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Sunday 27 August, The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

News St Martin – Talking Points

Today/There is no Creche today.

Children’s Programme. C-Club is taking a summer break, and will resume on 3 September.

Greenbelt 2017, 25-28 August, Northants: St Martin’s is partnering with this Christian arts festival. Alastair McKay is publicly launching Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story a resource which uses paintings and Biblical story to explore the Christian faith (see separate flyer). Andrew Earis is leading Great Sacred Music and Sacred Space. Jonathan Evens is exploring how social enterprise can contribute to the church’s mission. You can still attend Greenbelt on Bank Holiday Monday, see www.greenbelt.org.uk.

On Saturday 26 August guests and volunteers from The Sunday International Group had their annual day trip to Brighton, travelling by coach with fish and chips on the beach and all the fun of the English seaside! Our thanks go to the Friends of St Martin’s and those volunteers who helped to sponsor this event. We are very grateful.

This week/Join Open Circle (a friendly group in their 20s, 30s+) on Friday 1 September for a bring-and-share meal, and a porcelain lantern-making workshop in the George Richards Room at 6.30pm. Booking is still open for the annual retreat, from 15-17 September 2017 at Alton Abbey in Hampshire. Cost is £80 for the weekend plus travel. To reserve a place, pick up a flyer, fill in the form, and send to the Church Coordinator, or email georgina.elsey@smitf.org. To find out about more Open Circle, email StMartinsOpenCircle@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

This week/Welcome the Queen Eleanor Cycle Riders home, Monday 28 August. The Queen Eleanor Cycle Ride, taking place this weekend, ends at Westminster Abbey at around 3pm on Monday 28 August. The Ride, organised by the Friends of The Connection, raises funds to support The Connection’s work with homeless people in central London. You are invited to welcome the Riders home outside the West Door of the Abbey, and join them for a short service at Queen Eleanor’s tomb in the Abbey at 4pm. There will then be a celebration at The Connection. It’s not too late to sponsor the riders. Go to https://mydonate.bt.com/events/queeneleanorcycleride/426722

The changing monthly display by the artists’ and craftspeople’s group in the Foyer of the Crypt for August is by Ali. Each month a member of the group displays an example of their work.

London Open House, Saturday 16 September. If you would enjoy welcoming visitors to St Martin’s, in a relaxed setting, and have two hours to spare between 9.30am and 3.30pm then this is for you. Its great fun and very interesting hearing the stories of our visitors from around the world. It is being hosted by the Friends but you don’t have to be a member in order to volunteer. Please contact Susanne Wood in church on Sunday, in writing via Vergers or at friends@smitf.org. Church tours on the day 10am-12noon, bell ringing demonstrations 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm.

The Ministry of Healing at St Martin’s. The ministry of healing is integral to Christian faith and worship because in the New Testament ‘healing’ and ‘salvation’ are the same word. (‘Your faith has saved you’ and ‘your faith has made you well’ are the same in Greek.) Healing is, in short, a tangible, temporal experience individually now of what will ultimately be an entire experience for everybody. In recent years at St Martin’s on Sundays we have had monthly evening healing services and monthly morning times of laying-on of hands and anointing. From 3 September we shall be having prayers for healing, with anointing and the laying-on of hands, after every Sunday 10 am service. Ideally this would take place during the sharing of communion, as the two are so closely related in the way they embody our intimate encounter with God’s transformative purpose. But the architecture of St Martin’s doesn’t allow that, so we will invite people to stay on after the service and wait near the sanctuary for an opportunity to pray with two people who have been prepared through participating in our healing course. Thus a weekly morning event will replace a monthly evening event. When we pray for healing for ourselves or others we are saying ‘Lord be as close to [our loved one] as these hands are to me right now,’ We are also saying, ‘I don’t know what outcome to hope for, but please show me your face and your hand at work in [my friend’s life]. Practical session for those who wish to be part of the healing team 11.30am, 17 September, will.morris@smitf.org.

Meditation Group, Tuesday 12 September, 6.30pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. The meditation group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. All welcome.

On Sunday 24 September we will be hosting our annual Marketplace event in the church hall, which is a great opportunity to learn more about the huge breadth of activities and groups that make up our shared life at St Martin’s. This is also your chance to sign up and get involved! We’ll be launching the printed Annual Review on the same day, bringing together all of the highlights from the last twelve months. Please speak to Adrian Harris or Chris Braganza in church for more information or email churchwardens@smitf .org.

Autumn Lecture Series 2017: Reformation. Begins Monday 25 September 2017, 7.00-8.30pm: The Reformation: Alister McGrath; 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.

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. Saturday 14 October, 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.uk/disability or complete form in church £20/£10. Sunday 15 October, 10.00am, Eucharist and Healing Service: a special service for St Luke’s Day, written by members of our Disability Advisory Group and Healing Team. 2.00-4.30pm, Summer in the Forest: a special screening of this acclaimed documentary film about the L’Arche community, followed by discussion with filmmakers and others. Booking www.justasiam-summerintheforest.eventbrite.co.uk. Free, retiring collection. If you’d like to know more or to get involved speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan Evens.

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.

Visit St Paul’s Cathedral. We have four Parish Passes which members of our congregation may borrow. If you would like to have the loan of a pass then please contact Cathy Martin via e: cathy.martin@smitf.org / t: 020 7766 1142.