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Parish Newsletter, Thirteenth Sunday After Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Children’s-Club at St Martin’s  C-Club is on Summer holiday and will return on 16 September.

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.  A member of clergy and a lay minister will be available to pray with you.

This week/Choral Wednesdays resume this week with theSt Martin’s Quartet.  The new Choral Scholars will join us at the beginning of October.

This week/Wednesday 5 September/Club Wednesday will meet in theAustenWilliamsRoom after the lunchtime Choral Eucharist.  Ruth Hutchinson will give a talk on “A view ofCaribbean front rooms in the 60s and 70s.”  All are welcome!

This week/The Meditation Group meets in the DSC on Wednesday 5 Sept at 7.00pm.

Get ahead of the Games  The Paralympics Marathon on Sunday 9 September is likely to affect this area, see www.getaheadofthegames.com to make alternative travel plans.

Organ recitals  The summer series of organ recitals continues on Monday 10 September at 6.30pm, with a recital given by Greg Morris ofTempleChurch.  Tickets £5 (unreserved) available from theBox Office on 020 7766 1100 or at www.smitf.org.  The final concert takes place on 17 September (Andrew Earis).

The St Martin’s breakfast group meets next on 12 Sept in the Café in the Crypt from 7.45-8.30am.  All welcome.  For more information contactCaroline Barnett via the Parish Office.

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

Volunteers please!  Saturday September 22 Open House London 2012  Help is needed in welcoming visitors for this annual event so if you can offer a couple of hours between 9.30am-4.30pm please let RevdKatherine Hedderly know: katherine.hedderly@smitf.org, 020 7766 1100. 

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 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

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.

Women, Authority and Leadership in Christianity and Islam Conference: 10am-5.00pm,Wednesday 12 September,University ofRoehampton,London SW15. Seminars, discussion groups and talks in dialogue with academics and community organisers. Refreshments provided. Contact Thomas Lynch Thomas.lynch@roehampton.ac.uk if you would like to take part.

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.

Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride Thanks to those who came to welcome back the cyclists at Westminster Abbey, joining us at the last stretch and supporting the cake stall.   Sponsorship money, which goes to support The Connection’s work with the homeless, may be given to me or Roger Shaljean or QECR Treasurer, c/o Friends of The Connection , 12 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HW.   Giles Andrews

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].

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

Parish Pipeline Copies of the Autumn Parish Pipeline are available at the back of the church.

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).