We have a vacancy  for a Deanery Synod representative  on the PCC to replace Cath Duce.  The term of office runs until May 2014.  If you are interested please speak toRod Beadles.

Sunday stewards  We are in need of 2 new volunteers to be on the Sunday Stewarding rota, for morning and/or evening services.  It’s normally a monthly commitment, and you will be well supported.  Please see Adam Clark, Charles Woodd orRichard Carter for details.

Clergy mobile for out of hours emergencies  Following a review we will be changing the way in which clergy can be contacted in case of emergency.  There will no longer be one dedicated mobile number.  It is used very rarely and often by those who are trying to book concert tickets out of hours.  Instead individual email addresses may be used, which are checked as regularly as a mobile phone [firstname.surname@smitf.org].

Facilities for those with disabilities  Large print hymnsheets, orders of service and parish newsletters are now available from the stewards.  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).