Today/10am Eucharist. At the 10am Eucharist, we welcome Jasmine Callaghan and Grace Chichester who will be baptised, and Revd Sally Hitchiner who will be licensed as Associate Vicar for Ministry. Fr Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, is the preacher.
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.
Today/Confirmation Preparation/12.15-1.15pm, Benenson Room. Adult confirmation classes continue today and on 19 May, and 28 May in church. The Confirmation service is on Wednesday 29 May at 6.30pm with the Bishop of London.
Today/Meeting of artists & craftspeoples’ group/Sunday 12 May, 12 noon, Tutu Room. Meeting to plan further artistic contributions to the St Martin’s community. All are welcome.
This Week/Christian Aid Week/12-19 May. For more than 70 years, with the help of its amazing supporters, Christian Aid has been helping change the lives of people of all faiths and none living in poverty around the world. It tackles the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters, like storms and hurricanes, happen, it gets people the help they want straight away. This year Christian Aid will be focusing on maternal health projects in Sierra Leone post-Ebola. For every one maternal death during childbirth in the UK, there are 150 in Sierra Leone. Envelopes will be available today for a retiring collection. They can also be brought back on Sunday 19 May when there will also be a retiring collection. Please give generously and gift aid your donation on the envelopes provided.
Next Week/Archers/Thursday 16 May. We meet for Holy Communion in the Austen Williams Room at 7.00pm followed by supper. This will be followed by reflections on Holy Week and Easter. All are welcome. Please inform Ruth Hutchinson or Michael Moran, email@example.com/07810 261686, if you would like to join us.
Next Sunday/Theology Group/Sunday 19 May, 12-1pm, Austen Williams Room. Theology Group is an opportunity to reflect theologically on issues of the day and questions of forever with Revd Dr Sam Wells. All are welcome. Subsequent date: 16 June.
Next Sunday/New discussion group at St Martin’s. After Theology Group finishes on 19 May, we will be considering how we form a new group at St Martin’s, to meet on a Sunday morning after coffee, to discuss theology, faith and spirituality, in a more relaxed and open way, facilitated by the Sheppard Scholar. Please do come along to theology group and stay afterwards, if you would like to hear more and contribute to the forming of this group.
Coming Up/Great Sacred Choral Classics: Faith, Hope and Love – Faith/Monday 20 May, 6.30pm. Join the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields directed by Andrew Earis and led by Revd Dr Sam Wells in a free hour-long exploration of Faith, including Britten Te Deum and Dvořák Credo from Mass in D. All are welcome. A retiring collection is taken to support the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Coming Up/Reading Theology/Wednesday 22 May. We will gather to read With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix, after Bread for the World, from 8-9.30pm in the Tutu Room. Next dates for the diary are 31 July and 20 November.
Coming Up/Pilgrimage from London to Canterbury/24-27 May 2019. Please sponsor the Sunday International Group who are joining the Pilgrimage to Canterbury 24-27 May. This year 9 of our guests from different countries of the world and 4 volunteers are walking with us. Can you help us to raise money for the Connection and as we walk these 74 miles together? https://pilgrimage2019.everydayhero.com/uk/international-group Thank you all so much for your support.
Meditation Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6.30pm in the DSC. All are welcome.
Ascension Day Eucharist, Thursday 30 May, 8pm, BBC Radio 4. We are delighted to welcome as our preacher the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford. The music includes the premiere of Bob Chilcott’s Samba Mass, and is sung by the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service Singers and St Martin’s Voices, directed by Bob Chilcott. The service will be led by Revd Dr Sam Wells. Congregational admission is by ticket available from the vergers after services or from the Box Office. Please arrive in plenty of time for the service (doors open 7.00pm) and be seated in church by 7.40pm or tune into BBC Radio 4 at 8pm.
Coming Up/Calling all Cricketers. The St Martin-in-the-Fields Community Cricket Club needs you. If you are interested in joining this mixed cricket team (no experience necessary), please contact Roland Merz at firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have three fixture dates, with more to come: St Mary’s, Wimbledon (18 May, Barn Elms); All Saints, Fulham (22 June, location tbc) and Caribs XI (17 July, Battersea Park). All ages and abilities are welcome to join or support the team.
Coming Up/Friends of St Martin’s Festival – Save the Date/Saturday 15 June. The Festival will be held in St Martin’s Hall, starting with the AGM at 10.30am where the future development of the Friends will be part of an open discussion. This will be followed by Eucharist at 12 noon and lunch at 1pm. The afternoon session from 2pm will include contribution from our new Associate Vicar for Ministry, Revd Sally Hitchiner, and Katy Shaw on the Building Futures project. All are welcome to share in this exciting day in the life of St Martin’s.
Parish Away Day: What is Church? 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. Flyers now available in church – please return an application form or sign up and pay online at http://bit.ly/2Xqrn8L