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Parish Newsletter, Sixteenth 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.

Many congratulations to Simon Wethered and toGabrielle To, who have successfully completed their studies, and are licensed to be Readers atSt Martin in the Fields.  We welcome them and their new ministries among us.

Today  A setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, specially written as a parting gift to Sam and Jo Wells by Duke Chapel organist David Arcus, will be given its premiere at Evensong at 5 pm.

Please pray for RevdKatherine Hedderlypreaching this morning atSt John’s, Notting Hill, in their “Creation Time” series, and for RevdClare Herbertduring the week conducting the Salisbury Diocese’s Deacons’ Ordination Retreat.

Deanery Synod  Congratulations to Bob Demming who has been elected to the Deanery Synod.  Thanks to all who showed an interest.

The Cloak  We now have five small groups and there are still spaces in the West London Group and in the 2 groups meeting in the St Martin’s education rooms on Wednesdays and Thursdays on a fortnightly basis respectively.  Please talk to Rosy Fairhurst and 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/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.  For those who would like to meet Jo Wells after the lecture, there will be light refreshments served in theAustenWilliamsRoom.

This week/The St Martin’s breakfast group meets 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.

This week/The Twirties (a friendly group in our 20’s, 30’s and beyond) would love to welcome old and new faces to our first event of the autumn.  We are gathering at theScienceMuseum on the evening of Wednesday 26 September, when access to various exhibitions, talks, music, comedy and poetry events will be free, 6.45-10pm.  For more details, please contact Natasha via the Parish Office.

This week/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.

Harvest flowers  We are looking forward to Harvest Festival on 7 October.  Next Sunday 30 September, there will be a collection for Harvest flowers after the 10am service.  If you would like to help decorate the church with flowers, you are warmly invited to join us in church on Saturday 6 October at 10am.

Hugh Player Hugh Player’s last day as CEO of St Martin-in-the-Fields will be Sunday 30 September.  He will be attending worship and coffee that day so the congregation will have a chance to say thank you and good bye to him.

Living the Questions evolves  Living the Questions continues with our aim of giving people a place to bring their questions about the Christian faith and their spiritual experience, 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.  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.

Marriage  Please pray for Mary Corish and Noel Foley, members of our congregation to be married here in the DSC on Saturday 6 October at 11.00am, and celebrate with them if you are able to attend.

Changing Attitude, Thursday 11 October at 7.00pm, “Civilly Partnered?” Richard Carter andClare Herbert speak on a panel regarding the theology and liturgy surrounding Civil Partnership in the LGBT community.  All lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people are welcome with friends and supporters to discuss this important issue.

Opening the Roof  There will be a Day Conference opening the conversation about Disability, Society, God and Inclusion here on Saturday 20 October.  Please take a flyer from the porch table if you are interested.  For info email: clare.herbert@smitf.org

New Sunday stewards needed  There are currently vacancies for a steward on the 2nd Sunday (for both morning and evening services) and on the 4th Sunday morning.  Stewards make a really important contribution to the welcome we give to visitors and regulars alike, and to the quality of our worship, so why not give it a try.  Speak to Adam Clark or Charles Woodd, or contact them via the Parish Office.