Today/We are pleased to welcome John Morrison, who will be baptised at the 10.00am Eucharist, whose parents Rachel and Matthew sing in the Choir. Please pray for John on this very special day.
Today/Nazareth Community. We are full of joy that twelve new people will be joining the Nazareth Community today. They are Brandon Fletcher-James, Jess White, Christian Saguyan, Janina Mallari-Saguyan, Lee Gibbs, Nicola Ravenscroft, Stephen Parkin, Mercy Balogun, Idah Sibajene, Abraham Edoror, Steven Edegbe and Ugo Nnabuihe. Please pray for them and for all the community.
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/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/There will be a retiring collection today after the 10am service for Harvest flowers.
Today/Drawing Club, 12.00-2.00pm, Austen Williams Room. Each month for two hours the drawing club meets and draws together. The aim of this new group is to encourage and practice together. There are materials provided, objects to draw and step-by-step help for beginners who would like it. No previous experience is necessary and all are welcome.
Today/New Group: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Group/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. For information please contact Jim Sikorski on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today/Three Choirs’ Evensong. Today the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields will be taking part in its Three Choirs’ Evensong with the Choir of St Luke’s, Chelsea at All Saints’ Church, Fulham at 6pm. Evensong here at St Martin’s will be sung by St Martin’s Voices.
Ali Lyon’s memorial service will take place at 2.30pm on Friday 27 September at St Martin’s, followed by tea and cake in the Hall and Lightwell. Her instructions request there be space for ‘whimsy and naughtiness,’ so it will not just be sad. It is currently anticipated that her funeral and woodland burial will be on Monday 30 September in Settle, Yorkshire.
Praying for our Global Neighbours. The annual booklet of news and prayers for some of St Martin’s international partners begins this Sunday. Please take a copy with you. There will be a collection at the end of the service if you would like to donate towards the cost – all savings will be sent to support the Sisters of Melanesia.
Pray for Patashala School, Hyderabad, providing hope and opportunities for some of the world’s poorest children. Shower your blessings on these children as they earn qualifications and go onto further study as a pathway out of poverty.
Annual Review of Activities. We will be compiling the Annual Review for 2018-19, but this year it will be launched on our Patronal Festival (10 November). The deadline for your group’s final reports is today (Sunday 22 September).
This Week/Bread for the World, Wednesday 25 September, 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome at our informal Eucharist, a service with prayer, music, word and reflection, followed by food and fellowship. This week, the theme is the ‘F’ word, stories of forgiveness.
This Week/Archers, Thursday 26 September. We meet for Holy Communion in the Austen Williams Room at 7.00pm followed by supper. This will be followed by a discussion on the theme of Autumn. Please inform Ruth Hutchinson or Michael Moran, email@example.com/07810 261686, if you would like to join us. All are welcome.
Next Sunday/Theology Group/Sunday 29 September/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. Future dates: 27 Oct, 17 Nov, 8 Dec.
Club Wednesday/Wednesday 2 October. Choral Eucharist at 1.00pm followed by lunch at 6, St Martin’s Place. Meet Brandon Fletcher-James, our new Sheppard Scholar/Pastoral Assistant.
Building Futures starting work. 5 and 6 St Martin’s Place are now undergoing substantial redecorating and restorative works. Due to these, there will be no parking on Church Path until the end of February 2020. More information is available in the Pipeline.
Welcome Course. If you are new to St Martin’s over the past 12 months and would like to find out what we are about and have a chance to make some friends who are also new, you are very welcome to join a five-week Welcome Course run by the clergy from 13 October to 10 November between 12-1.30pm following the Sunday Parish Eucharist in Revd Sally Hitchiner’s flat. There are eight places available for this course. A soup and bread lunch is provided. Register with Revd Sally Hitchiner.
Autumn Lecture Series 2019: The Quality of Mercy in Social Justice/Monday 30 September, 7pm. Our speakers are Winnie Varghese and Bishop James Jones. To ensure a place please book a ticket at stmartininthefields.eventbrite.com.
Morning Song. St Martin’s has created a brand new service of weekly sung morning prayer which takes place every Thursday at 8.30am. A beautiful 30-minute sequence of words, prayers and music sung by St Martin’s Voices, led by Revd Sally Hitchiner.
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 Revd Jonathan Evens or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Appeal. With the 2019 Christmas Appeal approaching, all at the St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who made it possible to raise £3.48m in last year’s campaign. In the last year, almost 6000 people were supported through our Vicar’s Relief Fund and over 2600 people were supported away from homelessness by The Connection at St Martin’s. This was only possible because of the help from our donors. We hope to continue in this outstanding path with the new Appeal, which will be launching soon.