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/Congratulations to John Barnes, for 70 years of bellringing. Our bellringers will ring a celebratory quarter peal for John Barnes directly after the 10.00am service. Many thanks to John for all his service here at St Martin’s.

Today/Prayers for Healing with anointing and laying on of hands are offered by our healing team following the 10am service each Sunday in the sanctuary.

Today/Children’s Programme. C-Club will be meeting as usual, in the Dick Sheppard Chapel from 11:30-12.00; we shall be exploring how God calls Samuel.

Today/The Nazareth Community, 12.00noon, Dick Sheppard Chapel. There will be a meeting to find out more about the plans for The Nazareth Community. Flyers are available at the back of the church. If you are interested in learning more you are very welcome to join us or e-mail: / for further information.

iKnow Church. We are moving to a new database for the parish which will also be a great way for us to help with the organisation of the parish. It will also help us in our move to the new data protection regulations (GDPR) coming in during the year. Whether you use IT or not, the new system will help us to stay in touch with you via your preferred method of communication. Do come along and find out more and bring your smart phone or tablet with you and we can demonstrate the system on your own device. We will be holding sessions in the Hall on Sundays 14, 21 January to help you update your details and introduce the system to you.

This week/Bread for the World, Wednesday 17 January at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome at our informal Eucharist, a service with prayer, music, word and reflection, followed by food and fellowship.

This week/Joint event with our Chinese Congregations, Monday 15 January, 6.30pm St Martin’s Hall. Talk (in English) followed by drinks reception. Jacqueline Simcox will speak on Silks from Imperial China: Ming and Qing dynasty costumes and textiles 1368-1911. Free tickets from Eventbrite or phone Jonathan Evens on 020 7766 1127 and leave your name and phone number.

Meditation Group, Tuesday 23 January, 6.30pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. The meditation group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. All welcome.

Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story makes a return once a month up until June, beginning on Sunday 21 January, at 12.00noon in the Austen Williams Room, looking at the Annunciation. This is an opportunity to engage with paintings from the National Gallery’s collection, Biblical story and a theological reflection, in conversation with others. The sessions are intended to deepen an understanding of the Christian faith and to help you reflect on what it means to follow Jesus today. Speak with Alastair McKay for further information.

Artists & Craftspersons’ group, Sunday 28 January, 12noon, Tutu Room. A meeting to plan further artistic contributions as part of our common life at St Martin’s.

The changing monthly display by the artists and craftspeoples group in the Foyer of the Crypt for January is by Kathryn Hardy. Each month a different member of the group will show an example of their work, so do look regularly to see the changing display.

Lent Course 2018: Abiding – What does it mean to Abide in God’s love? We will be using Ben Quash’s wonderful Lent book Abiding as we reflect upon what it means to abide in body, in mind, through care, in relationship, in exile, in woundedness, and in peace. Wednesdays in Lent and Holy Week from 21 February – 28 March from 6.30-8.45pm. All are welcome. For more information and for registration please complete the flyer provided or contact The Church Coordinator: / 02077661100.

Installation. Our vicar, Sam Wells, has been invited to be an honorary canon of Guildford Cathedral, to formalise his relationship with the diocese in which his wife Jo is Suffragan Bishop of Dorking. The duties are not onerous, but involve giving occasional lectures to clergy and/or lay people of the diocese. His installation will take place during Evensong in the cathedral at 6.00pm on Sunday 28 January. All are welcome. Those attending are invited to come for tea at the Bishop of Dorking’s residence before the ceremony from 3.30-5.00pm. A bus will depart St Martin’s at 2.00pm and return around 9.00pm. The cost will be £15, payable on the bus. If you would like to reserve a place on the bus, please email or call 020 7766 1126 before Monday 15 January. You are also welcome to attend the tea and/or the service if you travel under your own steam.

Choral Classics at St Stephen Walbrook, Mondays, 1.00pm. A new choral series at St Stephen Walbrook. A 30 minute sequence of beautiful music with readings, led by the Revd Dr Alastair MacKay with the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s. Every Monday from to 19 March. All welcome.

Save the Date: this year’s Silent Retreat will take place from 2–4 March at the Focolare Centre for Unity, Welwyn Garden City. Flyer and registration details to follow.

Churches Together in Westminster AGM, Monday 22 January, 6.30–9.30pm, Salvation Army Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ. CTiW is supporting borough-wide eco-awareness by choosing “Creation Care” as the theme for its AGM. There will be inspiring speakers and stalls with information and opportunity for conversation, including A Rocha UK, Shrinking the Footprint, the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals, and The Big Church Switch. So whether your church community has yet to launch its eco-journey, or is aware and willing but in need of a bit of extra support, or is already eco-active and carbon-reducing, there will be something for you at this event.

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