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Sunday 1 October, The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity / Harvest

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/Crèche at St Martin’s. For the 0-4 age group, with trained childcare leaders, takes place in the Austen Williams Room every Sunday. Please ask a steward to show you where to go.

Today/Children’s Programme. C-Club will meet in the Dick Sheppard Chapel at 11:30, where we will be considering what harvest and thanksgiving means for us.

Today/Theology Group, 12.00-1.00pm, Austen Williams Room. There will be an opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of the day and questions of forever with Revd Dr Sam Wells. All are welcome. Future Sundays, 15 October, 5, 26 November and 10 December,

Today/Harvest Festival, 10.00am, Let All the Islands Rise and Sing. Our guest preacher is the Most Revd George Takeli, Archbishop of Melanesia who is visiting UK the Anglican Primates Meeting in Canterbury. The Solomon Islands has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world but are seeing their lands and livelihoods threatened by rising sea levels and changing weather. He will be speaking about the vital role we all have to play in the stewardship of God’s creation.

Today/The combined choirs of All Saints’, Fulham, St Luke’s Chelsea, and St Martin’s join forces once again for Choral Evensong at 6.00pm at All Saints’ Church as part of their ongoing musical partnership.The preacher for this service is Revd Dr Sam Wells .

Contemplative Prayer on Mondays and Thursdays. A silent hour from 7.00-8.00am in the church. The group meets for admission to church at 6.55am via the north east door on Church Path.

This week/Autumn Lecture Series 2017: Reformation, continues Mondays, 7.00-8.30pm: 2 Oct Reforming Church: Lucy Winkett, Sam Wells; 9 Oct Reforming Marriage: Nicholas Holtam, David Monteith, Sally Hitchiner; 16 Oct Reforming Attitudes to Race: David Olusoga, Liz Adekunle; 6 Nov Reforming Attitudes to Islam: Mona Siddiqui, Joshua Ralston; 13 Nov Reforming Attitudes to Scripture: Ben Quash. All lectures free and open to all. Flyers are available at the back of the church and at www.smitf.org.

This week/Manuela Sykes passed peacefully away at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Friday 15 September with her dear friend and companion Roger Shaljean at her bedside. She was 92 years old. Her funeral will be held at St Martins on Wednesday 4 October at 11.00am followed by refreshments in the Austen Williams Room. All who would like to remember Manuela and her remarkable life and character are very welcome. Her cremation will be on the same day at West Norwood at 2.45pm for close friends and family.

Club Wednesday. Because of Manuela Sykes’ funeral (as above) there will be no Club Wednesday on Wednesday 4 October. Members of Club Wednesday will be welcome to attend the funeral and reception which follows. The next Club Wednesday will be on Wednesday 1 November.

This week/Bread for the World, Wednesday 4 October, 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome at our informal Eucharist, a service with prayer, music, word and reflection, followed by food and fellowship. The choir will be sharing with us on the relationship between the Trinity and music.

Connection Cake Stall, Sunday 8 October in St Martin’s Hall after the 10.00am service. This is part of the Friends of the Connection’s Coffee Morning programme for World Homeless Day (10 October). Offers of cakes gratefully received. All proceeds will support the Connection’s work. Contact: Roger Shaljean in church or Charles Woodd on 07962 213494.

Open Circle General Meeting, Sunday 8 October, 12.00pm, Desmond Tutu Room. Open Circle is the social group for those in their 20s, 30s and beyond. After coffee or tea, please do join to find out more about the group, discuss events and their annual retreat. For more information, contact stmartinsopencircle@gmail.com.

Safeguarding and Mental Health, Sunday 8 October, 1.00pm. A workshop with Neil Bunker, Mental Health Liaison Chaplain for the Two Cities area of the Diocese, Anna Gregorowski, St Martin’s Safeguarding Officer and Revd Katherine Hedderly, to explore this important area in the church context. The workshop will take place in the Austen Williams Room from 1.00-2.30pm. All are welcome. Feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided. For more information contact anna.gregorowski21@gmail.com or katherine.hedderly@smitf.org.

Meditation Group, Tuesday 10 October, 6.30pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. The meditation group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. All welcome.

Just As I Am. Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 October 2017. A weekend of events marking our 6th annual conference on Disability Church in partnership with Inclusive Church. Just As I Am – Living Theology, Saturday, 10.30am–4.30pm. What does it mean to be disabled, and what might that say about God? Do our stories tell us something of God’s story? Are we living theology? Talks, small groups, marketplace, silent space. Booking www.inclusive-church.org/disability-conference or complete form in church £20/£10. Sunday, 10.00am, Eucharist and Healing Service: 2.00-4.30pm, Summer in the Forest: a special screening of this acclaimed documentary film about the L’Arche community, with the director Randall Wright joining us for a Q&A following the screening. For more information or to get involved speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

Scriptural Reasoning, Monday 23 October, 7.00-9.00pm in St Martin’s Hall. In partnership with Co-exist House St Martin-in-the-Fields are hosting this introduction to Scriptural Reasoning. In Scriptural Reasoning, participants meet from Jewish, Islamic and Christian traditions to read passages from their respective sacred texts. Our theme will be “Refugees” There are 80 places available. Free tickets are available from the Box Office at St Martin’s: phone 02077661100 (Box Office option 1) or e-mail boxoffice@smitf.org to book your place.

SMAP 2018. Work is beginning to put together the St Martin’s Action Plan for 2018. This is the way we envisage and prioritise and make ourselves accountable for what we’re planning to do over the next few years, not just as a congregation but as a business, a fundraising trust, and, in partnership, through our homeless outreach. If you have a project for which you believe you can get wide congregational support and which you would like the PCC and the SMITFL Board to consider including in the 2018 plan, please speak to the vicar or churchwardens or write to sam.wells@smitf.org

The Friends of the Connection, which raises money for the Connection’s work, is looking for volunteers to help with communications, fund-raising and membership recruitment. These tasks would involve working closely with the Friends’ Committee and giving a few hours a month. If you are interested please email Nigel Thorpe on nigeljthorpe@gmail.com

Discover & Explore: Rome, London & Christianity, 1.10pm on Mondays, St Stephen Walbrook. Discover & explore services with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s explore their theme through music, prayers, readings and reflections. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 October, 6, 13, 20, and 27 November.

The Parish Pipeline email goes out once a week with stories and information from around St Martin’s. Subscribe on www.smitf.org or by emailing sam.whyte@smitf.org.

Sacred Moments. A weekly podcast from St Martin-in-the-Fields. Each Monday Revd Dr Sam Wells offers a short reflection, followed by a hymn or choral piece sung by St Martin’s Voices. To listen, visit www.soundcloud.com/sacred_moments or subscribe via iTunes podcasts.