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Friday 19 April 2013

Events coming up at the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, May through to July.

Later in July we have the opportunity to come together on our Parish Weekend at Worth Abbey, with its theme “Sources of Inspiration” (see below). Come and share in this special weekend and find inspiration for your faith to be renewed and deepened.


Thursday 9 May, 8.00pm
Ascension Day Service

On this fortieth day of Easter we celebrate Christ, risen, ascended and glorified, with BBC Religion at this Ascension Day service, where our preacher will be the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich. Join the BBC Daily Service Singers and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields for this annual highlight in St Martin’s year. Doors open at 7.15pm. Please be seated by 7.40pm.

Saturday 11 May, 11am
Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Clark

Margaret Clark was a much loved member of our congregation. Her family would very much like all those at St Martin’s who wish to join with them to come and give thanks for her life at this special service. Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly. Preacher Revd Clare Herbert.

Sunday 19 May, Pentecost, 10.30am
Joint Service

Join us for our Pentecost celebration at our 10.30am Parish Eucharist, as our combined English and Chinese speaking congregations come together to give thanks for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the diversity of the St Martin’s community.

The Pentecost Festival organised across Central London from 10-19 May is in its fifth year. Full details can be found at

Thursday 30 May, 1pm
Simply Living: Lunchbreak

Those taking part in the Melanesian Religious Communities’ mission to the UK (see below) will join us for this Lunchbreak service. The theme of the service will be ‘Simply Living’.

Sunday 2 June, 10am
Confirmation Service

Come and join with members of our English-speaking and Chinese-speaking congregations who will be baptised and confirmed by the Bishop of London at this joint service.

Sunday 2 June, 6.30pm
Simply Living: Melanesian Eucharist

This is the final Eucharist for the Melanesian Religious Communities’ mission to the UK in which they will have visited five different Diocese around the country. The theme of their mission is ‘Simply Living’ in which they live the question ‘How do we live the Gospel in relation to God, creation and one another?’ During the final week they will be in London and this Melanesian Eucharist will be a thanksgiving, followed by a celebration in St Martin’s Hall with pan-pipes, songs and dancing from Melanesia. Led by Revd Richard Carter. All are welcome.

Sunday 23 June, 8.10am
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship “His Story: Our Story”

The BBC joins us for this service where we reflect on the call of Christ in our lives and how his story interweaves with ours. The preachers will be Revd Richard Carter and Revd Clare Herbert and the service will be led by Revd Dr Sam Wells. Please come to join us in church at 7.45am or listen on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am. All are welcome.

Saturday July 6 at 5.00pm

A service led by “Christians Together at Pride” to celebrate the end of Pride Fortnight in London. The preacher will be the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans. All LGBT people, their friends, families and supporters are very welcome.

Monday 15 July, 7pm
Licensing of Lay Ministers from St Mellitus College

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres will lead this service where candidates from the Stepney, Kensington and Willesden areas of the London Diocese will be licensed together, giving thanks for this important lay ministry and the life of the college. All are welcome.


Monday 22 April 2013, 7.00pm
Earth Day Celebration

Open Circle, in cooperation with the Sustainability Task Group and Education Committee, is hosting an Earth Day celebration. A screening of an Academy Award® nominated film, “Sun Come Up”, a lecture and discussion led by Eleanor Harris of St John’s Church, Edinburgh, and the opportunity to develop an educational leaflet for SMITF that highlights a Christian view of the environmental crisis. And don’t miss Anna Yew’s exhibition, “Climate Change & the Oceans”. Please join us for an evening of learning and discussion. Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place. For RSVP, please email

Monday 29 April
Honest to God at 50

Bishop John A.T. Robinson’s Honest to God was a publishing sensation in 1963, selling a million copies. Publisher SCM Press has assembled a panel to discuss its influence and contemporary resonance. The panel includes popular authors Francis Spufford and Mark Vernon, and Vicar of St Martin’s, Sam Wells. It will be chaired by BBC World Affairs Correspondent Mike Wooldridge. Please join us in church at 7pm. All are welcome.

Tuesday 7 May, 7.00pm
Tax: Law and Morality — Which Way Now?

Tax, both individual and corporate, has hardly been off the front pages recently. Many politicians have talked about tax evasion and avoidance in moral terms. Others argue that in an area as complex as tax it is adherence to the law that can be the only true measure. As part of the “If” campaign organised around the British G8 Presidency, St Martin’s and ActionAid have organised a debate to look at these issues in more depth, and to explore whether we can move beyond argument to reach solutions that would help particularly those in developing countries. David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary (invited), Catherine McKinnell, the Shadow Exchequer Secretary, and Stephen Williams, a LibDem spokesman on tax matters will lead the debate. Please join us in the church at 7 pm. All are welcome.

Thursday’s at 1pm
The Theology of Everyday Things

Continuing on 2 May our Thursday Lunch-break service continues in this second series of ten-week talks on the “theology of everyday things” for all those who work around St Martin’s during the week. Led by Revd Will Morris, the series examines the links between our faith, the bible, and the ordinary things we encounter during the week in central London. Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 6, 13, 20,27 June, 4 July
The half hour service starting at 1.00pm is followed at 1.30pm by a simple lunch at a nominal price for those who would like to stay. All are welcome

Living the Questions begins again on Sunday 5 May with a new series of studies- Eclipsing the Empire: Paul Rome and the Kingdom of God. This is an open discussion group based around new DVD material encouraging people to bring their questions about the Christian faith and live into the answers. Dates for this series are: 5 May (at 12.30); 9 June; 16 June; 23 June; 30 June; 7 July; 21 July; All are welcome to come along. Course takes place in Austen Williams Room, 6 St Martin’s Place at 12.15. But please note first group on 5 May is a 12.30.


Thursday 16 May, 7.00pm
“Open Table”

“Open Table” the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, will host a talk by Elaine Storkey called “Gender and Sexuality: Different Difference?” St Martin’s Hall. All are welcome.

Friday 24- Monday 27 May Pilgrimage to Canterbury
Canterbury Pilgrimage

The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields’ annual pilgrimage to Canterbury will leave the steps of the church on Friday 24 May at 10.30am. On Monday 27, as the pilgrims arrive at their destination, there will be a crowd to meet them. The Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin’s will sing Evensong in the Cathedral at 5.30pm before we all gather for the end of pilgrimage service in the Crypt Chapel and lay flowers on the tomb of Dick Sheppard in the cloister. There are still a few places left. For further information contact Lesley on 020 7766 5522 or

Saturday 8 June, 12 noon
The Friends of St Martin’s Annual Festival

The Friends of St Martin’s will be celebrating their Annual Festival with a service in the Dick Sheppard Chapel led by Revd Dr Sam Wells, followed by lunch in the Gallery. After lunch Andrew Earis will speak about music at St Martin’s, the theme of this year’s festival. If you would like to find out more and attend this day please contact Susanne Wood on 020 7278 5700 or

Saturday 22 June, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Connected Solitude

A day focusing on the practice of contemplation, creative and intercessory prayer. Revd Philip Roderick, advisor on spirituality in the Sheffield Diocese, and founder-director of The Quiet Garden Movement, along with his team will share the vision of Hidden Houses of Prayer and explore ways of praying in connected solitude. St Martin’s Hall. £20 Places limited. For more information and to book please contact

Philip Roderick writes…

“Hidden Houses of Prayer” and “Connected Solitude” – each word in the titles tells the story. The variety of people who are drawn to this simple but powerful vision is extraordinary – different personality types, faith backgrounds and perspectives. This new network and this day at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 22 June is for those who know themselves to be called in some way to the journey of prayer in the context of home and hiddenness. Sharing experiences and insights can strengthen us on the Way of Love. Contemplation is wonderstruck beholding. Intercession at depth, a quiet holding of those in need. Tears may flow. A chuckle of delight may arise. And as the disciples said to Jesus, “Teach us to pray”.

Saturday 29 June
Friends of the Connection Open Day and AGM

1.30pm join us in the Dick Sheppard Chapel service to pray for the work of The Connection at St Martin’s as we give thanks for its work with people who are homeless and vulnerably housed. The Open Day will include the opportunity to learn about the work of the Outreach team followed by a panel that will look at the bigger picture of homelessness at a time of continued economic difficulty and cuts in services and benefits.

The AGM itself will be in The Connection at 12 Adelaide Street starting at 2.45pm (entry from 2.15pm). The afternoon will end with tea and refreshments. All are welcome but you will need to book your place: or telephone 0207 766 5522

Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July, Worth Abbey

Parish Weekend: Sources of Inspiration

The theme for this year’s Parish Weekend explores the sources of inspiration for our faith.

It was once said of a royal couple “He could have loved her to the edges of the world.” And Thomas Merton wrote of his early monastic years “Love sailed me round the house”. These sayings catch a sense of the movement of the Spirit of God which is a deep well of inspiration for our lives. Yet each of us may use a different source, may dance to a slightly different tune, may draw water at the well which is Christ, certainly, but draw the water up in different ways. At this weekend we hope to share the different ways God resources us and we resource each other, so that we go back to London together with the sources of our faith renewed and deepened. We hope, too, to have some summer fun, a source of joy!

Those helping us to explore different sources of inspiration will be:

Brother Sam SSF
Brother Sam is a Franciscan Brother and Guardian of Hilfield Friary a community which focuses on living and promoting the Franciscan values of care for creation, working for peace and justice, and seeking respectful dialogue with people of other faiths. Brother Sam will be remembered by many of us who attended the Good Friday Three Hours which he led so powerfully at St Martin’s in 2012

Mario Pirovano
Mario is an Italian actor and translator and will perform a one man play by Dario Fo who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, The Play entitled Francis, the Holy Jester, inspired by the life of St Francis, has been performed by Mario in Italy, USA, the Edinburgh Festival and around the UK.

Neil MacGregor
Neil MacGregor is a British art historian and the inspirational director of the British Museum since 2002. Before that he was the Editor of the Burlington Magazine and the Director of the National Gallery, London, from 1987 to 20002. He has presented three television series on art and the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects, which aired in 2010 and later became a bestselling book. Wonderfully for us he is also a much loved member of St Martin and in his talk he will help us explore art and object as a source of inspiration to our faith.

Brother Aidan and the Brothers of Worth Abbey
Brother Aidan is a Benedictine monk and this is the fourth Parish Weekend he has helped host for us at Worth Abbey with great graciousness. He and his Brothers will help us once again rediscover the ministry of prayer and hospitality as a source of great inspiration

We will also have our inspirational home team!

Revd Clare Herbert and the Oasis Groups
who will lead us to explore and respond to the inspiration of scripture in a Bible Study entitled : Jacob’s Dream

Revd Dr Sam Wells
who will help us to discover the Gospel through Godly Play focusing on Christ’s the call of the disciples.

Revd Katherine Hedderly and the Church and Worship Committee
who will lead us into reflection, prayer and worship

And all of us who join this Parish Weekend
We are all, of course, a great source of inspiration too, so it is our hope and prayer that each one of may contribute to this weekend, discovering in one another well springs of hope, and sources of faith, and have a great time together!

I hope you can join us but book as soon as possible as places are limited.


Organ Appeal. We would like to thank the members of the community who have generously donated to the Organ Appeal. The Organ Appeal committee are seeking further support towards the project, which begins on 1st August. Leaflets for the ‘Sponsor a Pipe’ scheme are available in church and you can also donate online. As part of the fundraising programme, there are organ recitals on Monday 13 May (Christian Wilson) and Monday 10 June (Thomas Lacote) and a special concert on Saturday 20 July at 12.30pm given by Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s flagship young artists programme.

Berlin. At the end of August, the Choir will be visiting Berlin, where they will sing services and concerts in the Cathedral, Martin Luther Church, Heilig Kreuz Church and Passion Church.

Concerts. The 2012-13 Choral Scholars will give their final Monday evening concert on 24th June at 6.30pm, The Glories of the Italian Baroque. Tickets (£10 unreserved) are available online.

Choir & Choral Scholars Holidays…
The Choir’s final Sunday before the summer break will be Sunday 7 July, and they will return on Sunday 8 September. The Choral Scholars final service of the term will be on Wednesday 26 June and we will welcome a new group of Scholars on Wednesday 2 October.

Choral Wednesdays will continue to be held in July and September sung by the St Martin’s Quartet, with a break in August.