Today/Marriage – At the 10am service, Sam (the Vicar) will be preaching about whether same-sex marriage changes the nature of marriage. On the same day at noon, Sally (AVMin), will chair Theology Group on the same subject. Further Theology Groups: 29 Sept, 27 Oct, 17 Nov, 8 Dec.
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 C-Club Programme, 11.30am, Dick Sheppard Chapel. Join us to learn some more about today’s readings and colour with your friends.
Today/Drawing Group/12–2.00pm. We meet and begin in the Courtyard, then move to George Richards & Austen Williams rooms at 1.00pm. Materials, objects to draw and step-by-step help for those who would like it are all provided. No previous experience is necessary.
Today/Prayers for Healing with anointing and laying on of hands are offered by our prayer team at the 10.00am service each Sunday morning at the front of the church near the altar.
Today/Congregational Visit to the Archives in association with the SMITF Trust/12.00 noon. We will meet at coffee in the Hall and walk over to No 5 together.
Music during the summer. At the beginning of September, Sunday services will be sung by a quartet of St Martin’s Voices before the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields returns in mid-September.
This Week/Club Wednesday/Wednesday 4 September. Holy Communion at 1pm, then lunch in 6 St Martin’s Place. Our speaker will be Steve Adams, speaking on ‘my life in teaching’. All are welcome.
This Week/Bread for the World/Wednesday 4 September, 6.30pm. The theme for this week is Anglican Spirituality and Thomas Traherne. Supper and listening groups resume on 11 September.
Autumn Lecture Series 2019: The Quality of Mercy in Preaching/Wednesday 11 September, 7pm. Using examples of preaching – questions welcomed. Our three preachers will be Brian D. McLaren, Anna Carter Florence and Pádraig Ó Tuama and the evening will be chaired by Sam (the Vicar). To ensure a place please book a ticket at stmartininthefields.eventbrite.com.
The new Church Services and Events Brochure for the autumn to Christmas period is now available from the Portico.
The changing monthly display by St Martin’s artists’ and craftspeople’s group in the Foyer of the Crypt for September is by Lois Bentley. Each month a different member of the group exhibits, so do look regularly to see the changing display.
Disability Advisory Group/Sunday 8 September, 12-2pm, Austen Williams Room. Fifth birthday party! This termly open meeting gathers people with insight or experience of physical, sensory, cognitive or mental health issues or neurodiversity to help shape our vision and work. If you’d like to know more, please speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan (AVPD), or email email@example.com
Marketplace Sunday. This annual opportunity to showcase all of our wonderfully diverse groups across the community is on Sunday 15 September after the 10am service. If your group would like to reserve a place please contact the churchwardens or Sally (AVMin).
Annual Review of Activities. We will be compiling the Annual Review for 2018-2019, but this year it will be launched on our Patronal Festival (10 November). If your group would like to contribute a report, please contact the churchwardens or Sally (AVMin) for advice on length/format. The deadline for final reports is Sunday 22 September.
New Sheppard Scholars. This week, Brandon Fletcher-James and Jessica White will join us as new Sheppard Scholars. We look forward to welcoming them to St Martin’s.
Open House – Volunteers Needed/21 September. If you would enjoy answering questions about St Martin’s and can commit to 2 hours between 9.30am and 3 pm please get in touch. There will also be a tour of the church and demonstrations of bellringing. It is hosted by the Friends but you do not have to be a member to take part. Please contact Susanne Wood, in church on Sunday, in writing via the vergers or at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Group: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Group/Sunday 22 September, 12pm, Tutu Room. The group aims to work for the transformation of unjust structures in society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation; and to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth, by shared prayer, biblical reflection and education both of itself and also the church and wider organisation of St Martin’s. Meeting monthly, we will suggest actions and priorities to St Martin’s as these are developed. For information please contact Jim Sikorski on email@example.com.
Autumn event/St Augustine Now: A spiritual life in a secular age. What does an ancient bishop from North Africa have to say to 21st century Europeans? On Wednesday 25 September Theos, in Westminster, hosts philosopher and writer James K.A. Smith to discuss St Augustine of Hippo, marking the launch of his latest book. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.
Thinking Differently About God: Neurodiversity, Faith & Church/Saturday 12 October – Sunday 13 October 2019. Details at https://www.inclusive-church.org/disability-conference-2019 or speak to Fiona MacMillan or Jonathan (AVPD) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the Dick Sheppard Chapel. All are welcome.
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 the Church Coordinator by emailing email@example.com or calling 020 7766 1126.