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Parish Pipeline January to March 2013

News St Martin – Talking Points

Thursday 24 January 2013

Welcome to the first Parish Pipeline for this year, giving details of services and other events coming up at St Martin’s over the next few months, including our plans for worship, study and reflection in Lent and the journey through Passiontide to the celebration of Easter. 

 

Coming up…

Sunday 27 January
10am Homelessness Sunday
St Martin-in-the-Fields has long been associated with addressing the needs of people who are homeless in London through the work of The Connection at St Martin’s. The money raised through our Christmas Appeal goes to support this vital work and help support those in need throughout the country.  On this day designated Homelessness Sunday by a coalition of charities and campaign groups who work with or on behalf of homeless people, we give thanks for this link and reflect on the issues of homelessness.  Our preacher will be Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s.
 
Wednesday 30 January, 7pm
“Wholly Holy: What does the identity of being LGBT add to the identity of being Christian, a lecture by Revd Dr Sam Wells, hosted by St Martin-in-the-Fields and by “Open Table”, the Greater London Changing Attitude Group, to address issues currently being debated hotly in Church and society.  Not only supporters of Changing Attitude but all are very warmly welcome to this open lecture. The evening will be chaired by Revd Clare Herbert, and will include responses and questions from the floor.  The lecture will take place in church.


 
LUNCH-BREAK – Thursdays at 1pm
The Theology of Everyday Things
Our Thursday Lunch-break service takes a new direction as we reach out to the many people who work around St Martin’s during the week.  Led by Revd Will Morris, this ten-week series of talks on the “theology of everyday things” will examine the links between our faith, the bible, and the ordinary things we encounter during the week in central London.
Dates: 31 January, 7, 14, 21, 28 February, 7, 14 March
 
LIVING the QUESTIONS
Come and join the second part of our course exploring the questions Christianity faces us with, in the company of inspiring Christians and theologians and some fellow pilgrims and skeptics, as we learn to ‘love the questions themselves’ as the poet Rilke says.
 
A 20 minute DVD is followed by discussion in small groups.  Sessions last from 12.15pm -1.45pm on Sundays and you are welcome to eat with the group in the Crypt Café afterwards  (Feb 10, 17, 24, March 10).  You are very welcome to come and try a session out with no obligation to join the whole course.  For more information please visit the website www.smitf.org email info@smitf.org or call the Parish Office on 020 7766 1100
 

 
Lent at St Martin’s
 
Study Course, Silent Retreat and Quiet Day
 
Lent Study Course 2013
Power and Passion: Six Characters in Search of Resurrection
 
Mondays 18, 25 February, 4, 11, 18, 25 March
7.00pm-8.30pm in church
 
In this year’s Lent course each Monday night we will be following the story of a different character central to the Gospel’s Passion Narrative: Pontius Pilate; Barabbas, Joseph of Arimathea; Mrs Pilate; Peter; and Mary Magdalene.  Based on the Revd Dr Sam Wells’ book, Power and Passion, which was chosen as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book in 2007, each evening will involve the chance for reflection, discussion in smaller groups and prayer.  Rowan Williams wrote of this book: “It brings us face to face with Jesus in a rare way.  The opportunities for reflection at the end of each of these studies are carefully designed invitations to growth in faith and maturity.  This Lent book is a distillation of real wisdom – and passion as well, passion that is lovingly and thoughtfully channelled toward the health of church and world.  I have found it indeed to be an encounter with the crucified and risen Jesus.”
 
It is our hope and prayer that this Lent Programme will provide the opportunity for each one of us through prayer, reflection and listening to one another to indeed encounter the crucified and risen Jesus.
 
Monday 18 February:    Pontius Pilate                      Revd Richard Carter
Monday 25 February:    Barabbas                              Revd Dr Sam Wells
Monday 4 March:           Joseph of Arimathea          James Johnston
Monday 11 March:         Mrs Pilate                              Janet Allan
Monday 18 March:         Peter                                     Revd Katherine Hedderly
Monday 25 March:         Mary Magdalene                  Revd Clare Herbert
 
The programme is from 7.00pm-8.30pm with the opportunity for silent prayer following on in church until 9.00pm.
 
Each week the character for the week will be introduced in the church before we divide into listening groups for reflection.  Participants are encouraged to attend all six of the study evenings or as many as possible so that the listening groups get to know each other and can make this journey through Lent together.  All are Welcome.
 
The cost of this course for all six weeks is £12 which will include a copy of the book.  Please fill in the application form available at the back of church and return with your £12 to: Elinor Newman, Parish Administrator, 5 St Martin’s Place, London WC2N 4JJ
Or contact the Parish Office info@smitf.org 020 7766 1100. 
 

 
Silent Retreat Weekend, 1 – 3 March 2013
His Story, Our Story
At the Sisters of St Andrew, Edenbridge, Kent
 
This Ignatian style accompanied retreat will follow the journey of Call, Revelation, Wilderness and New Life, and give the opportunity for participants to meet twice with a member of the clergy team to be accompanied in their journey over the weekend.  The retreat and reflections will be led by the Revd Richard Carter, Revd Katherine Hedderly and Revd David Jackson.
 
Places are limited.  Please fill in the application form at the back of church or from the clergy team and return to Elinor Newman in the parish office.
 

 
Lent Quiet Day, Saturday 16th March, 10am – 4pm
Sacred Space in the City
A day, based at St Martin’s where we explore the sacred space to be found at the heart of this city.  Led by Revd Katherine Hedderly, with members of the church and worship committee.
 
More details to follow in church or contact the Parish Office.
 

 
Saturday 23 March, 11am
Archbishop Romero Service
St Martin-in-the-Fields hosts this ecumenical service to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Led by Revd Richard Carter.
Worship during Lent at St Martin’s
 
Our theme Power and Passion is explored in our worship each Sunday throughout Lent in the sermons at the 10am Parish Eucharist and in the 6.30pm Evening Services, those in our community share their own experiences and reflections on The Cross, Jesus and Me.
 
Wednesday 13 February – Ash Wednesday
 
8.00am Morning Prayer
8.30am Said Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes
1.00pm Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
                        Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells
6.30pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
 
Sunday 17 February – Lent 1
 
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
                        Power and Passion
                        Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm  Evening Service
When I Survey: The Cross, Jesus and Me
Reflections with members of the St Martin’s community
Speaker: Simon Wethered
 
Sunday 24 February – Lent 2
 
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
                        Power and Passion
                        Preacher: Revd Clare Herbert
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm Evening Service
When I Survey: The Cross, Jesus and Me
Reflections with members of the St Martin’s community
Speaker: Charity Charity
 
Sunday 3 March – Lent 3
 
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
Power and Passion
Preacher: Revd Will Morris
1.00pm  Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm Evening Service
When I Survey: The Cross, Jesus and Me
Reflections with members of the St Martin’s community
Speaker: Matthew Whalley
 
Sunday 10 March – Lent 4
 
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
                        Power and Passion
                        Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm Evening Service
When I Survey: The Cross, Jesus and Me
Reflections with members of the St Martin’s community
Speaker: Mike Wooldridge
 
Sunday 17 March – Lent 5
 
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
                        Power and Passion
                        Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Choral Evensong
6.30pm Evening Service
When I Survey: The Cross, Jesus and Me
Reflections with members of the St Martin’s community
Speaker: Fiona McMillan
 
 
Holy Week and Easter at St Martin’s
 
Come and join our worship during Holy Week and Easter, as we walk with Christ on his journey to the cross through his passion and death, to the promise of Easter morning and the hope of new life and Resurrection.
 
Sunday 24 March – Palm Sunday

8.00am          Holy Communion (BCP)
9.45am          Palm Sunday Procession
Meet at the corner of St James’s Park near Admiralty Arch.  Join the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Salvation Army Band for a procession with palms, led by a donkey, into church. Officiant Revd Sam Wells
 
10.00am Eucharist
With the reading of the Passion Gospel
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese 
6.30pm From Creation to Salvation
A powerful service of readings and music as we enter into Holy Week, telling the story of salvation, with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Led by Revd Richard Carter.
 
Monday 25 March Holy Week
8.00am Morning Prayer
1.15pm Holy Communion (DSC)
6.00pm Holy Communion Preacher Revd Clare Herbert
Friends and Foes around Jesus: reflections on the first Holy Week
 
Tuesday 26 March Holy Week
8.00am Morning Prayer
1.15pm Holy Communion (DSC)
6.00pm Holy Communion (DSC) Preacher Revd Clare Herbert
Friends and Foes around Jesus: reflections on the first Holy Week
 
Wednesday 27 March Holy Week
8.00am Morning Prayer
1.00pm Choral Eucharist
                        (no 5pm Choral Evensong)
6.00pm Holy Communion Preacher Revd Clare Herbert
Friends and Foes around Jesus: reflections on the first Holy Week
 
Thursday 28 March Maundy Thursday
8.00am Morning Prayer
1.15pm Lunch-Break
6.30pm Maundy Thursday Liturgy
The first of the “Three Great Days” is marked with the Eucharist of the Last Supper, including foot washing; the Stripping of the Sanctuary and the Watch with Christ in his Passion.
Preacher:  Revd Katherine Hedderly
 
Friday 29 March Good Friday
8.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am Good Friday Service for All Ages 
12 noon The Three Hours
3pm The Inevitability of the Cross
 
John Bell, of the Iona community, is the preacher in this service of reflections on the passion of Christ.  With the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
 
Saturday 30 March Holy Saturday
9.00am          Morning Prayer
 
Sunday 31 March Easter Day
 
5.30am           The Easter Vigil and the First Eucharist of Easter
The lighting of the Easter Fire and Candle in darkness begins our Easter Day journey from darkness to light, from silence to the joyful celebration of the Resurrection.
 
10.00am Easter Eucharist
                        Preacher: Revd Sam Wells
                        With the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm       Service in Cantonese
5.00pm       Choral Evensong with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
 
Sunday 7 April Easter 2
                   The Choir is on holiday
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
                    Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells
1.00pm        Service in Mandarin
2.15pm        Service in Cantonese
5.00pm       Evening Prayer with Hymns
 
The normal pattern of Sunday services resumes on Sunday 14 April.
 

 
Choir Concerts coming up in January and February
 
28 January – Tallis and Vaughan Williams with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Vaughan Williams was inspired by the music of the English Renaissance, particularly the work of Tallis. Programme includes a new arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis for organ and piano.
 
11 February – Byrd and Britten with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s
This final concert in our British Choral Music Series celebrates the work of two of the great British composers. Programme includes Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and extracts from Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices.
Book at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Box Office, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. Phone 020 7766 1100 or online at www.smitf.org.
 

Electoral Roll
 
Under the Church Representation Rules, we are required to form a new Electoral Roll in 2013 (as part of the 6 year cycle which the rules specify). Everyone who wishes to be included on the new Roll, whether they are on the present Roll or not, must complete an application form by Sunday 10 March at the latest.
 
Application forms are available from the PCC Duty member in the Crypt after the 10am service, from the Vergers at other times or from the Parish Office (020 7766 1126), or from the Electoral Roll officer (craig.norman@smitf.org). To be on the Electoral Roll, you have to be aged 16 or over, a baptised member of the Church of England (or a church in communion with it) and be resident in the parish or have worshipped here regularly for the last 6 months.
 
Only those who are on the electoral roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year takes place on 21 April.


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