Today/Revd Katherine Hedderly. We give thanks for Katherine’s wonderful ministry at St Martin’s over the last ten years and pray for her and Loren as they prepare to begin at All Hallows by the Tower. Katherine will preach at the 10am Eucharist and the service will be followed by refreshments in St Martin’s Hall. If you would still like to contribute to Katherine and Loren’s leaving present, please give your donation to the vergers marked ‘Katherine Hedderly’.
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/There will be no prayers for healing after the service today.
Today/C-Club will not be meeting as we will be giving thanks for Katherine’s ministry here at St Martin’s, and for all her work with C-Club and the whole congregation.
Today/Theology Group/12-1pm, 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. Subsequent upcoming dates are 7 April, 9 May, and 16 June.
Today/Compline for Lent/Sunday 10 March, 7.00pm. Join the Choir of St Martin’s for this beautiful and reflective traditional sung prayer of the church to end the day. The anthem is Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah. All welcome.
Lent Course 2019 – The Confessions of St Augustine/Beginning Wednesday 13 March. A chance to reflect upon one of the most influential spiritual autobiographies ever written, in a new translation by Benignus O’Rourke. Starting at 6.30pm, in Church, joining with Bread for the World, until 8.55pm. Further dates: Wednesdays in Lent (13, 20, 27 March, 3, 10, 17 April). Flyers are available in church and at https://goo.gl/nPwjSM, and replies should be directed to Georgie Illingworth. £15 includes a copy of the book which is now available from the Vergers’ Office. Please sign up as soon as possible.
This Week/St Oscar Romero Ecumenical Service: The Prophetic Imagination/Saturday 16 March, 11am. An ecumenical service to mark the 39th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Romero. The speaker is David McLoughlin from Newman University and the officiant is Revd Richard Carter. All are welcome.
Next Sunday/St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019. There will be road closures in place near Trafalgar Square for the St Patrick’s Day Parade. Please check and plan your route before you travel as these may affect your journey into St Martin’s.
Diocesan Lent Appeal. Modern Day Slavery is the focus of the 2019 Diocesan Lent Appeal which will raise funds for five charities that are already working to end Modern Day Slavery in London. These are: Tamar; Ella’s Home; Love 146; The Rise Project (The Children’s Society); and Kalayaan. On Sunday 17 March at 12 noon in the Tutu Room Elizabeth Matthews will lead an awareness session on Modern Day Slavery and on Sunday 31 March the collection at our 10.00am service will be for the Diocesan Lent Appeal.
Coming Up/Memorial for Anne Duffin/Wednesday 27 March, 1pm. To give thanks for the life and example of Anne Duffin. Will be held as part of our 1pm Choral Eucharist followed by reception in the Austen Williams Room. Anyone who can provide help with reception, please let Richard Carter know.
Revd Sally Hitchiner to become Associate Vicar for Ministry. Like her predecessor Revd Katherine Hedderly, Sally will have principal responsibility for congregational life, including pastoral care, formation, liturgy, budgeting and safeguarding, and also for communications. She will take up her post on May 8, 2019.
Leaves for Healing is a two-part exhibition organised by the artists’ and craftspersons’ group at St Martin-in-the-Fields. During Lent the exhibition runs from 6 March – 20 April and in Eastertide from 21 April – 9 June. The theme is taken from Ezekiel 47: 1-12, a vision of a transformed desert landscape. 18 artists from the congregation are showing work, some of which was created in the Drawing Club and art workshops organised by the group.
Electoral Roll Renewal. We are required to form a new Electoral Roll in 2019 (as part of the 6-year cycle that 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 24 March at the latest. Only those who are on the electoral roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year takes place on 28 April. Application forms are available from the PCC duty member in the Hall after the 10am service, from the Vergers at other times, from our Church Coordinator Harriet Rabin (firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7766 1126) or via the St Martin’s website (https://www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/life-st-martins/electoral-roll-renewal/).
PCC and Churchwarden Elections. At the Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial church Meeting on Sunday 28 April this year there will be elections for churchwardens (who are elected for one year, up to a maximum of six) and PCC members (who are elected for three years, renewable once). There are five vacancies for PCC members. If you are interested in standing as a churchwarden or as a PCC member, please speak to the vicar or the current churchwardens.
Coming Up/Confirmation Preparation. Our Confirmation Service 2019 will be on Wednesday 29 May, 6.30pm, with the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally. Could all those who are interested in preparing for confirmation please contact Revd Richard Carter (email@example.com) or one of the clergy team. The dates for classes are 17 and 31 March, 14 April, 5, 12, 19 and 28 May.
Coming Up/Reading Theology/Wednesday 22 May. Our next book for our Reading Theology group will be With the End in Mind written by Kathryn Mannix. It is now in stock at the shop.
Save the Date: Parish Away Day. This year’s Parish Away Day will be held on Saturday 13 July, for all the parish including C-Club. All are welcome for an inspirational day of reflection and fun to be held at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City.